Monday, July 14, 2008

Quotes: Frost. Fruit. Future.

The idea in bold-face print is a summary of the quote. The numbers after the topic is the page on which the quote was found.

Frost 207 "…this is the season when the most fragile of all common crystals [frost] makes a dazzling wonderland of the countryside." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year.

Fruit 146 "Wild strawberries, when you can still find them, are prime examples of how much flavor can be stowed in a small package." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Fruit 146 "If there were wild strawberries in Eden, and there must have been, Adam was a fool as well as a sinner to taste any other fruit." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Fruit 229 "Crab apples are ripe; they hang like scarlet jewels in the late August sun on a thousand hills and in the dooryards and along the green borders…and on ten thousand shelves are glasses of fresh honey-amber crab apple jelly…flavor has something of late frost and stony hillsides…[the crab apple] has enough flavor for an apple three times its size." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Fruit 233 "But concentrate on the apple itself, which is the roundness of the earth, the red and gold of the sunrise, and the summary of the fruitful season’s sweet ripeness." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Fruit 233 "The apple is juicy crispness to the tooth and tongue." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Fruit 295 "There are pumpkins aplenty, heaped at roadside stands, glowing in orange beauty on rural doorsteps, even lying like full moons in the fields." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Fruit 295 "[Pumpkin pie]. ...golden brown, rich as an old gold coin...savory as secret spice, autumn made manifest...smooth to the tongue...ginger, nutmeg, a crust that melts in the mouth." Borland, Twelve Moons of the Year

Future 119 We're one massacre away from a golden future. "Only one more indispensable massacre of Capitalists or Communists or Fascists or Christians or Heretics, and there we are—there we are in the Golden Future." Aldous Huxley. 1944. Gross, ed. Oxford Book of Aphorisms.

Future 105 "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face—forever." George Orwell. Portable Curmudgeon.

Future 740 What field lies beyond science? "…and as science has supplanted its predecessors [magic and religion], so it may hereafter be itself superseded…by some totally different way of looking at the phenomena…the dreams of magic may one day be the waking realities of science." Frazer, The New Golden Bough.

Future 122 What trends of today will be fulfilled in the future? "It would be absurd to assume that the future holds nothing more than a straight-line projection of present trends, that we must necessarily reach that ultimate degree of…but it is not absurd to recognize the direction in which we are moving." Toffler, Future Shock.

Future 124 "One of the most persistent myths about the future envisions man as a helpless cog in some vast organizational machine." Toffler, Future Shock.

Future 239 "…the future is more open than it would appear." Toffler, Future Shock.

Future 263 Most writers see the future as more standardized than ever before. "Most writers…conjure up a dark vision of the future, in which people appear as mindless consumer-creatures, surrounded by standardized goods, educated in standardized schools, fed a diet of standardized mass culture, and forced to adopt standardized styles of life." Toffler, Future Shock.

Future 462 Method of guessing the nature of the future. "Delphi attempts to deal with very distant futures by making systematic use of the “intuitive” guesstimates of large numbers of experts." Toffler, Future Shock.

Future 463 We must see multiple visions of the future in order to decide which we choose. "Today…we need a multiplicity of visions, dreams and prophecies—images of potential tomorrows…[to] rationally decide which alternative pathways to choose." Toffler, Future Shock.

Future Shock 2 Future shock is too much change in too short a time for people to be able to adapt to it. “ 'Future Shock': …the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time…the disease of change." Toffler, Future Shock.

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