will become way less concerned with what other people think of you when you realise how seldom they do.
Wallace, D. F. (2005) Infinite Jest
When you are at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.
I wish we could spend July by the sea, browning ourselves and feeling water-weighted hair flow behind us from a dive.
I wish our gravest concerns were the summer gnats.
I wish we were hungry for hot dogs and dopes, and it would be nice to smell the starch of summer linens and the faint odor of talc in blistering summer bath houses ...
We could lie in long citoneuse beams of the five o'clock sun on the plage at Juan-les-Pins and hear the sound of the drum and piano being scooped out to sea by the waves.
Fitzgerald, Z. (1985) Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda: The Love Letters of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
“Aren't the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton... I could just lie here all day, and watch them drift by... If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations... What do you think you see, Linus?"
"Well, those clouds up there look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean...
That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor...
And that group of clouds over there gives me the impression of the stoning of Stephen...
I can see the apostle Paul standing there to one side..."
"Uh huh... That's very good... What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?"
"Well, I was going to say I saw a ducky and a horsie, but I changed my mind!”
Schulz, C. M. (2006) The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960
The deeper the solitude the less the sense of loneliness, and the nearer our friends.
Muir, J. (1911 ) My First Summer in the Sierra
one of the rare industries that electricity has failed to dominate is automobile production, but a review of the early story of the car suggests that this was by no means inevitable. the first crude examples of electric vehicles had been demon- started as early as the 1830s by pioneers such as scotsman robert davidson and american thomas davenport, and electric cars — by then refined by numerous other inventors.
in both the US and Europe — were increasingly available to consumers by the last decade of the nineteenth century. touted as cleaner, quieter, more reliable, and easier to operate, electric cars enjoyed a popularity that easily rivaled their gas and steam counterparts; in 1900, of the 4,192 vehicles manufactured in the US, 1,575 were electric, 936 were gasoline-driven, and 1,681 were steam-powered. electric cars also held the world land speed record from its official inception in 1898 until 1902, when a steam-powered car took the record.
despite this propitious beginning, a little less than two decades later the electric car was on the wane — in 1913, for example, more than eighty electric car models were available on the u.s market; just four years later, that number had dwindled to barely twenty. several factors contributed to why internal combustion vehicles came to dominate the automobile market so completely: gas prices dropped with the rigging of crude oil in texas; henry ford’s new production techniques made gas automobiles suddenly far cheaper than electric cars; and america’s burgeoning road culture made speed and convenience at long distances the decisive criteria for customers’ choices. although the brief revival of the electric car in the 1970s was ultimately not sustained, recent trends in automotive technology suggest that electric cars may have better luck in the twenty-first century.
cabinet. (2006) issue 21, electricity. page 62 'the early history of the electric vehicle'.
'i'll make you one, ' he said, 'and balance it
perfectly on you.' so i could almost feel
the plumb line of the creased tweed hit my heel,
my shoulders like a spar or arms of a scale
under the jacket, my whole shape realigned
in ways that suited me down to the ground.
so although a suit was the last thing that i needed
i weighed his words and wore them and decided
there and then it was going for a song.
heaney, s. (1939-2013)
after all, nature is a symbol of freedom. sometimes nature actually gives rise to and maintains the idea of freedom. if we base our technical plans primarily on nature we have a chance to ensure that the course of development is once again in a direction in which our everyday work and all its forms will increase freedom rather than decrease it.
aalto, a. (1985) tr. essay on 'National planning and the goals of culture'
You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair.
Recipe For Happiness Khaborovsk Or Anyplace
One grand boulevard with trees
with one grand cafe in sun
with strong black coffee in very small cups.
One not necessarily very beautiful
man or woman who loves you.
One fine day.
Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not;
and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
the strength i'm looking for isn't the type where you win or lose. i'm not after a wall that'll repel power coming from outside. what i want is the kind of strength to be able to absorb that kind of power, to stand up to it. the strength to quietly endure things - unfairness, misfortunes, sadness, mistakes, misunderstandings.
murakami, h. (2002) kafka on the shore