E.B. White – The Elements of Style (1959)

If you write, you must believe–in the truth and worth of the scrawl, in the ability of the reader to receive and decode the message. No one can write decently who is distrustful of the reader’s intelligence, or whose attitude is patronizing.

Umberto Eco – Foucault’s Pendulum (1988)

Diotallevi and Belbo, both from Piedmont, often claimed that any good Piedmontese had the ability to listen politely, look you in the eye, and say “You think so?” in a tone of such apparent sincerity that you immediately felt his profound disapproval.


Ansel Adams – The Camera (1980)

It is tempting with small cameras and roll films to make a great number of exposures to be “safe.” True, there will always be one that is better than the others, but that does not mean it is a good photograph! The best 35mm photographers I know are efficient and make relatively few exposures. They know what they want to do, and do not rely on the “scattered” approach.


National Geographic (Jun. 2017)

Unlike contradictory or inconclusive studies of total fat, total cholesterol, and unsaturated fats, no published research paper has ever shown that trans fats are anything other than one of the most harmful products ever made.

excerpt from Paul Offitt’s book, Pandora’s Lab

Charlotte Brontë – Jane Eyre (1847)

“The blaze there has thawed all the snow from your cloak; by the same token, it has streamed on to my floor, and made it like a trampled street. As you hope ever to be forgiven, Mr. Rivers, the high crime and misdemeanor of spoiling a sanded kitchen, tell me what I wish to know.”


Oliver Sacks – Musicophilia (2007)

It really is a very odd business that all of us, to varying degrees, have music in our heads. If Arthur C. Clarke’s Overlords were puzzled when they landed on Earth and observed how much energy our species puts into making and listening to music, they would have been stupefied when they realized that, even in the absence of external sources, most of us are incessantly playing music in our heads.