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Anaïs Nin
“There were always in me, two women at least, one woman desperate and bewildered, who felt she was drowning and another who would leap into a scene, as upon a stage, conceal her true emotions because they were weaknesses, helplessness, despair, and present to the world only a smile, an eagerness, curiosity, enthusiasm, interest.”
Anais Nin
Robert Frost
“Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it.”
Robert Frost
Maya Angelou
“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”
Maya Angelou
Barbara Kingsolver
“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, 'There now, hang on, you'll get over it.' Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.”
Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees
Carl Sandburg
“I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.”
Carl Sandburg
Mary Renault
“One must live as if it would be forever, and as if one might die each moment. Always both at once.”
Mary Renault, The Persian Boy
Maria Montessori
“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.”
Maria Montessori
Edith Sitwell
“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
Edith Sitwell
Henry David Thoreau
“Dreams are the touchstones of our characters.”
Henry David Thoreau
Sarah J. Maas
“When you spend so long trapped in darkness, Lucien, you find that the darkness begins to stare back.”
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury
Bram Stoker
“Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!”
Bram Stoker
Cassandra Clare
“In the end that was the choice you made, and it doesn't matter how hard it was to make it. It matters that you did.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Glass
Lauren Oliver
“Love: It will kill you and save you, both”
Lauren Oliver, Delirium
Ann Richards
“After all, Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels.”
Ann Richards
Agostinho da Silva
“I am not interested in being original. I am interested in being true.”
Agostinho da Silva
“What is honor compared to a woman's love? What is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms . . . or the memory of a brother's smile? Wind and words. Wind and words. We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That is our great glory, and our great tragedy.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
Simone de Beauvoir
“She was ready to deny the existence of space and time rather than admit that love might not be eternal.”
Simone de Beauvoir, The Mandarins
John Lennon
“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.”
John Lennon
L.J. Smith
“You don't love a girl because of beauty. You love her because she sings a song only you can understand.”
L.J. Smith, Secret Vampire
Oliver Goldsmith
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
Oliver Goldsmith, The Citizen of the World, Or, Letters from a Chinese Philosopher, Residing in London, to His Friends in the Country, by Dr. Goldsmith
George Orwell
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
George Orwell, 1984
Cassandra Clare
“That was enterprising," Will sounded nearly impressed.
Nate smiled. Tess shot him a furious look. "Don't look pleased with yourself. When Will says 'enterprising' he means 'morally deficient.'"
"No, I mean enterprising," said Will. "When I mean morally deficient, I say, 'Now, that's something I would have done'.”
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
George Carlin
“The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.”
George Carlin
Charles Baudelaire
“One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”
Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen
Jeanette Winterson
“Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it. Those who do not do it, think of it as a cousin of stamp collecting, a sister of the trophy cabinet, bastard of a sound bank account and a weak mind.”
Jeanette Winterson
Natalie Babbitt
“Like all magnificent things, it's very simple.”
Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
Irvine Welsh
“You can't lie to your soul.”
Irvine Welsh, Porno
Voltaire
“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”
Voltaire, Questions sur les Miracles à M. Claparede, Professeur de Théologie à Genève, par un Proposant: Ou Extrait de Diverses Lettres de M. de Voltaire
William Ernest Henley
“It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”
William Ernest Henley, Echoes of Life and Death;
Galileo Galilei
“I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him.”
Galileo Galilei
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