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  • #1
    William Shakespeare
    “World, world, O world! But that thy strange mutations make us hate thee/ Life would not yield to age.”
    William Shakespeare

  • #2
    Franz Kafka
    “Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.”
    Franz Kafka

  • #3
    Franz Kafka
    “All language is but a poor translation.”
    Franz Kafka

  • #4
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “I wouldn't be a doctor for anything. That's the worst job.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Armageddon in Retrospect

  • #5
    George Bernard Shaw
    “The liar's punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”
    George Bernard Shaw, The Quintessence of Ibsenism

  • #6
    Jack Kerouac
    “Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”
    Jack Kerouac, On the Road

  • #7
    Jack Kerouac
    “I realized these were all the snapshots which our children would look at someday with wonder, thinking their parents had lived smooth, well-ordered lives and got up in the morning to walk proudly on the sidewalks of life, never dreaming the raggedy madness and riot of our actual lives, our actual night, the hell of it, the senseless emptiness.”
    Jack Kerouac, On the Road

  • #8
    Jack Kerouac
    “My whole wretched life swam before my weary eyes, and I realized no matter what you do it's bound to be a waste of time in the end so you might as well go mad.”
    Jack Kerouac, On the Road: The Original Scroll

  • #9
    Jack Kerouac
    “My aunt once said that the world would never find peace until men fell at their women's feet and asked for forgiveness. ”
    Jack Kerouac, On the Road

  • #10
    Jack Kerouac
    “This is the story of America. Everybody's doing what they think they're supposed to do.”
    Jack Kerouac, On the Road: the Original Scroll

  • #11
    Jack Kerouac
    “LA is the loneliest and most brutal of American cities; NY gets god-awful cold in the winter but there's a feeling of wacky comradeship somewhere in some streets. LA is a jungle.”
    Jack Kerouac, On the Road

  • #12
    Jack Kerouac
    “I believed in a good home, in sane and sound living, in good food, good times, work, faith and hope. I have always believed in these things. It was with some amazement that I realized I was one of the few people in the world who really believed in these things without going around making a dull middle class philosophy out of it. I was suddenly left with nothing in my hands but a handful of crazy stars.”
    Jack Kerouac, On the Road: the Original Scroll

  • #13
    Wallace Stegner
    “You can plan all you want to. You can lie in your morning bed and fill whole notebooks with schemes and intentions. But within a single afternoon, within hours or minutes, everything you plan and everything you have fought to make yourself can be undone as a slug is undone when salt is poured on him. And right up to the moment when you find yourself dissolving into foam you can still believe you are doing fine.”
    Wallace Stegner, Crossing to Safety

  • #14
    Wallace Stegner
    “Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.”
    Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

  • #15
    Wallace Stegner
    “Wisdom. . .is knowing what you have to accept.”
    Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

  • #16
    Wallace Stegner
    “It should not be denied... that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the road has always led West.”
    Wallace Stegner

  • #17
    Wallace Stegner
    “It is the beginning of wisdom when you recognize that the best you can do is choose which rules you want to live by, and it's persistent and aggravated imbecility to pretend you can live without any.”
    Wallace Stegner, All the Little Live Things

  • #18
    Wallace Stegner
    “[T]hat old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air ... Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year's mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.”
    Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

  • #19
    Wallace Stegner
    “We write to make sense of it all.”
    Wallace Stegner

  • #20
    Wallace Stegner
    “Youth hasn't got anything to do with chronological age. It's times of hope and happiness.”
    Wallace Stegner, Crossing to Safety

  • #21
    Wallace Stegner
    “It is almost impossible to write fiction about the Mormons, for the reason that Mormon institutions and Mormon society are so peculiar that they call for constant explanation.”
    Wallace Stegner, Mormon Country

  • #22
    Oscar Wilde
    “Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #23
    Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
    “He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”
    Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

  • #24
    Harvey Fierstein
    “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life, but define yourself.”
    Harvey Fierstein

  • #25
    Lemony Snicket
    “It is a miracle if you can find true friends, and it is a miracle if you have enough food to eat, and it is a miracle if you get to spend your days and evenings doing whatever it is you like to do, and the holiday season - like all the other seasons - is a good time not only to tell stories of miracles, but to think about the miracles in your own life, and to be grateful for them, and that's the end of this particular story.”
    Lemony Snicket, The Lump of Coal

  • #26
    Susan Sontag
    “So far as we feel sympathy, we feel we are not accomplices to what caused the suffering. Our sympathy proclaims our innocence as well as our impotence. To that extent, it can be (for all our good intentions) an impertinent- if not inappropriate- response. To set aside the sympathy we extend to others beset by war and murderous politics for a reflection on how our privileges are located on the same map as their suffering, and may- in ways we might prefer not to imagine- be linked to their suffering, as the wealth as some may imply the destitution of others, is a task for which the painful, stirring images supply only an initial spark.”
    Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others

  • #27
    Brigham Young
    “You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.”
    Brigham Young

  • #28
    Maurice Merleau-Ponty
    “The body is our general medium for having a world.”
    Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception

  • #29
    Maurice Merleau-Ponty
    “We must therefore rediscover, after the natural world, the social world, not as an object or sum of objects, but as a permanent field or dimension of existence.”
    Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception

  • #30
    Hugh Nibley
    “No matter where we begin, if we pursue knowledge diligently and honestly, our quest will inevitably lead us from the things of the earth to the things of heaven.”
    Hugh Nibley



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