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“A library should be like a pair of open arms.”
Roger Rosenblatt
“Why do we write?
"To make suffering endurable
To make evil intelligible
To make justice desirable
and . . . to make love possible”
Roger Rosenblatt, Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing
“There may be no more pleasing picture in the world than that of a child peering into a book - the past and the future entrancing each other.”
Roger Rosenblatt
“Be kind for everyone you meet carries a great burden.”
Roger Rosenblatt
“Children love to be alone because alone is where they know themselves and where they dream.”
Roger Rosenblatt
“Do not keep company with people who speak of careers. Not only are such people uninteresting in themselves; they also have no interest in anything interesting. . . . Keep company with people who are interested in the world outside themselves. The one who never asks you what you are working on; who never inquires as to the success of your latest project; who never uses the word career as a noun -- he is your friend.”
Roger Rosenblatt
“Grief. The state of mind brought about when love, having lost to death, learns to breathe beside it. See also love.”
Roger Rosenblatt, Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats
“In every heartbreak beauty intrudes.”
Roger Rosenblatt, Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats
“But in the time since she died, I have been aware, every minute, of my love for her. She lives in my love.”
Roger Rosenblatt, Kayak Morning: Reflections on Love, Grief, and Small Boats
“I'm going to kill Fairy Tale Dora and my little dog too.”
Roger Rosenblatt, Lapham Rising
“Truman Capote on Jack Kerouac: "That's not writing, it's typing.”
Roger Rosenblatt, Rules for Aging: A Wry and Witty Guide to Life
“Male and Female Compatibility Rules: a. She's right. b. He's really thinking about nothing. Really.”
Roger Rosenblatt, Rules for Aging: Resist Normal Impulses, Live Longer, Attain Perfection
“Who, after all, is more suited to the liberal life than the detective, who, by dint of his very profession, defies restrictions of government, of the police, and of conventional, predictable thinking? If in some ways detectives are also arch conservatives, in that they tame the behavior of their clients, indeed tame society itself, and make it orderly, still, they function according to their own rules of honor and justice arrived at independently. The private enterprise of the private op. Every detective story depends on their freedom of speculation without which no mystery can be solved. As”
Roger Rosenblatt, The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood
“There is justice in a detective story, and none in madness. And while there is danger in a detective story, it eventually is put to rest, which distinguishes a detective story from life, where the mysteries are illimitable.   H”
Roger Rosenblatt, The Boy Detective: A New York Childhood
“Somewhere, I am sure, a calm, quiet place awaits me where I may do something worthwhile again. Another island, perhaps. Or a little cottage near the sea, far removed from developers, removed from Lapham. And, there is always Vermont. For everyone, in every time of despairing optimism, there is always Vermont.”
Roger Rosenblatt, Lapham Rising
“Stay clear of anyone—other than a clergyman—who refers to God more than once in an hour One sees a growing number of professional moralists who appear on TV telling people what God wants of them. If these folks are right about God, it is splendid news, and one should follow them as if they were Moses. If, however, they have misinterpreted God's wishes—about political candidates, free expression, human reproduction, and other issues on which He is said to be communicating His opinions to a select few—or if these professional moralists have mistaken God's voice for, say, Elvis's, then paying attention to them may only lead to divine trouble. Better to play it safe and avoid such people. The danger in hanging around them is that God may be tired of listening to them misrepresent Him and decide to revert to His old bad-tempered tricks with locusts and floods. Of course, this being the 21st century, He may have refined His arsenal so that He can pick off only the offenders and leave the rest of us unharmed. But I would not count on this. God is good, but He may not be that good. ***”
Roger Rosenblatt, Rules for Aging: A Wry and Witty Guide to Life


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