“…And last but not least, good design is as little design as possible.”
“…that thing you see at the top of the terrace is called a parapet.”
“A good architect works slowly.”
Alvaro Siza Vieira.
“A typical dinner from the ape menu would be tofu bake with ratatouille of aubergine, onions and sweet peppers, with pearled barley and vegetable side dishes, says the team.”
“A way to grow is: to consciously do things, that are not your normal, for the sole purpose of experiencing what happens next, so you know new phenomena, which makes you and your life - phenomenal.”
“Action expresses priorities.”
Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington : “Are you a gambling man, Crispin?”
Sir Crispin Crandall : “No. I abhor casinos.”
Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington : “Oh, yes. Well, I would agree with you there. But perhaps you’re familiar with the old saw “You can’t beat the house”? No matter how many poor souls you turn into popsicles, the fix is in. The world in which you awaken will be one incapable of sustaining human life. And why? Because at the critical tipping point, one tragically quixotic megalomaniac cannibalized humanity of the very minds that might have been its salvation. You see, if you were a betting man, you would understand that now trumps later every time. The future is a sucker’s bet, a maybe, a contingency, a “What if?” The only thing that is real is the present, and you’ve plundered it, robbed it of the very geniuses that might have averted the dystopia you so fear. Indeed, perhaps even the very one who might have devised a means to revive your sad, tired, frozen ass. Congratulations, Crispin. You’ve doubled down on extinction. Life on Earth is going to end. Soon.”
The Blacklist, a series on Netflix.
“As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.”
J. K. Rowling quoting Lucius Annaeus Seneca.
“As my father used to say to me: “Just because you were bumped up to first chair in the orchestra… doesn’t mean you can compose a symphony.”
Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington (James Spader) quoting his father in The Blacklist, a series on Netflix.
“Don’t worry about what anybody else is going to do. The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
“For some reason, I’ve turned myself inside out and all my guts have spilled onto my blog.”
“Genuine love is volitional rather than emotional. The person who truely loves does so because of a decision to love. This person has made a commitment to be loving whether or not the loving feeling is present …Conversely, it is not only possible but necessary for a loving person to avoid acting on feelings of love.”
M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled: A New Psychology of Love, Traditional Values, and Spiritual Growth.
“I feel sympathy for the working class lad. I’ve always championed about ticket prices and try to equate that to people’s salaries.”
“I recently discovered that being an adult about things by being supportive is the cure to all problems of life.”
“If I have my health I can carry on. There will be a point when I do quit but I have absolutely no idea when that is.”
“I’ve never played for a draw in my life.”
“I’ve spent a life chasing stories to tell when I’m old.”
Duncan Penn, Atticus Poetry.
“It is easier to ship recipes than cakes and biscuits.”
Sir John Maynard Keynes.
“It’s funny how the purpose of work is not the work itself. How the purpose of love is to be selfless. And the purpose of life is to live for someone else.”
“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.”
“Memento Mori, Amor Fati.”
“Nothing boots as fast as pen and paper.”
Sir Norman Robert Foster.
“People who read Cosmopolitan magazine are very different from those who do not.”
Donald Berry Statistics: A Bayesian Perspective.
“Perhaps our eyes are merely a blank film which is taken from us after our deaths to be developed elsewhere and screened as our life story in some infernal cinema or dispatched as microfilm into the sidereal void.”
“Race… It is a small part of what we do… The rest of the time… We practice.”
Toyota Formula One Team.
“The goal is to make a space where a few ideas and images and feelings may be so arranged that a reader will want to linger awhile among them, rather than to flee.”
“The only way you survive on all these services is if you’re groundbreaking. There’s pressure to be groundbreaking, which is the greatest thing that’s ever happened. It’s a bizarre aspect of what’s happened with all of these subscription services is everyone is trying to outdo each other by doing great things.”
“The side covers the bottom, the top covers the side, i.e. The top covers the side, the side covers the bottom.”
“Tu khud ki khoj mein nikal, tu kis liye hataash hai. Tu chal, tere wajood ki, samay ko bhi talaash hai, samay ko bhi talaash hai.”
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
“We focus on the programming of human behaviour using architecture.”
“What we achieve inwardly, will change outer reality.”
“When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.”
“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.”
“You know kisine kahan hai: kamayabi aur nakamayabi insaan khud chunta hai. Success and failure are only choices we make.”
“You never know when a typical life will be anything but, and you won’t know if you are rewriting history, or rewriting the future, until the writing is complete.”
“Your twenties are always an apprenticeship, but you don’t always know what for.”