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  • #1
    Dante Alighieri
    “Do not be afraid; our fate
    Cannot be taken from us; it is a gift.”
    Dante Alighieri, Inferno

  • #2
    Laura Hillenbrand
    “Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man's soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.”
    Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption

  • #3
    Jeffrey Archer
    “Some people standby you in your darkest hour while others walk away; only a select few march towards you and become even closer friends.”
    Jeffrey Archer, Only Time Will Tell

  • #4
    Edward Rutherfurd
    “So does nobody care about Ireland?"
    "Nobody. Neither King Louis, nor King Billie, nor King James." He nodded thoughtfully. "The fate of Ireland will be decided by men not a single one of whom gives a damn about her. That is her tragedy.”
    Edward Rutherfurd, The Rebels of Ireland

  • #5
    “For me, where genre ends and literature begins doesn’t matter. What matters is whether a given novel hits me with high impact. If it does, it probably is fulfilling the purpose of fiction. It has drawn me into a story world, held me captive, taken me on a journey with characters like none I’ve ever met, revealed truths I’ve somehow always known and insights that rock my brain. It’s filled me with awe, which is to say it’s made me see the familiar in a wholly new way and made the unfamiliar a foundational part of me. It both entertains and matters. It both captures our age and becomes timelessly great. It does all that with the sturdy tools of story and the flair of narrative art.”
    Donald Maass, Writing 21st Century Fiction: High Impact Techniques for Exceptional Storytelling

  • #6
    James K. Morrow
    “There are no atheists in foxholes" isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes.”
    James Morrow

  • #7
    Mark Twain
    “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.”
    Mark Twain

  • #8
    K.E. Garvey
    “A friend worth knowing tolerates your flaws while a friend worth keeping loves you in spite of them.”
    Kathy Reinhart

  • #9
    K.E. Garvey
    “A universal truth that most mature women have learned, often the hard way.... When choosing a mate, keep in mind, only nature has the ability to turn sand into pearls. If the relationship isn't happy, healthy, or working, move on... unless of course you prefer sand.”
    Kathy Reinhart

  • #10
    Stephen Chbosky
    “Once on a yellow piece of paper with green lines
    he wrote a poem
    And he called it "Chops"
    because that was the name of his dog

    And that's what it was all about
    And his teacher gave him an A
    and a gold star
    And his mother hung it on the kitchen door
    and read it to his aunts
    That was the year Father Tracy
    took all the kids to the zoo

    And he let them sing on the bus
    And his little sister was born
    with tiny toenails and no hair
    And his mother and father kissed a lot
    And the girl around the corner sent him a
    Valentine signed with a row of X's

    and he had to ask his father what the X's meant
    And his father always tucked him in bed at night
    And was always there to do it

    Once on a piece of white paper with blue lines
    he wrote a poem
    And he called it "Autumn"

    because that was the name of the season
    And that's what it was all about
    And his teacher gave him an A
    and asked him to write more clearly
    And his mother never hung it on the kitchen door
    because of its new paint

    And the kids told him
    that Father Tracy smoked cigars
    And left butts on the pews
    And sometimes they would burn holes
    That was the year his sister got glasses
    with thick lenses and black frames
    And the girl around the corner laughed

    when he asked her to go see Santa Claus
    And the kids told him why
    his mother and father kissed a lot
    And his father never tucked him in bed at night
    And his father got mad
    when he cried for him to do it.

    Once on a paper torn from his notebook
    he wrote a poem
    And he called it "Innocence: A Question"
    because that was the question about his girl
    And that's what it was all about
    And his professor gave him an A

    and a strange steady look
    And his mother never hung it on the kitchen door
    because he never showed her
    That was the year that Father Tracy died
    And he forgot how the end
    of the Apostle's Creed went

    And he caught his sister
    making out on the back porch
    And his mother and father never kissed
    or even talked
    And the girl around the corner
    wore too much makeup
    That made him cough when he kissed her

    but he kissed her anyway
    because that was the thing to do
    And at three a.m. he tucked himself into bed
    his father snoring soundly

    That's why on the back of a brown paper bag
    he tried another poem

    And he called it "Absolutely Nothing"
    Because that's what it was really all about
    And he gave himself an A
    and a slash on each damned wrist
    And he hung it on the bathroom door
    because this time he didn't think

    he could reach the kitchen.”
    Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

  • #11
    Catherine Lowell
    “His expression was impassive. Somewhere, I just knew, he must have a slew of illegitimate children, all named Bartholomew.”
    Catherine Lowell, The Madwoman Upstairs

  • #12
    Suze Orman
    “Women fake orgasms and men fake finances.”
    Suze Orman

  • #13
    Suze Orman
    “Many of the good things would never have happened if the bad events hadn't happened first.”
    Suze Orman, The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom: Practical and Spiritual Steps So You Can Stop Worrying

  • #14
    Ali Benjamin
    “It's peculiar how no-words can be better than words. Silence can say more than noise, in the same way that a person's absence can occupy even more space than their presence did.”
    Ali Benjamin, The Thing About Jellyfish

  • #15
    Albert Einstein
    “I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #16
    Albert Einstein
    “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #17
    Albert Einstein
    “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
    Albert Einstein