Everything important has been said before. ~Alfred North Whitehead

There is nothing that cuts you down to size like coming to some strange and marvelous place where no one even stops to notice that you stare about you. ~Richard Adams, Watership Down

Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it. ~Lloyd Alexander

Every movie is a road movie. Every novel is a mystery. Every tortilla chip is sacred. ~Sherman Alexie

Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. ~Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I believe most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise. ~Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

What an absurd notion that women have not intellectual and moral faculties sufficent for anything else but domestic concerns! ~Susan B. Anthony

Failure is impossible. ~Susan B. Anthony

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know. ~Diane Arbus

A mediocre idea that generates enthusiasm will go further than a great idea that inspires no one. ~Mary Kay Ash

I'm enormously less interested in whom you sleep with than I am in with whom you're prepared to die. ~Ti-Grace Atkinson

We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly. ~Margaret Atwood

Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation! ~Jane Austen

Thank Heaven! I am going tomorrow where I shall find a man who has not one agreeable quality, who has neither manners nor sense to recommend him. Stupid men are the only ones worth knowing, after all. ~Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

I have always seen a great similarity in the turn of our minds. --We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the eclat of a proverb. ~Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Nothing is more deceitful than the appearance of humility. It is often only carelessness of opinion and sometimes an indirect boast. ~Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Reflection must be reserved for solitary hours; whenever she was alone, she gave way to it as the greatest relief; and not a day went by without a solitary walk, in which she might indulge in all the delight of unpleasant reflections. ~Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Upon the whole, therefore, she found what had been sometimes found before, that an event to which she had looked forward with impatient desire, did not, in taking place, bring all the satisfaction she had promised herself. ~Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Bring me a bowl of coffee before I turn into a goat. ~Johann Sebastian Bach

I've never had a humble opinion. If you've got an opinion, why be humble about it? ~Joan Baez

Be curious always! For knowledge will not acquire you; you must acquire it. ~Sydie Back

If I'm going to be a success, I must be scandalous. ~Josephine Baker

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed unless it is faced. ~James Baldwin

I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually. ~James Baldwin

This knowledge has stayed with me longest, how we resist what we know to be true and blame the makeup of our bodies in their endless beauty, reminders of what we must leave and come to, the ivory and roses of flesh bringing us hallelujahs of ecstasy echoing long after decay has begun. ~Kim Barnes, "The Smell of Rain"

I am my own heroine. ~Marie Bashkirtseff

What we don't know will hurt us,/but not yet. Tomorrow/is a tease, forever gaining in accuracy/what it lacks in momentum,/rising and falling, setting us up like dust/in the bright crosshairs. ~Dorothy Barresi, "Chin Music (II)"

The dogma of woman's complete historical subjection to men must be rated as one of the most fantastic myths ever created by the human mind. ~Mary Ritter Beard

It appeared to me that a lot of getting by in hard times had to do with tongue-holding. It didn't come all that natural to me. ~Patricia Beatty, Turn Homeward, Hannalee

We mortals with immortal minds are only born for sufferings and joys, and one could almost say that the most excellent receive joy through suffering. ~Ludwig van Beethoven

I am never alone when I am alone. ~Ludwig van Beethoven

Only the pure in heart can make a good soup. ~Ludwig van Beethoven

Love's a thin Diet, nor will it keep out Cold. ~Aphra Behn

Truth is a hard deer to hunt. If you eat too much truth at once, you might die of the truth. ~Stephen Vincent Benet, "By the Waters of Babylon"

When I was very young...I used to pray, "God, please don't let me have a dull life." He obviously heard me. ~Ingrid Bergman

Exuberance is beauty. ~William Blake

How can I trust memory, which slips and wobbles and grinds its erratic furrows like a bald-tired truck fighting for traction on a wet gumbo road? ~Mary Clearman Blew, "The Sow in the River"

Just as a nervous breakdown may be the sane response to insane circumstances--for example, combat--art may be sort of a safety response to violent stimulus. For example, the news. ~Bono

Revolution starts at home, in your heart, in your refusal to compromise your beliefs and your values. I'm not interested in politics like fighting back with sticks and stones, but in the politics of love. I think there is nothing more radical than two people's loving each other, because it's so infrequent. ~Bono

See, I'm a guy with no midrange. I'm all bottom and all top, emotionally. I let people take advantage of me way past the point others let people go. But when I break, I really break. Watch out. ~Bono

Frisbeterians believe that when they die their soul goes up on the roof and they can't get it down. ~Bono

It is a remarkable thing to think that we can, if we get up off our ass, change the world. ~Bono

The first thing you learn in life is you're a fool. The last thing you learn in life is you're the same fool. ~Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine

Time is so strange and life is twice as strange. ~Ray Bradbury Dandelion Wine

A good night's sleep, or a ten-minute brawl, or a pint of chocolate ice cream, or all three together, is good medicine. ~Ray Bradbury Dandelion Wine

Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be. Because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you? ~Fannie Brice

It is strange people should be so greedy, when they are alone in the world! ~Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Alas, for the effects of bad tea and bad temper! ~Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

In a perfect world, mothers would remind their daughters each morning of how beautiful their strong noses are, or how special their curly red hair is. ~Bobbi Brown

I think the reward for conformity is that everyone likes you except yourself. ~Rita Mae Brown

Ah, but a man's reach/Should exceed his grasp,/Or what's a heaven for? ~Robert Browning, "Andrea del Sarto"

