My little horse must think it queer To stop without a farmhouse near Between the woods and frozen lake The darkest evening of the year.
Instead of the poems I had hoped for, there came only a shuddering blackness and ineffable loneliness; and I saw at last a fearful truth which no one had ever dared to breathe before the unwhisperable secret of secrets The fact that this city of stone and stridor is not a sentient perpetuation of Old New York as London is of Old London and Paris of Old Paris, but that it is in fact quite dead, its sprawling body imperfectly embalmed and infested with queer animate things which have nothing to do with it as it was in life.h. p. lovecraft
For some queer and deplorable reason most human beings are more impressed by words than by figures , to the great disadvantage of mankind.Jan Tinbergen. "The necessity of quantitative social research." Sankhy?: The Indian Journal of Statistics, Series B (1973): 141-148.
For some queer and deplorable reason most human beings are more impressed by words than by figures, to the great disadvantage of mankind.Jan Tinbergen. "The necessity of quantitative social research." Sankhy?: The Indian Journal of Statistics, Series B (1973): 141-148.
Technology … is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.c. p. snow
No government has the right to tell its citizens when or whom to love. The only queer people are those who don't love anybody.Rita Mae Brown
In Paris a queer little man you may see,A little man all in gray;Rosy and round as an apple is he,Content with the present whate'er it may be,While from care and from cash he is equally free,And merry both night and day!"Ma foi! I laugh at the world." says he,"I laugh at the world, and the world laughs at me!"What a gay little man in gray.pierre-jean de béranger
California is a queer place — in a way, it has turned its back on the world, and looks into the void Pacific. It is absolutely selfish, very empty, but not false, and at least, not full of false effort.d. h. lawrence
Now listen, you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi, or I'll sock you in your goddamn face and you'll stay plastered.buckley, william f., jr.
Dreams , as we all know, are very queer things: some parts are presented with appalling vividness, with details worked up with the elaborate finish of jewellery, while others one gallops through, as it were, without noticing them at all, as, for instance, through space and time. Dreams seem to be spurred on not by reason but by desire , not by the head but by the heart , and yet what complicated tricks my reason has played sometimes in dreams, what utterly incomprehensible things happen to it!fyodor dostoevsky
"Look!" shouted Syme suddenly. "Look over there!" "Look at what?" asked the Secretary savagely. "Look at the captive balloon!" said Syme, and pointed in a frenzy. "Why the blazes should I look at a captive balloon?" demanded the Secretary. "What is there queer about a captive balloon?" " Nothing ," said Syme, "except that it isn't captive!" Ch. XIV : The Six PhilosophersSunday
In Paris a queer little man you may see, A little man all in gray; Rosy and round as an apple is he, Content with the present whate'er it may be, While from care and from cash he is equally free, And merry both night and day! "Ma foi! I laugh at the world." says he, "I laugh at the world, and the world laughs at me!" What a gay little man in gray.Pierre-Jean de Béranger The Little Man all in Gray, translation by Amelia B. Edwards; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 133.
I know it is a sin For me to sit and grin At him here; But the old three-cornered hat And the breeches and all that Are so queer.Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., The Last Leaf.
"the reason no one has yet been able to come up with a good word to describe the homosexualist (sometimes known as gay, fag, queer, etc.) is because he does not exist. The human race is divided into male and female. Many human beings enjoy the sexual relations with their own sex, many don't; many respond to both. The plurality is the fact of our nature and not worth fretting about."Gore Vidal
Before you criticize queens, fairies or someone who acts "too queer", consider where we'd be without them.Kenneth Hanes, "The Gay Guy's Guide to Life"
He's here, he's queer, I'm buying him a beer!Alexander, in Queer as Folk (Negative)
California is a queer place in a way, it has turned its back on the world, and looks into the void Pacific. It is absolutely selfish, very empty, but not false, and at least, not full of false effort.D. H. Lawrence, letter (September 24, 1923); published in The Letters of D. H. Lawrence, James T. Boulton, E. Mansfield, and W. Roberts (1987), vol. 4.
"[There are] cases of straight queerness, and of other forms of queerness that might not be contained within existing categories or have reference to only one established category...new queer spaces open up (or are revealed) whenever someone moves away from using only one specific sexual identity category--gay, lesbian, bisexual, or straight--to understand and to describe mass culture, and recognizes that texts and people's responses to them are more sexually transmutable than any one category could signify--excepting, perhaps, that of 'queer.'"Alexander Doty (1993). Making Things Perfectly Queer: Interpreting Mass Culture, p.xvii-xix. Minneapolis: University of Minneasota Press.
queer has become "the discursive rallying point for younger lesbians and gay men and, in yet other contexts, for lesbian interventions and, in yet other contexts, for bisexuals and straights for whom the term expresses an affiliation with antihomophobic politics. That it can become such a discursive site whose uses are not fully constrained in advance ought to be safe-guarded not only for the purposes of continuing to democratize queer politics, but also to expose, affirm, and rework the specific historicity of the term."Judith Butler (1993). Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex", p.230. New York: Routledge.
FYI: The Summer of Gay has been extended into the Year of the queer. Another heads up: Mad Vow Disease, once limited to wholesome, unimpeachable gay couples earnestly seeking to take on the rights and responsibilities of marriage, has jumped the pen and crossed into the general population.kate clinton
Let us drink to the queer old dean.Attributed to Spooner (Cohen & Cohen,  1979)
One of the things that 'queer' can refer to: the open mesh of possibilities, gaps, overlaps, dissonances and resonances, lapses and excesses of meaning when the constituent elements of anyone's gender, of anyone's sexuality aren't made (or can't be made) to signify monolithically.eve kosofsky sedgwick
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