I chose to remain a domiciled taxpayer for a couple of reasons. The main one was that I wanted my children to grow up where I grew up, to have proper roots in a culture as old and magnificent as Britain’s; to be citizens, with everything that implies, of a real country, not…
“People will never agree. They’ll never define you in the same way, and that’s why it’s so important to know yourself and have a baseline of experience. So you can separate the valid criticism from people just talking.”—5 Reasons Life is Better After Age 30, from Cracked.com.
“People always ask me, “Do you think you’ll ever tone down your look?” And I say, Well, hell no! Why should I? I was gaudy when gaudy wasn’t cool. Before Gaga I was Ga-udy. I was being outrageous even before Madonna. Eventually people realize that there’s a brain under this hair, and a heart under these boobs, but I also like being a character that they can enjoy. It makes it kind of fun when I do get out on stage and tell my real story, and they get to see the real me. I’m a very artificial-looking person, but I’m a very real person.”—
Know what else Miss Dolly does? She has her own foundation called the Imagination Library that distributes books to kids. Each month children in the program get their very own book mailed to their house up until their fifth birthday when they get a booklet about starting kindergarten.
“And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles. So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”—A Man Without a Country | Kurt Vonnegut (via lifeofliterature)
"The Importance of Being Earnest", Oscar Wilde, the only man who can have a serious argument over muffins and still be considered one of the greatest satirist of all time.
ALGERNON:If it wasn't my business, I wouldn't talk about it. [Begins to eat muffins].It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stockbrokers do that, and then merely at dinner parties.
JACK:How you can sit there, calmly eating muffins, when we are in this horrible trouble, I can hardly make out. You seem to me to be perfectly heartless.
ALGERNON:Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them.
JACK:I say it's perfectly heartless your eating muffins at all, under the circumstances.
ALGERNON:When I am in trouble, eating is the only thing that consoles me. Indeed, when I am in really great trouble, as anyone who knows me intimately will tell you, I refuse everything except food and drink. At the present moment I am eating muffins because I am unhappy. Besides, I am particularly fond of muffins. [Rising].
JACK:[Rising]. Well, that is no reason why you should eat them all in that greedy way. [Takes muffins from ALGERNON].
ALGERNON:[Offering teacake]. I wish you would have teacake instead. I don't like teacake.
JACK:Good heavens! I suppose a man may eat his own muffins in his own garden.
ALGERNON:But you have just said it was perfectly heartless to eat muffins.
JACK:I said it was perfectly heartless of you, under the circumstances. That is a very different thing.
ALGERNON:That may be. But the muffins are the same. [He seizes the muffin dish from JACK.]