True To Life Quotes

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Ernest Hemingway
“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.”
Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon

Edna St. Vincent Millay
“Well, I have lost you; and I lost you fairly;
In my own way, and with my full consent.
Say what you will, kings in a tumbrel rarely
Went to their deaths more proud than this one went.

Some nights of apprehension and hot weeping
I will confess; but that's permitted me;
Day dried my eyes; I was not one for keeping
Rubbed in a cage a wing that would be free.

If I had loved you less or played you slyly
I might have held you for a summer more,
But at the cost of words I value highly,
And no such summer as the one before.

Should I outlive this anguish, and men do,
I shall have only good to say of you.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay

Nenia Campbell
“The villains were always ugly in books and movies. Necessarily so, it seemed. Because if they were attractive—if their looks matched their charm and their cunning—they wouldn't only be dangerous.

They would be irresistible.”
Nenia Campbell, Horrorscape

Saul Bellow
“One thought-murder a day keeps the psychiatrist away.”
Saul Bellow, Herzog

Jennifer Niven
“People are shitty for a lot of reasons. Sometimes they're just shitty people. Sometimes people have been shitty to them and, even though they don't realize it, they take that shitty upbringing and go out into the world and treat others the same way. Sometimes they're shitty because they're afraid. Sometimes they choose to be shitty to others before others can be shitty to them. So it's like self-defensive shittiness.”
Jennifer Niven, Holding Up the Universe

“Remember that yours is not the only heart that may be wishing for love.”
Cameron Dokey, Before Midnight

Jessica Park
“Normal people can become very annoying if put in annoying situations.”
Jessica Park, Flat-Out Love

Kelly Elliott
“Girls you are stronger than you know.. If you don't like being treated like a doormat the get the f**k off the floor.”
Kelly Elliott, Wanted

Richelle Mead
“But what are loyalty and caring really worth?"
"To me? Everything.”
Richelle Mead, The Golden Lily

Amber   Smith
“He's not the hero and he's not the enemy and he's not a god. He's just a boy. And I'm just a girl, a girl who needs to pick up her own pieces and put them back together herself.”
Amber Smith, The Way I Used to Be

Karen Marie Moning
“There’s only one question that matters, Ms. Lane, and it’s the one you never get around to asking. People are capable of varying degrees of truth. The majority spend their entire lives fabricating an elaborate skein of lies, immersing themselves in the faith of bad faith, doing whatever it takes to feel safe. The person who truly lives has precious few moments of safety, learns to thrive in any kind of storm. It’s the truth you can stare down stone-cold that makes you what you are. Weak or strong. Live or die. Prove yourself. How much truth can you take, Ms. Lane?”
Karen Marie Moning, Dreamfever

John Stuart Mill
“Stupidity is much the same all the world over. A stupid person's notions and feelings may confidently be inferred from those which prevail in the circle by which the person is surrounded. Not so with those whose opinions and feelings are an emanation from their own nature and faculties.”
John Stuart Mill, The Subjection of Women

“Love so joyfully and freely given can never be taken away. It is never truly gone.”
Cameron Dokey, Before Midnight

Helen Keller
“The one I felt and still feel most is lack of time. I used to have time to think, to reflect, my mind and I. We would sit together of an evening and listen to the inner melodies of the spirit, which one hears only in leisure moments when the words of
some loved poet touch a deep, sweet chord in the soul that until then had been silent. But in college there is no time to commune with one's thoughts. One goes to college to learn, it seems, not to think. When one enters the portals of learning, one leaves the dearest pleasures--solitude, books and imagination--outside with the whispering pines. I suppose I ought to find some comfort in the thought that I am laying up treasures for future enjoyment, but I am improvident enough to prefer present joy to hoarding riches against a rainy day.”
Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

Pete Wentz
“Everyones greatest fantasy is to walk away from the life (they think)you lead”
Pete Wentz

Shel Silverstein
“If you want to marry me, here's what you'll have to do:
You must learn how to make a perfect chicken-dumpling stew.
And you must sew my holey socks,
And soothe my troubled mind,
And develop the knack for scratching my back,
And keep my shoes spotlessly shined.
And while I rest you must rake up the leaves,
And when it is hailing and snowing
You must shovel the walk...and be still when I talk,
And-hey-where are you going?”
Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

Paul Arden
“Too many people spend too much time trying to perfect something before they actually do it. Instead of waiting for perfection, run with what you go, and fix it along the way…”
Paul Arden

Amber   Smith
“Maybe He'll get what he deserves. Maybe Not. Maybe I'll never find it in my heart to forgive him. And maybe there's nothing wrong with that,either. All those maybes swimming around my head make me think that "maybe" could just be another word for hope.”
Amber Smith, The Way I Used to Be

William Goldman
“Life is pain. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something.”
William Goldman, The Princess Bride

Salvador Dalí
“The reason some portraits don't look true to life is that some people make no effort to resemble their pictures.”
Salvador Dalí

Haruki Murakami
“That's wrong," she declared. "Everyone must have one thing that they can excel at. It's just a matter of drawing it out, isn't it? But school doesn't know how to draw it out. It crushes the gift. It's no wonder most people never get to be what they want to be. They just get ground down.”
Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Syed Arshad
“Falling in love is like holding a candle. Initially it lightens up the world around you. Then it starts melting and hurt you. Finally it goes off and everything is darker than ever and all you are left with is the.. BURN!”
Syed Arshad, If It's Not Love

Rainbow Rowell
“Just … isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?”
Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

Helen Keller
“...our enjoyment of the great works of literature depends more upon the depth of our sympathy than upon our understanding.”
Helen Keller, The Story of My Life

Neal Shusterman
“But now we've finally taken full possession of what is rightfully ours, because everyone must feel their own pain--and as awful as that is, it's also wonderful.”
Neal Shusterman, Bruiser

Susane Colasanti
“Just when it seems like life is getting good, something always has to come along and ruin it.”
Susane Colasanti, So Much Closer

Dan Wells
“I didn’t study medicine to watch people die." -Kira”
Dan Wells, Partials

Helen Keller
“When one reads hurriedly and nervously, having in mind written tests and examinations, one's brain becomes encumbered with a lot of bric-a-brac for which there seems to be little use.”
Helen Keller

“If you have to ask, you've never been in love. More than that, you've never had your feelings hurt by the one you want to trust and cherish you most of all.”
Cameron Dokey, Golden: A Retelling of Rapunzel

Maud Hart Lovelace
“When there are boys you have to worry about how you look, and whether they like you, and why they like another girl better, and whether they're going to ask you to something or other. It's a strain.”
Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy in Spite of Herself

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