G C Lichtenberg: “It is as if our languages were confounded: when we want a thought, they bring us a word; when we ask for a word, they give us a dash; and when we expect a dash, there comes a piece of bawdy.”
H. P. Lovecraft: "What a man does for pay is of little significance. What he is, as a sensitive instrument responsive to the world's beauty, is everything!"
Martin Amis: “Gogol is funny, Tolstoy in his merciless clarity is funny, and Dostoyevsky, funnily enough, is very funny indeed; moreover, the final generation of Russian literature, before it was destroyed by Lenin and Stalin, remained emphatically comic — Bunin, Bely, Bulgakov, Zamyatin. The novel is comic because life is comic (until the inevitable tragedy of the fifth act);...”
Werner Herzog: “We are surrounded by worn-out, banal, useless and exhausted images, limping and dragging themselves behind the rest of our cultural evolution.”
John Gray: "Unlike Schopenhauer, who lamented the human lot, Leopardi believed that the best response to life is laughter. What fascinated Schopenhauer, along with many later writers, was Leopardi’s insistence that illusion is necessary to human happiness."
Justin E.H. Smith: “One should of course take seriously serious efforts to improve society. But when these efforts fail, in whole or in part, it is only humor that offers redemption. So far, human expectations have always been strained, and have always come, give or take a bit, to nothing. In this respect reality itself has the form of a joke, and humor the force of truth.”
विलास सारंग: "… इ. स. 1000 नंतर ज्या प्रकारची संस्कृती रुढ झाली , त्यामध्ये साधारणत्व व विश्वात्मकता हे गुण प्राय: लुप्त झाले...आपली संस्कृती अकाली विश्वात्मक साधारणतेला मुकली आहे."
Monday, April 20, 2009
“PUNE: City police commissioner Satyapal Singh on Tuesday lambasted the Regional Transport Office (RTO) over its process of issuing driving licences, saying the organisation was doling out "licences to kill".
Speaking to mediapersons at a press conference here, Singh said, "The RTO issues driving licences. But these are not driving licences, they are licences to kill. About 80 per cent of these licences are issued through agents. Due to this, the rate of fatal accidents is high in the city."
Singh alleged that over 12,000 autorickshaws and about 550 private luxury buses in the city were plying without proper permits. "The police cannot take action against these operators. That power lies with the RTO," he said.
Singh said that barely 150 of the 700 private buses in the city had permits. "The others ply on temporary permits, which is not permitted. Some 12,000 autorickshaws in the city are plying without permits. These rickshaws should be scrapped," he advised…”
Artist: Drew Dernavich, The New Yorker, April 20 2009, Cartoon Caption Contest #189
“...Voodoo is that easy. Now you do it, lying down to begin with. In this experiment, you represent the spirit of Pune. For every pin you stick in yourself, Regional Transport Office, Pune will issue one licence."