Most people think life sucks, and then you die. Not me. I beg to differ. I think life sucks, then you get cancer, then your dog dies, your wife leaves you, the cancer goes into remission, you get a new dog, you get remarried, you owe ten million dollars in medical bills but you work hard for thirty-five years and you pay it back and then—one day—you have a massive stroke, your whole right side is paralyzed, you have to limp along the streets and speak out of the left side of your mouth and drool but you go into rehabilitation and regain the power to walk and the power to talk and then—one day—you step off a curb at Sixty-seventh Street, and BANG you get hit by a city bus and then you die. Maybe.Denis Leary
A porcupine is a mammal noted for its long sharp quills.
- Arranged alphabetically by author.
- I'm a little hoarse tonight. I've been living in Chicago for the past two months, and you know how it is, yelling for help on the way home every night. Things are so tough in Chicago that at Easter time, for bunnies the little kids use porcupines.
- Fred Allen, Much Ado About Me (1956)
- What! Would you slap the Porcupine?
Unhappy child — desist!
Alas! That any friend of mine
Should turn Tupto-philist.
- Hilaire Belloc, More Beasts for Worse Children: The Porcupine
- The Deer don't dine
When a Wolf's about,
And the Porcupine
Sticks his quill-points out.
- If you start throwing hedgehogs under me, I shall throw a couple of porcupines under you.
- Nikita Khrushchev, New York Times (7 November 1963)
- Maine should be pleased that its animal
is not a waverer, and rather
than fight, lets the primed quill fall.
Shallow oppressor, intruder,
insister, you have found a resister.
- Marianne Moore in "Apparition of Splendor", in The Poems of Marianne Moore (2003)
- Any hound a porcupine nudges
Can't be blamed for harboring grudges.
I know one hound that laughed all winter
At a porcupine that sat on a splinter.
- And each particular hair to stand on end,
Like quills upon the fretful porcupine.