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  • #1
    Michael Cunningham
    “Dead, we are revealed in our true dimensions, and they are surprisingly modest.”
    Michael Cunningham, The Hours

  • #2
    “The pen is mightier than the sword, and considerably easier to write with.”
    Marty Feldman

  • #3
    Leonard Bernstein
    “To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.”
    Leonard Bernstein

  • #4
    Mark Salzman
    “It's a mean story, Helen fumed. An absentee father who demands that his children put him at the center of their lives and beg for his return. Sister Priscilla didn't think it was mean, apparently. She was so in love with God that she had married him, even though she would not see his face, hear his voice, or feel his embrace for as long as she lived. One of us, Helen, thought is flying blind.”
    Mark Salzman, Lying Awake
    tags: god

  • #5
    Neil Gaiman
    “When I was a child, adults would tell me not to make things up, warning me of what would happen if I did. As far as I can tell so far, it seems to involve lots of foreign travel and not having to get up too early in the morning.”
    Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions

  • #6
    Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious
    “Tell me, what is it you plan to do
    with your one wild and precious life?”
    Mary Oliver

  • #7
    Mary Oliver
    “You do not have to be good.
    You do not have to walk on your knees
    for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
    You only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves.
    Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
    Meanwhile the world goes on.
    Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
    are moving across the landscapes,
    over the prairies and the deep trees,
    the mountains and the rivers.
    Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
    are heading home again.
    Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
    the world offers itself to your imagination,
    calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
    over and over announcing your place
    in the family of things.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #8
    Adrienne Rich
    “Re-vision – the act of looking back, of seeing with fresh eyes, of entering an old text from a new critical direction – is for woman more than a chapter in cultural history: it is an act of survival. Until we understand the assumptions in which we are drenched we cannot know ourselves. And this drive to self-knowledge, for women, is more than a search for identity: it is part of our refusal of the self-destructiveness of male-dominated society.”
    Adrienne Rich, On Lies, Secrets, and Silence: Selected Prose 1966-1978

  • #9
    Adrienne Rich
    “What we see, we see
    and seeing is changing

    the light that shrivels a mountain
    and leaves a man alive

    Heartbeat of the pulsar
    heart sweating through my body

    The radio impulse
    pouring in from Taurus

    I am bombarded yet I stand

    I have been standing all my life in the
    direct path of a battery of signals
    the most accurately transmitted most
    untranslatable language of the universe
    I am a galactic cloud so deep so invo-
    luted that a light wave could take 15
    years to travel through me And has
    taken I am an instrument in the shape
    of a woman trying to translate pulsations
    into images for the relief of the body
    and the reconstruction of the mind.”
    Adrienne Rich

  • #10
    Mary Oliver
    “When it's over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement.

    --from WHEN DEATH COMES”
    Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Vol. 1

  • #11
    Adrienne Rich

    Living in the earth-deposits of our history

    Today a backhoe divulged out of a crumbling flank of earth
    one bottle amber perfect a hundred-year-old
    cure for fever or melancholy a tonic
    for living on this earth in the winters of this climate.

    Today I was reading about Marie Curie:
    she must have known she suffered from radiation sickness
    her body bombarded for years by the element
    she had purified
    It seems she denied to the end
    the source of the cataracts on her eyes
    the cracked and suppurating skin of her finger-ends
    till she could no longer hold a test-tube or a pencil

    She died a famous woman denying
    her wounds
    her wounds came from the same source as her power. ”
    Adrienne Rich, The Dream of a Common Language

  • #12
    Janet Evanovich
    “Is that a bulletproof vest? See, now that's so insulting. That's like saying I'm not smart enough to shoot you in the head."
    Eddie DeChooch”
    Janet Evanovich, Seven Up

  • #13
    David Sedaris
    “My hands tend to be full enough dealing with people who hate me for who I am. Concentrate too hard on the millions of people who hate you for what you are and you're likely to turn into one of those unkempt, sloppy dressers who sag beneath the weight of the two hundred political buttons they wear pinned to their coats and knapsacks.”
    David Sedaris

  • #14
    “My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people; those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.”
    Indira Gandhi

  • #15
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “God has no religion.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #16
    Ian McEwan
    “It took a day to dismantle Lily's existence . . .striking the set of a play, humble, one-handed domestic drama, without permission from the cast. . . But her life, all lives, seemed tenuous when he saw how quickly, with what ease, all the trappings, all the fine details of a lifetime could be packed and scattered, or junked. . . Objects became junk as soon as they were separated from their owner and their pasts . . . As the shelves and drawers emptied, and the boxes and bags filled, he saw that no one owned anything really. It's all rented, or borrowed. Our possessions will outlast us, we'll desert them in the end.”
    Ian McEwan

  • #17
    “The bad news: There is no key to the universe. The good news: It was never locked.”
    Swami Beyondananda

  • #18
    Alexandre Dumas
    “Rogues are preferable to imbeciles because sometimes they take a rest.”
    Alexandre Dumas

  • #19
    Rita Mae Brown
    “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”
    Rita Mae Brown

  • #20
    Rita Mae Brown
    “When I got [my] library card, that was when my life began.”
    Rita Mae Brown

  • #21
    Douglas Adams
    “I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
    Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt

  • #22
    Douglas Adams
    “The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.”
    Douglas Adams, The Salmon of Doubt: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time

  • #23
    Oscar Wilde
    “Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #24
    Mark Twain
    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect).”
    Mark Twain

  • #25
    Mark Twain
    “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
    Mark Twain

  • #26
    “The cure for boredom is curiosity.
    There is no cure for curiosity.”
    Ellen Parr

  • #27
    Joseph Conrad
    “Being a woman is a terribly difficult trade since it consists principally of dealings with men.”
    Joseph Conrad, Chance

  • #28
    Mark Twain
    “But who prays for Satan? Who, in eighteen centuries, has had the common humanity to pray for the one sinner that needed it most?”
    Mark Twain

  • #29
    Mark Twain
    “I was gratified to be able to answer promptly, and I did. I said I didn’t know.”
    Mark Twain

  • #30
    Margaret Thatcher
    “In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.”
    Margaret Thatcher

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