Saint Sava (saint_sava) wrote,
Saint Sava

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MS found in a back-pocket.

For the last decade, I've always kept a small notepad in my back pocket. In addition to the obligatory phone numbers and email addresses that make up the mundane bulk of everyday human interaction, they have also been repositories for the sublime things in life -- overheard things said by children, disembodied graffiti found on subway walls, misheard lyrics heard through the open windows of passing cars, ideas borne of late-night television advertisements, and the like: the rich and short-lived castings of life, which, like dreams, are apt to evaporate if not committed to paper with immediacy.

A notebook from three years ago, entitled Badtz-Maru III (all such notepads are traditionally of Sanrio stock), contains in its seventy-odd pages the following quotes from mongrel sources:

Like the ski resort full of girls hunting for husbands
and husbands hunting for girls, the situation is not as
symmetrical as it might seem.

-- Alan MacKay

Ignorance is always ready to admire itself. Procure yourself
critical friends.

-- Nicolas Boileau, 1674

Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when it is the only
idea we have.

-- Alain, 1908

The vain presumption of understanding everything can have no
other basis than never having understood anything. For anyone
who had ever experienced just once the perfect understanding
of one single thing, and had truly tasted how knowledge is
accomplished, would recognize that of the infinity of other
truths he understands nothing.

-- Galileo, 1630

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for
the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.

-- Charles Caleb Colton, 1825

Hope deceives more men than cunning does.

-- Vauvenargues, 1746

Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember
from time to time that nothing worth knowing can be taught.

-- Oscar Wilde, 1891

The shortest path between two truths in the real domain
passes through the complex domain.

-- Jacques Hadamard

There is no excellent beauty that has not some strangeness
in the proportion.

-- Sir Francis Bacon

Among the great men who have philosophized about [the action
of the tides], the one who surprised me most is Kepler. He
was a person of independent genius, [but he] became interested
in the action of the moon on the water, and in other occult
phenomena, and similar childishness.

-- Galileo, 1632

Taima ilanga iqqaumajunnangigakku.

Literally translated, "I can't remember the rest".
In Inuit culture, this is the traditional way for a storyteller to end a tale while
implying that there is more left untold for later.

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