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Ordinary language is all right.

One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.

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28 Apr '13 09:08:21 AM

They sure talk on the phone a lot on NYPD Blue.

28 Apr '13 05:39:02 AM

'''We never solved it because we felt that it would be a disservice to the real girl, to have this fake TV solution,'' Mr. Fontana explained. ''Because it's not O.K. that she died, that no one took responsibility.'''

27 Apr '13 08:44:55 PM

A verb of Dewey's, 'qualify', like an abstraction of 'redden' or 'quicken'.

27 Apr '13 08:44:02 AM

'Tear his life apart', an investigator is sometimes told, because a life still in one piece might conceal something the rest of us need to know.

—Lives fold within themselves, hide more life behind the life. —Our lives conceal themselves from others, not necessarily through anything we do, but in the course of their being lived. —We live lives which are almost never fully open to view by others, laid out, capable of being taken in 'by inspection'. —'A life' isn't just looked at, or even looked into, when the stakes for knowing are highest.

27 Apr '13 05:49:40 AM

'These are self-portraits of the artist as someone who knows inspiration is the least important part of creativity, and that art is more a matter of problem-solving than personal expression.'

27 Apr '13 05:34:54 AM

Wish I could mumble as good as Kurt Vile.

26 Apr '13 07:17:43 PM

'Just what his thinking on moral philosophy was I intend to make clear, but roughly speaking it was that we should not do it at all.'

25 Apr '13 04:00:44 AM

I'd rather be a listener.

25 Apr '13 03:07:44 AM

Two different impulses leading to philosophy, 'I can't help but think this' or 'I can't help how I feel'.

A philosopher's response, 'look differently at things'.