Happy Playgrounds Quotes

Quotes tagged as "happy-playgrounds" (showing 1-30 of 42)
Robert Walser
“make yourself invisible, or get busy with something.”
Robert Walser, Jakob von Gunten

William H. Gass
“it is discouraging to leave the past behind only to see it coming toward you like the thunderstorm which drenched you yesterday.”
William H. Gass, The Tunnel

Donald Barthelme
“the thing about books is, there are quite a number you don't have to read.”
Donald Barthelme, The King

John Irving
John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

Fredric Brown
“people are complicated; you can't label 'em with a word.”
Fredric Brown

Elmore Leonard
“all over the world...the past was being wiped out by condominiums.”
Elmore Leonard, Cat Chaser

John Steinbeck
“I believe there are monsters born in the world to human parents.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

William Gay
“don't start talkin about books or quotin poems at them. these is good folks but they ain't real crazy about readin books. just do what i do and you'll be all right.”
William Gay, Provinces of Night

Fernando Pessoa
“on the road halfway between faith and criticism stands the inn of reason. reason is faith in what can be understood without faith, but it's still a faith, since to understand presupposes that there's something understandable.”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Chester Himes
“what i really need is a dead man.”
Chester Himes, Blind Man with a Pistol

Elmore Leonard
“when you're really cute that's all you have to be, you make a career out of it. someone asks you what you do, you say, 'nothing. i'm cute.”
Elmore Leonard, Killshot

Péter Nádas
“my foolishness had me believe that i was the story, and this bleak cold night merely its setting, but in fact my real story played itself out almost independently of me or, more precisely, occurred parallel to my own little adventures.”
Péter Nádas, A Book of Memories

David Markson
“if one wishes to see a cat badly enough, one will doubtless see one.”
David Markson

B. Traven
“ordinary people can never fall over the walls, because they never dare climb high enough to see what is beyond the walls.”
B. Traven, The Death Ship

Fernando Pessoa
“a reformer is a man who sees the world's superficial ills and sets out to cure them by aggravating the more basic ills.”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

William Carlos Williams
“they are mystified by certain instances.”
William Carlos Williams, Selected Poems

Charles Willeford
“a man should always observe fanaticism when he gets the chance.”
Charles Willeford, The Machine in Ward Eleven

Péter Nádas
“we remain children as long as we feel the urge to keep crossing this border and to learn.”
Péter Nádas, A Book of Memories

John Barth
“the enemy you flee is not exterior to yourself”
John Barth, The Floating Opera

Johnny Shaw
“i ain't got the energy to argue. i'm an old man and i got to take a shit.”
Johnny Shaw, Big Maria

Jim Dodge
“most reviews are written by morons about morons. sensibility is at a premium in american culture these days.”
Jim Dodge, Stone Junction

Mark Leyner
“fate is the ultimate preexisting condition.”
Mark Leyner, The Sugar Frosted Nutsack

Padgett Powell
“alternate the theories you entertain about all things.”
Padgett Powell, The Imperative Mood

John Steinbeck
“Why don't you beat him?”
John Steinbeck, The Short Reign of Pippin IV

Padgett Powell
“the zombies, after all, were pretty slow to appreciate someone other than themselves, and they had been schooled not to denigrate the different.

--Mrs. Hollingsworth's Men”
padgett powell

Donald Barthelme
“mead for my men!”
Donald Barthelme, The King

Fernando Pessoa
“inside the coop where he'll stay until he's killed, the rooster sings anthems to liberty because he was given two roosts.”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Fulfilling your divine passion brings gladness.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

Padgett Powell
“today is a good day to give no one a hard time about anything, or today is a good day to give everyone a hard time about everything.”
Padgett Powell, The Imperative Mood

C.J. Box
“there's nothing worse on this earth than privileged bureaucratic assholes who work the system. they never get caught, and if they do, there are no real consequences.”
C.J. Box, Breaking Point

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