Non Fiction Quotes

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David Foster Wallace
“ real life I always seem to have a hard time winding up a conversation or asking somebody to leave, and sometimes the moment becomes so delicate and fraught with social complexity that I'll get overwhelmed trying to sort out all the different possible ways of saying it and all the different implications of each option and will just sort of blank out and do it totally straight -- 'I want to terminate the conversation and not have you be in my apartment anymore' -- which evidently makes me look either as if I'm very rude and abrupt or as if I'm semi-autistic and have no sense of how to wind up a conversation gracefully...I've actually lost friends this way.”
David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

Christopher McDougall
“That was the real secret of the Tarahumara: they'd never forgotten what it felt like to love running. They remembered that running was mankind's first fine art, our original act of inspired creation. Way before we were scratching pictures on caves or beating rhythms on hollow trees, we were perfecting the art of combining our breath and mind and muscles into fluid self-propulsion over wild terrain. And when our ancestors finally did make their first cave paintings, what were the first designs? A downward slash, lightning bolts through the bottom and middle--behold, the Running Man.
Distance running was revered because it was indispensable; it was the way we survived and thrived and spread across the planet. You ran to eat and to avoid being eaten; you ran to find a mate and impress her, and with her you ran off to start a new life together. You had to love running, or you wouldn't live to love anything else. And like everyhing else we ove--everything we sentimentally call our 'passions' and 'desires' it's really an encoded ancestral necessity. We were born to run; we were born because we run. We're all Running People, as the Tarahumara have always known.”
Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

James P. Carse
“To be prepared against surprise is to be trained. To be prepared for surprise is to be educated.”
James P. Carse, Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility

Jessica Valenti
“If you spend any amount of time doing media analysis, it’s clear that the most frenzied moral panic surrounding young women’s sexuality comes from the mainstream media, which loves to report about how promiscuous girls are, whether they’re acting up on spring break, getting caught topless on camera, or catching all kinds of STIs. Unsurprisingly, these types of articles and stories generally fail to mention that women are attending college at the highest rates in history, and that we’re the majority of undergraduate and master’s students. Well-educated and socially engaged women just don’t make for good headlines, it seems.”
Jessica Valenti, The Purity Myth: How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women

Gaylan D. Wright
“There seems to be a requirement for just so many people to be in the poor class, just as the need for a middle class exists. One class actually supports the other. The only way to get out of that cycle is to fight your way out. Never pass up an opportunity, and stick your foot into every open door, even if it’s just to see what’s inside. If there’s a possibility of seeing something you never have seen to experiencing something new. Do it. ”
Gaylan D. Wright, Slave to the Dream: Everyone’s Dream

Gaylan D. Wright
“What I have learned so far had been an incredible journey and adventure. I remained in my own character even when I was not well liked. I now enter a room looking for people I may like rather than for those who will like me. There are people who change their demeanor between regular people and professional people. Just try to be who you are consistently and let those closest to you see your best, along with those you work with. People around you should not be the cause of change in your personal character.”
Gaylan D. Wright, Slave to the Dream: Everyone’s Dream

Stephenie Meyer
“How well opposed to grand Theft Auto are you?”
Stephenie Meyer

Justin Alcala
“Non fiction? Non fiction?! Listen, reality is what got me into this mess in the first place.”
Justin Alcala

David Foster Wallace
“To be a mass tourist, for me,, in lines and gridlock and transaction after transaction, to confront a dimension of yourself that is as inescapable as it is painful: As a tourist, you become economically significant but existentially loathsome, an insect on a dead thing.”
David Foster Wallace, Consider the Lobster and Other Essays

Sebastian Junger
“Combat isn't where you might die -- though that does happen -- it's where you find out whether you get to keep on living. Don't underestimate the power of that revelation. Don't underestimate the things young men will wager in order to play that game one more time.”
Sebastian Junger, War

Henry T. Blackaby
“The Holy Spirit doesn't need to equip you for what you're not going to do, so if you're in rebellion against Jesus and refusing His right to be Lord, He doesn't need to send the Holy Spirit to equip you for service. And, tragically, you miss out on the joy that He brings.

