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  • #1
    John Steinbeck
    “No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.”
    John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent

  • #2
    John Steinbeck
    “You've seen the sun flatten and take strange shapes just before it sinks in the ocean. Do you have to tell yourself every time that it's an illusion caused by atmospheric dust and light distorted by the sea, or do you simply enjoy the beauty of it?”
    John Steinbeck, Sweet Thursday

  • #3
    John Steinbeck
    “I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one. . . . Humans are caught—in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil. . . . There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well—or ill?”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #4
    John Steinbeck
    “I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is indestructible.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #5
    John Steinbeck
    “When a child first catches adults out -- when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not always have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just -- his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeply into green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine. And the child's world is never quite whole again. It is an aching kind of growing.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #6
    John Irving
    “When someone you love dies, and you're not expecting it, you don't lose her all at once; you lose her in pieces over a long time—the way the mail stops coming, and her scent fades from the pillows and even from the clothes in her closet and drawers. Gradually, you accumulate the parts of her that are gone. Just when the day comes—when there's a particular missing part that overwhelms you with the feeling that she's gone, forever—there comes another day, and another specifically missing part.”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • #7
    John Steinbeck
    “As happens sometimes, a moment settled and hovered and remained for much more than a moment. And sound stopped and movement stopped for much, much more than a moment.”
    John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

  • #8
    John Irving
    “So we dream on. Thus we invent our lives. We give ourselves a sainted mother, we make our father a hero; and someone’s older brother and someone’s older sister – they become our heroes too. We invent what we love and what we fear. There is always a brave lost brother – and a little lost sister, too. We dream on and on: the best hotel, the perfect family, the resort life. And our dreams escape us almost as vividly as we can imagine them… That’s what happens, like it or not. And because that’s what happens, this is what we need: we need a good, smart bear… Coach Bob knew it all along: you’ve got to get obsessed and stay obsessed. You have to keep passing the open windows.”
    John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire

  • #9
    John Irving
    “The only way you get Americans to notice anything is to tax them or draft them or kill them.”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • #10
    John Irving
    “The history of a city was like the history of a family—there is closeness and even affection, but death eventually separates everyone from each other. It is only the vividness of memory that keeps the dead alive forever; a writer’s job is to imagine everything so personally that the fiction is as vivid as our personal memories. ”
    John Irving, The World According to Garp

  • #11
    John Irving
    “The desire to never leave your side, the desire to never see you again. The desire to see your face asleep on the pillow beside my face and to see your eyes open in the morning when I lie next to you—just watching you, waiting for you to wake up.”
    John Irving, Until I Find You

  • #12
    John Irving
    “You take every opportunity given you in this world, even if you have too many opportunities. One day, the opportunities stop, you know.”
    John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire

  • #13
    John Irving
    “In increments both measurable and not, our childhood is stolen from us -- not always in one momentous event but often in a series of small robberies, which add up to the same loss.”
    John Irving, Until I Find You

  • #14
    John Irving
    “All his life he would hold this moment as exemplary of what love was. It was not wanting anything more, nor was it expecting people to exceed what they had just accomplished; it was simply feeling so complete.”
    John Irving, A Widow for One Year

  • #15
    John Irving
    “This is a writer’s lesson:
    To learn that the sounds that we imagine can be the clearest, loudest sounds of all.”
    John Irving, Trying to Save Piggy Sneed

  • #16
    John Irving
    “Grant us safe lodging, and holy rest,” Mrs. Grogan was saying, “and peace at last.” Amen, thought Wilbur Larch, the Saint of St. Cloud’s, who was seventy-something, and an ether addict, and who felt that he’d come a long way and still had a long way to go.”
    John Irving, The Cider House Rules

  • #17
    Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
    “Kurt Vonnegut speaking to John Irving while Irving was administering the Heimlich maneuver in response to Vonnegut's uncontrollable coughing..."John,stop- I am not choking. I have emphysema.”
    Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

  • #18
    John Irving
    “I will tell you what is my overriding perception of the last twenty years: that we are a civilization careening toward a succession of anticlimaxes – toward an infinity of unsatisfying, and disagreeable endings. ”
    John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

  • #19
    John Irving
    “All men are liars, said Roberta Muldoon, who knew this was true because she had once been a man.”
    John Irving, The World According to Garp

  • #20
    John Irving
    “Safer than we are.” I told Franny. “Safer than love.” “let me tell ya kid,” Franny said to me, squeezing my hand. “Everything’s safer than love.”
    John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire

  • #21
    John Irving
    “…there is no straightforward negotiation with a four year old…”
    John Irving, A Widow for One Year

  • #22
    John Irving
    “Crazy people made him crazy. It was as if he personally resented them giving into madness - in part, because he so frequently labored to behave sanely. When some people gave up the labor of sanity, or failed at it, Garp suspected them of not trying hard enough. ”
    John Irving, The World According to Garp

  • #23
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “The soul is healed by being with children.”
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • #24
    Jalaluddin Rumi
    “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
    Jalaluddin Rumi

  • #25
    Frederick Buechner
    “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid.”
    Frederick Buechner, Beyond Words: Daily Readings in the ABC's of Faith



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