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  • #1
    Garth Stein
    “That which we manifest is before us; we are the creators of our own destiny. Be it through intention or ignorance, our successes and our failures have been brought on by none other than ourselves.”
    Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • #2
    Garth Stein
    “When I return to the world, I will be a man. I will walk among you. I will lick my lips with my small, dexterous tongue. I will shake hands with other men, grasping firmly with my opposable thumbs. And I will teach all people that I know. And when I see a man or a woman or a child in trouble, I will extend my hand, both metaphorically and physically. I will offer my hand. To him. To her. To you. To the world. I will be a good citizen, a good partner in the endeaver of life that we all share.”
    Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • #3
    Nick Hornby
    “It seems to me now that the plain state of being human is dramatic enough for anyone; you don't need to be a heroin addict or a performance poet to experience extremity. You just have to love someone.”
    Nick Hornby, How to Be Good

  • #4
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

  • #5
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “If I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, 'Kurt is up in heaven now.' That's my favorite joke.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #6
    Emily Giffin
    “But I have learned that you make your own happiness, that part of going for what you want means losing something else. And when the stakes are high, the losses can be that much greater.”
    Emily Giffin, Something Borrowed
    tags: life

  • #7
    James Frey
    “I turn and I look back across the lake. The mist is gone and the ice diminished, the drip of the icicles quick and heavy. The sun is up and the sky is blue empty blue light blue clear blue. I would drink the sky if I could drink it, drink it and celebrate it and let it fill me and become me. I am getting better. Empty and clear and light and blue. I am getting better.”
    James Frey, A Million Little Pieces

  • #8
    Walt Whitman
    “Long enough have you dream'd contemptible dreams,
    Now I wash the gum from your eyes,
    You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment of your life.
    Long have you timidly waded holding a plank by the shore,
    Now I will you to be a bold swimmer,
    To jump off in the midst of the sea, rise again, nod to me, shout, and laughingly dash with your hair.”
    Walt Whitman

  • #9
    Walt Whitman
    “I dream'd in a dream I saw a city invincible to the attacks of the
    whole of the rest of the earth,
    I dream'd that was the new city of Friends,
    Nothing was greater there than the quality of robust love, it led the rest,
    It was seen every hour in the actions of the men of that city,
    And in all their looks and words.”
    Walt Whitman

  • #10
    Walt Whitman
    “Now I see the secret of making the best person: it is to grow in the open air and to eat and sleep with the earth.”
    Walt Whitman

  • #11
    Randy Pausch
    “Look, I'm going to find a way to be happy, and I'd really love to be happy with you, but if I can't be happy with you, then I'll find a way to be happy without you.”
    Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

  • #12
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “And on the subject of burning books: I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength or their powerful political connections or their great wealth, who, all over this country, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shelves, and have refused to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

    So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House or the Supreme Court or the Senate or the House of Representatives or the media. The America I love still exists at the front desks of our public libraries.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

  • #13
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, 'If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

  • #14
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you've got a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, babies-"God damn it, you've got to be kind.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #15
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #16
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “There are too many of us and we are all too far apart.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #17
    Marilyn Monroe
    “She was a girl who knew how to be happy even when she was sad. And that’s important—you know ”
    Marilyn Monroe

  • #18
    Stephen Colbert
    “Tomorrow you're all going to wake up in a brave new world, a world where the Constitution gets trampled by an army of terrorist clones, created in a stem-cell research lab run by homosexual doctors who sterilize their instruments over burning American flags. Where tax-and-spend Democrats take all your hard-earned money and use it to buy electric cars for National Public Radio, and teach evolution to illegal immigrants. Oh, and everybody's high!”
    Stephen Colbert, I Am America

  • #19
    Stephen Colbert
    “Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say “yes'.”
    Stephen Colbert

  • #20
    Stephen Colbert
    “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it.”
    Stephen Colbert

  • #21
    Stephen Colbert
    “Remember, Jesus would rather constantly shame gays than let orphans have a family.”
    Stephen Colbert

  • #22
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “I wanted all things
    To seem to make some sense,
    So we could all be happy, yes,
    Instead of tense.
    And I made up lies
    So that they all fit nice,
    And I made this sad world
    A par-a-dise.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country

  • #23
    Nick Hornby
    “It's a mystery of human chemistry and I don't understand it, some people, as far as their senses are concerned, just feel like home.”
    Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

  • #24
    Nick Hornby
    “People go on about the first time being important, but it's the second time that really matters. Or the second person, anyway.”
    Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down

  • #25
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced--or seemed to face--the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

  • #26
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

  • #27
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “You're the only girl I've seen for a long time that actually did look like something blooming.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

  • #28
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “She smiled, a moving childish smile that was like all the lost youth in the world.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

  • #29
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “She smiled at him, making sure that the smile gathered up everything inside her and directed it toward him, making him a profound promise of herself for so little, for the beat of a response, the assurance of a complimentary vibration in him.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night

  • #30
    F. Scott Fitzgerald
    “the best contacts are when one knows the obstacles and still wants to preserve a relation.”
    F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender Is the Night



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