You get so alone at times that it just makes sense. ~Charles Bukowski

Dog is much admired by Man because he believes in the hand which feeds him. A perfect set-up. For 13 cents a day you've got a hired killer who thinks you are god. A dog can't tell a Nazi from a Republican from a Commie from a Democrat and, many times, neither can I. ~Charles Bukowski

If something burns your soul with purpose and desire, it's your duty to be reduced to ashes by it. Any other form of existence will be yet another dull book in the library of life. ~Charles Bukowski

I'd rather be a failure at something I enjoy than be a success at something I hate. ~George Burns

When I buy a new book, I read the last page first. That way, in case I die before I finish, I know how it ends. That, my friend, is a dark side. ~Harry Burns

It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative. ~John Burroughs, The Light of Day

The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too. ~Samuel Butler

Live to the point of tears. ~Albert Camus

Life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act. ~Truman Capote

May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house. ~George Carlin

Nothing really matters but living--accomplishments are the ornaments of life, they come second. ~Willa Cather

A house without a cat is life without sunshine. ~Julia Child

I don't think I'm gay. I don't think I'm straight. I think I'm just slutty. Where's my parade? ~Margaret Cho

I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. ~Agatha Christie

Never do anything yourself that others can do for you. ~Agatha Christie

If you're going through Hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

That's one of the greatest curses ever inflicted on the human race, memory. ~Jedediah Leland, Citizen Kane

She was a girl who could not wait. Life was so interesting she had to find out what happened next. ~Beverley Cleary, Ramona the Pest

Nothing in the whole world felt as good as being able to make something from a sudden idea. ~Beverly Cleary, Ramona Quimby, Age 8

How could she stay out of mix-ups when she never knew what would suddenly turn into a mix-up? ~Beverly Cleary, Ramona the Brave

It is better not to be loved than to be ill-loved or half-loved. ~Louise Colet

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm. ~Colette

Who said you should be happy? Do your work. ~Colette

Boredom is the fear of self. ~Comtesse Diane

Women's place is in the house, and that's where she should go just as soon as she leaves the office. ~Sheila Copps

There are moments that stop the heart, that catch the breath, that halt the beat of blood in your veins, and you are suspended in time, held between life and death, and you wait for something to bring you back again. ~Robert Cormier, Fade

You could reason with someone who was halfway educated and appeal to his intelligence, but I felt helpless in the face of utter stupidity. ~Robert Cormier, Fade

One thing is certain in life. Just when things are going well, soon afterward they are certain to go wrong. It's just the way things are meant to be. ~Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One

In this world are very few things made from logic alone. It is illogical for man to be too logical. Some things we must just let stand. The mystery is more important than any possible explanation. The searcher after truth must search with humanity. Ruthless logic is the sign of a limited mind. The truth can only add to the sum of what you know, while a harmless mystery left unexplored often adds to the meaning of life. When a truth is not so important, it is better left as a mystery. ~Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. ~Roald Dahl

The one thing the world will never have enough of is the outrageous. ~Salvador Dali

If you risk nothing, then you risk everything. ~Geena Davis

Just as women's bodies are softer than men's, so their understanding is sharper. ~Christine de Pisan

In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are. ~Max de Pree

Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

There exists, for everyone, a sentence--a series of words--that has the power to destroy you. Another sentence exists, another series of words, that could heal you. If you're lucky, you will get the second, but you can be certain of getting the first. ~Philip K. Dick

Life is made of ever so many pairings welded together. ~Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Startop, younger in years and appearance, was reading and holding his head as if he thought himself in danger of exploding it with too strong a charge of knowledge. ~Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

An idea, like a ghost, according to the common notion of ghosts, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself. ~Charles Dickens

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else. ~Emily Dickinson

Enough is so vast a sweetness, I suppose it never occurs, only pathetic counterfeits. ~Emily Dickinson

The cure for anything is salt water--sweat, tears, or the sea. Isak Dinesen

You will burn and you will burn out; you will be healed and come back again. ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

I think that everyone has a duty to love life above all else in the world. ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamozov

In order to love a person it is necessary for him to be concealed from view; the moment he shows his face--love disappears. ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamozov

Anyway, I jabber too much. That's why I don't do anything. Or maybe it's the other way around. I jabber because I don't do anything. ~Fydor Dosteyevsky, Crime and Punishment

In a way there's only a fine shade of difference between the healthy and the deranged. ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

For broad understanding and deep feeling, you need pain and suffering. ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

Three possibilities for her. Throw herself into the canal; wind up in the madhouse, or...at long last, plunge into depravity headlong, stupefying the mind and petrifying the heart. ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

For example, I'm terribly proud. I'm as mistrustful and as sensitive as a hunchback or a dwarf; but, in truth, I've experienced some moments when if someone had slapped my face, I might even have been grateful for it. I'm being serious. I probably would have been able to derive a peculiar sort of pleasure from it--the pleasure of despair, naturally, but the most intense pleasures occur in despair, especially when you're very acutely aware of the hopelessness of your own predicament. ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

I've always considered myself smarter than everyone around me, and sometimes, believe me, I've been ashamed of it. At the least, all my life I've looked away and never could look people straight in the eye. ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

Can a man possessing conciousness ever really respect himself? ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

Perhaps a normal man is supposed to be stupid--how do we know? Perhaps it's even very beautiful. ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

