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All Quotes by author - Douglas Coupland
" A bland smile is like a green light at an intersection, it feels good when you get one, but you forget it the moment you're past it. "
" Adventure without risk is Disneyland. "
" Aliens didn't come down to Earth and give us technology. We invented it ourselves. Therefore it can never be alienating; it can only be an expression of our humanity. "
" A man in a bookstore buys a book on loneliness and every woman in the store hits on him. A woman buys a book on loneliness and the store clears out. "
" Americans are a quarter of a billion people who have almost nothing in common except for the fact they've been told they have lots in common. "
" Any passion to collect has some meaning behind it. "
" A ring is a halo on your finger. "
" Art was always my main focus; I fell into writing by accident in the 1980s, writing magazine articles to pay for my studio. I have to put myself into the position of writing; sometimes it doesn't work, and sometimes it works great. "
" As a form of escapism, yearning for the 20th century is understandable, but in practice it would be horrible - sort of like going on a holiday promising yourself you could go without the Internet, only to crumble and walk in a daze to the local Internet cafe to gorge on connectivity. "
" A vast percentage of the human race is literally not wired neurologically to get irony. Well more than half of humanity takes life at face value, which is to me terrifying. "
" Before machines the only form of entertainment people really had was relationships. "
" Being asked what animal you'd like to be is a trick question; you're already an animal. "
" Bespoke tailoring: yes! I found this one pair of pants - they're Canali - and brought them into a tailor and said, 'Clone these, dammit.' They just do all the right things. I've got eight pairs in different colors and I never have to think about pants again. The only look otherwise that suits me is, like, the Professor from 'Gilligan's Island.' "
" Big companies are like marching bands. Even if half the band is playing random notes, it still sounds kind of like music. The concealment of failure is built into them. "
" Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain. "
" Blame is just a lazy person's way of making sense of chaos. "
" Books arrive in my head all at once, and then it becomes an 18-month process of getting it all down on paper. "
" Brain research tells us that only twenty percent of human beings have a sense of irony, which means that eighty percent of the world takes everything at face value. "
" By your thirties, you should be doing whatever it is you're supposed to be doing with your life and just get on with it - which is what I suppose happened with me as much as to anyone else. "
" Canadians can easily 'pass for American' as long as we don't accidentally use metric measurements or apologize when hit by a car. "
" Cellphones have, if nothing else, turned TV crime writers into lazy sloths. "
" Characters in a book are very much like personalities divvied up within a family. In the end, it all averages out to a sort of overall averageness. "
" Christmas makes everything twice as sad. "
" Cloning is great. If God made the original, then making copies should be fine. "
" Clowns drink to blot out the ravages of terrifying children for a living. "
" Comedy is the difference between how you see a person and how they see themselves. "
" Data transmission is no longer something scary you don't want in your backyard. Now you want it directly in front of your house. "
" Depression is when you have lots of love, but no one's taking. "
" Eagles are seagulls with a good hairdo. "
" Earth was not built for six billion people all running around and being passionate about things. The world was built for about two million people foraging for roots and grubs. "
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