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But nobody can handle that other trip- the possibility that any freak with $1.98 can walk into the Circus-Circus and suddenly appear in the sky over downtown Las Vegas twelve times the size of God, howling anything that comes into his head. No, this is not a good town for psychedelic drugs. Reality itself is too twisted.

Tim: Here’s to God and football and, ten years from now, Street, good friends living large in Texas. Texas forever, Street.
Jason: Texas forever.

Pilot

Annie Hall: It’s so clean out here.
Alvy Singer: That’s because they don’t throw their garbage away, they turn it into television shows.

Regarding California.

Can we actually “know” the universe? My God, it’s hard enough finding your way around in Chinatown.

Getting Even (1978)
Posted in: Woody Allen

I can’t bear Britain in decline. I just can’t.

Interviewed by Michael Cockerell for BBC TV's Campaign '79 (27 April, 1979).

We cannot afford to be a country of isolationists right now. 9/11 showed us that try as we might to ignore the rest of the world, our enemies will no longer ignore us. And so we need to maintain a strong foreign policy, relentless in pursuing our enemies and hopeful in promoting our values around the world. But to guard against isolationist sentiments in this country, we must change conditions in Iraq and the policy that has characterized our time there – a policy based on blind hope and ideology instead of fact and reality.

Americans called for this more serious policy a few Tuesdays ago. It’s time that we listen to their concerns and win back their trust. I spoke here a year ago and delivered a message about Iraq that was similar to the one I did today. I refuse to accept the possibility that I will have to come back a year from now and say the same thing. There have been too many speeches. There have been too many excuses. There have been too many flag-draped coffins, and there have been too many heartbroken families. The time for waiting in Iraq is over. It is time to change our policy. It is time to give Iraqis their country back. And it is time to refocus America’s efforts on the wider struggle yet to be won.

Posted in: Barack Obama

Canada is a country where nothing seems ever to happen. A country always dressed in its Sunday go-to-meeting clothes. A country you wouldn’t ask to dance a second waltz. Clean. Christian. Dull. Quiescent. But growing. Yes, it must be admitted, the Dominion is growing.

Posted in: Carol Shields

Canada is not really a place where you are encouraged to have large spiritual adventures.

The Enthusiasms of Robertson Davies
Posted in: Robertson Davies

It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada but because she’s something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are a part of.

Posted in: Emily Carr

Canada’s like a loft apartment over a really great party.

Posted in: Robin Williams

I like America, just as everybody else does. I love America, I gotta say that. But America will be judged.

on stage, Nov. 26, 1979, in Tempe, Arizona
Posted in: Bob Dylan

Here also is to be seen in constant whirl the balance-wheel, such as it is, of the most complicated political machine on earth; and here may be best appreciated the working and the value of the constitution.

on Washington, D.C., Travels in the United States in 1846–1847
Posted in: Alexander Mackay

Driving a Porsche in London is like bringing a Ming vase to a football game.

As quoted in Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Companion (1988)
Posted in: Douglas Adams

…a trip through a sewer in a glass-bottom boat.

Regarding Hollywood.
Posted in: Wilson Mizner

The labyrinth of Ephebe is ancient and full of one hundred and one amazing things you can do with hidden springs, razor-sharp knives, and falling rocks.

Small Gods
Posted in: Terry Pratchett