I have a new plan: to go mad. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky, in a letter to his brother Michael

There is no danger in letting people have their say...There is a danger when you try to stop them from saying it. ~Helen Gahagan Douglas

Find out what needs to be done and do it! ~Marjory Stoneman Douglas

Anything seems commonplace, once explained. ~Arthur Conan Doyle

Gentlemen: When you "come down" to commonplace or small talk with an intelligent lady, one of two things is the consequence: She either recognizes the condescension and despises you, or else she accepts it as the highest intellectual efforts of which you are capable, and rates you accordingly. ~Mrs. E. B. Duffey

Death is the only really serious preoccupation in life. ~Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Christo

I used to want the words "She tried" on my tombstone. Now I want "She did it." ~Katherine Dunham

Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others. ~Amelia Earhart

We like lists because we don't want to die. ~Umberto Eco

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. ~Albert Einstein

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. ~Albert Einstein

I am satisfied with the mystery of the eternity of life. ~Albert Einstein

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. ~Albert Einstein

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. ~Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge. ~Albert Einsten

Animals are such agreeable friends. ~George Eliot

It is never to late to be what you might have been. ~George Eliot

This is the way the world ends/This is the way the world ends/This is the way the world ends/Not with a bang but a whimper. ~T.S. Eliot, "The Hollow Men"

Do I dare/Disturb the universe?/In a minute there is time/For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse. ~T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons. ~T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

We have lingered in the chambers/of the sea/By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed/red and brown/Till human voices wake us,/and we drown ~T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The best moments of life are these delicious awakenings of the higher powers. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

One is constrained to respect the perfection of this world, in which our senses converse. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Divinity School Address"

You cannot love a vagina unless you love hair. ~Eve Ensler

The eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts. ~Walker Evans

Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday's omissions and regrets. ~William Faulkner

The scattered tea goes with the leaves and every day a sunset dies. ~William Faulkner

Time is dead as long as it's being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life. ~William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

Oh girls! Set your affections on cats, poodles, parrots, or lap dogs; but let matrimony alone. It's the hardest way on earth of getting a living. ~Fanny Fern

At times, being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you're living with this illness and functioning at all, it's something to be proud of, not ashamed of. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication. ~Carrie Fisher

The stark and unexpected miracle of a night fades out with the lingering death of the last of the stars and the premature birth of the first newsboys. The flame retreats to some remote and platonic fire; the white heat has gone from the iron and the glow from the coal. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned

I was within and without simultaneously, enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustable variety of life. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

"Can't repeat the past?" he cried incredulously. "Why of course you can!" ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Almost five years! There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams--not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Everyone suspects himself of at least one of the cardinal virtues, and this is mine: I am one of the few honest people that I have ever known. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that's no matter--tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther....And one fine morning-- ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

In a real dark night of the soul it is always three o'clock in the morning. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Crack-Up"

There are all kinds of love in the world, but never the same love twice. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Sensible Thing"

We have two or three great moving experiences in our lives--experiences so great and moving that it doesn't seem at the time that anyone else has been so caught up and pounded and dazzled and astonished and beaten and broken and rescued and illuminated and rewarded and humbled in just that way ever before. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, "One Hundred False Starts"

So they were desperately in love and being desperately in love involves a desperate existence. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

And in the end, we were all just humans...drunk on the idea that love, only love, could heal our brokenness. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald

In the dead white hours in Zurich staring into a stranger's pantry across the up-shine of a street-lamp, he used to think that he wanted to be good, he wanted to be kind, he wanted to be brave and wise, but it was all pretty difficult. He wanted to be loved, too, if he could fit it in. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night

"I can remember how I stood waiting for you in the garden--holding all my self in my arms like a basket of flowers. It was that to me anyhow--I thought I was sweet--waiting to hand that basket to you." ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night

One writes of scars healed, a loose parallel to the pathology of the skin, but there is no such thing in the life of an individual. There are open wounds, shrunk sometimes to the size of a pin-prick but wounds still. The marks of suffering are more comparable to the loss of a finger or of the sight of an eye. We may not miss them, either, for one minute in a year, but if we should there is nothing to be done about it. ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tender is the Night

I don't just want to live. I want to love first, and live incidentally. ~Zelda Fitzgerald

Both of us are very splashy, vivid pictures, those kind with the details left out, but I know our colors will blend, and I think we'll look very well hanging beside each other in the gallery of life. ~Zelda Fitzgerald

I am tired of rummaging my head to understand a situation that would be difficult enough if I were completely lucid. ~Zelda Fitzgerald

You know what dawns are: an eerie, supernatural time exaggerating things and making the people awake feel very superior to the people asleep, and from that lonely vantage point, turn the world into a very personal affair as if they had exclusive rights to everything under the unrisen sun. ~Zelda Fitzgerald, Scandalabra

All I ask of in the world is just one day after another with nothing planned. ~Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

If you ever get in real trouble, don't panic. Sit down and think about it. Remember two things, always. There must be some way out of it and there must be humor in it somewhere. ~Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy

Generally speaking, we are all happier when we are still striving for achievement than when the prize is in our hands. ~Margot Fonteyn

You don't have to go looking for pictures...You go out and the pictures are staring at you. ~Lee Freidlander

It is so true that a woman may be in love with a woman, and a man with a man. It is pleasant to be sure of it, because it is undoubtedly the same love that we shall feel when we are angels. ~Margaret Fuller

