Christer Kiselman

Citat

Allt är bra, och varje människa måste göra exakt det hon gör.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-11-11 — 2007-04-11), Slaughterhouse-Five or the Children's Crusade. A Duty-dance with Death. Panther, 1978, sidan 132 (översättning Christer Kiselman).

Enligt vetenskap och statistik
är dödligheten störst under det första levnadsåret.
Men för en enkel lekperson
är den större under det sista.
Poul Thorsen, Averto (översättning Christer Kiselman).

Jag har en känsla av att vi har varit upptagna hela tiden, samtidigt är det svårt att se att vi har gjort någonting. Det är så underligt.
Kung Carl XVI Gustaf i Dagens Nyheter 2005-01-10, sidan 6.

I vår tid är trovärdiga lögner viktigare än otroliga sanningar.
Christer Kiselman, brev 2003-08-13 till bja-listo (egen översättning).

I lögn och ro.
Rubrik i Dagens Nyheter.

Inne i galaxen skjuts kaffekoppar över disken, [...]
Tomas Tranströmer (1931-04-15 — 2015-03-26), "Schubertiana" i Sanningsbarriären (1978).

En hjälm som bärs av ingen har tagit makten.
Tomas Tranströmer, "Osäkerhets rike" i Sorgegondolen (1996).

Visst går det att förena gudstro med ateism: jag tror på några av gudinnorna men inte på alla.
Okänd tänkare.


Citaĵoj

Laŭ scienco kaj statistiko
la unua vivjaro plej danĝeras,
sed por simpla laiko
la danĝer' de la lasta superas.
Poul Thorsen, Averto.

En la nuna mondo pli gravas kredindaj mensogoj ol nekredeblaj veroj.
Christer Kiselman, letero 2003-08-13 al bja-listo.


Quotations

Everything is all right, and everybody has to do exactly what he does.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922 November 11 — 2007 April 11), Slaughterhouse-Five or the Children's Crusade. A Duty-dance with Death. Panther, 1978, page 132.

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.
Ursula K. LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness, Panther, 1977, page 55.

All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Slaughterhouse-Five or the Children's Crusade. A Duty-dance with Death. Panther, 1978, page 25.

A number of years ago, the Dalai Lama visited the United States. As part of his travels, he visited the headquarters in Chicago of one of the great American news magazines. He was given the Cook's tour, and then there was a grand formal lunch at which the various executives of the enterprise pontificated ad nauseam. The Dalai Lama—an elfin man—set swathed in his saffron robe, an inscrutable smile on his face, saying nothing. After about an hour, the CEO of the publishing company turned to the Dalai Lama and said, "Do you have any questions about our magazine, the nation's premiere news magazine? Go ahead, ask us anything at all." The Dalai Lama bowed his head for a moment, apparently deep in thought. Then he looked up and said, "Why do you publish it?"
Steven Krantz, Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 40 (2003), page 144.

'You don't see yet, Genry, why we perfected and practice Foretelling?'
'No—'
'To exhibit the perfect uselessness of knowing the answer to the wrong question.'
Ursula K. LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness, Panther, 1977, page 54.

Light is the left hand of darkness
and darkness the right hand of light.
Two are one, life and death, lying
together like lovers in kemmer,
like hands joined together,
like the end and the way.

Ursula K. LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness, Panther, 1977, page 159.

The identity of the words 'work' and 'play' in Pravic had of course, a strong ethical significance.
Ursula K. LeGuin, The Dispossessed, Panther, 1976, page 225.

"Ah," he said swallowing, "as they say: to a man whose only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!"
Alex Kasman, "Unreasonable Effectiveness." In: Reality Conditions: Short Mathematical Fiction. Washington, DC: The Mathematical Association of America, 2005, page 4.

"My idea," she continued, "was that another good explanation for why 'pure mathematical' research becomes useful some time after its discovery is that the universe itself changes to fit our mathematical discoveries."
Alex Kasman, "Unreasonable Effectiveness." In: Reality Conditions: Short Mathematical Fiction. Washington, DC: The Mathematical Association of America, 2005, page 4.

We must believe in free will—we have no other choice.
Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902–1991).

