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#definitions

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definitions belong to the definer, not the defined, & I no longer wished to have my life & death foretold by others. I had endured too much to be reduced to an idea. Onto that pyre I threw so many, many words - that entire untrue literature of the past which had shackled & subjugated my as surely as the spiked iron collars & leg locks & jagged basils & balls & chains & headshaving - that had so long denied me my free voice & the stories I needed to tell. I no longer wished to read lies as to who & why I was. I knew who I was


Richard Flanagan


#death

contiguous, adj. I felt silly for even mentioning it, but once I did, I knew I had to explain. "When I was a kid, "I had this puzzle with all fifty states on it--you know, the kind where you have to fit them all together. And one day I got it in my head that California and Nevada were in love. I told my mom, and she had no idea what I was talking about. I ran and got those two pieces and showed it to her--California and Nevada, completely in love. So a lot of the time when we're like this"--my ankles against the backs of your ankles, my knees fitting into the backs of your knees, my thighs on the backs of your legs, my stomach against your back, my chin folding into your neck--"I can't help but think about California and Nevada, and how we're a lot like them. If someone were drawing us from above as a map. that's what we'd look like; that's how we are." For a moment, you were quiet. And then you nestled in and whispered. "Contiguous." And I knew you understood.


David Levithan


#definitions #love #relationships #love

Avant-garde is French for bullshit


John Lennon


#definitions #art

Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.


Richard P. Feynman


#science

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence


H.L. Mencken


#love #imagination

Hypocrite: The man who murdered his parents, and then pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.


Abraham Lincoln


#humour #legal-system #parenting

Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.


Ronald Reagan


#depression #recession #slogan #job

I am very much afraid of definitions, and yet one is almost forced to make them. One must take care, too, not to be inhibited by them.


Robert Delaunay


#almost #am #care #definitions #forced

One's 'thing'--(1) A point of personal interest; a hobby, sport, or avocation that succinctly defines a person. (2) A brief coupling of words used to evoke someone's personality in a small-talk setting: Billy's thing used to be soccer; now it's masterbation. (3) A laconic summation of one's character and interests used for the purpose of categorization and judgement. See also 'What do you do?


Joshua Braff


#funny #funny

Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.


H.L. Mencken


#definitions #ethics #humor #humor






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