My heart has always beat thunderstorms instead of blood. ~Gabriel Gadfly, Supercell

Don't bother being nice. Being popular and well liked is not in your best interest. Let me be more clear; if you behave in a manner pleasing to most, then you are probably doing something wrong. The masses have never been arbiters of the sublime, and they often fail to recognize the truly great individual. Taking into account the public's regrettable lack of taste, it is incumbent upon you not to fit in. ~Janeane Garafalo

"A pretty face is your best asset this season." As opposed to last season, when all the ugly girls had a free ride all the way through. ~Janeane Garafalo

I hate it when politicians say "The American people are not stupid." Since fucking when? ~Janeane Garafalo

I think only stupid people have good relationships. ~Enid, Ghost World

Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead. It is going on all the time. We are in it now. ~Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Moderation has never yet engineered an explosion. ~Ellen Glasgow

And is Heaven any different from where we are? How could it be better or worse? ~Allen Ginsberg, Iron Horse

Your novel was a world that is dead, and the characters are still alive walking through the same labyrinth on the other side of death, which is the last page of the written book. ~Allen Ginsberg, letter to Jack Kerouac, 1/21/50

I am learning by the week, but my poesy is still not my own. New rhyme, new me me me in words. I am not all this carven rhetoric. ~Allen Ginsberg, letter to Jack Kerouac, 7/48

I don't do anything with my life except romanticize and decay with indecision. ~Allen Ginsberg

I love both puppies and kitties. I could just scrunch up their little faces! ~Jeff Goldblum

As soon as you're interested in what is good taste, then you're in bad taste land already. What's comfortable and what represents your life, what's unique and individual about you, that's style. ~Jeff Goldblum

The most violent element in society is ignorance. ~Emma Goldman

Sometimes I wonder what the difference is between being cautious and being dead. ~Sue Grafton

I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me. ~Joshua Graham

How theraputic it is to surrond yourself with people stranger than yourself. ~Spalding Gray

In love, as in in pain, in shock, in trouble. ~Germaine Greer

Eventually it comes to you: The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely. ~Lorraine Hansberry

All men are not slimy warthogs. Some men are silly giraffes, some woebegone puppies, some insecure frogs. But if one is not careful, those slimy warthogs can ruin it for others. ~Cynthia Heimel

Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. ~Joseph Heller, Catch-22

One sits uncomfortably on a too comfortable chair. ~Lillian Hellman

I've made enough money to support myself, and I ain't afraid of being alone. ~Katharine Hepburn

I'm always making a comeback, but nobody ever tells me where I've been. ~Billie Holiday

The most damaging phrase in the language is "We've always done it this way." ~Grace Hopper

The view that women are infantile and emotional creatures, and as such, incapable of responsibility and independence is the work of the masculine tendency to lower women's self-respect. ~Karen Horney

I play it cool/And dig all jive./That's the reason/I stay alive./My motto,/As I live and learn,/is:/Dig and Be Dug/In Return. ~Langston Hughes

The supreme ordeal, let us say rather, the only ordeal, is the loss of the beloved being. ~Victor Hugo, Les Misrebles

But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin. ~Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

I've been asked endlessly about being a female in a man's field, blah-blah-blah, and it's tedious because I didn't think it was a man's field; I was in it, for a start. ~Chrissie Hynde

The majority is never right. Never, I tell you! That's one of these lies in society that no free and intelligent man can help rebelling against. Who are the people that make up the biggest proportion of the population-the intelligent ones or the fools? I think we can agree it's the fools, no matter where you go in the world, it's the fools that form the overwhelming majority. But I'll be damned if that means it's right the fools should dominate the intelligent. ~Henrik Ibsen, "An Enemy of the People"

Fact is after all a kind of mindreading. ~Sarah Orne Jewett

The definition of a stupid thing is something that if you do everything right, you still get hurt. Fire-eating and love are stupid things. ~Penn Jillette

Our beauties are not ours. ~Ben Johnson

It's funny how heterosexuals have lives and the rest of us have "lifestyles." ~Sonia Johnson

Whatever the fight, don't be ladylike. ~Mary Harris Jones

There is a difference between women and ladies. The modern parasites made ladies, but God Almighty made women. ~Mother Jones

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: No one to blame. ~Erica Jong

I didn't believe in systems. Everything human was imperfect and ultimately absurd. What did I believe in then? In humor. In laughing at systems, at people, at one's self. In laughing even at one's need to laugh all the time. In seeing life as contradictory, many-sided, various, funny, tragic, and with moments of outrageous beauty. In seeing life as a fruitcake, including delicious plums and bad peanuts, but meant to be devoured hungrily all the same because you couldn't feast on the plums without also sometimes being poisoned by the peanuts. ~Erica Jong, Fear of Flying

I had been a feminist all my life, but the big problem was how to make your feminism jibe with you unappeasable hunger for male bodies. ~Erica Jong, Fear of Flying

Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads. ~Erica Jong

All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers, is contained in the dog. ~Franz Kafka

You are the knife I turn inside myself; that is love. That, my dear, is love. ~Franz Kafka

I usually solve problems by letting them devour me. ~Franz Kafka

Give me books, fruit, French wine, and fine weather and a little music out-of-doors played by someone I do not know. ~John Keats

Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all ye know in this world, and all ye need to know. ~John Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn"

Oh, for a life of sensations rather than thoughts. ~John Keats

Many a time I have been half in love with easeful Death. ~John Keats, "Ode to a Nightingale"

Do you not see how necessary a World of Pains and troubles is to school an Intelligence and make it a soul? ~John Keats, letter to George and Georgiana Keats, May 1819

Security is mostly superstition...Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. ~Helen Keller

Rest and be kind. ~Jack Kerouac, The Scripture of the Golden Eternity

Thinking/Is just like not thinking/So I don't have to think/any more ~Jack Kerouac

What is the feeling when you're driving away from people and they recede on the plan till you see their specks dispersing? ~Jack Kerouac

Not much time to say much in the heat of wild manifold activities this very minute... ~Jack Kerouac, letter to Neal Cassady

Absolutely no way to escape enigmans. ~Jack Kerouac

(see actually I'm not old and sick at all but the maddest liver in the world right now as well as the best watcher and that's no sneezing thing ~Jack Kerouac

...rolling through October climaxes of leaves falling and Halloween soon and I got red October shirt on me so sad that every year we have to lose our October!~Jack Kerouac

I'd also gone through an entire year of celibacy based on my feeling that lust was the direct cause of birth which was the direct cause of suffering and death. ~Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

In fact I realized I had no guts anyway, which I've long known. But I have joy. ~Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

Pain or love or danger makes you real again. ~Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

The only alternative to sleeping out, hopping freights, and doing what I wanted, I saw in a vision would be to just sit with a hundred other patients in front of a nice television set in a madhouse, where we could be "supervised." ~Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

The Four Inevitabilities: 1. Musty Books. 2. Uninteresting Nature. 3. Dull Existence. 4. Blank Nirvana, buy that boy. ~Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

But let the mind beware, that though the flesh be bugged, the circumstances of existence are pretty glorious. ~Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

Cats yawn because they realize that there's nothing to do. ~Jack Kerouac

I petted the dogs who didn't argue with me ever. All dogs love God. They're wiser than their masters. ~Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

P.S. Most of this bookwas written in my bedroom after midnight--innocent, poor, unmarried and mad. ~Jack Kerouac, inscription of first-edition The Town and the City to Stuart Groves, 3/18/50

Love--and all its complicated ramifications, Draeger believed--actually does conquer all; Love--or the Fear of Not Having It, or the worry about Not Having Enough of It, or the Terror of Losing it--certainly does conquer all. ~Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion

You, and in fact quite a lot of your generation, have in some way been exiled from that particular sanctuary. It's become almost impossible for someone to "go mad" in the classical sense. At one time people conveniently "went mad" and were never heard from again. Like a character in a romantic novel. But now you are too hip to yourself on a psychological level. You all are too intimate with too many of the symptoms of insanity to be caught completely off your guard. ~Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion

In the first reawakening chaos a quick glance about at the morning proved as insufficent as it had the night before. For once again I was able to establish the where but not the when. Certain facts were apparent: dark; cold; thundering boots; quilts; pillow; light under the door--the materials of reality--but I could not pin these materials down in time. And the raw materials of reality without that glue of time are materials adrift and reality is as meaningless as the balsa parts of a model airplane scattered to the wind... ~Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion

Swollen heart. This is an insidious malady chiefly common in that mythical organ that pumps life through the veins of the ego: care, coronary care, complicated by galloping fear. The go-away-closer disease. Starving for contact and calling it poison when it is offered. We learn young to be leery of contact: Never open up, we learn...you want somebody running their dirty old fingers over your soul's privates? Never accept candy from strangers or from friends. Sneak off a sack of gumdrops when nobody's looking if you can, but don't accept, never accept...you want somebody taking advantage? And above all, never care, never never never care. Because it is caring that lulls you into letting down your guard and leaving up your shades...you want some fink knowing what you are really like down inside? ~Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion

The past is funny, Viv; it never seems to let things lie, finished. It never seems to stay in place as it should. ~Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion

None of the other kids, with their level-headed feet-on-the-ground daddies--even those whose daddies had been killed in accidents--had to take such risks to get along, because none of them had fanatics for fathers. ~Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion

Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards. ~Soren Kierkegaard

Occasionally in my naive youth, I thought it would be nice to be married so I could have regular sex without a lot of distraction and bother, but as time went on, it began to dawn on me that marriage was the least efficient source of what I wanted. ~Florence King

We all have the potential to fall in love a thousand times in our lifetime. It's easy. The first girl I ever loved was someone I knew in sixth grade. Her name was Missy; we talked about horses. The last girl I love will be someone I haven't even met yet, probably. They all count. But there are certain people you love who do something else; they define how you classify what love is supposed to feel like. These are the most important people in your life, and you'll meet maybe four or five of these people over the span of 80 years. But there's still one more tier to all this; there is always one person you love who becomes that definition. It usually happens retrospectively, but it happens eventually. This is the person who unknowingly sets the template for what you will always love about other people, even if some of these loveable qualities are self-destructive and unreasonable. The person who defines your understanding of love is not inherently different than anyone else, and they're often just the person you happen to meet the first time you really, really, want to love someone. But that person still wins. They win, and you lose. Because for the rest of your life, they will control how you feel about everyone else. ~Chuck Klosterman, Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story

All people dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their mind wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous people, for they may act their dream with open eyes to make it possible. ~T.E. Lawrence

