For some reason, I have been thinking about the late, great American iconoclast Frank Zappa, and decided to add a few (more) of his quotes to the long-neglected Palace Library collection. Here they are—along with a few other recent acquisitions.
I like to watch the news, because I don’t like people very much and when you watch the news… if you ever had an idea that people were really terrible, you could watch the news and know that you’re right. –Frank Zappa
My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can. Children are naive — they trust everyone. School is bad enough, but, if you put a child anywhere in the vicinity of a church, you’re asking for trouble. –Frank Zappa
Some scientists claim that hydrogen, because it is so plentiful, is the basic building block of the universe. I dispute that. I say there is more stupidity than hydrogen, and that is the basic building block of the universe. –Frank Zappa
The richest people in the world aren’t particularly smart or happy. And the happiest people in the world aren’t particularly smart or rich. –Frank Zappa
The biggest threat to America today is not communism. It’s moving America toward a fascist theocracy, and everything that’s happened during the Reagan administration is steering us right down that pipe. –Frank Zappa
The fundamental cause of the trouble is that in the modern world the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt. –Bertrand Russell [anticipating Dunning-Kruger by more than six decades]
Women are described in animal terms as pets, cows, sows, foxes, chicks, serpents, bitches, beavers, old bats, old hens, mother hens, pussycats, cats, cheetahs, bird-brains, and hare-brains…‘Mother Nature’ is raped, mastered, conquered, mined; her secrets are ‘penetrated,’ her ‘womb’ is to be put into the service of the ‘man of science.’ Virgin timber is felled, cut down; fertile soil is tilled, and land that lies ‘fallow’ is ‘barren,’ useless. The exploitation of nature and animals is justified by feminizing them; the exploitation of women is justified by naturalizing them. -Karen J. Warren, Ecological Feminism (via agentmaya) [h/t Vanina]
If you haven’t anything nice to say about anybody, come sit next to me. –Alice Roosevelt Longworth
I’ve always believed in the adage that the secret of eternal youth is arrested development. –Alice Roosevelt Longworth
I can be President of the United States, or I can control Alice. I cannot possibly do both. –Theodore Roosevelt, in response when a dignitary asked if he could better control his daughter.