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“I have observed that not the man who hopes when others despair, but the man who despairs when others hope, is admired by a large class of persons as a sage.”
Morgan Housel, The Psychology of Money
Jane   Henry
“banjaxed”
Jane Henry, Keenan
Rebecca Solnit
“In those days we were exploring who we wished to become, what the world might give us, and what we might give it, and so, though we did not know it, wandering was our real work anyway.”
Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby
Garth Ennis
“Harry Constantine: It happens to us all. We get a sniff of sorcery and Oh! what plans we make! We'll shake Creation and leave nothing but smiles and wit and a reputation all men envy!”
Garth Ennis, Hellblazer: Fear and Loathing
“A person that runs away from peaceful resolutions destined to live a life of regrets.”
Jesus Apolinaris
Resmaa Menakem
“One of the biggest, baddest, most relentless, and best-known alpha males in American history was a woman: the writer Ayn Rand. I have raised my children to be as unlike her as possible.”
Resmaa Menakem, My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts
Rebecca Solnit
“I used to go to Ocean Beach, the long strip of sand facing the churning Pacific at the end of my own city, for reinforcement, and it always put things in perspective, a term that can be literal too. The city turned into sand and the sand into surf and the surf into ocean and just to know that the ocean went on for many thousands of miles was to know that there was an outer border to my own story, and even to human stories, and that something else picked up beyond. It was the familiar edge of the unknown, forever licking at the shore.”
Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby
Glennon Doyle
“I felt queasy. The taming of Tabitha felt…familiar.”
Glennon Doyle, Untamed
Roberto Bolaño
“Sobre la felicidad no dijo una palabra, supongo que porque la consideraba algo estrictamente privado y acaso, ¿cómo llamarlo?, pantanoso o movedizo”
Roberto Bolaño, 2666
“At the same time, it should not be overlooked that we do not as yet have much understanding of the nature of psychotic systems of belief, or the conditions leading to their formation, organization, development, or modification; nor, for that matter, of normal systems of belief. The”
Milton Rokeach, The Three Christs of Ypsilanti
Michel Houellebecq
“Our civilization, he says, suffers from vital exhaustion. In the century of Louis XIV, when the appetite for living was great, official culture placed the accent on the negation of pleasure and of the flesh; repeated insistently that mundane life can offer only imperfect joys, that the only true source of happiness was in God. Such a discourse, he asserts would no longer be tolerated today. We need adventure and eroticism because we need to hear ourselves repeat that life is marvelous and exciting; and it's abundantly clear that we rather doubt this.”
Michel Houellebecq, Whatever
“Ypsilanti State Hospital is located nine miles southeast of Ann Arbor and about seventy-five miles southeast of East Lansing. It was opened in 1931 with a bed capacity of 1,000; its present capacity is 4,100.”
Milton Rokeach, The Three Christs of Ypsilanti
Shannon Messenger
“Besides, we all know what you really care about is—” “The fact that they’re shaped like tiny elves!” Keefe said, clapping his hands before he pointed to the label. “Hang on—they call them ‘elfwiches’?” “They do, Keefe. They do. And that’s not even the best part.” “AHHHHHH LOOK AT THEIR LITTLE FACES!” Keefe shouted as he peeled back the plastic cover. “THIS IS THE GREATEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN—EVER!”
Shannon Messenger, Legacy
Ottessa Moshfegh
“Nothing seemed really real. Sleeping, waking, it all collided into one gray, monotonous plane ride through the clouds. I didn’t talk to myself in my head. There wasn’t much to say. This was how I knew the sleep was having an effect: I was growing less and less attached to life. If I kept going, I thought, I’d disappear completely, then reappear in some new form. This was my hope. This was the dream.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, My Year of Rest and Relaxation
Brian Tracy
“Knowing why you’re doing things does not automatically mean that you know how to change them. If you really want change, worry less about the why and concentrate more on the how. It is often easier and faster for us to change from the outside than to change from the inside.”