Music is a hidden arithmetic exercise of the soul, which does not know that it is counting. ~Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

You are all geniuses, and you are all beautiful. You don't need anyone to tell you who you are. You are what you are. Get out there and get peace, think peace, live peace, and breathe peace, and you'll get it as soon as you like. ~John Lennon

There is only one real sin and that is to persuade oneself that the second best is anything but second best. ~Doris Lessing

We who are alive must make clear, as she could not, the distinction between creativity and self-destruction. ~Denise Levertov, eulogy of Anne Sexton

Beware of consciously searching for the original; nothing is more likely to lead to the banal. ~Denise Levertov

Sometimes being yourself is like hanging from meathooks for years on end with your entrails blowing in the wind, and you get to forgetting why it's a good thing. ~Erika Lopez

The devil never has an unemployment problem! ~Office marquee

A young lady is a female child who has just done something dreadful. ~Judith Martin (Miss Manners)

Love is a dirty trick played on us to achieve the continuation of the species. ~W. Somerset Maugham

We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour, in other words, we are the hero of our own story. ~Mary McCarthy

It's lovely to know that the world can't interfere with the inside of your head. ~Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes

Every comedian secretly wants to be a rock star, and conversely, every rock star secretly wants to be a comedian. ~Kevin McDonald

One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night. ~Margaret Mead

Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man. ~Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead

If a woman chooses to look sexy, that is her right. If a man chooses to misinterpret her signal, that's his problem. ~Suzy Menkes

It's not true that life is one damn thing after another--it's one damn thing over and over. ~Edna St. Vincent Millay

Time does not bring relief; you all have lied/Who told me time would ease me of my pain! ~Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Time does not bring relief; all you have lied"

Death devours all lovely things. ~Edna St. Vincent Millay, "Time does not bring relief; all you have lied"

Oh, do not weep these tears saltier than the flung spray!--/Weepers are the sea's brides.../I mean this the drowning way. ~Edna St. Vincent Millay

But nobody ever forgot anything, not really, though sometimes they pretended, when it suited them. Memories were permanent. Sorrowful ones remained sad even with the passing of time, yet happy ones could never be recreated - not with the same joy. Remembering bred its own peculiar sorrow. It seemed so unfair: that time should render both sadness and happiness into a source of pain. ~Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance

I've always had too much fantasy to be a housewife. Well, also, I had to eat. ~Marilyn Monroe

Nothing prepared me for being this awesome. It's kind of a shock. It's kind of a shock to wake up every morning and be bathed in this purple light. ~Bill Murray

It's hard to be an artist. It's hard to be anything. It's hard to be. ~Bill Murray

You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming. ~Pablo Neruda

Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but his inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. ~Reinhold Niebuhr

I do expose my body, but only because I think people should have something nice to look at. ~Brigitte Nielsen

Without music life would be a mistake. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

From nothing comes nothing. Better have pain than paralysis! ~Florence Nightingale

The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom. ~Anaïs Nin

Each contact with a human being is so rare, so precious, one should preserve it. ~Anaïs Nin

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations. ~Anaïs Nin

We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are. ~Anaïs Nin

I feel there is something unexplored about women that only a woman can explore. Men have done all they can do about it. ~Georgia O'Keefe

We're all very screwed up individuals. We come from broken homes, and we have emotional problems and this is our way of working things out. If we didn't have this venue, we'd probably be serial killers or something. ~Scott Dikkers, The Onion

Eventually, it will occur to you that every interesting thing that's happened in your life actually happened to someone around you, and you just watched. ~Horoscope, The Onion

Just so you know, fate doesn't necessarily have something special in store for you just because nothing particularly notable has happened to you yet. ~Horoscope, The Onion

After all is said and done, no one will have said or done anything involving you in any way. ~Horoscope, The Onion

All the Democrats I've talked to know exactly what they stand for: not being Republicans. ~The Onion

People always say I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. No, the only thing I was, was tired of giving in. ~Rosa Parks

Days pass and months pass and years pass and you light the holy candle of yourself by the glimmer of someone else, and just when you think you're burned out on her, you realize that she's the single thing that raises you above yourself. ~Michael Paterniti, Driving Mr. Albert

In our national parlance, what's usually meant by the word "maverick" is someone who skirts the edge of sanity--or is so insane as to appear sane--who then does something absolutely insane and yet, after the passage of time, and especially if the maverick's creation yields a profit of any kind, is deemed less and less insane until the maverick worms his or her way into the fibers of history. Then generations grow to envy the ingenuity and courage of the maverick while glossing over the maverick's genetic kookiness. On such shoulders, a country rises. ~Michael Paterniti, Driving Mr. Albert

My best feature would have to be my resilience. ~Michelle Pfeiffer

We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. ~Plan 9 from Outer Space

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ~Pablo Picasso

Never bet on an eggplant. ~Daniel Pinkwater, Borgel

Looking back over my life so far I am able to remember specific days that were perfect. These tend to be days, and parts of days, in which nothing in particular happened, except that I was utterly happy. ~Daniel Pinkwater

There's something demoralizing about watching two people get more and more crazy about each other, especially when you are the only extra person in the room. ~Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

There must be quite a few things a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them. Whenever I'm sad I'm going to die, or so nervous I can't sleep, or in love with somebody I won't be seeing for a week, I slump down just so far and then I say: "I'll go take a hot bath."~Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I'm neurotic as hell. ~Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

