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" It's difficult to speak with beautiful people. No matter how hard you try to pretend otherwise, you still want them to like you. "
" My life is neither a disaster nor supernatural, yet it is an unlikely event. "
" Some people think fashion is frivolous but it's not... it's just that some ideas come and go quickly, and that's the nature of the language of fashion. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" People will always choose more money over more sex. "
" When you think about Twitter and you think what a dumb stupid throwaway technology, and then you have the Iranian elections and it actually saves the day - you can't prejudge technologies now because they have effects you may not have intended. "
" Most time capsules, when they're unearthed, are really awful. There's nothing good in them. "
" Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time. "
" I don't know how anyone gets anything done in cities. How can you live somewhere like London or New York, when there are 81 things to do every night? Awful. Give me solitude and space any time. "
" I connect fashion to other peoples' elegance, but not my own. I don't think I've ever felt elegant. I've felt appropriate, but never elegant, and I wonder what that must be like. I like it when other people are elegant - I prefer it - but I can't do it myself. I honestly think it's some form of autistic disorder. "
" Vancouver is the square root of negative one. Technically it shouldn't exist, but it does. I can't imagine living anywhere else. "
" If human beings had genuine courage, they'd wear their costumes every day of the year, not just on Halloween. "
" Nothing very very good and nothing very very bad ever lasts for very very long. "
" The thing about the end of the world is that not just the West collapses, the whole world does. "
End Of The World
" I'm suspicious of places that look decorated. I can understand why people do it, but you see too many cushions or a piece of fabric hanging and it's, like, 'Ugh!' A good house with good art will always work, no matter what. "
" Nobody likes being told who or what they are. "
" Being asked what animal you'd like to be is a trick question; you're already an animal. "
" I find it hard to believe that human beings are the crowning achievement of life on earth. Something better than us has to come along. "
" I'm a visual thinker. Research tells us that only 20 per cent of people think visually. So what about the other 80 per cent? Don't they think in pictures? I mean if you imagine washing and preparing potatoes you visualise the process, right? "
" The things worth writing about, and the things worth reading about, are the things that feel almost beyond description at the start and are, because of that, frightening. "
" I've got 911 on speed dial. "
" People are pretty forgiving when it comes to other people's families. The only family that ever horrifies you is your own. "
" Canadians can easily 'pass for American' as long as we don't accidentally use metric measurements or apologize when hit by a car. "
" Your body isn't just a body. It's an ecosystem. "
" Remember travel agents? Remember how they just kind of vanished one day? Well, that's where all the other jobs that once made us middle class are going, to that same magical, class-killing, job-sucking wormhole into which travel agency jobs vanished, never to return. "
" I don't think I see the world in terms of stupid or clever, but in terms of being able to get irony. There's some awful statistic about only 20 per cent of Americans being able to understand irony. "
" The 1990s felt like the 1990s in a real and good way. "
" There used to be a tradition of the loveable rogue who would steal from the honour boxes in churches and buy a round of drinks with the money he snagged. And everyone would find him tremendously good company. But not any more. "
" I think way back, the '20s or the '30s, when Kodak came out with the Brownie and they put a list of instructions on the box, like how to use this thing, I think someone arbitrarily said, 'Make sure the person in the photograph is smiling.' And we went from that one sort of set of industrial instructions to this whole culture of perkiness. "
" When I look at my daily schedule, I feel like a trout flopping about on a dock, drowning in the air. Some people are ruthless with their schedules. Not me. I wing it. "