Brian Tracy, The Power of Charm: How to Win Anyone Over in Any Situation
Rory Power
“plenty of girls, though”
Rory Power, Wilder Girls
Mark Manson
“Porque cuando todo te importa demasiado —cuando te importan todas las personas y todas las cosas— siempre te sentirás con derecho a estar cómodo y feliz en cualquier circunstancia; sentirás que todo debe ser exactamente y de la maldita forma en la que tú lo quieres. Esto es una enfermedad. Y te comerá vivo. Verás cada adversidad como una injusticia, cada reto como un fracaso, cada inconveniente como una ofensa personal, cada diferencia de opinión como una traición.”
Mark Manson, El sutil arte de que te importe un caraj*: Un enfoque disruptivo para vivir una buena vida
Bob Goff
“It is rooted in believing we ourselves are loved and being self-aware enough to realize we all have a few rough edges we’re working to smooth out.”
Bob Goff, Live in Grace, Walk in Love: A 365-Day Journey
Mark Manson
“Mira, esto funciona así: morirás algún día. Ya sé que es obvio, pero quería recordártelo en caso de que lo hubieras olvidado. Tú y todos los que conoces pronto estarán muertos. Y en el pequeño lapso entre ahora y ese momento hay un número limitado de cosas que deben importarte. Un número bastante limitado. Y si vas por la vida dándole importancia a todo y a todos, sin hacerlo conscientemente o por elección, bueno, acabarás jodido.”
Mark Manson, El sutil arte de que te importe un caraj*: Un enfoque disruptivo para vivir una buena vida
“Here at MK1 Drain Services in Rochdale, we serve Oldham, Bury, Lancashire and North Manchester, providing a comprehensive drain clearance and cleaning service to both domestic and commercial customers. We have a proven track record and have built up good client relationships. We will always try and carry out our work with honesty and integrity so you have the peace of mind that you're receiving a professional service at all times.”
Blocked Drains Manchester
Amy Belding Brown
“He said that God always weeps when men and women are cruel—to each other, to animals. To the earth itself. He said that Christ’s kingdom will only come when we learn to be deeply kind. He told me to remember that while we draw breath, there will always be some way we can show kindness.”
Amy Belding Brown, Flight of the Sparrow
Aaron Elkins
“Where had the Taras and Megans and Ians come from? Buried in his work, had he missed some clandestine migration of Celts from across the sea?”
Aaron Elkins, Old Bones
“the fires of a nation about to be born, she went out in the fiery blaze of a nation at war with itself.”
Sagarika Ghose, Indira: India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister
“The 5 Point Agenda is a predetermined analysis in which you select your five most marketable points and repeatedly illustrate these points throughout the interview process.”
Robin Ryan, 60 Seconds and You're Hired!: Revised Edition
Caroline Kepnes
“My serotonin surges and Jeff Bezos is a rich man because he knows how much we all just love to get a present, even if it’s a present we bought for ourselves.”
Caroline Kepnes, You Love Me
Caroline Kepnes
“know it’s hard, being with the wrong person when the right person is right here.”
Caroline Kepnes, You Love Me
“This 60-second calling card will summarize your skills, abilities, and previous experience in a well-thought-out fashion that will immediately make the employer want to listen.”
Robin Ryan, 60 Seconds and You're Hired!: Revised Edition
“to. Regret that doesn’t inspire future change is nothing but wasted energy.”
Jill M. Beene, Fury Girl
“Dubinsky could point at the example of Microsoft's CE licensees: Seven companies sold devices based on Windows CE 1.0, competing with each other fiercely for customers, and yet Windows CE's market share had not grown, and none of the licensing companies were able to make a profitable business.”
Andrea Butter, Piloting Palm: The Inside Story of Palm, Handspring, and the Birth of the Billion-Dollar Handheld Industry: The Inside Story of Palm, Handspring and the Birth of the Billion-dollar Handheld Industry
Ray Monk
“the importance of preserving the integrity of a non-scientific form of understanding, the kind of understanding characteristic of the arts and the kind of understanding that Goethe, Spengler and Wittgenstein sought to protect from the encroachment of science and scientism.”
Ray Monk, How To Read Wittgenstein
Storm Constantine
“I think she’s running from a broken heart. She left it behind her somewhere, but she can still hear it cracking.”
