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  • #1
    Wally Lamb
    “I think... the secret is to just settle for the shape of your life takes...Instead of you know, always waiting and wishing for what might make you happy.”
    Wally Lamb, She's Come Undone

  • #2
    Wally Lamb
    “Religion's just a well-oiled profit-driven denial of the randomness of it all.”
    Wally Lamb

  • #3
    Wally Lamb
    “Look, don't just stare at the pages," I used to tell my students. "Become the characters. Live inside the book.”
    Wally Lamb, The Hour I First Believed

  • #4
    Wally Lamb
    “-- that books were mirrors, reflective in sometimes unpredictable ways.”
    Wally Lamb, I Know This Much Is True
    tags: books

  • #5
    “Depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling.”
    Judith Guest

  • #6
    “. . . crazy world or maybe it's just the view we have of it, looking through a crack in the door, never being able to see the whole room, the whole picture.”
    Judith Guest, Ordinary People

  • #7
    “I keep telling you that feeling is not selective. You can't feel pain, you aren't gonna feel anything else either.”
    Judith Guest

  • #8
    Margaret Atwood
    “I don't want to see anyone. I lie in the bedroom with the curtains drawn and nothingness washing over me like a sluggish wave. Whatever is happening to me is my own fault. I have done something wrong, something so huge I can't even see it, something that's drowning me. I am inadequate and stupid, without worth. I might as well be dead.”
    Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye

  • #9
    Elizabeth Wurtzel
    “That's the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious, and it compounds daily, that it's impossible to ever see the end.”
    Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

  • #10
    Jonathan Franzen
    “Depression presents itself as a realism regarding the rottenness of the world in general and the rottenness of your life in particular. But the realism is merely a mask for depression's actual essence, which is an overwhelming estrangement from humanity. The more persuaded you are of your unique access to the rottenness, the more afraid you become of engaging with the world; and the less you engage with the world, the more perfidiously happy-faced the rest of humanity seems for continuing to engage with it.”
    Jonathan Franzen, How to Be Alone

  • #11
    Chuck Palahniuk
    “We don't have a great war in our generation, or a great depression, but we do, we have a great war of the spirit. We have a great revolution against the culture. The great depression is our lives. We have a spiritual depression.”
    Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

  • #12
    David Foster Wallace
    “The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling.”
    David Foster Wallace

  • #13
    Zoë Heller
    “But about the drip drip of long-haul, no-end-in-sight solitude, they know nothing. They don't know what it is to construct an entire weekend around a visit to the laundrette. Or to sit in a darkened flat on Halloween night, because you can't bear to expose your bleak evening to a crowd of jeering trick-or-treaters. Or to have the librarian smile pityingly and say, ‘Goodness, you're a quick reader!’ when you bring back seven books, read from cover to cover, a week after taking them out. They don't know what it is to be so chronically untouched that the accidental brush of a bus conductor's hand on your shoulder sends a jolt of longing straight to your groin.”
    Zoe Heller, What Was She Thinking? Notes on a Scandal

  • #14
    David Nicholls
    “I had made this mistake once before, on a school trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum, when I followed a sign marked WOMEN, thinking it was an exhibition on the changing roles of women in society, and actually ended up standing in the ladies' toilets.”
    David Nicholls, A Question of Attraction
    tags: humor

  • #15
    David Nicholls
    “If she does have a failing, and it's obviously only a tiny one, it's that she doesn't seem particularly curious about other people, or me, anyway.”
    David Nicholls, A Question of Attraction

  • #16
    David Nicholls
    “Who me? God, no, I'm terrible . . . " Then, just as an experiment, I say, "And, besides, I don't think I'm good-looking enough to be an actor."
    Oh, that's not true! There are lots of actors who aren't good-looking . . .”
    David Nicholls
    tags: humor

  • #17
    David Nicholls
    “Afterward, there was some debate as to whether we'd actually "done it properly," which gives you some idea of the awesome skill and artful dexterity of my lovemaking technique.”
    David Nicholls
    tags: humor, sex

  • #18
    David Nicholls
    “He's wearing his official university sweatshirt again, which puzzles me a little. I mean I'd sort of understand it more if it said Yale or Harvard or something, because then it would be a fashion choice. But why advertise the fact that you're at a university to all the other people who are at the university with you?”
    David Nicholls, A Question of Attraction

  • #19
    David Nicholls
    “Alice doesn't seem to mind because she's laughing too, and biting her lip, all doe-eyed, and tossing her freshly washed hair, and Norton tosses his lovely, glossy hair back, and she tosses her hair in return, and he tosses his, and she tosses hers, and it;s like some mating ritual on a wildlife program.”
    David Nicholls, A Question of Attraction

  • #20
    Peter    Cameron
    “I actually grew fond of her in a nastily superior kind of way. For she was so completely artless and optimistic and clueless, she didn't care that she smelled bad or was fat or wore clothes unlike everyone else's, she had some weird disconnect with life that kept her constantly bubbling, and you knew she would go blithely through her long horribly boring life thinking every thing was just swell (the opposite of me).”
    Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

  • #21
    Peter    Cameron
    “I think therapy is a rather misguided notion of capitalist societies whereby the self-indulgent examination of one's life supersedes the actual living of said life.”
    Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

  • #22
    Peter    Cameron
    “I felt this awful obligation to be charming or at least have something to say, and the pressure of having to be charming (or merely verbal) incapacitates me.”
    Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

  • #23
    Peter    Cameron
    “And the boys were all clean, their faces freshly and brutally shaved, their hair painstakingly gelled into exquisite apparent carelessness, with this electric feeling inside of them, which matched the feelings in the girls, that they were all ascending, moving into a future that could only improve them, and I wondered what it was like - the miracle, the stupidity of feeling that.”
    Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

  • #24
    Peter    Cameron
    “I don't know why I felt so closed and bitter and threatened by the things I did not like.”
    Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You

  • #25
    Betsy Lerner
    “I hadn't been able to trust since the age of four. I was torn between wanting to be cradled and telling the world to go fuck itself, and those were opposite sides of the same coin.”
    Betsy Lerner, Food and Loathing: A Life Measured Out in Calories

  • #26
    Betsy Lerner
    “What I want to know it whether we're supposed to change or just accept who we are?”
    Betsy Lerner

  • #27
    Betsy Lerner
    “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change. The courage to change the things I can. And the wisdom to know the difference. I still didn't know the difference.”
    Betsy Lerner, Food and Loathing: A Life Measured Out in Calories

  • #28
    Betsy Lerner
    “I had officially joined the cacophony of sick mother fuckers.”
    Betsy Lerner, Food and Loathing: A Life Measured Out in Calories

  • #29
    Betsy Lerner
    “Nothing was a more powerful compass of my mood or a better indication of my self-worth than the number on the scale.”
    Betsy Lerner, Food and Loathing: A Life Measured Out in Calories

  • #30
    David Nicholls
    “For Stephen, London was less a city that never slept, more a city that got a good nine hours.”
    David Nicholls, The Understudy
    tags: humor



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