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  • #1
    Oscar Wilde
    “Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault. Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only Beauty. There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.”
    Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

  • #2
    Zadie Smith
    “Right. I look fine. Except I don't,' said Zora, tugging sadly at her man's nightshirt. This was why Kiki had dreaded having girls: she knew she wouldn't be able to protect them from self-disgust. To that end she had tried banning television in the early years, and never had a lipstick or a woman's magazine crossed the threshold of the Belsey home to Kiki's knowledge, but these and other precautionary measures had made no difference. It was in the air, or so it seemed to Kiki, this hatred of women and their bodies-- it seeped in with every draught in the house; people brought it home on their shoes, they breathed it in off their newspapers. There was no way to control it.”
    Zadie Smith, On Beauty

  • #3
    Orson Scott Card
    “No human being, when you understand his desires, is worthless. No one's life is nothing. Even the most evil of men and women, if you understand their hearts, had some generous act that redeems them, at least a little, from their sins.”
    Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead

  • #4
    J.D. Salinger
    “I'm the most terrific liar you ever saw in your life. It's awful. If I'm on my way to the store to buy a magazine, even, and somebody asks me where I'm going, I'm liable to say I'm going to the opera. It's terrible.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

  • #5
    J.D. Salinger
    “And I have one of those very loud, stupid laughs. I mean if I ever sat behind myself in a movie or something, I'd probably lean over and tell myself to please shut up.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

  • #6
    “It is better to remain silent at the risk of being thought a fool, than to talk and remove all doubt of it.”
    Maurice Switzer

  • #7
    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

  • #8
    William Faulkner
    “The past is never dead. It's not even past.”
    William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun

  • #9
    William Faulkner
    “...I give you the mausoleum of all hope and desire...I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you might forget it now and then for a moment and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it. Because no battle is ever won he said. They are not even fought. The field only reveals to man his own folly and despair, and victory is an illusion of philosophers and fools.”
    William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

  • #10
    William Faulkner
    “Clocks slay time... time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.”
    William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

  • #11
    William Faulkner
    “Once a bitch always a bitch, what I say.”
    William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

  • #12
    William Faulkner
    “Caddy smelled like trees.”
    William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

  • #13
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “homesickness is just a state of mind for me. i'm always missing someone or someplace or something, i'm always trying to get back to some imaginary somewhere. my life has been one long longing.”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #14
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “I don't want any more of this try, try again stuff. I just want out. I’ve had it. I am so tired. I am twenty and I am already exhausted.”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #15
    Rabih Alameddine
    “...What happens is of little significance compared with the stories we tell ourselves about what happens. Events matter little, only stories of events affect us.”
    Rabih Alameddine, The Hakawati

  • #16
    Arundhati Roy
    “That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.”
    Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

  • #17
    Arundhati Roy
    “And the air was full of Thoughts and Things to Say. But at times like these, only the Small Things are ever said. Big Things lurk unsaid inside.”
    Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

  • #18
    David Nicholls
    “Just kidding' was exactly what people wrote when they meant every word.”
    David Nicholls, One Day

  • #19
    Ken Kesey
    “Sometimes I looked at them and sometimes they looked at me, but rarely did we look at one another.”
    Ken Kesey

  • #20
    Erin Morgenstern
    “I am tired of trying to hold things together that cannot be held. Trying to control what cannot be controlled. I am tired of denying myself what I want for fear of breaking things I cannot fix. They will break no matter what we do.”
    Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

  • #21
    Mark Twain
    “Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
    Mark Twain

  • #22
    T.S. Eliot
    “April is the cruelest month, breeding
    lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
    memory and desire, stirring
    dull roots with spring rain.”
    T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

  • #23
    T.S. Eliot
    “For I have known them all already, known them all—
    Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons,
    I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.”
    T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and Others
    tags: life

  • #24
    Sheila Heti
    “It has long been known to me that certain objects want you as much as you want them. These are the ones that become important, the objects that you hold dear. The others fade from your life entirely. You wanted them, but they did not want you in return.”
    Sheila Heti, How Should a Person Be?

  • #25
    Sheila Heti
    “We tried not to smile, for smiling only encourages men to bore you and waste your time.”
    Sheila Heti, How Should a Person Be?
    tags: men, smile

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