Storm Constantine, Calenture
Storm Constantine
“New cities are born, so old ones must die. That seems logical to me.”
Storm Constantine, Calenture
Storm Constantine
“Cities, you see, are like humankind. They are born, become great and fulfil their potential, or else, in the case of failures, remain as straggling haphazard creations throughout their life span. Then, they die. They are dynamic things, the cities. If they did not live, their people would perish; the relationship between human and city soul is crucial to the well-being of both.”
Storm Constantine, Calenture
William Shakespeare
“I am as mad as he, if sad and merry madness equal be.”
William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
“Always remember that
within you is a place of
eternal beauty and peace.”
Marie Amara
Ray Monk
“Our civilization is characterized by the word ‘progress’. Progress is its form rather than making progress being one of its features. Typically it constructs. It is occupied with building an ever more complicated structure. And even clarity is sought only as a means to this end, not as an end in itself. For me on the contrary clarity, perspicuity are valuable in themselves.”
Ray Monk, How To Read Wittgenstein
Reginald Dwayne Betts
“& sometimes,
I swear, even G-d has no alibi....”
Reginald Dwayne Betts
“Even the heavy wood furniture was removed from her office once the U.S. Robotics/3Com merger was consummated in June 1997. "I felt so much better the day I got the same furniture as everybody else," she says.”
Andrea Butter, Piloting Palm: The Inside Story of Palm, Handspring, and the Birth of the Billion-Dollar Handheld Industry: The Inside Story of Palm, Handspring and the Birth of the Billion-dollar Handheld Industry
“The most effective way to capture attention is to use your enthusiasm to answer each question succinctly in a concise, brief manner. Never use more than 60 seconds on any answer.”
Robin Ryan, 60 Seconds and You're Hired!: Revised Edition
Charles Wright
“Out of any two thoughts I have, one is devoted to death.”
Charles Wright, Black Zodiac
tags: poetry
“إذا انهار أحدنا، فسينهار الآخر.”
كارول غصن, ‫معا إلى الأبد‬
Suzanne Supplee
“I have three kids and a fourth one they call a husband.”
Suzanne Supplee, Artichoke's Heart
Katherine Woodward Thomas
“That you’re not missing your former love as much as you’re missing the person you thought he or she was.”
Katherine Woodward Thomas, Conscious Uncoupling: 5 Steps to Living Happily Even After
“On the other end of the phone sits the employer who decided to call you in for an interview. Three thoughts are running through his mind: Can you do the job? Will you do the job? Will you work out in their organization so they can manage you?”
Robin Ryan, 60 Seconds and You're Hired!: Revised Edition
Marion Chesney
“The fire that stirs about her, when she stirs,
Burns but more clearly. O she had not these ways
When all the wild summer was in her gaze. —WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS”
Marion Chesney, Lady Fortescue Steps Out
Ray Bradbury
“When it is a long damp November in my soul, and I think too much and perceive too little, I know it is high time to get back to that boy with the tennis shoes, the high fevers, the multitudinous joys, and the terrible nightmares.”
Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
Javier Cercas
“«The last infirmity of a noble mind»: la última flaqueza de una mente noble. Es lo que dice Milton de la vanidad. ¿Qué le parece? Hasta los mejores hombres tienen su granito de vanidad. Lo cual quiere decir que, cuanto peor es un hombre, más vanidad tiene, y que los peores, como Ferrer, son sólo vanidad.”
Javier Cercas, Terra Alta
Laurie Frankel
“Because you know what’s even better than happy endings?” “What?” “Happy middles.” “You think?” “All the happy with none of the finality. All the happy with room enough to grow. What could be better than that?” “For a while,” said Rosie. “A while’s a long time,” said Penn.”
Laurie Frankel, This Is How It Always Is
Javier Cercas
“Nunca he entendido por qué tengo que leer sobre cosas que no han pasado cuando puedo leer sobre cosas que pasan de verdad. La poesía es eso, lo que pasa de verdad.”
Javier Cercas, Terra Alta
Jeff                    Johnson
“Half of what is labeled ‘crime’ is something else. You be your own judge. Your own boss. The world is broken and you won’t fix it by obeying the broken rules.”
