What They Knew #14

“Everything intelligent is so boring.”

― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

What They Knew #13

““The language belongs to fishermen, not scholars.”

–Jorge Luis Borges (on efforts to impose an official diction on English)

What They Knew #12


–Franz Kafka (from the sign he had posted above his writing desk)

What They Knew #11

The unexamined life is not worth living.


…and examining your life makes you want to kill yourself.

–Saul Bellow

What They Knew #10

Some films are slices of life. Mine are slices of cake.

–Alfred Hitchcock

What They Knew #9

“No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.”

–Dr. Johnson

What They Knew #8

“If you live long enough, you’ll see that every victory turns into a defeat.”
–Simone de Beauvoir

What They Knew #7

“We can regard our life as a uselessly disturbing episode in the blissful repose of nothingness.”

–Arthur Schopenhauer

What He Knew #6

“What a fine weather today! Can’t choose whether to drink tea or to hang myself.”

― Anton Chekhov