Archive for the ‘Language’ Category

And if you go chasing rabbits/And you know you’re going to fall
January 17, 2010

photo by T.R. Hummer

Psychoanalysis: a rabbit that was swallowed by a boa constrictor that just wanted to see what it was like in there.

—Karl Kraus


December 1, 2009

photo by T.R. Hummer

Easy is the descent to Hell.


10 years willingly
November 25, 2009

A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.

—William Faulkner

And we never got the mule, let alone the forty acres.

—Charles Evers

no use for psychology
November 25, 2009

Kate Davidson tintype @1875

Children have no use for psychology. They detest sociology. They still believe in God, the family, angels, devils, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other such obsolete stuff. When a book is boring, they yawn openly. They don’t expect their writer to redeem humanity, but leave to adults such childish illusions.    —Isaac Bashevis Singer

November 24, 2009


Photo by T.R. Hummer

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.

—Robert Green Ingersoll


Only mothers can think of the future
November 24, 2009

Marion Slocum, mother of T.R. Hummer, @1929


Only mothers can think of the future—because they give birth to it in their children.

—Maxim Gorky


the taste for quotations
November 23, 2009

photo by T.R. Hummer

The taste for quotations (and for the juxtaposition of incongruous quotations) is a Surrealist taste.

—Susan Sontag

the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds
November 19, 2009


photo by T.R. Hummer



Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind’s eye; and he who remembers this when he sees any one whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will first ask whether that soul of man has come out of the brighter life, and is unable to see because unaccustomed to the dark, or having turned from darkness to the day is dazzled by excess of light.


November 15, 2009


photo by T.R. Hummer

Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.

—The Book of Ruth (King James Bible)

Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples
November 15, 2009


photo by T.R. Hummer

This City now doth, like a garment, wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lie
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.
—William Wordsworth