Jeff Johnson, The Animals After Midnight: A Darby Holland Crime Novel
Aaron Elkins
“Funny the way policemen never seem to be particularly appreciative when obliging laymen point out self-evident facts to them.”
Aaron Elkins, Old Bones
Rebecca Solnit
“undergraduates in a university in a beautiful coastal valley. I talked about places, about the ways that we often talk about love of place, by which we mean our love for places, but seldom of how the places love us back, of what they give us. They give us continuity, something to return to, and offer a familiarity that allows some portion of our own lives to remain connected and coherent. They give us an expansive scale in which our troubles are set into context, in which the largeness of the world is a balm to loss, trouble, and ugliness. And distant places give us refuge in territories where our own histories aren’t so deeply entrenched and we can imagine other stories, other selves, or just drink up quiet and respite.”
Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby
Octavia E. Butler
“God is Trickster, Teacher, Chaos, Clay.’ We decide which aspect we embrace—and how to deal with the others.”
Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower
Rebecca Solnit
“We are all the heroes of our own stories, and one of the arts of perspective is to see yourself small on the stage of another’s story, to see the vast expanse of the world that is not about you, and to see your power, to make your life, to make others, or break them, to tell stories rather than be told by them.”
Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby
Naomi Alderman
“And if you’re going to kill me…there’s some justice to it, love.” He sits there, waiting for it, calm as anything. He must have thought about this a hundred times, wondering who’d get him in the end, a friend or an enemy or a growing mass in the center of the stomach, or if he’d make it all the way to a good old age. He must’ve thought before that it might be her, and that’s why he’s so calm with it now. She knows how this goes. If she kills him, it’ll never be over. That’s how it went with Primrose, how they ended up in a blood feud with him. If she keeps on killing anyone who pisses her off, someone will come for her in the end. “You know what’s justice, Dad?” she says. “I want you to fuck off. And I want you to tell all of them that you’re handing the business over to me. We’re not having any bloody battles, no one else is coming up to take it from me, no one revenging you, no Greek tragedy. We’re doing it peaceful. You’re retiring. I’ll protect you, and you’ll fuck off. We’ll fix you up with a safe place. Go somewhere with a beach.” Bernie nods. “You always was a clever girl,” he says.”
Naomi Alderman, The Power
Octavia E. Butler
“The questions little children ask drive you insane because they never stop. But they also make you think.”
Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower
Abi Daré
“louding voice,” I say. “I want to enter a room and people will hear me even before I open my mouth to be speaking. I want to live in this life and help many people so that when I grow old and die, I will still be living through the people I am helping.”
Abi Daré, The Girl with the Louding Voice
Anna Smith Spark
“They would bury his father, kill his brother and his stepmother. They would marry and he would crown her as his queen. And then perhaps he would have some kind of peace.”
Anna Smith Spark, The Tower of Living and Dying
Ben H. Winters
“It never ceased to amaze Shenk that it was his brand of lawyering that was considered banditry, scorned as “ambulance chasing,” when men like Riggs could blamelessly hitch their wagons to multibillion-dollar companies like Wellbridge, whose business model was highly sophisticated bloodsucking: collect and collect and collect, and only pay when forced; when squeezed; when pushed to the wall by the heroic likes of Jay Shenk.”
Ben H. Winters, The Quiet Boy
Douglas E. Richards
“Spilling blood to protect the homeland was one thing. But spilling blood, only to then vacate hard-won gains on a whim and leave a vacuum that ended up making the problem far worse, was another.”
Douglas E. Richards, Split Second
Jeff Strand
“He waited for the spider to succumb to nature's plan and go underneath the surface again. It didn't. It kept swimming toward them. Another spider leapt into the pool. And then another. "Nope," said Jaunty. "Nope, nope, nope! I'm not okay with this!”
Jeff Strand, Clowns Vs. Spiders
“...if we let happy things make us unhappy when they stopped, there would be no point having happy things”
Alexis Hall (Boyfriend Material)
Rebecca Solnit
“Where does a story begin? The fiction is that they do, and end, rather than that the stuff of a story is just a cup of water scooped from the sea and poured back into it,”
Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby
Leo Tolstoy
“Abigail is literally the coolest, smartest, prettiest person I've ever met.”
