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I just flipped off President George
I'm going to Disneyland!
—"Dizz Knee Land"
(My wife and I had just voted for Bill Clinton; that Friday we went to Disneyland ourselves.)

Anthony Daniels

The ideal of socialists is thus not a society of perfect justice. It is a society where people do not put plaster ducks on their walls.
Utopias Elsewhere: Journeys in a Vanishing World, as quoted in the Wall Street Journal, May 11, 1992

Dashboard Saviors

'Cause now spring is turning into fall.
When I was a kid G.I. Joe was twelve inches tall.
—"G.I. Joe," Kitty

Good looks and money won't get you to Heaven.
Not even baptism can.
There ain't enough water in both of God's oceans
to wash away the sins of even one man.
—"Brother Shiloh Collins," Kitty

We were too young for LSD - now we're too old for MTV.
—"G.I. Joe," Kitty


Bette Davis

Oh, Jerry. Don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars.
—to Claude Raines in Now, Voyager

Danielle Dax

God will provide the way
Ya read about it every day
All ya gotta do is pray
And furnish His house with silver.
—"Big Hollow Man," Dark Adapted Eye

Don H. DeBrandt

He's a symbol to a lot of people, and symbols have obligations. Giving up sucks; it's not the kind of message he should be sending. If he's going to suicide, he better script it with a little romanticism. With his imagination, it shouldn't be hard.
The Quicksilver Screen
(Though it's not actually about him, I read this right after Kurt Cobain committed suicide.)

Jon DeCles

At all times, and in all places, genius lives upon the sufferance of idiots.

Sara Deel

Don't analyze it, just eat it.

The future's always different when it arrives.

Go fry a kike.
(to some Nazi in the next booth at Red Lobster - Sara's not the Nazi!)

I am being nice to you! If I weren't you would know it!

Next time I take you anywhere I'm gonna leave you at home.

Daniel Dennett

[...]in general the body's claim to be considered the principal beneficiary [of the genes' actions] lapses as soon as it has completed its procreational mission.
Darwin's Dangerous Idea, p. 329

John Denver

I epitomize America.
—"The Edge," Portland Oregonian, July 4, 1995

Depeche Mode

I don't want to start any
Blasphemous rumours
But I think that God's got a
Sick sense of humour
And when I die,
I expect to find Him laughing.
—"Blasphemous Rumours," Some Great Reward

DeVoto, Bernard

[Free universities are] the central mechanism of democracy.

Peter de Vries

When I can no longer bear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of intact ones.

Philip K. Dick

He submitted to what he did not like, and he regarded this attitude as a virtue. Most people in authority over him considered him a good person. As to those over whom he had authority, that was a class with zero members.
—"The Exit Door Leads In," Selected Stories of Philip K. Dick

[...] Love is not limited to the Christian, love is not just for the church. If you wish to conquer us, show us love and not scorn. Faith moves mountains, love moves human hearts. The people opposing you are people, not things. Your enemy is not men but ignorant men. Don't confuse the men with their ignorance. It has taken years; it will take years more. Don't be impatient and don't hate.
The Transmigration of Timothy Archer

It is proper that technically qualified non-lunatics should sit in judgment on lunatics. How could things be otherwise?
Valis, p. 47

Roger L. DiSilvestro

[...] on the one hand there are too many gay bars, and on the other hand there are too few nymphomaniac bars.
Living with the Reptiles

Thomas M. Disch

A dismal prospect, if evil can only be opposed by unreason.
Echo Round His Bones

When gods die, they become demons and are then, if anything, more troublesome than before.
The Puppies of Terra

Candas Jane Dorsey

[...] they were a fine young nuclear family once, but fission set in[...]
A Paradigm of Earth, p. 49

Fyodor Dostoevsky

It is better to go wrong in one's own way than to go right in someone else's.
—Razhumihin, Crime and Punishment

[...] everyone is showing things up. Our parents are the first to go back on themselves, and are ashamed of their old morals.
The Idiot

Donald Douglas

The Douglas Paper Airplane Principle:
When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly.
Laws Beyond Murphy's Law

Greg Dulli

Seattle is like the girl of your dreams... except that she's always sick.
—in an interview on KEXP 90.3 FM in Seattle 10/21/2004

Hal Duncan

You can live through days without a glimpse of natural light here, going to work in the dark, going home in the dark. It can be miserable or it can give your life a strangely artificial air, a chiaroscuro that makes everything at once more solid and more staged. Like the whole world is a Caravaggio painting or a Rembrandt. The Prodigal Returns.
—Hal Duncan, Ink: The Book of All Hours, p. 278.
(This could be about Portland, Oregon, though it's not...)

Katherine Dunn

There are those whose own vulgar normality is so apparent and stultifying that they strive to escape it. They affect flamboyant behavior and claim originality according to the fashionable eccentricities of their time. They claim brains or talent or indifference to mores in desperate attempts to deny their own mediocrity. These are frequently artists and performers, adventurers and wide-life devotees.
Then there are those who feel their own strangeness and are terrified by it. They struggle toward normalcy. They suffer to exactly that degree that they are unable to appear normal to others, or to convince themselves that their aberration does not exist. These are true freaks, who appear, almost always, conventional and dull.
—Arturo Binewski, Geek Love

Lawrence Durrell

"There are only three things to be done with a woman," said Clea once. "You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature." I was experiencing a failure in all these domains of feeling.
(I had earlier seen a version of this in a Rolling Stone interview with Stephen Stills, but ran across Durrell's original in late 2012.)

Bob Dylan

To live outside the law you must be honest.
—"Absolutely Sweet Marie"
(I had this under Jason & the Scorchers, who covered this song. Attribution corrected by Gregory Brian Johnson - thanks!)

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