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  • #1
    W.B. Yeats
    “Consume my heart away; sick with desire
    And fastened to a dying animal
    It knows not what it is; and gather me
    Into the artifice of eternity.”
    W.B. Yeats, The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats

  • #2
    Mary Oliver
    “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”
    Mary Oliver

  • #3
    Anne Fadiman
    “I hasten to mention that I have never actually solicited a catalogue. Although it is tempting to conclude that our mailbox hatches them by spontaneous generation, I know they are really the offspring of promiscuous mailing lists, which copulate in secret and for money.”
    Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

  • #4
    W. Somerset Maugham
    “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
    W. Somerset Maugham

  • #5
    Oscar Wilde
    “Believe me, no civilized man ever regrets a pleasure, and no uncivilized man ever knows what a pleasure is.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #6
    Suzanne Finnamore
    “Much like trains in India, grief is a circular, irrational process with no discernible rhythm or timetable. Here it comes, there it goes.”
    Suzanne Finnamore, Split: A Memoir of Divorce

  • #7
    Nora Ephron
    “I married him against all evidence. I married him believing that marriage doesn't work, that love dies, that passion fades, and in so doing I became the kind of romantic only a cynic is truly capable of being.”
    Nora Ephron, Heartburn

  • #8
    Christopher Moore
    “This story is not and never was meant to challenge anyone's faith; however, if one's faith can be shaken by stories in a humorous novel, one may have a bit more praying to do.”
    Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

  • #9
    Linda Ellerbee
    “If you believe in your heart that you are right, then you must fight with all your might to do it your way. Only dead fish swim with the stream all the time.”
    Linda Ellerbee

  • #10
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “I was beginning to understand something about normality. Normality wasn't normal. It couldn't be. If normality were normal, everybody could leave it alone. They could sit back and let normality manifest itself. But people-and especially doctors- had doubts about normality. They weren't sure normality was up the job. And so they felt inclined to give it a boost.”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

  • #11
    Glen Duncan
    “The rain's been racing earthwards as if with some religious or political fanaticism. The clouds have the look of dark internal bleeding. Surely you lot look up from Cosmo while this sort of thing's going on? Surely you take a Playstation break?”
    Glen Duncan, I, Lucifer

  • #12
    Anne Lamott
    “I'm here to be me, which is taking a great deal longer than I had hoped.”
    Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

  • #13
    Anne Lamott
    “Believing in George Bush was so ludicrous that believing in God almost seems rational.”
    Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

  • #14
    Walker Percy
    “Losing hope is not so bad. There's something worse: losing hope and hiding it from yourself.”
    Walker Percy, The Moviegoer

  • #15
    Curtis Sittenfeld
    “I have always found the times when another person recognizes you to be strangely sad; I suspect the pathos of these moments is their rareness, the way they contrast with most daily encounters. That reminder that it can be different, that you need not go through your life unknown but that you probably still will--that is the part that's almost unbearable.”
    Curtis Sittenfeld, Prep

  • #16
    Jennifer Egan
    “What he needed was to find fifty more people like him, who had stopped being themselves without realizing it.”
    Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

  • #17
    George Eliot
    “It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
    George Eliot

  • #18
    Audre Lorde
    “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
    Audre Lorde

  • #19
    Anaïs Nin
    “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
    Anaïs Nin

  • #20
    Zora Neale Hurston
    “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.”
    Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

  • #21
    Laurie Halse Anderson
    “You have to know what you stand for, not just what you stand against.”
    Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak

  • #22
    Rita Mae Brown
    “I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself.”
    Rita Mae Brown

  • #23
    Shel Silverstein
    “Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.”
    Shel Silverstein

  • #24
    Henry Ward Beecher
    “Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?”
    Henry Ward Beecher

  • #25
    Willa Cather
    “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”
    Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark

  • #26
    Robert Bly
    “Every noon as the clock hands arrive at twelve,
    I want to tie the two arms together,
    And walk out of the bank carrying time in bags.”
    Robert Bly, The Night Abraham Called to the Stars: Poems

  • #27
    Alfred Tennyson
    Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
    Whispering 'it will be happier'...”
    Alfred Tennyson

  • #28
    Jack London
    “Don't loaf and invite inspiration; light out after it with a club.”
    Jack London

  • #29
    John Donne
    “Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail.”
    John Donne, The Poems of John Donne; Miscellaneous Poems (Songs and Sonnets) Elegies. Epithalamions, or Marriage Songs. Satires. Epigrams. the Progress of

  • #30
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven

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