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  • #1
    “I have spent most of my life (like most people) avoiding transcendence at all costs, mainly because the shit hurts.”
    Steve Earle

  • #2
    Betty  Smith
    “Yes, when I get big and have my own home, no plush chairs and lace curtains for me. And no rubber plants. I'll have a desk like this in my parlor and white walls and a clean green blotter every Saturday night and a row of shining yellow pencils always sharpened for writing and a golden-brown bowl with a flower or some leaves or berries always in it and books . . . books . . . books. . . .”
    Betty Smith

  • #3
    E.L. Konigsburg
    “Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place, but there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.”
    E.L. Konigsburg, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

  • #4
    Rob Sheffield
    “It’s the same with people who say, ‘Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’ Even people who say this must realize that the exact opposite is true. What doesn’t kill you maims you, cripples you, leaves you weak, makes you whiny and full of yourself at the same time. The more pain, the more pompous you get. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you incredibly annoying.”
    Rob Sheffield, Love Is a Mix Tape

  • #5
    Gertrude Stein
    “There is no such thing as repetition. Only insistance. ”
    Gertrude Stein

  • #6
    Beverly Cleary
    “If she can't spell, why is she a librarian? Librarians should know how to spell.”
    Beverly Cleary, Ramona's World

  • #7
    Gertrude Stein
    “Remarks are not literature.”
    Gertrude Stein

  • #8
    Leonardo da Vinci
    “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
    Leonardo da Vinci

  • #9
    Vladimir Nabokov
    “It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.”
    Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

  • #10
    Vladimir Nabokov
    “Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita. Did she have a precursor? She did, indeed she did. In point of fact, there might have been no Lolita at all had I not loved, one summer, an initial girl-child. In a princedom by the sea. Oh when? About as many years before Lolita was born as my age was that summer. You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns.”
    Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

  • #11
    Vladimir Nabokov
    “We had been everywhere. We had really seen nothing. And I catch myself thinking today that our long journey had only defiled with a sinuous trail of slime the lovely, trustful, dreamy, enormous country that by then, in retrospect, was no more to us than a collection of dog-eared maps, ruined tour books, old tires, and her sobs in the night — every night, every night — the moment I feigned sleep.”
    Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita

  • #12
    P.J. O'Rourke
    “Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”
    P.J. O'Rourke

  • #13
    P.J. O'Rourke
    “Never wear anything that panics the cat.”
    P.J. O'Rourke
    tags: humor

  • #14
    John Keats
    “I am in that temper that if I were under water I would scarcely kick to come to the top.”
    John Keats

  • #15
    David Rakoff
    “The only thing that makes one an artist is making art. And that requires the precise opposite of hanging out; a deeply lonely and unglamorous task of tolerating oneself long enough to push something out.”
    David Rakoff, Half Empty

  • #16
    David Rakoff
    “...hanging out does not make one an artist. A secondhand wardrobe does not make one an artist. Neither do a hair-trigger temper, melancholic nature, propensity for tears, hating your parents, nor even HIV - I hate to say it - none of these make one an artist. They can help, but just as being gay does not make one witty (you can suck a mile of cock, as my friend Sarah Thyre puts it, it still won't make you Oscar Wilde, believe me), the only thing that makes one an artist is making art. And that requires the precise opposite of hanging out; a deeply lonely and unglamorous task of tolerating oneself long enough to push something out.”
    David Rakoff, Half Empty

  • #17
    Bauvard
    “An empty skull is the vanitas symbol of modern education.”
    Bauvard, Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic

  • #18
    Nick Cave
    “I’m forever near a stereo saying, ‘What the fuck is this garbage?’ And the answer is always the Red Hot Chili Peppers.”
    Nick Cave

  • #19
    Leonard Cohen
    “Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”
    Leonard Cohen

  • #20
    Curtis Sittenfeld
    “Children are nothing but a problem people create and then congratulate themselves on solving.”
    Curtis Sittenfeld, Sisterland

  • #21
    Chuck Klosterman
    “[On political correctness:] Any intended message mattered less than the received message, and every received message could be interpreted in whatever way the receiver wanted.”
    Chuck Klosterman, I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling With Villains

  • #22
    Carlene Bauer
    “...to be Catholic was to belong to an ethnic group, not a religion. You didn’t really have to believe it, or act like you believed it, to be a Catholic. You just had to show up every week for Mass and go to Catholic school.”
    Carlene Bauer, Not That Kind of Girl: A Memoir

  • #23
    Rainbow Rowell
    “She never felt like she belonged anywhere,except for when she was lying on her bed, pretending to be somewhere else.”
    Rainbow Rowell

  • #24
    Laura Moriarty
    “Eileen says what they should really do, if they want to be fair about it, is offer a Bible study class for credit, and let us take that instead of sitting an extra hour in study hall, twiddling our so-called opposable thumbs.”
    Laura Moriarty, The Center of Everything

  • #25
    John Green
    “Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #26
    John Green
    “I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is inprobably biased toward the consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am I, living in the middle of history, to tell the universe that it-or my observation of it-is temporary?”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #27
    John Green
    “Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

  • #28
    Miriam Toews
    “Why is it so painful to write about people who aren't assholes? I asked Wilson.
    Because I would start to love them, he said.”
    Miriam Toews, Irma Voth

  • #29
    Jessica Valenti
    “If you want what’s best for your kids, one surefire way to provide them with a healthy, happy home is to make sure they have lesbian parents. In the longest-running study of lesbian families to date,2 zero percent of children reported physical or sexual abuse—not a one. In the general population, 26 percent of children report physical abuse and 8.3 percent report sexual abuse.”
    Jessica Valenti, Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth About Parenting and Happiness

  • #30
    Michael  Grant
    “He found a set of encyclopedias—like Wikipedia, but paper and very bulky.”
    Michael Grant, Gone



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