Ideas and Matter
To hold a materialistic viewpoint means to stress the paramount importance of material conditions for human life. So what is most important for the material conditions? By what mechanism can they be changed?
What matters most is the individual's idea of him/herself, of the persons around him/her, of his/her people, and of humanity.
What matters most are ideas.
Christer Kiselman, Brazil, 1975.

Leadership is the ability to lead by being an example for others to follow.
Anonymous writing on a whiteboard in Addis Ababa, October 2007.

Within the galaxy coffee-cups are pushed across the counter, [...]
Tomas Tranströmer (1931 April 15 — 2015 March 26), "Schubertiana" in Sanningsbarriären (1978).

A helmet worn by no one has taken power.
Tomas Tranströmer, "National Insecurity" in The Sorrow Gondola (1996).

Due to unexpected visa problems, the guest lecture announced for Thursday, April 21, Can the arrow of time be reversed? by Professor Anna Beneb cannot be held as planned. It has been moved to the previous week and will take place instead on Tuesday, April 12, at 17:20. Venue: Room 20:17.
An announcent in Uppu University, Department of Palindromy.
(The pair 17:20 — 20:17 expresses the symmetry of time and space according to Viktor Palamodov, whose seminars at MGU in 1983 started at 17:20 and were held in Room 20:17.)

[...] we have learned that the brain is not a camera but a Homeric storyteller [...]
Eric R. Kandel. 2012. The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present, page 351. New York, NY: Random House, Inc.

Maybe nothing is completely true, and not even that.
Multatuli, pseudonym for Eduard Douwes Dekker (1820–1887); Ideeën.

The colonists' only communications with Earth, with the Prime World Davenant, and the rest of the League, was by the ansible, the instantaneous transmitter, aboard their ship. (Ursula K. Le Guin. 1976. City of Illusions, page 97. Frogmore, St Albana, Herts: Panther. First published in 1967.)


Citations

ie tacheray d'en mettre la demonstration en peu de mots, car il m'ennuie desia d'en tant escrire.
René Descartes, La Géométrie, 1637, page 309.

Et i'espere que nos neueux me sçauront gré, non seulement des choses que iay icy expliquées; mais aussy de celles que iay omises volontairement, affin de leur laisser le plaisir de les inuenter.
René Descartes, La Géométrie, 1637, page 413.

Dans cette galaxie, on fait glisser les tasses de café sur les comptoirs, [...]
Tomas Tranströmer (1931 avril 15 — 2015 mars 26), "Schubertiana" dans La barrière de vérité (1978).

Un casque, qui nul ne porte, a saisi le pouvoir.
Tomas Tranströmer, "Au royaume de l'incertitude" dans Funeste gondole (1996).


Zitate

Wichtig ist, dass man nicht aufhört zu fragen.
Albert Einstein (1879–1955).

Doch die Wissenschaft, man weiss es,
achtet nicht des Laienfleisses.
Christian Morgenstern, Palmström, "Die Wissenschaft". Insel-Verlag, 1952, S. 22.

Korf erfindet eine Art von Witzen,
die erst viele Stunden später wirken.
Jeder hört sie an mit langer Weile.

Doch als hätt ein Zunder still geglommen,
wird man nachts im Bette plötlich munter,
selig lächelnd wie ein satter Säugling.

Christian Morgenstern, Palmström, "Korf erfindet eine Art von Witzen". Insel-Verlag, 1952, S. 53.

Es kommen zu Palmström heute
die wirklich praktischen Leute,

die wirklich auf allen zehn Zehen
im wirklichen Leben stehen.

Christian Morgenstern, Palmström, "Die wirklich praktischen Leute". Insel-Verlag, 1952, S. 65.

Drinnen im Spiralnebel werden Kaffeetassen über die Theke geschoben, [...]
Tomas Tranströmer (1931-04-15 — 2015-03-26), "Schubertiana", Die Wahrheitsbarriere (1978).

Ein Helm, den Niemand trägt, hat die Macht übernommen.
Tomas Tranströmer, "Das Reich der Unsicherheit", Die Trauergondel (1996).


Christer Kiselman. Senast ändrad 2017-06-29.