So let the Holy Spirit deal with anything that's keeping you from obeying Christ.”
Henry and Melvin Blackaby

Truman Capote
“They shared a doom against which virtue was no defense”
Truman Capote, In Cold Blood

Benjamin Nugent
“I will take a serious approach to a subject usually treated lightly, which is a nerdy thing to do.”
Benjamin Nugent, American Nerd: The Story of My People

Ha-Joon Chang
“95% of economics is common sense”
Ha-Joon Chang, Economics: The User's Guide

Theresa Cheung
“If you don't feel you have any choice in a situation, self-esteem and confidence plummet. But once you understand that you do have a choice, self-esteem will improve. You aren't a helpless victim anymore. You decide how you deal with a situation. You aren't just reacting to life; you're creating your life.”
Theresa Francis-Cheung, Teen Tarot: What the Cards Reveal About You and Your Future

Jonathan Safran Foer
“It can be challenge enough to have to eat with myself.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

“In terms of size, mammals are an anomaly, as the vast majority of the world's existing species are snail-sized or smaller. It's almost as if, regardless of your kingdom, the smaller your size & the earlier your place on the tree of life, the more critical is your niche on Earth: snails & worms create soil, & blue-green algae create oxygen; mammals seem comparatively dispensable, the result of the random path of evolution over a luxurious amount of time.”
Elisabeth Tova Bailey, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating

Stephen Leacock
“The writing of solid, instructive stuff fortified by facts and figures is easy enough. There is no trouble in writing a scientific treatise on the folk-lore of Central China, or a statistical enquiry into the declining population of Prince Edward Island. But to write something out of one's own mind, worth reading for its own sake, is an arduous contrivance only to be achieved in fortunate moments, few and far in between. Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica.”
Stephen Leacock, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town

“It was a time of beautiful brutal illusions.”
Mick Karabegovic, Family Testament

“When you're conscious of what you're permitting to germinate inside you, the weeds in your life will wither away of their own accord.”
Lawrence Shorter

Deborah L. McCarragher
“Hope is putting Faith "on the line" and expecting results!

(from Mission Possible - Spiritual Covering)”
Deborah L. McCarragher, Mission Possible: Spiritual Covering

“أحياناً نقود أنفسنا للطريق المهلك علماً بذلك .. ليس رغبة بالهلاك، بل أملاً بتغيير النتيجة”

Baratunde R. Thurston
“Depending on your own background and life experiences, this may or may not be new to you, but after an eight-to-twelve-hour day, white office workers often don't feel like they've spent enough time with each other. Therefore, they are prone to organizing pseudo-official company activities such as bowling or happy hour.”
Baratunde Thurston, How to Be Black

Shah Rukh Khan
“When you make a film, if you are an insider, you're usually the last person to know that your film is not right. But when you are an outsider, you have a little more objectivity.I think a part of my success is that I am naturally objective. I am not an insider.In many ways, Anupama is the same.
Foreword, First Day First Show”
Shah Rukh Khan

Jonathan Epps
“I imagined there were people out there in the darker shadows, some dragging their feet like the walking dead, some scanning like predators, some cowering like victims. I wanted to absorb it all, suck it down, destroy it—the vision, the scene, the barbarism.”
Jonathan Epps, No Winter Lasts Forever

Dee Brown
“The Navahos could forgive the Rope Thrower for fighting them as a soldier, for making prisoners of them, even for destroying their food supplies, but the one act they never forgave him for was cutting down their beloved peach trees.”
Dee Brown

“Don't cross the boundaries.”
Anonymous, The Holy Bible: English Standard Version

Virginia Woolf
“When the guns fired in August 1914, did the faces of men and women show so plain in each other's eyes that romance was killed?”
Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Felicity Chapman
“If you have ever felt slightly nauseous walking through an aged care facility, puckered your face against a smell, observed a grown woman clutching a dolly with desperation, felt a flood of melancholy as death fills your view – then you are in a perfect position to be a supportive psychotherapist for those whose lives are peppered with this everyday.”
Felicity Chapman, Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People in Care: A Support Guide

Felicity Chapman
“It is understandable if you are struggling to reconcile images of a smooth moving Justin Timberlake singing, “I’m bringing sexy back…” with the experience of working in aged care! Sexy is often everything that aged care is not. But by using the word “sexy” I am not referring to the high octane experience of being intimate with someone. Who knows though, your older adult clients may well want to talk about such things! How senior friendly to encourage this? What I am referring to is bringing the spice or pizzazz associated with respect back to our Western society that appears to have lost its way in valuing seniors.”
Felicity Chapman, Counselling and Psychotherapy with Older People in Care: A Support Guide

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