A mini-commonplace II.


I don’t understand this talk of Coltrane being difficult to understand. What he does, for example, it to play five notes of a chord and then keep changing it around, trying to see how many different ways it can sound. It’s like explaining something five different ways.–Miles Davis

They say base men being in love have then/a nobility in their natures more than native in them.– Othello

Is she a bus, plane, or train ticket?–co-worker at Sunshine Wash ‘n’ Buff

Our life is determined for us–and it makes the mind very free when we give up wishing, and only think of bearing what is laid upon us, and doing what is given us to do.–George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss, book 5, chapter 1

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing–Archilochus, qtd in Isaiah Berlin, The Hedgehog and the Fox

It is the difference that will not go away, the difference between what others see of us and our sense of our inner selves and the deep feelings that sustain it.–Julian Jaynes, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind