Joseph Brodsky om Venedig


It all felt like arriving in the provinces, in some unknown, insignificant spot—possibly one’s own birthplace—after years of absence. In no small degree did this sensation owe to my own anonymity, to the incongruity of a lone figure on the steps of the stazione: an easy target for oblivion.

Ur Watermark

Predikaren om fåfängligheten


"Allting är fåfänglighet och ett evigt enahanda. Också strävandet efter vishet är ett jagande efter vind."

Ur Predikaren, 1 kapitlet

Alfons Åberg om egentid


”När pappor vill vara i fred, bryr dom sig inte så noga om vad man gör”

Ur Aja baja, Alfons Åberg

Merle Haggard om minnen

Memories and drinks don’t mix too well
And jukebox records don’t play those wedding bells

Ur "Misery and Gin" från Back to the Barrooms (1980)

Alan Partridge om countrymusiken

Pat: Do you like country music, Alan?
Alan: Can’t say I do, Pat. It’s just jilted spouses complaining whilst drunk. Also known as a date if you’re over 40.

Ur Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

J.D. Salinger om äktenskapet

Marriage partners are to serve each other. Elevate, help, teach, strengthen each other, but above all, serve. Raise their children honorably, lovingly and with detachment. A child is a guest in the house, to be loved and respected — never possessed, since he belongs to God. How wonderful, how sane, how beautifully difficult, and therefore true. The joy of responsibility for the first time in my life.

Ur “Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters”

Annie Savoy om självmedvetenhet


"The world is made for people who aren’t cursed with self-awareness."

Ur Bull Durham (US, Ron Shelton, 1988)

Woody Allen om överlevnad

"Without fear, you’d never survive"

Woody Allen (ur Esquire, September 2013)

Jean Seberg om pengar


"Money doesn’t buy happiness. But happiness isn’t everything."

Signe Hasso om lyckan


”Man måste väl ha rätt att vara lycklig? Jag fick för mig att man inte hade det.”

Ur Sånt händer inte här (Ingmar Bergman, 1950)