"People who run for president seriously and people who become president enter a bizarre secret society in which they have had an experience that none of us will ever have."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."John Hodgman on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."John Hodgman on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."John Hodgman on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."John Hodgman on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."John Hodgman on Mark Twain
"I think that obviously, there is a perverse attraction to a fundamentally changed world or the end of the world. There is a death wish, a perverse death wish. Not just for ourselves, not just for the movie 'Death Wish,' but for the end of all human life."
"When you think about it, the end of the world is a little bit like death: We all know it's going to come eventually, and as we get older, we feel we see the signs more and more distinctly."
"As a freelance writer, I'd be asked to become an expert for various magazines on any subject, whether food or wine or history or the life span of veterinarians. I was completely unschooled in any of these things."
"One can always come up with funny lists and jokes. You know what? I take it back. Not everyone can always come up with funny lists and some jokes. I'm very lucky to have a gift where I can do that pretty ably."
"People forget how outcast 'They Might Be Giants' can be. They have a reputation for writing really deft, funny, clever melodies, and they also make a lot of music for kids, which is terrific, but when you see them in concert, they can rock the house."