Eclectic quotations accumulating in Hell's Kitchen, NY, USA.


"I might be a garbageman. I've always liked late at night. There's something appealing about hanging out in the back of the truck, going
through the city streets, all alone."
-- Matthew Broderick, on what he might do if he
weren't an actor. To Michael Agger in New York Magazine, Nov. 8, 2004.

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"Words are the only things that last forever; they are more durable than the eternal hills".
-- William Hazlitt, (1778-1830), essayist


"I am here to live my life out loud"
-- Emile Zola


"Imagine that you are creating a fabric of human destiny with the object of making men happy in the end, giving them peace and rest at last, but that it was essential and inevitable to torture to death only one tiny creature - that baby beating its breast with its fist, for instance - and to found that edifice on its unavenged tears, would you consent to be the architect on those conditions? Tell me, and tell me the truth?"
-- Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov


"I've got a sneaky admiration for Dan Rather because I'm never sure when he's going to go bonkers on you. He always looks like he's gonna just stop and say, 'All right, motherfuckers, here it comes. We've got the bodies in hangar 18, the government has been lying to you....' And then they're going to drag him off."
-- Steven King, Anchors: Brokaw, Jennings, Rather and the Evening News by Robert Goldberg and Gerald Goldberg. As quoted by Brutally Honest by Berkeley


"God gave us our relatives; thank God we can choose our friends."
-- Ethel Watts Mumford


"I went through a period when I was a teenager, where I was rebelling against everything, and I think embracing a lot of the exaggerated stereotypes of what it means to be an African-American. But, fortunately, I had some wonderful mentors and teachers who, I think, pulled me out of it. I had the love of my mother to stabilize me. And part of the reason I wrote about that period in my life in the book was to make clear that there are all kinds of young African-American males out there who are as talented as I am, as energetic as I am, but also as confused and they may not have the same margins of error that I did."
-- Senator Barack Obama, as told to CBS News.

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"It is my firm belief that it is a mistake to hold firm beliefs."
-- John W. Cooper, James Randi Commentary.


"How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind."
-- Bob Dylan

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"When you can play piano, and I can say this unabashedly, as well as I do, you don't like for people not to be able to hear you."
-- Cy Coleman, 1929-2004, Lyricist, Composer, Writer, Arranger, Musical Director, Musician. Obituary in The New York Times.

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"The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand, and the force of personality cannot so readily make itself felt, then all the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most easily adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum.

"The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron."

-- H. L. Mencken, Bayard vs. Lionheart, Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920.


"If you eat less, you live more."
-- David Wolf, Nature's First Law, as available on


"The only time you want to come late is in bed."
--Whoopi Goldberg


"There will be sex after death. We just won't be able to feel it"
-- Lily Tomlin


"What am I going to do next?... I don't know."
-- Colin Powell, Secretary of State

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"You know, we have eight and a half million kids on drugs...It's a human-rights issue: electroshock, prefrontal lobotomies, and drugging, which is mental straitjacketing. And I feel for the parents. It's a betrayal of them, because they are inundated with propaganda about how this is going to help your child and calm him down. It's a catastrophe of epic proportions."
-- Tom Cruise, interview with GQ, on his support of Scientology's sustained assault on the psychiatric profession and the dispensing of diagnoses and drugs like ADD and Ritalin.

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"So when we come to the issue of Israel and Palestine, I think what we are saying is we are going to work flat out to deliver this, but people have to understand, we can't deliver something unless the people whom it affects actually want it to happen."
-- Prime Minister Tony Blair, Great Britain

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"I was onstage and I felt my energy level dropping, just ebbing away. These were the days when people sat in the orchestra eating chocolate. Now they swig water — are they frightened of dehydration? Running a marathon?... Well, in the old days, they ate chocolates, and I saw a woman with a box of See's. I had to have one! So I snatched the box from this woman, such was my need. I accidentally put two chockies into my mouth... Greed has its reward: I choked onstage... It led to a pretty spectacular regurgitation... A very, very hard truffle shot back into the audience and slightly injured someone... Insurance covered it, of course."
-- Dame Edna, as quoted by the New York Post.

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"Palestine is the cement that holds the Arab world together, or it is the explosive that blows it apart."
-- Yassar Arafat, (1929-2004), in a Time magazine interview, November 1974.


