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  • #1
    Peter S. Beagle
    “Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale.”
    Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

  • #2
    Robert J. Sawyer
    “Learning to ignore things is one of the great paths to inner peace.”
    Robert J. Sawyer, Calculating God

  • #3
    Annie Dillard
    “Like any child, I slid into myself perfectly fitted, as a diver meets her reflection in a pool. Her fingertips enter the fingertips on the water, her wrists slide up her arms. The diver wraps herself in her reflection wholly, sealing it at the toes, and wears it as she climbs rising from the pool, and ever after.”
    Annie Dillard, An American Childhood

  • #4
    Robert Browning
    “Who hears music, feels his solitude
    Peopled at once.”
    Robert Browning, The complete poetical works of Browning

  • #5
    Orson Welles
    “My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there are three other people.”
    Orson Welles

  • #6
    Christopher  Morley
    “There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love.”
    Christopher Morley, Pipefuls

  • #7
    Dodie Smith
    “Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression.”
    Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

  • #8
    Thomas Pynchon
    “Life's single lesson: that there is more accident to it than a man can ever admit to in a lifetime and stay sane.”
    Thomas Pynchon, V.

  • #9
    J.M. Barrie
    “I'm not young enough to know everything.”
    J.M. Barrie, The Admirable Crichton

  • #10
    Katherine Anne Porter
    “The past is never where you think you left it.”
    Katherine Anne Porter

  • #11
    William Ralph Inge
    “It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.”
    William Ralph Inge

  • #12
    Washington Irving
    “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.”
    Washington Irving

  • #13
    Stanley Kunitz
    “The universe is a continuous web. Touch it at any point and the whole web quivers.”
    Stanley Kunitz

  • #14
    Robert A. Heinlein
    “Happiness consists in getting enough sleep. Just that, nothing more.”
    Robert A. Heinlein, Starship Troopers

  • #15
    Margaret Atwood
    “In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
    Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard's Egg

  • #16
    Some people say, “Never let them see you cry.” I say, if you’re so mad
    “Some people say, “Never let them see you cry.” I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.”
    Tina Fey, Bossypants

  • #17
    Margaret Atwood
    “War is what happens when language fails.”
    Margaret Atwood
    tags: war

  • #18
    Alexander Pope
    “To err is human, to forgive, divine.”
    Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism

  • #19
    Amy Sedaris
    “I think it's good for a person to spend time alone. It gives them an opportunity to discover who they are and to figure out why they are always alone.”
    Amy Sedaris, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence

  • #20
    John Cheever
    “I can’t write without a reader. It’s precisely like a kiss—you can’t do it alone.”
    John Cheever

  • #21
    Joseph Brodsky
    “There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.”
    Joseph Brodsky

  • #22
    Isadora  Duncan
    “You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.”
    Isadora Duncan, Isadora Speaks: Uncollected Writings and Speeches of Isadora Duncan

  • #23
    Honoré de Balzac
    “The more one judges, the less one loves.”
    Honoré de Balzac, Physiologie Du Mariage

  • #24
    Theodore Roethke
    “Those who are willing to be vulnerable move among mysteries.”
    Theodore Roethke, Straw for the Fire: From the Notebooks of Theodore Roethke

  • #25
    G.K. Chesterton
    “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
    G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions

  • #26
    Rumi
    “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”
    Rumi, Masnavi i Man'avi, the spiritual couplets of Maula

  • #27
    Alan Bennett
    “What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren't long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”
    Alan Bennett, The Uncommon Reader

  • #28
    Anne Lamott
    “Joy is the best makeup.”
    Anne Lamott, Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith

  • #29
    Federico García Lorca
    “To burn with desire and keep quiet about it is the greatest punishment we can bring on ourselves.”
    Federico García Lorca, Blood Wedding and Yerma

  • #30
    Thomas Mann
    “Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.”
    Thomas Mann, Death in Venice and Other Tales



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