Leo Tolstoy
Rebecca Solnit
“It was as though she traveled by a map of the wrong place, hitting walls, driving into ditches, missing her destination, but never stopping or throwing out the map. And she never stopped being Cinderella, and told her own story largely as a series of things that happened to her rather than things she did.”
Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby
George R. Stewart
“Then they died. But they died as men who have finished their work and lie down quietly, secure in their honor.”
George R. Stewart, Earth Abides
Suleika Jaouad
“Living with a life-threatening illness turned me into a second-class citizen in the land of time.”
Suleika Jaouad, Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted
“The circumference of the city shall be 18,000 cubits. And n the name of the city from that time on shall be, o The LORD Is There.”
Anonymous, The Holy Bible: English Standard Version
Gustave Flaubert
“Mais elle, sa vie était froide comme un grenier dont la lucarne est au nord, et l’ennui, araignée silencieuse, filait sa toile dans l’ombre à tous les coins de son cœur.”
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Elise Kova
“An arm closes around me and the blade of a dagger is at my throat. “King Eldas!” Aria shouts over my shoulder. My ears ring. I was right; it was her all along. I’ve never been so angry about being correct. “If you won’t parlay with us for your dear brother, then perhaps your queen?”
Elise Kova, A Deal with the Elf King
Matthew Mather
“When you sleep in a house, your thoughts are as high as the ceiling; when you sleep outside, they’re as high as the stars.”
Matthew Mather, Resistance
Aaron Elkins
“I don’t have to be right, I am right,”
Aaron Elkins, Old Bones
Thich Nhat Hanh
“When we look into the heart of a flower, we see clouds, sunshine, minerals, time, the earth, and everything else in the cosmos in it. Without clouds, there could be no rain, and there would be no flower. Without time, the flower could not bloom. In fact, the flower is made entirely of non flower elements; it has no independent, individual existence. It 'inter-is' with everything else in the universe.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ
“will begin with the analogy of the rose. In the smell of the rose, there is hardly a fragrance that can compare with its beauty. But how would you describe this fragrance? The way we would describe it is that it is closer to the word and feeling of love than any other flower on the Earth”
Norma J. Milanovich, We, The Arcturians: A True Experience
Hope Callaghan
“A mischievous smile spread across Gloria’s face. “We could finish it off with a pile of cow poop for dessert.” Ruth waved a hand in the air, her eyes never leaving the computer screen. “Sure.  Whatever you want to eat is fine with me.” Gloria grinned.  This was fun.  “Then, we can pull the rocket ship from the barn and fly to the moon.” “This is your place, Gloria.  We can do whatever you want,” Ruth agreed.”
Hope Callaghan, Garden Girls: Box Set II
Thich Nhat Hanh
“It is because of the practice of meditation--stopping, calming, and looking deeply--that I have been able to nourish and protect the sources of my spiritual energy and continue this work.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ
Thich Nhat Hanh
“When we believe that ours is the only faith that contains the truth, violence and suffering will surely be the result ... learn and practice nonattachment from views in order to receive others' viewpoints.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, Living Buddha, Living Christ
“I only buy food from the same place I buy my gas and scratch offs if it’s been deep-fried. Least then I know it was probably hot enough to kill most of whatever’s living in it.”
Authors and Dragons, Deader Than Hell: Shingles Book 40
David M. Buss
“Gazelles have evolved an antipredator adaptation known as stotting.20 Stotting is a behavior in which the gazelles leap into the air, lifting all four legs simultaneously, land more or less on the same spot, and then bounce-leap on all fours several times. Gazelles stot only when they detect cheetahs. The tactic serves two possible functions. First, it alerts the cheetahs that they have been spotted and communicates that the hungry predators have lost the element of surprise—one of their key weapons. Second, it signals to the cheetahs that the gazelles are in excellent physical condition. It is as though the stotting gazelles are saying: “I am so athletic, so nimble, so fleet of foot, that you won’t be able to catch me. You are better off going after more catchable prey.” Stotting works. Cheetahs rarely go after gazelles after watching them stot.”
