I am always collecting quotes. Let us examine them, and reword them.
One can reinvent them, as Marshall McLuhan did when he reworded Robert Browning's 'Our reach should exceed our grasp or what is a heaven for' INTO
'Our reach should exceed its grasp or what is a metaphor.'
After a few of my favorites, there's the description for my workshop Number 63 - REWORDING APHORISMS
from http://www.laughtears.com/workshops4.html (which contains many of my favorite quotes within the descriptions of the various workshops)
I welcome your input.
The word is now the cheapest and most universal drug - McLuhan
"The best fiction is more true than any kind of journalism." - William Faulkner
"I am part Communist and part Fascist with a healthy dose of Monarchism in my Marxism, but at bottom an Anarchist with a passion for order." - Wyndham Lewis circa 1929
"I have always been on the side of those who seek the truth, but I part ways with them when they think they have found it." - Luis Bunuel
"I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste." - Marcel Duchamp
"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action. There is only one of you in all time; therefore this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium. The world will not have it. It will be lost. It is not your business to determine how good it is, or how valuable it is, or how it compares with other expression. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, and to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction. A blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than others." -
Carefully make plans, then do the opposite - McLuhan
Where the hand of man never set foot - James Joyce
We shape our tools, then they shape us. - Marshall McLuhan
Communication of the new is a miracle, but not impossible. - Marshall McLuhan
workshop # 63 - REWORDING APHORISMS - Marshall McLuhan reworded Robert Browning's 'Our reach should exceed our grasp or what is a heaven for' INTO 'Our reach should exceed its grasp or what is a metaphor.' More examples: "The historian wants more documents that he can use. The dramatist wants more liberties that he can take. " - Henry James INTO "The media ecologist wants more lecture possibilities that he can transform into the collective nitty-gritty. " - Gerry Fialka. "In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes" - Andy Warhol INTO "In the future everyone will have privacy for 15 minutes" - Robert Dobbs. "The present day composer refuses to die" - Edgard Varese INTO "The present day alchemist refuses to perform wittingly" - Gerry Fialka VIA "If I have performed alchemy, then it was in the only way that is reliable today, namely unwittingly." - Marcel Duchamp. "There ain't no Santa Claus on the evening stage" - Captain Beefheart INTO "There ain't no sanity clause on the mourning stage" - Gerry Fialka.
The following is a list of quotes to reword:
A historian is a prophet in reverse - Friedrich Schlegel
Practical politics consists in ignoring facts - Henry Admas
To know the world, one must construct it - Cesare Pavese
Be careful how you interpret the world, it is like that - Ercih Heler
Typos are worse than fascism - I F Stone
One never knows, do one? - Fats Waller
"Poetry, therefore, we will call Musical Thought." — Thomas Carlyle, “Heroes and Hero Worship”
“Reduced to its simplest and most essential form, the poem is a song. Song is neither discourse nor explanation.” - Octavio Paz
"the only absolute is that there are no absolutes" - ?
if it works, break it - ?
you want it, you need it, you buy it, you forget it - Barbara Kruger
electricity saved humanity, electricity killed humanity - ?
How the Irish Saved civilization - Thomas Cahill
How the Hippies Saved Physics - David Kaiser
Do not believe anything. Don't take anything personally. Keep an open mind. - American Zen
"Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven." - John Milton
If you can't play it perfectly right, then play it perfectly wrong - Sun Ra
Language is to him thick vague handles swirling by; he grabs what he can - John Updike
His music is better than it sounds - Mark Twain on Wagner
The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones - Shakespeare