Sunday, December 31, 2023

The year in quotes, 2023


In accordance with our occasional tradition here, I present the year of clerkmanifesto in quotes. 

These are clerkmanifesto's best quotes from the past year, and will be particularly of use to those readers who read clerkmanifesto to increase their wisdom, but think once a year really ought to do it.

The rest of you may find some utility in these quotes as well though. For instance, what if you wanted to start a gift mug company but aren't particularly concerned with, um, making money.

That last one might not be the best example.

Maybe we just think of these quotes as a trip down memory lane?

Here is our year in quotes:

Feb 2:

Let us all, forever more, be prudent, measured, painstaking, and careful in our condemnation of good, and brash and reckless in its expression.

Feb 7:

Writing is good (or bad), hard work. Except in the moment that you are doing it, at which point it isn't anything like work at all.

April 21:

The last ten years have been an illustration of the following:

Proving wrong people wrong doesn't work anymore.

May 2:

Makes no sense, has no point, and yet here we are.

May 24:

Tips, for good or ill, mostly ill, are like light, or roaches, or water, or zombies- if you leave even a crack, they will find a way in.

June 28 (Quote squatted by and occupied by (though not actually originated with in a conventional sense) clerkmanifesto, on June 28):

If you don't read the newspaper you're uninformed. If you do read the newspaper you're misinformed.

Aug. 10 (doubleheader!):

Time: You don't have to do a single thing to find yourself somewhere else.


All roads lead to the present, even the ones away from it.

Aug 13:

The hardest place to protest...

Is in one's own head.

Aug 22:

When each of us has gone through the unasked for trouble of being born, for every last creature, a debt of the Universe is owed to us.

Aug 31:

The more a culture believes in all their own crap, the more people get hurt.

Sept 24:

It's not reality that's so difficult, the difficulty is in how much we want to change it.

Oct 4:

Time solves all our problems. And creates them.

Oct 21:

Everything that was once "a thing" will be a thing again. At least once, but sometimes forever.

Oct 23:

Time heals all wounds, leaves a little scar, and eventually you're all scar.

Nov 26:

The gods return my calls, but only when I cannot answer the phone.

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