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  • #1
    Jeanette Winterson
    “You’ll get over it…” It’s the clichés that cause the trouble. To lose someone you love is to alter your life for ever. You don’t get over it because ‘it” is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it? The particularness of someone who mattered enough to grieve over is not made anodyne by death. This hole in my heart is in the shape of you and no-one else can fit it. Why would I want them to?”
    Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

  • #2
    Jeanette Winterson
    “You never give away your heart; you lend it from time to time. If it were not so how could we take it back without asking?”
    Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body
    tags: love

  • #3
    Jeanette Winterson
    “Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it. Those who do not do it, think of it as a cousin of stamp collecting, a sister of the trophy cabinet, bastard of a sound bank account and a weak mind.”
    Jeanette Winterson

  • #4
    Jeanette Winterson
    “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. What then kills love? Only this: Neglect. Not to see you when you stand before me. Not to think of you in the little things. Not to make the road wide for you, the table spread for you. To choose you out of habit not desire, to pass the flower seller without a thought. To leave the dishes unwashed, the bed unmade, to ignore you in the mornings, make use of you at night. To crave another while pecking your cheek. To say your name without hearing it, to assume it is mine to call.”
    Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body
    tags: love

  • #5
    Pablo Neruda
    “Love is so short, forgetting is so long.”
    Pablo Neruda, Love: Ten Poems

  • #6
    Oscar Wilde
    “It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.”
    Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

  • #7
    Oscar Wilde
    “I can resist anything except temptation.”
    Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan

  • #8
    Mark Twain
    “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”
    Mark Twain

  • #9
    Charles Dickens
    “Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.”
    Charles Dickens

  • #10
    William Shakespeare
    “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
    William Shakespeare, As You Like It

  • #11
    Anaïs Nin
    “Our life is composed greatly from dreams, from the unconscious, and they must be brought into connection with action. They must be woven together. ”
    Anaïs Nin

  • #12
    Seneca
    “He who is brave is free”
    Seneca

  • #13
    Albert Camus
    “Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
    Albert Camus

  • #14
    Albert Camus
    “Some people talk in their sleep. Lecturers talk while other people sleep”
    Albert Camus

  • #15
    Maya Angelou
    “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #16
    Maya Angelou
    “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #17
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground, White Nights, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man, and Selections from The House of the Dead

  • #18
    Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
    “Disbelief is more resistant than faith because it is sustained by the senses.”
    Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Of Love and Other Demons

  • #19
    Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
    “One never quite stops believing, some doubt remains forever".”
    Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Of Love and Other Demons

  • #20
    Julia Child
    “I was 32 when I started cooking; up until then, I just ate.”
    Julia Child

  • #21
    Jude Deveraux
    “Love can make even nice people do awful things.”
    Jude Deveraux

  • #22
    Leo Tolstoy
    “I've always loved you, and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.”
    Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

  • #23
    Paula Hawkins
    “I don’t believe in soul mates, but there’s an understanding between us that I just haven’t felt before, or at least, not for a long time. It comes from shared experience, from knowing how it feels to be broken. Hollowness: that I understand. I’m starting to believe that there isn’t anything you can do to fix it. That’s what I’ve taken from the therapy sessions: the holes in your life are permanent. You have to grow around them, like tree roots around concrete; you mould yourself through the gaps.”
    Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train

  • #24
    Paula Hawkins
    “That’s what he always used to say to me. Don’t expect me to be sane, Anna. Not with you.”
    Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train

  • #25
    Gloria Steinem
    “But why didn't you leave? Why didn't you take my sister and go to New York?" she would say it didn't matter, that she was lucky to have my sister and me. If I pressed hard enough, she would add, "If I'd left, you never would have been born." I never had the courage to say: But you would have been born instead.”
    Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road

  • #26
    Gloria Steinem
    “In our co-lecturing days, Flo Kennedy and I were sitting in the back of a taxi on the way to the Boston airport, discussing Flo’s book Abortion Rap. The driver, an old Irish woman, the only such cabbie I’ve ever seen, turned to us at a traffic light and said the immortal words, “Honey, if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament!” Would she have wanted to own her words in public? I don’t know, but I so wish we had asked her name. When Flo and I told this taxi story at speeches, the driver’s sentence spread on T-shirts, political buttons, clinic walls, and protest banners from Washington to Vatican Square, from Ireland to Nigeria. By 2012, almost forty years after that taxi ride, the driver’s words were on a banner outside the Republican National Convention in Tampa, when the party nominated Mitt Romney for president of the United States on a platform that included criminalizing abortion. Neither Flo nor the taxi driver could have lived to see him lose—and yet they were there.”
    Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road

  • #27
    Gloria Steinem
    “As the New York primary approached, I certainly wasn’t against either candidate, but I still had to decide who to vote for. So I sat down with a yellow pad and made a list of pros and cons for each.”
    Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road

  • #28
    Jhumpa Lahiri
    “Books are the best means—private, discreet, reliable—of overcoming reality.”
    Jhumpa Lahiri, In Other Words

  • #29
    Atul Gawande
    “The trouble is that we’ve built our medical system and culture around the long tail. We’ve created a multitrillion-dollar edifice for dispensing the medical equivalent of lottery tickets—and have only the rudiments of a system to prepare patients for the near certainty that those tickets will not win. Hope is not a plan, but hope is our plan.”
    Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End



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