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  • #1
    And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.
    “And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good.”
    John Steinbeck, East of Eden

  • #2
    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

  • #3
    John Steinbeck
    “It was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials.”
    John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

  • #4
    John Steinbeck
    “A guy needs somebody―to be near him. A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't make no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya, I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick.”
    John Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men

  • #5
    John Steinbeck
    “Being at ease with himself put him at ease with the world.”
    John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

  • #6
    John Steinbeck
    “She seemed to know, to accept, to welcome her position, the citadel of the family, the strong place that could not be taken. And since old Tom and the children could not know hurt or fear unless she acknowledged hurt or fear, she had practiced denying them in herself. And since, when a joyful thing happened, they looked to see whether joy was on her, it was her habit to build laughter out of inadequate materials....She seemed to know that if she swayed the family shook, and if she ever deeply wavered or despaired the family would fall.”
    John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

  • #7
    John Steinbeck
    “Maybe the hardest thing in writing is simply to tell the truth about things as we see them.”
    John Steinbeck

  • #8
    Confucius
    “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
    Confucious

  • #9
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke

  • #10
    Raymond Carver
    “It's possible, in a poem or short story, to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language, and to endow those things—a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman's earring—with immense, even startling power.”
    Raymond Carver

  • #11
    Arundhati Roy
    “To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.”
    Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living

  • #12
    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

  • #13
    Emily Dickinson
    “If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain.”
    Emily Dickinson

  • #14
    Emily Dickinson
    “I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.”
    Emily Dickinson

  • #15
    Emily Dickinson
    “I tasted life.”
    Emily Dickenson

  • #16
    Emily Dickinson
    “Judge tenderly of me.”
    Emily Dickinson

  • #17
    Annie Dillard
    “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
    Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

  • #18
    Annie Dillard
    “Why do we people in churches seem like cheerful, brainless tourists on a packaged tour of the Absolute?”
    Annie Dillard

  • #19
    Annie Dillard
    “The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart.”
    Annie Dillard

  • #20
    William Carlos Williams
    “It is difficult
    to get the news from poems
    yet men die miserably every day
    for lack
    of what is found there.”
    William Carlos Williams, Asphodel, That Greeny Flower and Other Love Poems: That Greeny Flower

  • #21
    Robert Frost
    “Something we were withholding made us weak, until we found it was ourselves.”
    Robert Frost

  • #22
    Robert Frost
    “Anything more than the truth would be too much.”
    Robert Frost

  • #23
    Robert Frost
    “Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.”
    Robert Frost

  • #24
    William Blake
    “My mother groaned, my father wept,
    into the dangerous world I leapt.”
    William Blake

  • #25
    William Blake
    “The crow wished everything was black, the Owl, that everything was white.”
    William Blake

  • #26
    Andrew Solomon
    “I believe that words are strong, that they can overwhelm what we fear when fear seems more awful than life is good.”
    Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

  • #27
    Kay Redfield Jamison
    “Love, like life, is much stranger and far more complicated than one is brought up to believe.”
    Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness
    tags: love

  • #28
    Robert Frost
    “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
    Robert Frost

  • #29
    Dr. Seuss
    “Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.”
    Dr. Seuss

  • #30
    Khaled Hosseini
    “But better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”
    Khaled Hosseini



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