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  • #1
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “She wants to know if I love her, that's all anyone wants from anyone else, not love itself but the knowledge that love is there, like new batteries in the flashlight in the emergency kit in the hall closet.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • #2
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “What did thinking ever do for me, to what great place did thinking ever bring me? I think and think and think. I've thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • #3
    Amor Towles
    “Old times, as my father used to say: If you're not careful, they'll gut you like a fish.”
    Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

  • #4
    Amor Towles
    “An act of generosity rarely ends a man's responsibilities toward another; it tends instead to begin them.”
    Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

  • #5
    Amor Towles
    “How little imagination and courage we show in our hatreds.”
    Amor Towles

  • #6
    Amor Towles
    “When a mother loses a daughter, she grieves over the future that her daughter will never have, but she can take solace in memories of close-knit days. But when your daughter runs away, it is the fond memories that have been laid to rest; and your daughter's future, alive and well, recedes from you like a wave drawing out to sea.”
    Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

  • #7
    Amor Towles
    “Most people have more needs than wants. That's why they live the lives they do. But the world is run by those whose wants outstrip their needs.”
    Amor Towles

  • #8
    Amor Towles
    “As a quick aside, let me observe that in moments of high emotion - whether they're triggered by anger or envy, humiliation or resentment - if the next thing you're going to say makes you feel better, then it's probably the wrong thing to say.”
    Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

  • #9
    Amor Towles
    “If we only fell in love with people who were perfect for us...then there wouldn't be so much fuss about love in the first place.”
    Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

  • #10
    Amor Towles
    “I suppose Anne was right when she observed that at any given moment we're all seeking someone's forgiveness.”
    Amor Towles

  • #11
    Amor Towles
    “I know that right choices by definition are the means by which life crystallizes loss.”
    Amor Towles, Rules of Civility

  • #12
    Lorrie Moore
    “Wake up one morning with a man you had thought you'd spend your life with, and realize, a rock in your gut, that you don't even like him. Spend a weepy afternoon in his bathroom, not coming out when he knocks. You can no longer trust your affections. People and places you think you love may be people and places you hate.”
    Lorrie Moore, Self-Help

  • #13
    Pema Chödrön
    “We think that the point is to pass the test or overcome the problem, but the truth is that things don't really get solved. They come together and they fall apart. Then they come together again and fall apart again. It's just like that. The healing comes from letting there be room for all of this to happen: room for grief, for relief, for misery, for joy. (10)”
    Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heartfelt Advice for Hard Times

  • #14
    Pema Chödrön
    “We are like children building a sand castle. We embellish it with beautiful shells, bits of driftwood, and pieces of colored glass. The castle is ours, off limits to others. We’re willing to attack if others threaten to hurt it. Yet despite all our attachment, we know that the tide will inevitably come in and sweep the sand castle away. The trick is to enjoy it fully but without clinging, and when the time comes, let it dissolve back into the sea.”
    Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

  • #15
    Pema Chödrön
    “Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there's a big disappointment, we don't know if that's the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don't know anything. We call something bad; we call it good. But really we just don't know.”
    Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

  • #16
    Pema Chödrön
    “Without giving up hope—that there’s somewhere better to be, that there’s someone better to be—we will never relax with where we are or who we are.”
    Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

  • #18
    John Irving
    “But who can distinguish between falling in love and imagining falling in love? Even genuinely falling in love is an act of the imagination.”
    John Irving, A Widow for One Year

  • #19
    Paulo Coelho
    “Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realise that nothing really belongs to them.”
    Paulo Coelho

  • #20
    Marilynne Robinson
    “There is so little to remember of anyone - an anecdote, a conversation at a table. But every memory is turned over and over again, every word, however chance, written in the heart in the hope that memory will fulfill itself, and become flesh, and that the wanderers will find a way home, and the perished, whose lack we always feel, will step through the door finally and stroke our hair with dreaming habitual fondness not having meant to keep us waiting long.”
    Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

  • #21
    Marilynne Robinson
    “To crave and to have are as like as a thing and its shadow. For when does a berry break upon the tongue as sweetly as when one longs to taste it, and when is the taste refracted into so many hues and savors of ripeness and earth, and when do our senses know any thing so utterly as when we lack it? And here again is a foreshadowing -- the world will be made whole. For to wish for a hand on one's hair is all but to feel it. So whatever we may lose, very craving gives it back to us again.”
    Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping

  • #22
    David Foster Wallace
    “It's weird to feel like you miss someone you're not even sure you know.”
    David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

  • #23
    Eleanor Roosevelt
    “Once I had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalogue: "No good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.”
    Eleanor Roosevelt

  • #24
    Andy Rooney
    “Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize. For all those men who say, "Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?", here's an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!”
    Andy Rooney

  • #25
    Colleen McCullough
    “There is a legend about a bird which sings just once in its life, more sweetly than any other creature on the face of the earth. From the moment it leaves the nest it searches for a thorn tree, and does not rest until it has found one. Then, singing among the savage branches, it impales itself upon the longest, sharpest spine. And, dying, it rises above its own agony to outcarol the lark and the nightingale. One superlative song, existence the price. But the whole world stills to listen, and God in His heaven smiles. For the best is only bought at the cost of great pain… Or so says the legend.”
    Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

  • #26
    Colleen McCullough
    “Each of us has something within us which won't be denied, even if it makes us scream aloud to die. We are what we are, that's all. Like the old Celtic legend of the bird with the thorn in its breast, singing its heart out and dying. Because it has to, its self-knowledge can't affect or change the outcome, can it? Everyone singing his own little song, convinced it's the most wonderful song the world has ever heard. Don't you see? We create our own thorns, and never stop to count the cost. All we can do is suffer the pain, and tell ourselves it was well worth it.”
    Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

  • #27
    Colleen McCullough
    “You still think love can save us. It’s more killing than hate. Hate is so clean, so simple. Like being in the ring. With hate, you just keep hitting. You hit until they stop hitting back. With love… They never stop.”
    Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds

  • #28
    Cheryl Strayed
    “I'll never know, and neither will you, of the life you don't choose. We'll only know that whatever that sister life was, it was important and beautiful and not ours. It was the ghost ship that didn't carry us. There's nothing to do but salute it from the shore.”
    Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar



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