Archive for the ‘Quotes’ Category

Truth

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

“Truth always rests with the minority, and the minority is always stronger than the majority, because the minority is generally formed by those who really have an opinion, while the strength of a majority is illusory, formed by the gangs who have no opinion — and who, therefore, in the next instant (when it is evident that the minority is the stronger) assume its opinion… while truth again reverts to a new minority.”

–Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)

Subway Tile

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

72nd Street Station, NYC.

From “Soft City” by Jonathan Raban

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

“For better or worse, [the city] invites you to remake it, to consolidate it into a shape you can live in. You, too. Decide who you are, and the city will again assume a fixed form around you. Decide what it is, and your own identity will be revealed, like a map fixed by triangulation. Cities, unlike villages and small towns, are plastic by nature. We mould them in our images : they, in their turn, shape us by the resistance they offer when we try to impose our own personal form on them. In this sense, it seems to me that living in a city is an art, and we need the vocabulary of art, of style, to describe the peculiar relation between man and material that exists in the continual creative play of urban living. The city as we imagine it, the soft city of illusion, myth, aspiration, nightmare, is as real, maybe more real, than the hard city one can locate in maps and statistics, in monographs on urban sociology and demography and architecture.”

Whales

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

“For centuries, men and whales were in two opposing camps, confronting each other on a neutral territory: Nature. But Nature is no longer neutral: the frontier has moved. It is now between those who defend themselves by conserving Nature, and those who by destroying it, destroy themselves. Now men and whales are in the same camp. Each whale that dies, bequeaths us, as a prophesy, the image of our own death.” - Chris Marker

Lines of flight

Friday, February 12th, 2010

“Multiplicities are defined by the outside: by the abstract line, the line of flight or deterritorialization according to which they change in nature and connect with other multiplicities. The plane of consistency (grid) is the outside of all multiplicities. The line of flight marks: the reality of a finite number of dimensions that the multiplicity effectively fills; the impossibility of a supplementary dimension, unless the multiplicity is transformed by the line of flight; the possibility and necessity of flattening all of the multiplicities on a single plane of consistency or exteriority, regardless of their number of dimensions.” – Gilles Deleuze