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  • #2
    Chevy Stevens
    “I'm in a weird-ass mood today, Doc. Wired up, mind all over the place, looking for answers, reasons something solid to cling to, something real, but just when I think I've got it figured out and neatly filed under fixed instead of fucked, turns out I'm still shattered, scattered, and battered. But you probably already knew that, didn't you?...You might not be able to help me. That makes me sad, but not for me. It makes me sad for you. It must be frustrating for a shrink to have a patient who's beyond fixing. That first shrink I saw when I got back to Clayton Falls told me no one is a lost cause, but I think that's bullshit. I think people can be so crushed, so broken, that they'll never be anything more than a fragment of a whole person. (129)”
    Chevy Stevens, Still Missing

  • #3
    Betty  Smith
    “There is here, what is not in the old country. In spite of hard, unfamiliar things, there is here - hope. In the old country, a man can be no more than his father, providing he works hard. If his father was a carpenter, he may be a carpenter. He many not be a teacher or a priest. He may rise - but only to his father's state. In the old country, a man is given to the past. Here he belongs to the future. In this land, he may be what he will, if he has the good heart and the way of working honestly at the right things.”
    Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  • #4
    John F. Kennedy
    “If by a "Liberal" they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a "Liberal", then I'm proud to say I'm a "Liberal.”
    John F. Kennedy, Profiles in Courage

  • #5
    Nicholas Sparks
    “I think that enduring, committed love between a married couple, along with raising children, is the most noble act anyone can aspire to. It is not written about very much.”
    Nicholas Sparks

  • #6
    Sidney Poitier
    “A person doesn't have to change who he is to become better.”
    Sidney Poitier, The Measure of a Man: A Spiritual Autobiography

  • #7
    Benjamin Franklin
    “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”
    Benjamin Franklin, The Way to Wealth: Ben Franklin on Money and Success

  • #8
    Ted Nugent
    “I didn't invent the middle finger, but I perfected the use of it.”
    Ted Nugent
    tags: humor

  • #9
    Kathleen Grissom
    “[Y]et, I wondered why Marshall did not at least attempt a kiss. In many ways, his treatment of me reminded me of the way I had behaved toward the doll that Mamma Mae had given me as a child. I favored it so that I had refused myself of the joy of playing with it, daring to love it only with my eyes. But in doing so, I had denied myself its very purpose.”
    Kathleen Grissom, The Kitchen House
    tags: life

  • #10
    Jane Austen
    “Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.”
    Jane Austen

  • #11
    Betty  Smith
    “[t]he child must have a valuable thing which is called imagination. The child must have a secret world in which live things that never were. It is necessary that she believe. She must start out by believing things too ugly for living in, the child can reach back and live in her imagination.”
    Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  • #12
    Robert K. Massie
    “There would be no Lenin without Rasputin.”
    Robert K. Massie

  • #13
    José Saramago
    “We all have our moments of weakness, just as well that we are still capable of weeping, tears are often our salvation, there are times when we would die if we did not weep - Blindness”
    José Saramago

  • #14
    Marianne Williamson
    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
    Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles"

  • #15
    Stephen Schwartz
    “I've heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason
    Bringing something we must learn
    And we are led to those who help us most to grow
    If we let them and we help them in return.”
    Stephen Schwartz

  • #16
    Charlotte Brontë
    “I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.”
    Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

  • #17
    Gustave Flaubert
    “Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
    Gustave Flaubert

  • #18
    Mortimer J. Adler
    “In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.”
    Mortimer J. Adler

  • #19
    Jules Verne
    “We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read.”
    Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth

  • #20
    Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.
    “Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them.”
    Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

  • #21
    Anthony Trollope
    “That I can read and be happy while I am reading, is a great blessing.”
    Anthony Trollope

  • #22
    George Eliot
    “The troublesome ones in a family are usually either the wits or the idiots.”
    George Eliot, Middlemarch

  • #23
    Christopher Morley
    “There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.”
    Christopher Morley, Pipefuls

  • #24
    Washington Irving
    “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
    Washington Irving

  • #25
    Alan Bennett
    “What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”
    Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

  • #26
    Yann Martel
    “To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.”
    Yann Martel, Life of Pi

  • #27
    George Sand
    “One is happy once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.”
    George Sand, Correspondance, 1812-1876, Volume 5

  • #28
    William Faulkner
    “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”
    William Faulkner, Essays, Speeches & Public Letters

  • #29
    Irving Stone
    “There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.”
    Irving Stone, Clarence Darrow for the Defense

  • #30
    Leo Tolstoy
    “If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”
    Leo Tolstoy, Essays, Letters and Miscellanies

  • #31
    China Miéville
    “A trap is only a trap if you don't know about it. If you know about it, it's a challenge.”
    China Miéville, King Rat

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