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“You learn eventually that, while there are no villains, there are no heroes either. And until you make the final discovery that there are only human beings, who are therefore all the more fascinating, you are liable to miss something.”
Paul Gallico
“No game in the world is as tidy and dramatically neat as baseball, with cause and effect, crime and punishment, motive and result, so cleanly defined. ”
Paul Gallico
“Nobody's a natural. You work to get good and then work to get better. It's hard to stay on top.”
Paul Gallico
“No one has ever been able to discover how they make this subtle sound, and what is more, no one ever will. It is a secret that has endured from the very beginning of the time of cats and will never be revealed.”
Paul Gallico
“Hers was the bliss of one who knew that at last she was off upon the adventure at the end of which lay her heart’s desire’.”
Paul Gallico
“The setting sun had turned the blue sky a brilliant orange, then soft pink merging to pearl; the plum velvet of night had come out of the east, spangled with stars. (from Ludmila)”
Paul Gallico, Three Legends: The Snow Goose, the Small Miracle, Ludmila
“Japanese goldfish,
With your gossamer tail,
You are the loveliest creature
I have ever seen."

"Japanese kitten,
Put your tongue back in where it belongs
And go away.
I know exactly what you are thinking.”
Paul Gallico, Honorable Cat
“This is her home now--of her own free will.”
Paul Gallico, The Snow Goose
tags: home
“It is only when you open your veins and bleed onto the page a little that you establish contact with your reader. If you do not believe in the characters or the story you are doing at that moment with all your mind, strength, and will, if you don't feel joy and excitement while writing it, then you're wasting good white paper, even if it sells, because there are other ways in which a writer can bring in the rent money besides writing bad or phony stories.”
Paul Gallico
“And when the sun sets...then the night magic spreads out above your head; worlds and universes a-borning and a-dying—stars and planets and galaxies. And the bigger the telescope they can make, and the farther into the beyond they are able to penetrate, the greater grows the mystery.”
Paul Gallico, The Man Who Was Magic
“No one can be as calculatedly rude as the British, which amazes Americans, who do not understand studied insult and can only offer abuse as a substitute.”
Paul Gallico

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