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“The owl,” he was saying, “is one of the most curious creatures. A bird that stays awake when the rest of the world sleeps. They can see in the dark. I find that so interesting, to be mired in reality when the rest of the world is dreaming. What does he see and what does he know that the rest of the world is missing?”
M.J. Rose, Seduction
tags: owl
“There is no glory in honesty if it is destructive. And no shame in dishonesty if its goal is to offer grace.”
M.J. Rose , Lying In Bed
“Is there a secret? Yes. Anaïs Nin and Pauline Réage and Anne Rampling and Erica Jong all knew it. E. L. James knows it.
It is the secret behind all of our writing. And our reading. Arousal starts in the mind. And grows in the mind. The brain is the most erogenous zone in a woman’s body. That is our secret. And it is what we share.”
M.J. Rose, Fifty Writers on Fifty Shades of Grey
“‎"As Oedipus learned, the more you run away from what is predetermined the more you run toward it.”
M.J. Rose, The Reincarnationist
“The secret, which is not so secret after all, is that the people who we love live on in our hearts, in the beat of our blood.”
M.J. Rose, The Collector of Dying Breaths
tags: love
“Perfume is magic. It’s mystery. We recreate the smell of a flower. Of wood. Of grass. We capture the essence of life. Liquefy it. We store memories. We make dreams,” he told her once. “What we do is a wonder, an art, and we have a responsibility to do it well.”
M.J. Rose, Seduction
“Needing someone doesn't make you weak, it makes you feel. And feeling is how you know you're alive. -Jack Reacher”
M.J. Rose, In Session
“No, the sadness will soften, its edges will become less rough. In time missing him will be the way you love him.”
M.J. Rose, The Witch of Painted Sorrows
“The one thing I am now sure of is that if there is such a thing as destiny, it is a result of our passion, be that for money, power, or love. Passion, for better or worse. It can keep a soul alive even if all that survives is a shimmering. I've even seen it. I've been bathed in it. I've been changed by it.”
M.J. Rose, The Witch of Painted Sorrows
“...if you want to talk to God, it's best to do it where you don't have to shout to have yourself heard.”
M.J. Rose, The Collector of Dying Breaths
“...men are monsters all, and something in them wants to force others to see the world the same way they see it.”
M.J. Rose, The Collector of Dying Breaths
“The dead live as long as someone who loves them lives.”
M.J. Rose, The Collector of Dying Breaths
“Regret isn’t like grief; it never lessens, just stays the same. A little hard ball in the pit of your stomach.”
M.J. Rose, The Secret Language of Stones
“Spend lavishly on creams. Wash your hair with henna at the first sign of gray. Never spend one minute thinking about what you do not have. And most importantly, indulge in everything but love.”
M.J. Rose, The Witch of Painted Sorrows
“Sometimes love worked out, but more often it failed”
M.J. Rose, In Fidelity
“There are no accidents of fate. Every act has a reaction through lives, through time. Déjà vu and coincidence are God tapping you on the shoulder, telling you to pay attention, showing you that you are walking in the footprint of your own reincarnation.”
M.J. Rose, The Memorist
“There's an answer to every question even if it's elusive. The Kabbalah tells us that there's a level of our souls where we all connect to all the world's accumulated knowledge. Jung agreed, just used different words and called it the collective unconscious. It manifests itself in an inner voice we all can hear if we listen deeply enough.”
M.J. Rose, The Memorist
“We see what we want to see when we look at someone. Like a diamond before it has been cut. We can guess at its brilliance but can't see the faults until the stone has been cut and polished. Only then can we glimpse inside and see the occlusions and the clarity. ”
M.J. Rose, The Secret Language of Stones
“The Kabbalah says if we have not fulfilled our condition during one life, we must commence another... until we have acquired the condition that fits our reunion with God.”
M.J. Rose, The Memorist
“They called it the Great War, but that implied worthiness and grandeur, not violence and helplessness and the utter waste and devastation our country, our city, our people endured.”
M.J. Rose, The Secret Language of Stones
“There was, for many of us, a great escape in reading about the fantastic and supernatural during wartime. Terrors more terrible than those we were living through gave us an outlet for our anxiety.”
M.J. Rose, The Secret Language of Stones
“Art frees us from our prejudices and gives us the chance to become our best selves, individuals who dare to dream. And even if those dreams aren’t always as pretty as we’d like, or don’t conform, or frighten us, it is our duty to encourage art to flourish. All art. Every kind.”
M.J. Rose, The Secret Language of Stones
tags: art
“But it's been a wonderful change. I've found myself. I am stronger than I have ever been. I am painting, and I'm good at it. I have goals and desires. That's a positive change. Not something to be afraid of.”
M.J. Rose, The Witch of Painted Sorrows
“Aunt Grace had once told me that we can romanticize the unknown far too easily. It is much harder but more satisfying to assign wonder to what we were familiar with.”
M.J. Rose, Tiffany Blues
“We're all broken in one way or another, but it's through the cracks in our souls that the light comes through. And the light, Jenny, that's our art. Now, paint. Paint as if your life depends on it.”
M.J. Rose, Tiffany Blues
“Too many people try to assuage pain that can never be eradicated. All you can do is salute the grief, acknowledge that you carry it, too, and that even though we all travel that path alone, we are not alone in traveling it.”
M.J. Rose, The Hypnotist
“... before there was a death there had been a life, and before that life a death and that there would be a life after this death too. The circles would continue on without end and everyone who was once connected would be connected again.”
M.J. Rose, The Memorist
“All you have to do is open yourself up to the cosmos as it lays itself before you. See it in all its mysterious dimensions. Without prejudice. Without assumption... All you ever needed was the key to open yourself to it. And that key is the wonder of the world. All the songs you could never remember but couldn't forget? You can find them now.”
M.J. Rose, The Memorist
“I wouldn’t think it happens easily or often, never for some people. I imagine a love like that is like a fire starting with a spark and growing into a blaze becoming an engulfing passion too hot for most people to withstand.”
M.J. Rose, The Secret Language of Stones
“I felt his voice. Fingers rubbing moss. Smoke curling. Wood worn and smoothed over time. His voice had darkness in it that hovered close to the ground, like a mist hanging over a lake deep in a forest at dusk. A bolt of sea-green velvet. A sensation as much as a series of sounds. It reverberated inside me.”
M.J. Rose, The Witch of Painted Sorrows

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