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  • #1
    John Irving
    “If you care about something you have to protect it – If you’re lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany


  • #2
    John Irving
    “So we dream on. Thus we invent our lives. We give ourselves a sainted mother, we make our father a hero; and someone’s older brother and someone’s older sister – they become our heroes too. We invent what we love and what we fear. There is always a brave lost brother – and a little lost sister, too. We dream on and on: the best hotel, the perfect family, the resort life. And our dreams escape us almost as vividly as we can imagine them… That’s what happens, like it or not. And because that’s what happens, this is what we need: we need a good, smart bear… Coach Bob knew it all along: you’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed. You have to keep passing the open windows.”
    John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire


  • #3
    John Irving
    “We often need to lose sight of our priorities in order to see them.”
    John Irving, Trying to Save Piggy Sneed


  • #4
    Margery Williams
    “Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'

    'Does it hurt?' asked the Rabbit.

    'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.'

    'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit?'

    'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand.”
    Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit


  • #5
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov


  • #6
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “We're always thinking of eternity as an idea that cannot be understood, something immense. But why must it be? What if, instead of all this, you suddenly find just a little room there, something like a village bath-house, grimy, and spiders in every corner, and that's all eternity is. Sometimes, you know, I can't help feeling that that's what it is.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment


  • #7
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground


  • #8
    Yann Martel
    “I must say a word about fear. It is life's only true opponent. Only fear can defeat life. It is a clever, treacherous adversary, how well I know. It has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unnerving ease. It begins in your mind, always ... so you must fight hard to express it. You must fight hard to shine the light of words upon it. Because if you don't, if your fear becomes a wordless darkness that you avoid, perhaps even manage to forget, you open yourself to further attacks of fear because you never truly fought the opponent who defeated you.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi


  • #9
    Cormac McCarthy
    “You think when you wake up in the mornin yesterday don't count. But yesterday is all that does count. What else is there? Your life is made out of the days it’s made out of. Nothin else.”
    Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men


  • #10
    Bernard M. Baruch
    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
    Bernard M. Baruch


  • #11
    Dr. Seuss
    “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”
    Dr. Seuss


  • #12
    Dr. Seuss
    “You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
    Dr. Seuss


  • #13
    Beryl Markham
    “There are all kinds of silences and each of them means a different thing. There is the silence that comes with morning in a forest, and this is different from the silence of a sleeping city. There is silence after a rainstorm, and before a rainstorm, and these are not the same. There is the silence of emptiness, the silence of fear, the silence of doubt. There is a certain silence that can emanate from a lifeless object as from a chair lately used, or from a piano with old dust upon its keys, or from anything that has answered to the need of a man, for pleasure or for work. This kind of silence can speak. Its voice may be melancholy, but it is not always so; for the chair may have been left by a laughing child or the last notes of the piano may have been raucous and gay. Whatever the mood or the circumstance, the essence of its quality may linger in the silence that follows. It is a soundless echo.”
    Beryl Markham, West with the Night


  • #14
    Clarissa Pinkola Estés
    “Writing, real writing, should leave a small sweet bruise somewhere on the writer . . . and on the reader.”
    Clarissa Pinkola Estés


  • #15
    Clarissa Pinkola Estés
    “Having a lover/friend who regards you as a living growing criatura, being, just as much as the tree from the ground, or a ficus in the house, or a rose garden out in the side yard... having a lover and friends who look at you as a true living breathing entity, one that is human but made of very fine and moist and magical things as well... a lover and friends who support the ciatura in you... these are the people you are looking for. They will be the friends of your soul for life. Mindful choosing of friends and lovers, not to mention teachers, is critical to remaining conscious, remaining intuitive, remaining in charge of the fiery light that sees and knows.”
    Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype


  • #16
    Clarissa Pinkola Estés
    “The way to maintain one's connection to the wild is to ask yourself what it is that you want. This is the sorting of the seed from the dirt. One of the most important discriminations we can make in this matter is the difference between things that beckon to us and things that call from our souls.
    Nowhere can this be seen more clearly than in the choice of mates and lovers. A lover cannot be chosen a la smorgasbord. A lover has to be chosen from soul-craving. To choose just because something mouthwatering stands before you will never satisfy the hunger of the soul-self. And that is what the intuition is for; it is the direct messenger of the soul.”
    Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype


  • #17
    Lorrie Moore
    “I count too heavily on birthdays, though I know I shouldn't. Inevitably I begin to assess my life by them, figure out how I'm doing by how many people remember; it's like the old fantasy of attending your own funeral: You get to see who your friends are, get to see who shows up. ”
    Lorrie Moore, Anagrams


  • #18
    Lorrie Moore
    “That is what is wrong with cold people. Not that they have ice in their souls - we all have a bit of that - but that they insist every word and deed mirror that ice. They never learn the beauty or value of gesture. The emotional necessity. For them, it is all honesty before kindness, truth before art. Love is art, not truth. It's like painting scenery.”
    Lorrie Moore, Self-Help


  • #19
    Lorrie Moore
    “Abby began to think that all the beauty and ugliness and turbulence one found scattered through nature, one could also find in people themselves, all collected there, all together in a single place. No matter what terror or loveliness the earth could produce- wind, seas- a person could produce the same, lived with the same, lived with all that mixed-up nature swirling inside, every bit. There was nothing as complex in the world- no flower or stone- as a single hello from a human being.”
    Lorrie Moore


  • #20
    Joan Didion
    “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”
    Joan Didion, The White Album


  • #21
    Joan Didion
    “I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”
    Joan Didion


  • #22
    Joan Didion
    “Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life — is the source from which self-respect springs.”
    Joan Didion, On Self-Respect


  • #23
    George Eliot
    “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
    George Eliot


  • #24
    George Eliot
    “I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.”
    George Eliot


  • #25
    George Eliot
    “What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?”
    George Eliot


  • #26
    George Eliot
    “A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
    George Eliot


  • #27
    George Eliot
    “What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life--to strengthen each other in all labor, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?”
    George Eliot, Adam Bede


  • #28
    George Eliot
    “If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.”
    George Eliot, Middlemarch


  • #29
    George Eliot
    “It seems to me we can never give up longing and wishing while we are still alive. There are certain things we feel to be beautiful and good, and we must hunger for them.”
    George Eliot


  • #30
    George Eliot
    “Our deeds still travel with us from afar/And what we have been makes us what we are.”
    George Eliot, Middlemarch




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