I am not cruel, only truthful. ~Sylvia Plath, "Mirror"

I am outcast on a cold star, unable to feel anything but an awful helpless numbness. I look down into the warm, earthy world. Into a nest of lovers' beds, baby cribs, meal tables, all the solid commerce of life in this earth, and feel apart, enclosed in a wall of glass. ~Sylvia Plath

I want, I think, to be omniscient. I think I would like to call myself "the girl who wanted to be God." Yet if I were not in this body where would I be-perhaps I am destined to be classified and qualified. But, oh, I cry out against it. ~Sylvia Plath

I can't think logically about who I am or where I am going. I have been very ecstatic, horribly depressed, shocked, elated, enlightened, and enervated. ~Sylvia Plath

I believe that one should be able to control and manipulate experiences, even the most terrifying, like madness, being tortured...with an informed and intelligent mind. ~Sylvia Plath

I am I--I am powerful, but to what extent? I am I. ~Sylvia Plath

All obscurity/Starts with a danger. ~Sylvia Plath, "Full Fathom Five"

I'm sarcastic, skeptical, and sometimes callous because I'm still afraid, deep down, of letting myself be hurt. ~Sylvia Plath

I know the bottom, she says. I know it with my great tap root./It is what you fear./I do not fear it: I have been there. ~Sylvia Plath, "Elm"

The blood jet is poetry/There is no stopping it. ~Sylvia Plath, "Kindness"

I can't deceive myself out of the bare stark realization that no matter how enthusiastic you are, no matter how sure that character is fate, nothing is real, past or future, when you are alone in your room with the clock ticking loudly into the false cheerful brilliance of the electric light. And if you have no past or future, which, after all, is all that the present is made of, why then you may as well dispose of the empty shell of present and commit suicide. ~Sylvia Plath

Death may whiten in sun or out of it. ~Sylvia Plath, "Moonrise"

The night sky is only a sort of carbon paper,/Blueblack, with the much-poked periods of stars/Letting in the light, peephole after peephole--/A bonewhite light, like death, behind all things. ~Sylvia Plath, "Insomniac"

The city is a map of cheerful twitters now,/And everywhere people, eyes mica-silver and blank,/Are riding to work in rows, as if recently brainwashed. ~Sylvia Plath

What I hate is the idea of being under a man's thumb. A man doesn't have a worry in the world, while I've got a baby hanging over my head like a big stick, to keep me in line. ~Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

How did I know that someday--at college, in Europe, somewhere, anywhere--the bell jar, with its stifling distortions, wouldn't descend again? ~Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

Over coffee and orange juice the embryonic suicide brightens visibly. ~Sylvia Plath

When you give someone your whole heart, and he doesn't want it, you cannot take it back, it's gone forever. ~Sylvia Plath

Let's face it: I'm scared, scared and frozen. First, I guess, I'm afraid for myself...the old primitive urge for survival. It's getting so I live every moment with terrible intensity. ~Sylvia Plath

I've got to have something. I want to stop it all, the whole monumental grotesque joke, before it's too late. But writing poems and letters doesn't seem to do much good. ~Sylvia Plath

Before I give my body, I must give my thoughts, my mind, my dreams. ~Sylvia Plath

If I didn't think, I'd be much happier; if I didn't have any sex organs, I wouldn't waver on the brink of nervous emotion and tears all the time. ~Sylvia Plath

If only I can find him...the man who will be intelligent, yet physically magnetic and personable. If I can offer that combination, why shouldn't I expect it in a man? ~Sylvia Plath

Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship--but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering. ~Sylvia Plath

Not to be sentimental, as I sound, but why the hell are we conditioned into the smooth strawberry-and-cream Mother-Goose-world, Alice-in-Wonderland fable, only to be broken on the wheel as we grow older and become aware of ourselves as individuals with a dull responsibility in life? ~Sylvia Plath

To yearn for an organism of the opposite sex to comprehend and heighten your thoughts and instincts, and to realize that most American males worship woman as a sex machine with rounded breasts and a convenient opening in the vagina, as a painted doll who shouldn't have a thought in her pretty head other than cooking a steak dinner and comforting him in bed after a hard 9-5 day at a routine business job. ~Sylvia Plath

I want to express my being as fully as I can because I somewhere picked up the idea that I can justify my being alive that way. ~Sylvia Plath

I have the choice of being constantly active and happy or introspectively passive and sad, or I can go mad by ricocheting in between. ~Sylvia Plath

And you grit your teeth, despising yourself for your tremulous sensitivity, and wondering how human beings can suffer their individualities to be mercilessly crushed under a machinelike dictatorship, be it of industry, state or organization, all their lives long. ~Sylvia Plath

Some pale, hueless flicker of sensitivity is in me. God, must I lose it in cooking scrambled eggs for a man... ~Sylvia Plath

It is sad to be able only to mouth other poets. I want someone to mouth me. ~Sylvia Plath

Why can't I try on different lives, like dresses, to see which fits best and is most becoming? ~Sylvia Plath

There is no exquisite beauty...without some strangeness in the proportion. ~Edgar Allan Poe

I was never really insane except upon occasions when my heart was touched. ~Edgar Allan Poe

What moron said that knowledge is power? Knowledge is power only if it doesn't depress you so much that it leaves you in an immobile heap at the end of your bed. ~Paula Poundstone

