Den søde klang

Rocco’s voice had a musical quality—like an accordion being kicked down some stairs.

– Alex White: A big ship at the edge of the universe

Blødt og råt

I will remember the kisses
our lips raw with love
and how you gave me everything you had
and how I offered you what was left of me.Charles Bukowski, Book of Love

– Charles Bukowski, Book of Love

Hverken uden talent eller indsats

It is dawning on me that I probably do not envy the skills people have – in this case it was Inkscape, but I guess it applies universally – as much as I envy the discipline they apply to acquire those skills…

– https://mstdn.io/@mjjzf/107531974797894599

New decalogue

“The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows,

1: Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.

2: Do not think it worthwhile to produce belief by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.

3: Never try to discourage thinking, for you are sure to succeed.

4: When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.

5: Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.

6: Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.

7: Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.

8: Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.

9: Be scrupulously truthful, even when truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.

10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.”

– Bertrand Russell, New York Times 16. December 1951 (link) – via artikel hos Open Culture

Vælg at vælge

I chose and my world was shaken
So what?
The choice may have been mistaken,
The choosing was not.

– Steven Sondheim

To sider

I am two fools, I know,
For loving, and for saying so
In whining poetry.

– John Donne: Triple Fool

Invers læring

The opposite of “it’s like riding a bike” is “it’s like programming in bash”.

A phrase which means that no matter how many times you do something, you will have to re-learn it every single time.

Via Jake Wharton på Twitter

Men bag horisonten

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.

– Francis Bacon

This one was mine

“This is the only poem
I can read
I am the only one
can write it
I didn’t kill myself
when things went wrong
I didn’t turn
to drugs or teaching
I tried to sleep
but when I couldn’t sleep
I learned to write
I learned to write
what might be read
on nights like this
by one like me.”

—Leonard Cohen, The Only Poem