"I did one of my most bizarre lectures up at the Rhode Island School of Design. It consisted of me trying to move a piano across a stage, and people kept coming up to ask if they could help, and I said, ‘Certainly not! I mean the point is that I can’t move this piano, and I’m struggling to move it, and it’s obviously a great exertion of energy, and I’m on a public platform, and you are all viewing me, which is the whole point of this thing.’ I said. ‘You figure it out.’"
— Ray Johnson, statement recorded in Henry Martin, “Should an Eyelash Last Forever: An Interview with Ray Johnson”
"The purpose of the [art] collection had been to prove how generous and useful and sensitive billionaires could be. The collection had turned out to be a perfectly gorgeous investment, as well."
— Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan