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Funny Piero Scaruffi Quotes

Since Piero Scaruffi is one of the harshest critics there is, reading some of his reviews can provide some comic relief. I don't agree with most of the things he has to say here, but they're all quite humorous.

On Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto:
"[...] the hip-hop singalong Paradise, the ecstatic elegy Charlie Brown and the soul ballad Up in Flames (one of many) point in a different direction: some truly embarrassing supermarket muzak."

On Kanye West's Yeezus:

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I love that Britney Spears one. But the rest I disagree with (especially the Radiohead and Beatles ones).

On the MBV page: he corrected the "Maybe there were not so great after all" to "Maybe they were not so great after all" after I emailed him about it.

Quote of the Day

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  • 12/20/2005 - "The food that memory gives to eat is bitter to the taste, and it is only with the teeth of hope that we can bear to bite it." - H. Rider Haggard - She

  • 1/23/2006 - "The most commonplace life hovers on the edge of the bizarre. But those of us who overstep the border become preposterous in the eyes of those who have never done so." - Sax Rohmer - Bat Wing

  • 01/30/2006 - “Finishing is better than not finishing, and not finishing is better than not starting.” - Source not recorded

Favorite quotes from various books, movies, songs, ...

  • "Nostalgija za mjestima tek je opsjena: svaka je nostalgija nostalgija za jednim nestalim vremenom i za jednim nestalim ja u njemu." Proljeca Ivana Galeba V.Desnica
  • "Citav nas zivot moze da bude jedna puka fikcija, jedna strasna igra u zagrljaju bunila, jedna usijana iluzija prosijana na rubu stvarnosti. Jedino je smrt realna. Ona je jedino sto nam se u zivotu stvarno dogajdja. Pa opet nepojmljiva. Nepojmljiva i nevjerovatna. Svaki se zivot odigrava u nekakvom, mada i iluzornom, mada i proizvoljnom, sistemu koordinata;na nekoj, mada i cudnoj, sahovskoj ploci.

Quotes from Movies 2013

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  • Full Metal Jacket

  •      The dead know only one thing: it is better to be alive.


  • Django Unchained

  •      Jesus Christ, Stephen. What is the point of having a [slave] that speaks German if you can't wheel 'em out when you have a German guest?


  • Intolerable Cruelty

  •      If you want tact, call a tactician.

Quotes from TV Shows 2013

  • Anger Management

  •      "I'm not a cannibal, that's not why I'm in here, but I bet you taste like raspberries."


  • Criminal Minds

  •      "All I know is what it says. I don't know what it means."


  •      “Could you guys do me a favor?”
  •      “Anything, kid.”
  •      “Could at least one of you look like you’re going to see me again?”


  • Wanda Sykes: Tongue Untied

Religion and Philosophy

  • "Rita clearly cared. She wasn't signing up new members or asking for money. She only wanted people to know that her loving God was going to kill billions of people in a couple of weeks and some heavy duty praying was in order. I walked away from our conversation sad for her. Strange as it may seem, I almost wanted the world to end just so this sweet misguided woman wouldn't have to face her own internal psychological Armageddon."
  • ~Guy P. Harrison 50 Popular Beliefs that People Think are True

Science Quotes 2013

  • “It would have been harder to fake it than to do it.”
  • ~Neil Armstrong on the moon landing (Quote from 50 Popular Beliefs that People Think are True by Guy P. Harrison)

  • "I suggest we embrace the phrase, 'I don't know'. It seems to get a bad rap, but 'I don't know' is a respectable answer when one doesn't know."
  • ~Guy P. Harrison 50 Popular Beliefs that People Think are True

The Hotel

  • "He feels spikes everywhere and rushes to impale himself."
  • ~Sidney

  • But Miss Pym gave an impression, somehow, of having been attacked from within.

  • She thought, "It is all very well to escape to the future and think it will always be that; but this is the end of the future."

  • Notwithstanding the slight sense of degeneracy induced by reading novels before luncheon she had been enjoying Jude the Obscure.

Things Margo Said

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========== Things Margo Said ==============
~ As I Remembered in Reverse Chronology. (With annotations. jw)

You can tweet jw at @JohnWalling, if that's how you hang.
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Margo is an old friend of mine who provided a wealth of quotes and observations. They're not all funny but some get you thinking. Dates are when I got around to recording them. Here are the most recent first:

6/6/2009
Margo in motion, "Eventually you have to go with the wind and the tide, but for now I am dancing in my own direction."

5/30/2009

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  • Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away - Anonymous

  • You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the one who'll decide where you'll go. Oh the places you'll go. - Dr Seuss

  • You must be the change you wish to see in the world - Mahatma Gandhi

  • Life isn’t worth living unless you’re willing to take some big chances and go for broke. - Eliot Wiggington