Thomas W Hodgkinson

How to be Cool

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Nicolas Palacioshas quotedlast year
We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.’
Nicolas Palacioshas quotedlast year
he meaning of a word isn’t defined by origin but by usage
Юлия Сологубоваhas quoted2 years ago
What makes this truly ‘absurd’ (to use Camus’s favoured term) is that we all carry on behaving as if our lives have meaning, when deep down we know that they don’t
Анна Даниловаhas quoted2 years ago
The Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said, ‘Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.’ But if that were taken seriously, there would be no such thing as journalism
Galana Enyayevahas quoted2 years ago
the singer’s name was Billie Holiday: a woman who is widely regarded as one of the greatest jazz singers who ever lived.
The story of her life is the story of her voice.
Galana Enyayevahas quoted2 years ago
To any questioning or criticism of her behaviour, the Divine Sarah tended to reply with a Gallic shrug and the phrase ‘Quand même.’ This loosely translates as, ‘Do I look like I care?’
Galana Enyayevahas quoted2 years ago
The playwright Oscar Wilde once asked the actress Sarah Bernhardt, ‘Do you mind if I smoke?’ ‘I don’t mind if you burn,’ she replied.
Irina Dubrovskayahas quoted2 years ago
Asked why she had never tied the knot with the staggeringly wealthy Duke of Westminster despite their decade-long relationship, she replied, ‘There have been several Duchesses of Westminster. There is only one Chanel.’
Irina Dubrovskayahas quoted2 years ago
‘So come on, Clint,’ Wogan asked him chummily. ‘How is it that you’re so cool?’ To which Eastwood responded by taking out a cigarette, flicking it up in the air, striking a match on the heel of his shoe, and then lighting the cigarette while catching it between his lips on its descent. After taking the first puff, he growled, ‘I dunno, Terry. I guess it just happened that way.’
bharathibrajihas quoted2 years ago
‘How is it that you’re so cool?
bharathibrajihas quoted2 years ago
‘How is it that you’re so cool?’ To which Eastwood responded by taking out a cigarette, flicking it up in the air, striking a match on the heel of his shoe, and then lighting the cigarette while catching it between his lips on its descent.
bharathibrajihas quoted2 years ago
When I was told that story, I thought it was about the coolest thing I’d ever heard.
Andrey Kovylkinhas quoted2 years ago
‘Cool’ can’t really be defined but it has something to do with style and something to do with emotional composure (aka ‘keeping your cool’).
Yelena Akhmedovahas quoted2 years ago
Live fast, die young, and have a good-looking corpse
Nathalie Andrianovahas quoted2 years ago
Socrates seems to have gone to bed with people mainly so he could talk to them about philosophy.
nanuarhas quoted2 years ago
Style: You’re physically coordinated and know how to dress. Rebellion: You question authority. Recklessness: You value present pleasure over future health. Rootlessness: You travel. A lot. Promiscuity/Celibacy: The point is that you’re not into the whole monogamous commitment thing. Self-expression: You’re somehow an artist. Flamboyance/Austerity: Either will do. Taciturnity/Eloquence: You make words count. Emotional self-control: You’re pretty relaxed. You rarely lose it.
Nathalie Andrianovahas quoted2 years ago
Christianity began as an underdog religion, whose flame caught in a state occupied by an imperialist oppressor. Following a classic cool story arc, the underdog triumphed over the overlord, and the religion of the minority became that of the majority.
Nathalie Andrianovahas quoted2 years ago
With an unforgivable past and an unliveable future, there was nowhere left to exist but in the present
Nathalie Andrianovahas quoted2 years ago
Coolness, to extend Fussell’s thesis, was to the Second World War what irony was to the First. Let’s say that it was irony with style.
Nathalie Andrianovahas quoted2 years ago
The historian Paul Fussell suggested that the horrors of the First World War had such a traumatic impact on the western psyche that, ever afterwards, the dominant cultural and philosophical mode became one of irony, which avoided emotion and rejected the old value systems
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