"Shoo, fly, don't bother me,
Shoo, fly, don't bother me,
Shoo, fly, don't bother me,
For I belong to somebody.

"I feel, I feel,
I feel like a morning star,
I feel, I feel,
I feel like a morning star."
-- Unknown


"This is a disorienting time to be an American homo. George W. Bush appears to have won the White House on "values," not security, "values" being code for opposition to gay marriage, abortion, and stem cell research—but mostly gay marriage. Anti-gay-marriage amendments passed in 11 states, and pundits are saying the anti-gay vote got Bush elected. OK, so America hates gays—that I can live with, and it means we should probably get the fuck out while getting the fuck out is good.

"But does America hate gays? David Sedaris is a national phenomenon. That ol' carpet muncher Ellen DeGeneres has a hit TV talk show. A pole smoker writes the most widely syndicated sex advice column in the country. Lupe Valdez, a lesbian, was elected sheriff in Dallas County, Texas, last Tuesday. And George W. Bush gave his acceptance speech standing onstage next to Dick Cheney's carpet-munching daughter and her bull-dyke girlfriend. (Let's pause here to imagine the pit in hell these two lesbos will roast in.) This shit just doesn't compute, America. Can we get some consistency here? Should we stay or should we go? I've got this cool new house—do I put it back on the market or what?

"... Provided we don't all leave, here's how we get through a second Bush term: For at least the next four years, American lefties, artists, and queers should not consider this land our land. It is not a land of opportunity that spreads from sea to shining sea. No, we live on a chain of islands, an archipelago, not a continent. Sane people live on our islands—New York, San Francisco, Denver, Seattle, Portland, Madison, Austin, Boston, and on and on, basically all the cities, in red states and blue, that voted for Kerry—and we may not be the majority right now, and it may feel like sea levels are rising, but hey, we own all the best real estate. We've got the cities, the Northeast, the Midwest, and the West Coast. And what have they got? The Wal-Marts, the West Virginias, the Alabamas, the McMansions, and the mega-churches. Fuck 'em. Let 'em have that crap. We'll fight the fuckers in two years during the midterm elections and take back Congress. And we'll take 'em on again in four years and take back the White House. In the meantime, enjoy island life."

-- Dan Savage, Savage Love.

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"I had a terrible, rotten childhood... My father made away with himself when I was eleven. I had no guidance, and Mom was six feet tall, bucktoothed and very tough. I was mean and rebellious and had a terrible, bitter temper. I got a job as an auto mechanic, and I would have stayed in that narrow kind of life if I hadn't discovered art. Music changed me completely."
-- Howard Keel, 1919-2004

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"Let me put it to you this way: I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it."
-- President George W. Bush


"I want to thank John Kerry for running a strong campaign, and for laying out his hope and vision for America. My thanks and my thoughts go out to John and Teresa, and to John and Elizabeth Edwards, and both of their families.

"I campaigned across the country on behalf of John Kerry and I am disappointed by the results of this election. But I am determined to work harder than ever in the Senate for the causes important to our future, like improving access to health care, strengthening the economy, protecting civil rights and fighting for wiser security policies that will truly keep us safe at home and abroad.

"I congratulate President Bush on his victory and I am pleased to hear his commitment to uniting America. I also urge him to take this moment to reach out to our allies and unite the world through a leadership built on respect."

-- Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, in an e-mail to her supporters, this week.


“I'm going to talk about something no other Democrat can talk about but heck, I'm not running for anything. Let’s be frank about it. Out in the country, they are wearing us out with guns and gay marriage.”
-- President Bill Clinton, speaking at a pre-election rally in Little Rock, Washington Post, Nov. 1, 2004, as quoted by the New York Blade.

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"Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride."
-- Bette Davis, as Margo Channing, in All About Eve.

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"We have one country, one conscience and one future that binds us. When we come together and work together there is no limit to the greatness of America."
-- President George W. Bush, in his Victory Speech, today.
"I spoke to President Bush and I offered him and Laura our congratulations on their victory... We talked about the division in our country and the need, desperate need, for unity... Today, I hope we can begin the healing."
-- Senator John Kerry

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"Hillary in 2008!"
-- Mr. Hell's Kitchen, Postcards from Hell's Kitchen

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"The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower

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"The margin is narrow, but the responsibility is clear".
-- John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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