These are quotes that were sprinkled throughout an older version of my web site. Visitors seemed to like them. Certainly I did or I wouldn’t have put them there.

“I wake each morning torn between the desire to improve the world and the desire to enjoy it. It makes it hard to plan the day.”
—E.B. White

“The continual passing in this island between the misery of last night and the splendour of today, seems to create an affinity between the moods of these people and the moods of varying rapture and dismay that are frequent in artists, and in certain forms of alienation.”
—J.M. Synge, The Aran Islands

“The gestures of the tightrope walker would look absurd to anyone unaware that he was walking over the void and over death.”
—Jean Cocteau

“It seems clear then that life, at least as we know it, can exist only in regions of space-time in which one time and three space dimensions are not curled up small.”
—Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

“As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.”
—Franz Kafka, Metamorphosis

“While most dogs are excellent candidates for training, most cats are not.”
The Doctor’s Book of Home Remedies for Dogs and Cats

“The audience leads two lives. In one it eats toast. In another glass. It is hard on the audience.”
—Linda Frye Burnham, The Audience

“Do not start cutting until you have a clear work area, secure footing, and, if you are felling trees, a planned retreat.”
—Operator’s Manual, Poulan Gasoline Powered Chain Saw

“The world was so recent that many things lacked names, and in order to indicate them it was necessary to point.”
—Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude