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  • #1
    Patricia McLinn
    “Burrell stopped his lawyer’s protest by raising one large hand, palm out. “It’s like”
    Patricia McLinn, Sign Off

  • #2
    I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control
    “I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
    Marilyn Monroe

  • #3
    Doris Lessing
    “Whatever you're meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.”
    Doris Lessing

  • #4
    Doris Lessing
    “What's terrible is to pretend that second-rate is first-rate. To pretend that you don't need love when you do; or you like your work when you know quite well you're capable of better.”
    Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

  • #5
    Doris Lessing
    “There is no doubt fiction makes a better job of the truth.”
    Doris May Lessing, Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949

  • #6
    Doris Lessing
    “There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag-and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you. ”
    Doris Lessing

  • #7
    Doris Lessing
    “A public library is the most democratic thing in the world. What can be found there has undone dictators and tyrants: demagogues can persecute writers and tell them what to write as much as they like, but they cannot vanish what has been written in the past, though they try often enough...People who love literature have at least part of their minds immune from indoctrination. If you read, you can learn to think for yourself.”
    Doris Lessing

  • #8
    Doris Lessing
    “Very few people really care about freedom, about liberty, about the truth, very few. Very few people have guts, the kind of guts on which a real democracy has to depend. Without people with that sort of guts a free society dies or cannot be born.”
    Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

  • #9
    Doris Lessing
    “I am a person who continually destroys the possibilities of a future because of the numbers of alternative viewpoints I can focus on the present.”
    Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

  • #10
    Doris Lessing
    “You should write, first of all, to please yourself. You shouldn't care a damn about anybody else at all. But writing can't be a way of life - the important part of writing is living. You have to live in such a way that your writing emerges from it.”
    Doris Lessing

  • #11
    Doris Lessing
    “For with my intuition I knew that this man was repeating a pattern over and over again: courting a woman with his intelligence and sympathy, claiming her emotionally; then, when she began to claim in return, running away. And the better a woman was, the sooner he would begin to run. I knew this with my intuition, and yet I sat there in my dark room, looking at the hazed wet brilliance of the purple London night sky, longing with my whole being.”
    Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

  • #12
    Doris Lessing
    “Art is the Mirror of our betrayed ideals.”
    Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

  • #13
    Doris Lessing
    “In university they don't tell you that the greater part of the law is learning to tolerate fools.”
    Doris Lessing

  • #14
    Doris Lessing
    “Because I was permanently confused, dissatisfied, unhappy, tormented by inadequacy, driven by wanting towards every kind of impossible future, the attitude of mind described by 'tolerantly amused eyes' was years away from me. I don't think I really saw people then, except as appendages to my needs. It's only now, looking back, that I understood, but at the time I lived in a brilliantly lit haze, shifting and flickering according to my changing desires. Of course, that is only a description of being young.”
    Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

  • #15
    Doris Lessing
    “We spend our lives fighting to get people very slightly more stupid than ourselves to accept truths that the great men have always known. They have known for thousands of years that to lock a sick person into solitary confinement makes him worse. They have known for thousands of years that a poor man who is frightened of his landlord and of the police is a slave. They have known it. We know it. But do the great enlightened mass of the British people know it? No. It is our task, Ella, yours and mine, to tell them. Because the great men are too great to be bothered. They are already discovering how to colonise Venus and to irrigate the moon. That is what is important for our time. You and I are the boulder-pushers. All our lives, you and I, we’ll put all our energies, all our talents into pushing a great boulder up a mountain. The boulder is the truth that the great men know by instinct, and the mountain is the stupidity of mankind.”
    Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

  • #16
    Doris Lessing
    “How boring these emotions are that we're caught in and can't get free of, no matter how much we want to...”
    Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

  • #17
    Doris Lessing
    “Novels give you the matrix of emotions, give you the flavour of a time in a way formal history cannot.”
    Doris Lessing

  • #18
    Doris Lessing
    “What a luxury a cat is, the moments of shocking and startling pleasure in a day, the feel of the beast, the soft sleekness under your palm, the warmth when you wake on a cold night, the grace and charm even in a quite ordinary workaday puss. Cat walks across your room, and in that lonely stalk you see leopard or even panther, or it turns its head to acknowledge you and the yellow blaze of those eyes tells you what an exotic visitor you have here, in this household friend, the cat who purrs as you stroke, or rub his chin, or scratch his head.”
    Doris Lessing, Old Age of El Magnifico

  • #19
    Doris Lessing
    “If she had been left alone she would have gone on, in her own way, enjoying herself thoroughly, until people found one day that she had turned imperceptibly into one of those women who have become old without ever having been middle aged: a little withered, a little acid, hard as nails, sentimentally kindhearted, and addicted to religion or small dogs.”
    Doris Lessing, The Grass Is Singing

  • #20
    Doris Lessing
    “People are just cannibals unless they leave each other alone.”
    Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook

  • #21
    Ross Macdonald
    “I opened the door of her car and helped her in. Her breast leaned against my shoulder heavily. I moved back. I preferred a less complicated kind of pillow, stuffed with feathers, not memories and frustrations.”
    Ross Macdonald, The Moving Target

  • #22
    Ross Macdonald
    “The smell of the sea, of kelp and fish and bitter moving water, rose stronger in my nostrils. It flooded my consciousness like an ancestral memory. The swells rose sluggishly and fell away, casting up dismal gleams between the boards of the pier. And the whole pier rose and fell in stiff and creaking mimicry, dancing its long slow dance of dissolution. I reached the end and saw no one, heard nothing but my footsteps and the creak of the beams, the slap of waves on the pilings. It was a fifteen-foot drop to the dim water. The nearest land ahead of me was Hawaii.”
    Ross Macdonald, The Drowning Pool
    tags: ocean, sea

  • #23
    Ross Macdonald
    “We merged our lonelinesses once again, in something less than love but sweeter than self. I didn’t get home to West Los Angeles after all.”
    Ross Macdonald, The Goodbye Look

  • #24
    Ross Macdonald
    “In wine was truth, perhaps, but in whisky, the way Hoffman sluiced it down, was an army of imaginary rats climbing your legs.”
    Ross Macdonald, The Chill

  • #25
    Ross Macdonald
    “She didn't look like any motel manager I had ever seen. More likely an actress who hadn't quite made the grade down south, or a very successful amateur tart on the verge of turning pro. Whatever her business was, there had to be sex in it. She was as full of sex as a grape is full of juice, and so young that it hadn't begun to sour.”
    Ross Macdonald, Find a Victim

  • #26
    Ross Macdonald
    “That isn’t your real motivation. I know your type. You have a secret passion for justice. Why don’t you admit it?” “I have a secret passion for mercy,” I said. “But justice is what keeps happening to people.”
    Ross Macdonald, The Goodbye Look

  • #27
    Ross Macdonald
    “He was half a politician, and like most of his kind he was an insecure man.”
    Ross Macdonald, The Chill

  • #28
    Ross Macdonald
    “If California is a state of mind, Hollywood is where you take its temperature. There is a peculiar sense in which this city existing mainly on film and tape is our national capital, alas, and not just the capital of California. It's the place where our children learn how and what to dream and where everything happens just before, or just after, it happens to us.”
    Ross Macdonald, Archer in Hollywood: The Moving Target, The Way Some People Die, The Barbarous Coast

  • #29
    Ross Macdonald
    “The apparent facts, if you like. I'm not a philosopher. We lawyers don't deal in ultimate realities. Who knows what they are? We deal in appearances.”
    Ross Macdonald, The Galton Case

  • #30
    Ross Macdonald
    “She walked as she owned the world, or had owned it once and lost it but remembered how it felt.”
    Ross Macdonald, The Doomsters



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