“’I believe there is much happiness in people who are born where good wines are to be found,’ said Leonardo da Vinci.” Julian More, Views From a Tuscan Vineyard.

“The year I turned ninety, I wanted to give myself the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Memories of My Melancholy Whores.

“Medical examiners are the only doctors whose patients are dead and therefore silent.” Michael M. Baden, M.D., Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner.

“This may be hard to believe, coming from a black man, but I’ve never stolen anything.” Paul Beatty, The Sellout.

“Amidst the grand panoply that is the English language, largest on this Earth, tongue of Shakespeare, Byron, and Melville, there are a puzzling number of words that mean ‘to spray with shit.’” Peter Novokatzky and Ammon Shea, Depraved and Insulting English.

“When August came, thick as dream of falling timbers, Dawes Williams and his mother would pick Simpson up at his office, and they would all drive west, all evening, the sun before them dying like the insides of a stone melon, split and watery, halving with blood.”  Dow Mossman, The Stones of Summer.

“That the word intelligence describes something real and that it varies from person to person is as universal and ancient as any understanding about the state of being human.” Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life.

“A person had to be pretty desperate to want to go on jury duty, Libby Winslow decided, but given the state of her life, it seemed like the best game in town.” Laura van Wormer, Jury Duty.

“It is often forgotten that the document which we know as the Declaration of Independence is not the official act by which the Continental Congress voted in favor of separation from Great Britain.” Carl Becker, The Declaration of Independence: A Study in the History of Political Ideas.

“I told you last night that I might be gone sometimes, and you said, Where, and I said, To be with the Good Lord, and you said, Why, and I said, Because I’m old, and you said, I don’t think you’re old.” Marilynne Robinson,  Gilead.

“I was born in the house I built myself with my own two hands.” Al Franken, Giant of the Senate.

“The village headman, a man of about fifty, sat cross-legged in the centre of the room, close to the coals burning in a hearth that was hollowed out of the floor; he was inspecting my violin.”  Dai Sijie, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress.

“This whole Duct Shui thing started when our friend Roy Beckstrom lost his job as a pinsetter at Bob’s Beef and Bowl to automation.” Jim and Tim—The Duct Tape Guys, Duct Shui: A New Tape on an Ancient Philosophy

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