Quotes

It’s worth turning up

16 August 2017

It’s worth turning up to an awards gig if you know you’ve won one but, since you never do know, it’s not worth it.

Arthur Smith

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Max stepped into his private boat

15 August 2017

Max stepped into his private boat and waved goodbye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him—and it was still hot.

Last line from Where the Wild Things Are, Maurice Sendak

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Quotes About Mental Health and Mental Illness

15 August 2017

I am homesick for a place I am not sure even exists. One where my heart is full. My body loved. And my soul understood.

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I need a break from my own thoughts.

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She overcame everything that was meant to destroy her.

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I lied and said I was busy. I was busy; but not in a way most people understand. I was busy taking deeper breaths. I was busy silencing irrational thoughts. I was busy calming an irrational heart. I was busy telling myself I am okay. Sometimes this is my busy, and I will not apologize for it.

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It’s hard to get rid of the demons inside you because they were holding you when nobody else did.

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My pain isn’t who I am, but it controls what I can do, and in this world, what you can do is a huge measure of who you are.

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You deserve to be happy. You deserve to live a life that lights you up. Don’t ever forget that.

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Flowers grow back, even after they are stepped on. So will I.

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There’s no right or wrong way to manage your mental illness. You are not less of a person for needing medication or having to go to therapy multiple times a week. If something helps your mental health, take the time to do it. don’t stop, no matter what other people think.

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My biggest fear is that eventually you will see me the way I see myself.

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I used to be embarrassed of my broken parts. Not anymore…Even in pieces, I’m worth having.

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In the end, she became more than what she expected. She became the journey, and like all journeys, she did not end, she just simply changed directions and kept going.

R.M. Drake

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Last Lines

14 August 2017

PG is in a last lines mood today. Following are a few of his favorite last lines from books. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments.

Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters.

Norman Maclean, A River Runs Through It

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He knelt by the bed and bent over her, draining their last moment to its lees; and in the silence there passed between them the word which made all clear.

Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth

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Everything we need that is not food or love is here in the tabloid racks. The tales of the supernatural and extraterrestrial. The miracle vitamins, the cures for cancer, the remedies for obesity. The cults of the famous and the dead.

Don DeLillo, White Noise

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But that is the beginning of a new story — the story of the gradual renewal of a man, the story of his gradual regeneration, of his transition from one world into another, of his initiation into a new, unknown life. That might be the subject of a new story, but our present story is over. —

Fyodor Dostoyevsk, Crime and Punishment

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I never saw any of them again—except the cops. No way has yet been invented to say goodbye to them.

Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

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It’s done. This may not be my final country. I can still taste the bear in the back of my throat, bitter with the blood of the innocent, and somewhere in my old heart I can still remember the taste of love. Perhaps this is just a resting place. A warm place to drink cold beer. But wherever my final country is, my ashes will go back to Montana when I die. Maybe I’ve stopped looking for love. Maybe not. Maybe I will go to Paris. Who knows? But I’ll sure as hell never go back to Texas again.

James Crumley, The Final Country

 

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Publishers, naturally

13 August 2017

Publishers, naturally, loathe used books and have developed strategies to depress the secondhand market. They bring out new, even more expensive editions of popular textbooks every three to four years, in a classic cycle of planned obsolescence.

James Surowiecki

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Some memories

12 August 2017

Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.

Willa Cather

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The great enemy of clear language

11 August 2017

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms, like a cuttlefish spurting out ink.

George Orwell

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Power

10 August 2017

Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.

George Orwell

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Insults

9 August 2017

Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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The world of men

8 August 2017

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