Distraction Quotes

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Raymond Carver
“I loved you so much once. I did. More than anything in the whole wide world. Imagine that. What a laugh that is now. Can you believe it? We were so intimate once upon a time I can't believe it now. The memory of being that intimate with somebody. We were so intimate I could puke. I can't imagine ever being that intimate with somebody else. I haven't been.”
Raymond Carver, Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories

Hilary Mantel
“If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem. But don't make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people's words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient."

[The Guardian, 25 February 2010]”
Hilary Mantel

Jim Morrison
“Is everybody in? Is everybody in? Is everybody in? The ceremony is about to begin. The entertainment for this evening is not new, you've seen this entertainment through and through you have seen your birth, your life, your death....you may recall all the rest. Did you have a good world when you died? -enough to base a movie on??”
Jim Morrison, An American Prayer

Julio Cortázar
“All profound distraction opens certain doors. You have to allow yourself to be distracted when you are unable to concentrate.”
Julio Cortázar, Around the Day in Eighty Worlds

Jamie McGuire
“Well, hell yeah! I’m gonna kick your ass, too!”
I narrowed my eyes at him. “Not this time you’re not. I have a new superpower.”
He laughed. “And what’s that? Harsh language?”
I leaned over to kiss his neck once, and then ran my tongue up to his ear, kissing his earlobe. He froze in place.
“Distraction,” I breathed into his ear.
He grabbed my arms and flipped me onto my back. “You’re going to miss another class.”
Jamie McGuire, Beautiful Disaster

C.S. Lewis
“We are always falling in love or quarreling, looking for jobs or fearing to lose them, getting ill and recovering, following public affairs. If we let ourselves, we shall always be waiting for some distraction or other to end before we can really get down to our work. The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.”
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

Friedrich Nietzsche
“Admiration for a quality or an art can be so strong that it deters us from striving to possess it.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“At times the whole world seems to be in conspiracy to importune you with emphatic trifles. Friend, client, child, sickness, fear, want, charity, all knock at once at thy closet door and say,—'Come out unto us.' But keep thy state; come not into their confusion. The power men possess to annoy me I give them by a weak curiosity. No man can come near me but through my act.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cassandra Clare
“Answer me, James!” Will shouted. “Why have you blocked this door? I demand to know what’s going on!”
“James isn’t here!” Matthew called, moving closer to him. “Go away!”
James looked at Matthew, puzzled. “Really?”
“I heard breaking glass!” Will called.
“I was practicing fighting moves!” Matthew answered.
“In the ballroom?”
“We’re trying to distract Thomas! It’s been a very emotional day!” Matthew shouted back.
“What?” Will’s voice was incredulous.
“Don’t you blame this on me!” Thomas whispered.”
Cassandra Clare, Chain of Gold

Augustine of Hippo
“The soul is "torn apart in a painful condition as long as it prefers the eternal because of its Truth but does not discard the temporal because of familiarity.”
St. Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

Rainer Maria Rilke
“weren’t you always
distracted by expectation, as if every event
announced a beloved? (Where can you find a place
to keep her, with all the huge strange thoughts inside you
going and coming and often staying all night.)…”
Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies

Bret Easton Ellis
“I needed something--the distraction of another life--to alleviate fear.”
Bret Easton Ellis, Lunar Park

Peter Kreeft
“The saints, too, had wandering minds. The saints, too, had constantly to recall their constantly wandering mind-child home. They became saints because they continued to go after the little wanderer, like the Good Shepherd.”
Peter Kreeft, Prayer For Beginners

Tera Lynn Childs
“Are you going to distract me by playing footsie?"
"Absolutely, princess," he says with a wink.
"Then I won't remember a thing."
"It's a samurai training technique," he teases, spinning the test prep book toward him. "I distract you as much as possible right now." He slides the book into his lap. "And you'll learn how to test through anything.”
Tera Lynn Childs, Fins Are Forever

“INTEREST. Here is the key to the whole thing. If and when you are truly interested in what you are doing, or are about to do, then you will center your attention on it with little or no effort, and almost irrespective of the attendant conditions.”
Ralph Alfred Habas, The Art of Self-Control

George Eliot
“It is very difficult to be learned; it seems as if people were worn out on the way to great thoughts, and can never enjoy them because they are too tired.”
George Eliot, Middlemarch

Ernest Bramah
“However entrancing it is to wander unchecked through a garden of bright images, are we not enticing your mind from another subject of almost equal importance?”
Ernest Bramah, Kai Lung's Golden Hours

Sarah Blake
“Sand was dribbling out of the bag of her attention, faster and faster.”
Sarah Blake

“I was quite possibly in the midst of losing my mind. I needed to get away from people until I figured out if I actually was losing my mind.”
Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Neeraj Agnihotri
“Procrasdemon is fighting hard to feed off of distractions and pleasures.”
Neeraj Agnihotri, Procrasdemon - The Artist's Guide to Liberation From Procrastination

Colson Whitehead
“I can't blame modern technology for my predilection for distraction, not after all the hours I've spent watching lost balloons disappear into the clouds. I did it before the Internet, and I'll do it after the apocalypse, assuming we still have helium and weak-gripped children.”
Colson Whitehead

Rose Pressey
“I’d find someone else. No distractions. Men get in the way of ambition. Plus, they laugh at you when you fail”
Rose Pressey, Flip That Haunted House

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
“At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Henry David Thoreau
“As with our colleges, so with a hundred ‘modern improvements;’ there is an illusion about them; there is not always a positive advance. The devil goes on exacting compound interest to the last for his early share and numerous succeeding investments in them. Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end, an end which it was already but too easy to arrive at...”
Henry David Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers / Walden / The Maine Woods / Cape Cod

Jennifer DeLucy
“He [Abram] believes that the PRESENT is the only real thing and everything else is an illusion
a distraction”
Jennifer DeLucy, Seers of Light

A.D. Aliwat
“These damn things! They distract then don’t work, they’re altogether terrible! Phones!”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange
“Instead of dissipating our life in mere commotion, let us endeavor to recollect it so that our activity may be more profound, more consistent and lasting, and directed to eternity.”
Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, Providence: God's loving care for men and the need for confidence in Almighty God

“Be careful because sometimes distractions can come into your life dressed as love and attention when it’s in fact a distraction.”
Scarlet Jei Saoirse

“In any academic field, it's either fall in love with books and avoid engaging in emotional affairs with people, or vice versa, but you can't possibly focus on both at the same time because love is so powerful that it can cause distraction.”
Godwin Elijah

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