David M. Buss, When Men Behave Badly: The Hidden Roots of Sexual Deception, Harassment, and Assault
“I figured he’d gotten caught up in the same traffic jam we had, which in Ponchatoula meant that we got stuck behind one tractor while there was another tractor coming in the other lane and the two streams of cars and trucks behind the tractors couldn’t figure out who had the right of way to pass on a blind curve, so we all just kinda poked along for about fifteen minutes until the tractors and all the lines of cars got past one another and we could move on about our lives. The part of that shit I never understand is why the old fart on the tractor don’t just pull off and drive on the shoulder for a minute. I mean, it’s a tractor, fo god’s sake—it’s designed to drive through grass and dirt. Ain’t like riding on the shoulder of the highway is gonna screw up its suspension.”
Authors and Dragons, Deader Than Hell: Shingles Book 40
“في اليابان، لا يستحسن دومًا قول الحقيقة.”
كارول غصن, ‫معا إلى الأبد‬
Rina Kent
“I don’t make girls sore — I make fucking love to them, but not with you, belle. I want to fuck you like a dirty little whore.”
Rina Kent, Vicious Prince
Gustave Flaubert
“La conversation de Charles était plate comme un trottoir de rue, et les idées de tout le monde y défilaient dans leur costume ordinaire, sans exciter d’émotion, de rire ou de rêverie. Il n’avait jamais été curieux, disait-il, pendant qu’il habitait Rouen, d’aller voir au théâtre les acteurs de Paris. Il ne savait ni nager, ni faire des armes, ni tirer le pistolet, et il ne put, un jour, lui expliquer un terme d’équitation qu’elle avait rencontré dans un roman. Un homme, au contraire, ne devait-il pas, tout connaître, exceller en des activités multiples, vous initier aux énergies de la passion, aux raffinements de la vie, à tous les mystères ? Mais il n’enseignait rien, celui-là, ne savait rien, ne souhaitait rien. Il la croyait heureuse ; et elle lui en voulait de ce calme si bien assis, de cette pesanteur sereine, du bonheur même qu’elle lui donnait.”
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
David M. Buss
“Our speed-dating lab study of the sexual over-perception bias led to several fascinating findings. We had women and men who had never met interact with each other for five minutes and then evaluate the other on their sexual interest in them and report on the level of their own sexual interest. Then interaction partners rotated, chatted with a new person, and did the ratings again. Each person interacted with a total of five members of the other sex. Our first finding confirmed the sexual over-perception bias—men over-inferred a woman’s sexual interest in them compared with women’s reports of their actual interest. Not all men, however, are equally vulnerable to the bias. Some proved to be accurate at inferring women’s interest or lack thereof. Men who scored high on narcissism and who indicated a preference for short-term mating were exceptionally prone to this bias—an inferential error that presumably promotes many sexual advances, even if many of them are not reciprocated. Narcissistic men apparently think they are hot, even when they’re not. Not all women were equally likely to be victims of the male bias. Rather, women judged to be physically attractive by the experimenters were especially prone to evoke men’s sexual over-perception. The irony is that attractive women, because they receive a larger volume of male sexual attention, are precisely the women who, on average, are least likely to reciprocate men’s sexual interest.”
David M. Buss, When Men Behave Badly: The Hidden Roots of Sexual Deception, Harassment, and Assault
Rick Riordan
“Ow,” I muttered, because I was once the god of poetry and have great descriptive powers.”
Rick Riordan, The Tyrant's Tomb
Gustave Flaubert
“La conversation de Charles était plate comme un trottoir de rue, et les idées de tout le monde y défilaient dans leur costume ordinaire, sans exciter d’émotion, de rire ou de rêverie. Il n’avait jamais été curieux, disait-il, pendant qu’il habitait Rouen, d’aller voir au théâtre les acteurs de Paris. Il ne savait ni nager, ni faire des armes, ni tirer le pistolet, et il ne put, un jour, lui expliquer un terme d’équitation qu’elle avait rencontré dans un roman.”
