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  • #1
    Daphne du Maurier
    “If only there could be an invention that bottled up a memory, like scent. And it never faded, and it never got stale. And then, when one wanted it, the bottle could be uncorked, and it would be like living the moment all over again.”
    Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

  • #2
    Daphne du Maurier
    “But luxury has never appealed to me, I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.”
    Daphne du Maurier

  • #3
    Carol Shields
    “This is why I read novels: so I can escape my own unrelenting monologue.”
    Carol Shields, Unless

  • #4
    Carol Shields
    “Open a book this minute and start reading. Don’t move until you’ve reached page fifty. Until you’ve buried your thoughts in print. Cover yourself with words. Wash yourself away. Dissolve.”
    Carol Shields, The Republic of Love

  • #5
    Grace Paley
    “The younger people with the ache of youth were eating all the cheese.”
    Grace Paley, Later the Same Day

  • #6
    Steve Toltz
    “Those books of mine really got under their skin. Ironically, they thought I was inhuman because of the way I churned through library books.
    How do you know how to pick them? Who tells you?' Daved asked me once.
    I explained that there was a line. 'If you read Dostoyevsky, he mentions Pushkin, and so you go and read Pushkin and he mentions Dante, and so you go and read Dante and--'
    All right!'
    All books are in some way about other books.'
    I get it!”
    Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole

  • #7
    Aldous Huxley
    “It’s dark because you are trying too hard.
    Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly.
    Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply.
    Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.

    I was so preposterously serious in those days, such a humorless little prig.
    Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me.
    When it comes to dying even. Nothing ponderous, or portentous, or emphatic.
    No rhetoric, no tremolos,
    no self conscious persona putting on its celebrated imitation of Christ or Little Nell.
    And of course, no theology, no metaphysics.
    Just the fact of dying and the fact of the clear light.

    So throw away your baggage and go forward.
    There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet,
    trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair.
    That’s why you must walk so lightly.
    Lightly my darling,
    on tiptoes and no luggage,
    not even a sponge bag,
    completely unencumbered.”
    Aldous Huxley , Island

  • #8
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #9
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “And so it goes...”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

  • #10
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “How nice -- to feel nothing, and still get full credit for being alive.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

  • #11
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “To be is to do - Socrates

    To do is to be - Sartre

    Do Be Do Be Do - Sinatra”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #12
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “The universe is a big place, perhaps the biggest.”
    Kurt Vonnegut

  • #13
    J.D. Salinger
    “Postponed pain is among the most abominable kind to experience.”
    J.D. Salinger, Hapworth 16, 1924
    tags: pain

  • #14
    J.D. Salinger
    “While the consequences are often quite hellish, I am absolutely and perhaps permanently against ignoring books recommended from the heart by very nice people and strangers; it is too risky and inhuman; also the consequences are often painful in a fairly charming way.”
    J.D. Salinger, Hapworth 16, 1924

  • #15
    J.D. Salinger
    “In a cruel manner of speaking, this young woman may well have lost her head before she was born; it is certainly not on her shoulders at this stage of the game.”
    J.D. Salinger, Hapworth 16, 1924

  • #16
    J.D. Salinger
    “My opinions are all too frequently too damn harsh for words.”
    J.D. Salinger, Hapworth 16, 1924

  • #17
    J.D. Salinger
    “As you damned well know, we never change much in our hearts.”
    J.D. Salinger, Hapworth 16, 1924

  • #18
    J.D. Salinger
    “Think how practical, pleasant, and thrilling it would be if one could open one’s mouth, from time to time, and something other than sheer, forward, unreliable opinion came out!”
    J.D. Salinger, Hapworth 16, 1924

  • #19
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Most things in this world don´t work, aspirin do.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night

  • #20
    Joan Didion
    “[O]ne of the mixed blessings of being twenty and twenty-one and even twenty-three is the conviction that nothing like this, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, has ever happened before.”
    Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

  • #21
    Joan Didion
    “It is often said that New York is a city for only the very rich and the very poor. It is less often said that New York is also, at least for those of us who came there from somewhere else, a city for only the very young.”
    Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

  • #22
    Joan Didion
    “We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. We forget the loves and the betrayals alike, forget what we whispered and what we screamed, forget who we were.”
    Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

  • #23
    Joan Didion
    “Nothing was irrevocable; everything was within reach... I could make promises to myself and to other people and there would be all the time in the world to keep them. I could stay up all night and make mistakes, and none of it would count.”
    Joan Didion, Slouching Towards Bethlehem

  • #24
    Ann Patchett
    “Art stands on the shoulders of craft, which means that to get to the art, you must master the craft. If you want to write, practice writing.”
    Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life

  • #25
    Ann Patchett
    “The more we are willing to separate from distraction and step into the open arms of boredom, the more writing will get on the page.”
    Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life

  • #26
    Ann Patchett
    “Maybe everyone does have a novel in them, perhaps even a great one. I don't believe it, but for the purposes of this argument, let's say it's so. Only a few of us are going to be willing to break our own hearts by trading in the living beauty of imagination for the stark disappointment of words.”
    Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life

  • #27
    Ann Patchett
    “It’s a wonderful thing to find a great teacher, but you also have to find him or her at a time in life when you’re able to listen to, trust, and implement the lessons you receive.”
    Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life

  • #28
    Ann Patchett
    “I think that what influences us in literature comes less from what we love and more from what we happen to pick up in moments when we are especially open.”
    Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life

  • #29
    Ann Patchett
    “There are in life a few miraculous moments when the right person is there to tell you what you need to hear and you are still open enough, impressionable enough, to take it in.”
    Ann Patchett, The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life

  • #30
    Ann Patchett
    “There can be something cruel about people who have had good fortune. They equate it with personal goodness.”
    Ann Patchett, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage



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