Gene Weingarten quotes

  • That is my theory to explain the I don't knows. It's human.
    -- Gene Weingarten

    #Theory #Humans

  • I always thought there was some cleverness to the joke diet in which you could eat as much as you want and as often as you want, but everything must be consumed naked in front of a full-length mirror. That would deter me!
    -- Gene Weingarten

    #Mirrors #Naked #Want

  • I need an irony punctuation mark for the clueless.
    -- Gene Weingarten

    #Clueless #Needs #Irony

  • Every single fat comic uses his weight as a punchline. There is something sad about that.
    -- Gene Weingarten

    #Use #Weight #Comic

  • I like to eat alone in restaurants, with a book, particularly if I am out of town, alone, on business. It's relaxing. I feel not even a twinge of embarrassment. Is this gender-related? Is there a lingering feeling among women that if they are alone in public, they will be judged to be spinsters or spinsters-to-be?
    -- Gene Weingarten

    #Book #Feelings #Towns

  • One of my favorite footnotes in the hypochondria book [The Hypochondriac's Guide to Life. And Death.] was about the death of one of the King Charleses. He was essentially bled and vomited to death by his doctors. They also drilled holes in his head.
    -- Gene Weingarten

    #Kings #Book #Doctors

  • I don't think there is prejudice against atheists the same way there is prejudice against fat people. I don't think people hate or contemn atheists; I think people feel sorry for atheists.
    -- Gene Weingarten

    #Atheist #Sorry #Hate

  • Well, let’s start with the maxim that the best writing is understated, meaning it’s not full of flourishes and semaphores and tap dancing and vocabulary dumps that get in the way of the story you are telling. Once you accept that, what are you left with? You are left with the story you are telling. The story you are telling is only as good as the information in it: things you elicit, or things you observe, that make a narrative come alive; things that support your point not just through assertion, but through example; quotes that don’t just convey information, but also personality.
    -- Gene Weingarten

    #Writing #Vocabulary #Dancing

  • Mostly, you become a writer not because you want to get rich or famous, but because you have to write; because there is something inside that must come out.
    -- Gene Weingarten

    #Writing #Want #Rich

  • We want to believe that the world is understandable and controllable and unthreatening, that if we follow the rules, we'll be okay. So, when this kind of thing happens to other people, we need to put them in a different category from us. We don't want to resemble them, and the fact that we might is too terrifying to deal with. So, they have to be monsters.
    -- Gene Weingarten

    #Believe #People #Monsters

  • It's as though when you order a sirloin steak, it comes with a side of maggots,
    -- Gene Weingarten

    #Order #Sides #Steak

  • The one thing an aspiring writer must understand is that it's hard. If you think it's not hard, you're not doing it right.
    -- Gene Weingarten

    #Writing #Thinking