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    Oh, please don't go—we'll eat you up—we love you so!
    “Oh, please don't go—we'll eat you up—we love you so!”
    Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are

  • #2
    Maurice Sendak
    “There must be more to life than having everything!”
    Maurice Sendak, Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life

  • #2
    Maurice Sendak
    “I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can't stop them. They leave me and I love them more.”
    Maurice Sendak

  • #3
    Victor Hugo
    “She was a lovely blonde, with fine teeth. She had gold and pearls for her dowry; but her gold was on her head, and her pearls were in her mouth.”
    Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

  • #4
    Victor Hugo
    “To sacrifice the world to paradise is to let slip the prey for the shadow.”
    Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

  • #5
    Victor Hugo
    “Whither will suffering lead me? To nothingness; but I shall have suffered. Whither will enjoyment lead me? To nothingness; but I shall have enjoyed myself.”
    Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

  • #6
    Victor Hugo
    “Then live your life, above all things. Make use of your I while you have it.”
    Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

  • #7
    Victor Hugo
    “to all those unfortunate men who are widowers, I throw the sublime proclamation of Bonaparte to the army of Italy: "Soldiers, you are in need of everything; the enemy has it.”
    Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

  • #8
    Victor Hugo
    “Books are cold but safe friends”
    Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

  • #9
    Victor Hugo
    “Remember this, my friends: there are no such things as bad plants or bad men. There are only bad cultivators.”
    Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

  • #10
    Victor Hugo
    “The provincial dandy wore the longest of spurs and the fiercest of mustaches.”
    Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

  • #11
    “In my world, you don’t get to call yourself “pro-life” and be against common-sense gun control — like banning public access to the kind of semiautomatic assault rifle, designed for warfare, that was used recently in a Colorado theater. You don’t get to call yourself “pro-life” and want to shut down the Environmental Protection Agency, which ensures clean air and clean water, prevents childhood asthma, preserves biodiversity and combats climate change that could disrupt every life on the planet. You don’t get to call yourself “pro-life” and oppose programs like Head Start that provide basic education, health and nutrition for the most disadvantaged children...The term “pro-life” should be a shorthand for respect for the sanctity of life. But I will not let that label apply to people for whom sanctity for life begins at conception and ends at birth. What about the rest of life? Respect for the sanctity of life, if you believe that it begins at conception, cannot end at birth.”
    Thomas L. Friedman

  • #12
    Douglas Coupland
    “Canadian winters are long. Life is hard and so is ice.”
    Douglas Coupland, Souvenir of Canada

  • #13
    Douglas Coupland
    “In Canada, when we speak of water, we're speaking of ourselves. Canadians are known to be unextravagant, and one explanation of this might be that we know that wasted water means a diminished collective soul; polluted waters mean a sickened soul. Water is the basis of our self-identity, and when we dream of canoes and thunderstorms and streams and even snowballs, we're dreaming about our innermost selves.”
    Douglas Coupland, Souvenir of Canada

  • #14
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “It was the custom in those days for passengers leaving for America to bring balls of yarn on deck. Relatives on the pier held the loose ends. As the "Giulia" blew its horn and moved away from the dock, a few hundred strings of yarn stretched across the water. People shouted farewells, waved furiously, held up babies for last looks they wouldn't remember. Propellers churned; handkerchiefs fluttered, and, up on deck, the balls of yarn began to spin. Red, yellow, blue, green, they untangled toward the pier, slowly at first, one revolution every ten seconds, then faster and faster as the boat picked up speed. Passengers held the yarn as long as possible, maintaining the connection to faces disappearing onshore. But finally, one by one, the balls ran out. The strings of yarn flew free, rising on the breeze.”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

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    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “Or in my grandparents's case, the circling worked like this: as they paced around the deck the first time, Lefty and Desdemona were still brother and sister. The second time, the were bride and bridegroom. And the third, they were husband and wife.”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex
    tags: incest

  • #16
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “Planning is for the world's great cities, for Paris, London, and Rome, for cities dedicated, at some level, to culture. Detroit, on the other hand, was an American city and therefore dedicated to money, and so design had given way to expediency.”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

  • #17
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “Planning is for the world's great cities, for Paris, London, and Rome, for cities dedicated, at some level, to culture. Detroit, on the other hand, was an American city and therefore dedicated to money, and so design had given way to expediency. Since 1818, the city had spread out along the river, warehouse by warehouse, factory by factory. Judge Woodward's wheels had been squashed, bisected, pressed into the usual rectangles.”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

  • #18
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “Historical fact: People stopped being people in 1913. That was the year Henry Ford put his cars on rollers and made his workers adopt the speed of the assembly line. At first, workers rebelled. They quit in droves, unable to accustom their bodies to the new pace of the age. Since then, however, the adaptation has been passed down: we've all inherited it to some degree, so that we plug right into joy-sticks and remotes, to repetitive motions of a hundred kinds.”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

  • #19
    Jeffrey Eugenides
    “But in 1922 it was still a new thing to be a machine.”
    Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex

  • #20
    Ernesto Che Guevara
    “This is not a story of heroic feats, or merely the narrative of a cynic; at least I do not mean it to be. It is a glimpse of two lives running parallel for a time, with similar hopes and convergent dreams.”
    Ernesto Che Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey

  • #21
    François Lelord
    “You must be careful when you ask people whether they’re happy; it’s a question that can upset them a great deal.”
    François Lelord

  • #22
    François Lelord
    “Lesson no. 1: Making comparisons can spoil your happiness.”
    François Lelord

  • #23
    François Lelord
    “Lesson no. 3: Many people see happiness only in their future.”
    François Lelord

  • #24
    François Lelord
    “The basic mistake people make is to think that happiness is the goal!”
    François Lelord, Hector and the Search for Happiness

  • #25
    François Lelord
    “Making comparisons can spoil your happiness.”
    François Lelord, Hector and the Search for Happiness

  • #26
    François Lelord
    “Happiness often comes when least expected.”
    François Lelord, Hector and the Search for Happiness

  • #27
    François Lelord
    “Many people see happiness only in their future.”
    François Lelord, Hector and the Search for Happiness

  • #28
    François Lelord
    “Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story.”
    François Lelord, Hector and the Search for Happiness

  • #29
    François Lelord
    “Knowing and feeling are two different things, and feeling is what counts.”
    François Lelord, Hector and the Search for Happiness



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