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  • #1
    “The hardest thing about adolescence is that everything seems too big. There's no way to get context or perspective, ..... Pain and joy without limits. No one can live like that forever, so experience finally comes to our rescue. We come to know what we can endure, and also that nothing endures.”
    Sara Paretsky, Bleeding Kansas

  • #2
    William Shakespeare
    “To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.”
    William Shakespeare, Macbeth

  • #3
    William Faulkner
    “A man is the sum of his misfortunes. One day you'd think misfortune would get tired but then time is your misfortune”
    William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

  • #4
    Christopher Buckley
    “Oil they would buy from anyone. From Satan.”
    Christopher Buckley, Florence of Arabia
    tags: buy, oil, satan

  • #5
    Orson Scott Card
    “When you really know somebody you can’t hate them. Or maybe it’s just that you can’t really know them until you stop hating them.”
    Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead

  • #6
    Ken Follett
    “you should first follow the plow if you want to dance the harvest jig.”
    Ken Follett, World Without End
    tags: work

  • #7
    Aeschylus
    “For somehow this is tyranny's disease, to trust no friends.”
    Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound

  • #8
    Junot Díaz
    “Success, after all, loves a witness, but failure can't exist without one.”
    Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • #9
    Malcolm Gladwell
    “Cultural legacies are powerful forces. They have deep roots and long lives. They persist, generation after generation, virtually intact, even as the economic and social and demographic conditions that spawned them have vanished, and they play such a role in directing attitudes and behavior that we cannot make sense of our world without them.”
    Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

  • #10
    Marisha Pessl
    “Sadly, American teenagers are to a weightless vacuum as seat cushions are to polyurethane foam -”
    Marisha Pessl, Special Topics in Calamity Physics

  • #11
    Marisha Pessl
    “Not returning phone calls is the severest form of torture in the civilized world.”
    Marisha Pessl, Special Topics in Calamity Physics

  • #12
    Miriam Toews
    “Conversing with children is a fine art.... An art form that demands large amounts of both honesty and misdirection. Or maybe discretion is a better word.”
    Miriam Toews, The Flying Troutmans

  • #13
    Russell Shorto
    “They had applied their doubts to the very head that had introduced doubt as a tool for advancing knowledge. And in the end they gave the head a nod.”
    Russell Shorto, Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason

  • #14
    René Descartes
    “Cogito ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am.)
    René Descartes

  • #15
    Russell Shorto
    “We are graced with a godlike ability to transcend time and space in our minds but are chained to death.”
    Russell Shorto, Descartes' Bones: A Skeletal History of the Conflict Between Faith and Reason

  • #16
    Gillian Flynn
    “Sometimes I think illness sits inside every woman, waiting for the right moment to bloom. I have known so many sick women all my life. Women with chronic pain, with ever-gestating diseases. Women with conditions. Men, sure, they have bone snaps, they have backaches, they have a surgery or two, yank out a tonsil, insert a shiny plastic hip. Women get consumed.”
    Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

  • #17
    Jonathan Lethem
    “Tourette's is just one big lifetime of tag, really. The world (or my brain---same thing) appoints me it, again and again. So I tag back. Can it do otherwise? If you've ever been it you know the answer.”
    Jonathan Lethem, Motherless Brooklyn

  • #18
    Josh Bazell
    “what a fascinating mix a hospital can be of people in a huge hurry and people too slow to get out of their way.”
    Josh Bazell, Beat the Reaper

  • #19
    Steven Pressfield
    “He's a sturdy fellow, bald as a hen's egg, and like all engineers, practical as a pensioner.”
    Steven Pressfield, The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

  • #20
    Steven Pressfield
    “This man has conquered the world! What have you done?"
    The philosopher replied without an instant's hesitation, "I have conquered the need to conquer the world.”
    Steven Pressfield, The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great

  • #21
    Laura Moriarty
    “Worrying was painful .... but compared to the alternative, a privilege”
    Laura Moriarty, The Rest of Her Life
    tags: worry

  • #22
    Walter Kaufmann
    “Since the Renaissance, Shakespeare, Rembrandt, Mozart, and a host of others have shown that this religious dimension can be experienced and communicated apart from any religious context. But that is no reason for closing my heart to Job's cry, or to Jeremiah's, or to the Second Isaiah. I do not read them as mere literature; rather, I read Sophocles and Shakespeare with all my being, too.”
    Walter Kaufmann, Faith of a Heretic

  • #23
    Kitty Burns Florey
    “Diagramming made language seem friendly, like a dog who doesn't bark, but, instead, trots over to greet you, wagging its tail.”
    Kitty Burns Florey, Sister Bernadette's Barking Dog: The Quirky History and Lost Art of Diagramming Sentences

  • #24
    Linda Bloodworth Thomason
    “Keep moving. Have a goal, One day you will arrive at a place that is better than the place where you were, even if it is only in your head.”
    Linda Bloodworth Thomason, Liberating Paris
    tags: goal

  • #25
    Victor Hugo
    “To love another person is to see the face of God.”
    Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

  • #26
    Mark Twain
    “Jim he couldn't see no sense in the most of it, but he allowed we was white folks and knowed better than him;”
    Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  • #27
    Christopher Buckley
    “Nothing raises the national temperature more than a VACANCY sign hanging from the colonnaded front of the Supreme Court. ”
    Christopher Buckley, Supreme Courtship

  • #28
    Christopher Buckley
    “How many times had those awful words - "I know what I'm doing" - been uttered throughout history as prelude to disaster? ”
    Christopher Buckley, Supreme Courtship

  • #29
    Sharan Newman
    “Catherine Le Vendeur," he asked sententiously, "have you known this man carnally?"
    "No father," Catherine answered. "But, with your kind permission, I would very much like to.”
    Sharan Newman, Death Comes As Epiphany
    tags: carnal

  • #30
    Ivan Doig
    “Childhood is the one story that stands by itself in every soul.”
    Ivan Doig, The Whistling Season



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