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
David M. Buss
“One colleague captured the conflict that can ensue by expressing frustration after several years of unhappy dating: “Why am I being pestered by guys I don’t care about, but the men I’m genuinely attracted to seem to show little interest in me?” I told her that she is an 8 chasing after 10s but being pursued by 6s. It dawned on her that pursuing men just outside of her mate-value range was the source of her misery.”
David M. Buss, When Men Behave Badly: The Hidden Roots of Sexual Deception, Harassment, and Assault
Michael  Bowe
“Words are the foundation of our humanity.  We exist in our words.  We are the words that we choose.  Words matter.  It’s as simple as that.  Thank you for saying that my words have mattered, that my words have made a difference.  I’m grateful for your acknowledgement.”
Michael Bowe, The Weight of a Moment
David M. Buss
“A second way in which desirability discrepancies create mating conflict centers not on men’s misperceptions but rather on the hard, cruel fact mentioned earlier—men view many women as “above threshold” in attractiveness, but women tend to be attracted primarily to men in the top twentieth percentile.”
David M. Buss, When Men Behave Badly: The Hidden Roots of Sexual Deception, Harassment, and Assault
David M. Buss
“Differences in desirability create havoc in at least two fundamental ways. The first centers around misperceptions. A man who is a 6 but thinks he’s an 8 will be utterly irritated when the woman who’s an 8 whom he’s trying to chat up rejects his advances. Although women and men both can err in their self-perceived mate value, research shows that men are more likely than women to be overconfident in a variety of domains”
David M. Buss, When Men Behave Badly: The Hidden Roots of Sexual Deception, Harassment, and Assault
Lilly Mirren
“everything in life that’s worth something is difficult. It’s the things we have to work hardest for that bring the most reward.”
Lilly Mirren, The Waratah Inn
Brian Tracy
“Your Tools for Charming Others Try these effective listening techniques—listening, pausing, asking thoughtful questions, and paraphrasing—one at a time. Begin by practicing attentive listening at home and at work. Make no attempt to interrupt. Just hang on the other person’s every word. Practice controlling and directing the conversation by using these various techniques. You’ll discover you can communicate more deeply with a person in a few minutes by asking questions and listening closely to the answers than you could in several weeks by talking all the time.”
Brian Tracy, The Power of Charm: How to Win Anyone Over in Any Situation
Octavia E. Butler
“Cops are not trusting people.”
Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower
George R. Stewart
“There are no atheists in fox holes,” he remembered, and the whole world now was nothing but a huge fox hole!”
George R. Stewart, Earth Abides
“I’ll have you know that for a creeper I’m amazingly friendly. I didn’t blow you up, did I?” “You did try to,” said Dave. “A friendly creeper,” said Porkins, grinning, “what fun! I just know we’re all going to be such good friends.” “I’ve never wanted to blow someone up more in my whole life,” said Carl.”
Dave Villager, The Legend of Dave the Villager Books 1–5 Illustrated: a collection of unofficial Minecraft books
Rebecca Solnit
“Had I visited at an earlier hour she would have found fault with something I’d done when I was with her. And had I not given her a copy, another failure could be charted. There was no winning, just some decisions about how to lose and how not to play.”
Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby
Octavia E. Butler
“everything was getting worse: the climate, the economy, crime, drugs, you know. I didn’t believe we would be allowed to sit behind our walls, looking clean and fat and rich to the hungry, thirsty, homeless, jobless, filthy people outside.”
Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower
“Find your quiet place, it’s essential for soul growth.”
Christine E. Szymanski
Jonathan Kellerman
“Wide-cut slacks gave her a sunken appearance from behind, calling to mind an old remark of Moffett’s. Legs for days but ass for the next five minutes.”
Jonathan Kellerman, Crime Scene
Benjamin Graham
“to the enterprising investor. He might be interested in special opportunities of the following kinds: Tax-free New Housing Authority bonds effectively guaranteed by the United States government. Taxable but high-yielding New Community bonds, also guaranteed by the United States government. Tax-free industrial bonds issued by municipalities, but serviced by lease payments made by strong corporations.”
Benjamin Graham, The Intelligent Investor

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