Quotes, and ‘name dropping’ and Guy Bourdin pictures….

There are so many ad filled pages of ‘great quotes.’  I was looking for a Denis Diderot quote about ‘kings and priests’ in French, but could not find the words.  But I found these wise words:



The art of prophecy is very difficult, especially with respect to the future. Mark Twain

It is personalities, not principles that move the age. Oscar Wilde


I’m not going to pay good money to join a club that lets in people like me. Groucho Marx

I never think of the future. It arrives soon enough. Albert Einstein


Progress is the realization of utopia. Oscar Wilde

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like? Jean Cocteau

In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. G. K. Chesterton

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. George Bernard Shaw


Imitation is the homage mediocrity pays to greatness. Oscar Wilde


The innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions. Machiavelli3nnnmm

When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers. Oscar Wilde

Sweet is war to those who know it not. Erasmus

The CIA owns everyone of any major significance in the major media. CIA director William Colby

The only thing on earth I know is serious is the culture of the vine. Voltaire

Facts are stubborn things and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. John Adams

Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances. Strong men believe in cause and effect. Ralph Waldo Emerson


Everyone has two homelands, their own and La France. / Tout homme a deux patries : la sienne et la France. Thomas Jefferson

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy

These are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others. Groucho Marx

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones. Albert Einstein

A fool learns from his experience. A wise person learns from the experience of others. Otto von Bismarck

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect. Mark Twain

After we have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Sherlock Holmes

Insanity in individuals is something rare — but in groups, parties, nations and epochs it is the rule. Friedrich Nietzsche

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana

The tyranny of the ignoramuses is insurmountable and assured for all time. Albert Einstein

History is little more than the register of crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind. Edward Gibbon

Men use thoughts only to justify their wrongdoings, and words only to conceal their thoughts. Voltaire

Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied. Otto von Bismarck

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke

One cannot cross an abyss in two jumps. David Lloyd-George

In times of universal deceit, speaking the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell

A nation of sheep must in time beget a goverment of wolves. Edward R. Murrow

Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under. H. L. Mencken

A sucker is born every minute. Old American adage

To a man with a hammer everything looks like a nail. Mark Twain

We live in hope and die in despair. Old adage


Pride goes before a fall. Ancient admonition

Never dig a hole deeper than you can climb out of. Gravedigger’s maxim

On the head of the thief the hat is burning. Hebraic proverb

There is no settling the point of precedency between a louse and a flea. Samuel Johnson

You will get more with a kind word and a gun than with a kind word alone. Al Capone

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lord Acton

If we are discussing horses it would seem out of place to mix in donkeys and proceed to discuss them all together. Norman Totten

The French are logical people, which is one reason the English dislike them so intensely. The other is that they own France, a country which we have always judged to be much too good for them. Robert Morley

No man is an island, Entire of itself. Each is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. Each man’s death diminishes me, For I am involved in Mankind. Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls. It tolls for thee. John Donne

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. Aldous Huxley


Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hands. Kurt Vonnegut

Nuclear power is one hell of a way to boil water. Einstein

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on the human face forever. George Orwell’s 1984

Guest and fish stink after three days. (common saying)


Capitalism is the astounding belief that the wretchedest of men will do the wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone. J. F. Keynes

In this world, while it is often dangerous to be an enemy of the United States, to be a friend is fatal. Henry Kissinger

English is the easiest language to speak badly. George Bernard Shaw

Teachers teach, but only students can learn. (common knowledge)

Whether the rock hits the egg or the egg hits the rock, the result is always the same. (Chinese proverb)

Treason doth never prosper, what’s the reason ? Why, if it prosper, none dare call it treason. (old english ditty attributed to Sir John Harrington, 1561-1612)

Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest. Denis Diderot

When you lose, make sure you do not lose the lesson. (common saying)

Lay down with dogs, wake up with fleas. (common saying)

First they ignore you, then they denounce you, and then they say that they knew what you were saying all the time. Gandhi

Before beating your dog, first close the door. (common saying)

It is easier to rob by setting up a bank than by holding up a bank clerk. Bertolt Brecht

I can forgive Alfred Nobel for having invented dynamite, but only a fiend in human form could have invented the Nobel prize. George Bernard Shaw


Even while they teach, men learn. Seneca the Younger

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. Albert Einstein

There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the universe. Albert Einstein

No great thing is created suddenly. Epictetus


If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

Intellectuals solve problems; geniuses prevent them. Albert Einstein

The golden rule is that there are no golden rules. George Bernard Shaw


It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong. Thomas Jefferson

When war is declared, truth is the first casualty. Arthur Ponsonby, 1928


Tender Buttons – Gertrude Stein


The woman encouraged and helped so many artists in Paris in the 1920’s.  I looked up her work.  What has she given the reader?  Anti-art?  Words and phrases scattered randomly on the page.  Nothing means anything?  I made a video and used an audio reading of “Tender Buttons.”  I would guess that most literate people have heard her name, and have never seen her work.  As I put the video online I hear the work over and over again.  I start to like it, at least a little.  Like a non-sense children’s rhyme.

Faces in Line Drawing Land

I saw a sheet of faces in a councilor’s office.  People who could not express themselves with words might point at a picture to say how they felt.  Darwin, and many others, have written of the common human faces that are the same in all cultures.  A visual tendency that was around before language.

Rain in Boston – Looking out my back door

I skated on the street early yesterday morning.  I was looking up at the crescent moon just as the rain started to fall.  I could see the individual drops highlighted by the street light with the moon high above in a mist.  Later, as I sat at the kitchen table I heard the heavy rain in the trees looking out my back door.  Rain, rain, rain…

That ‘Boston Globe’ Cover…..

In the Spring of 1982 I went to this protest with Lisa.  She is at the center of the photo.  The next day at work in a print plant the son of the boss came up to me and pointed out my picture on the front of the Boston Globe’s ‘metro’ section.  Thirty three years later I go through thirty three photo shop filters.  Plus ca change?