Just Above Sunset
Volume 5, Number 10
March 11, 2007

Faking It

 The world as seen from Just Above Sunset -

"Notes on how things seem from out here in Hollywood..."

Quotes for the week of February 4, 2007 - Faking It

"To pretend, I actually do the thing: I have therefore only pretended to pretend." - Jacques Derrida

"Pretending that we live doesn't make us alive." - Serj Tankian

"If you go parachuting, and your parachute doesn't open, and your friends are all watching you fall, I think a funny gag would be to pretend you were swimming" - Jack Handey

"Anything that consoles is fake."  - Iris Murdoch

"Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision."  - Robertson Davies

"After all, it is hard to master both life and work equally well. So if you are bound to fake one of them, it had better be life." - Joseph Brodsky

"Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object." - Albert Camus

"Truth exists, only falsehood has to be invented." - Georges Braque, Pensies sur l'Art

"I always get back to the question, is it really necessary that men should consume so much of their bodily and mental energies in the machinery of civilized life? The world seems to me to do much of its toil for that which is not in any sense bread. Again, does not the latent feeling that much of their striving is to no purpose tend to infuse large quantities of sham into men's work?" -  William Allingham

"Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults." - Thomas S. Szasz

"People who have realized that this is a dream imagine that it is easy to wake up, and are angry with those who continue sleeping, not considering that the whole world that environs them does not permit them to wake. Life proceeds as a series of optical illusions, artificial needs and imaginary sensations." - Alexander Herzen

"Man is a make-believe animal: he is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part." - William Hazlitt

"It's all make-believe, isn't it?" - Marilyn Monroe

"To philosophize is only another way of being afraid and leads hardly anywhere but to cowardly make-believe." - Louis Ferdinand Celine

    Rules About Life

    1. Life has no rules


      - Werner Erhard

"Not a shred of evidence exists in favor of the idea that life is serious." - Brendan Gill

"Life is a foreign language; all men mispronounce it." - Christopher Morley

"It's not true that life is one damn thing after another; it is one damn thing over and over." - Edna St. Vincent Millay

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