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  • #1
    David Foster Wallace
    “I had a teacher I liked who used to say good fiction’s job was to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable. I guess a big part of serious fiction’s purpose is to give the reader, who like all of us is sort of marooned in her own skull, to give her imaginative access to other selves. Since an ineluctable part of being a human self is suffering, part of what we humans come to art for is an experience of suffering, necessarily a vicarious experience, more like a sort of “generalization” of suffering. Does this make sense? We all suffer alone in the real world; true empathy’s impossible. But if a piece of fiction can allow us imaginatively to identify with a character’s pain, we might then also more easily conceive of others identifying with our own. This is nourishing, redemptive; we become less alone inside.”
    David Foster Wallace

  • #2
    Tom Stoppard
    “Words are sacred. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones, in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.”
    Tom Stoppard

  • #3
    Emily Dickinson
    “Tell all the Truth but tell it slant--
    Success in Circuit lies
    Too bright for our infirm Delight
    The Truth's superb surprise

    As Lightning to the Children eased
    With explanation kind
    The Truth must dazzle gradually
    Or every man be blind--”
    Emily Dickinson

  • #4
    George Orwell
    “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”
    George Orwell, 1984

  • #5
    Albert Einstein
    “The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don't do anything about it.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #6
    Noam Chomsky
    “We need not stride resolutely towards catastrophe, merely because those are the marching orders.”
    Noam Chomsky, 9-11

  • #7
    Mahatma Gandhi
    “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  • #8
    Mark Twain
    “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
    Mark Twain

  • #9
    Mark Twain
    “Always do what is right. It will gratify half of mankind and astound the other.”
    Mark Twain

  • #10
    Marcus Tullius Cicero
    “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • #11
    “It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.”
    Maurice Switzer

  • #12
    Groucho Marx
    “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”
    Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

  • #13
    “Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.”
    Anthony G. Oettinger

  • #14
    Oscar Wilde
    “Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #15
    Gabriel García Márquez
    “Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but ... life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”
    Gabriel García Márquez

  • #16
    Mark Twain
    “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
    Mark Twain

  • #17
    William Wordsworth
    “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
    William Wordsworth

  • #18
    Salman Rushdie
    “What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist.”
    Salman Rushdie

  • #19
    Jason Erik Lundberg
    “Any artist must simultaneously be nigh cripplingly insecure and massively egotistical.”
    Jason Erik Lundberg

  • #20
    Jason Erik Lundberg
    “Five of the most exciting words in the English language: "What shall I read next?”
    Jason Erik Lundberg

  • #21
    Henry David Thoreau
    “Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”
    Henry David Thoreau, Walden

  • #22
    Oscar Wilde
    “Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #23
    Jennifer Egan
    “There are so many ways to go wrong. All we've got are metaphors, and they're never exactly right. You can never just Say. The. Thing.”
    Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

  • #24
    Susan Cain
    “...I also believe that introversion is my greatest strength. I have such a strong inner life that I’m never bored and only occasionally lonely. No matter what mayhem is happening around me, I know I can always turn inward.”
    Susan Cain

  • #25
    Haruki Murakami
    “I get irritated, I get upset. Especially when I'm in a hurry. But I see it all as part of our training. To get irritated is to lose our way in life.”
    Haruki Murakami, A Wild Sheep Chase

  • #26
    Arundhati Roy
    “To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
    Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living

  • #27
    Salman Rushdie
    “Language is courage: the ability to conceive a thought, to speak it, and by doing so to make it true.”
    Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses

  • #28
    Joss Whedon
    “All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn't your pet -- it's your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.”
    Joss Whedon

  • #29
    Clarice Lispector
    “Everything in the world began with a yes. One molecule said yes to another molecule and life was born.”
    Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star

  • #30
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

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