For even if we have the sensation of being always surrounded by our own soul, it is not as though by a motionless prison; rather, we are in some sense borne along with it in a perpetual leap to go beyond it, to reach the outside, with a sort of discouragement as we hear around us always that same resonance, which is not an echo from outside but the resoundiong of an internal vibration. We try to rediscover in things, now precious because of it, the glimmer of our soul projected on them; we are disappointed to find that they seem to lack in nature the charm they derived in our thoughts from the proximity of certain ideas; at times we convert all the forces of that soul into cunning, into magnificence, in order to have an effect on people who are outside us, as we are well aware, and whom we will never reach. ~Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

Unfortunately, considering almost everything in the world I did not know what his opinion was. I did not doubt that it was entirely different from my own, since it came down from an unknown world toward which I was trying to rise. Persuaded that my thoughts would have looked like pure ineptitude to that perfect mind, I had made such a clean sweep of them all that, when by chance I happened to encounter in one of his books a thought that I had already had myself, my heart would swell as though a god in his goodness had given it back to me, had declared it legitimate and beautiful. ~Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

"She"--he tried to ask himself what that was; for one thing love and death have in common, more than the vague resemblances people are always talking about, is that they make us question more deeply, for fear that its reality will slip away from us, the mystery of personality. And this disease which was Swann's love had so proliferated, was so closely entangled with all his habits, with all his actions, with his thoughts, his health, his sleep, his life, even with what he wanted after death, it was now so much a part of him, that it now could not have been torn from him without destroying him almost entirely; as they say in surgery, his love was no longer operable. ~Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

Knowing a thing does not always allow us to prevent it, but at least the things we know, we hold, if not in our hands, at any rate in our minds, where we can arrange them as we like, which gives us the illusion of a certain power over them. ~Marcel Proust, Swann's Way

My disciples ask me how to paint plum blossoms. I say, you adhere to what the ancient painter tried to avoid. You then are not like ordinary people. To not have a method is actually to have a method. ~Qi Baishi

I believe in women. Men are just unsubstantiated rumors. ~Erika Ritter

There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind. ~Fred Rogers

If you don't stand for something, you will stand for anything. ~Ginger Rogers

When you get to the end of your rope--tie a knot in it and hang on. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Two things, almost incompatible, are united in me in a manner which I am unable to understand: a very ardent temperament, lively and tumultuous passions, and, at the same time, slowly developed and confused ideas, which never present themselves until it is too late. One might say that my heart and my mind do not belong to the same person. ~Jean-Jacques Rosseau, Confessions

I loved too sincerely, too completely, I venture to say, to be able to be happy easily. ~Jean-Jacques Rosseau, Confessions

I am not made like any of those I have seen. I venture to believe that I am not made like any of those who are in existence. If I am not better, at least I am different. Whether Nature has acted rightly or wrongly in destorying the mould in which she cast me can only be decided after I have been read. ~Jean-Jacques Rosseau, Confessions

October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace! ~Rainbow Rowell, "Attachments"

The woman who pins her faith to a man won't find a safety-pin strong enough to stand the strain. ~Helen Rowland

The secret, I don't know. I guess you've just got to find something you love to do and then do it for the rest of your life. ~Max Fischer, Rushmore

I didn't and don't want to be a "feminine" version or a diluted version or a special version or a subsidary version or an ancillary version or an adapted version of the heroes I admire. I want to be the heroes themselves. ~Joanna Russ

Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so. ~Bertrand Russell

I have heard that storytelling starts with the body and ends with the body...but as a woman I worry about this. For most women, the body, like the story, is not a simple thing. It's a battlefield where lies and truths about power go at it. A woman's mind might wander from skirt to skirt in that smoky place like a dislocated child, looking for some grounded legs to stand by, or on, for years. The woman might end up knowing herself only as a casualty, or recognizing herself only by her scars. While there may be some truth to such an identity, it is only a partial truth, and a potentially destructive one. I want a different story. ~Leslie Ryan, "The Other Side of Fire"

What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some sort of good-by. I mean I've left schools and places I didn't even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don't care if it's a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I'm leaving it. If you don't, you feel even worse. ~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody. ~J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid. ~J.D. Salinger, "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period"

It's a crime for the slave to love her bonds. ~Ghada Samman

No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother. ~Margaret Sanger

There are books in which the footnotes or comments scrawled by some reader's hand in the margin are more interesting than the text. The world is one of these books. ~George Santayana

I cried over beautiful things knowing no beautiful thing lasts. ~Carl Sandburg, "Autumn Movement"

The best remedy for a bruised heart is not, as so many people seem to think, repose upon a manly bosom. Much more efficacious are honest work, physical activity, and the sudden acquisition of wealth. ~Dorothy Sayers

There is no greater burden than great potential. ~Charles M. Schulz, Peanuts

If you study life deeply, its profundity will seize you suddenly with dizziness. ~Albert Schweitzer

There are two means of refuge from the misery of life--music and cats. ~Albert Schweitzer

I'm not afraid to fail. I'm afraid to be mediocre. ~Junior Seau

A history of listening to Top 40 radio had left me with a ridiculous and cliched notion of love. I had never entertained the feeling myself but knew that it meant never having to say you're sorry. It was a many-splendored thing. Love was a rose and a hammer. Both blind and all-seeing, it made the world go round. ~David Sedaris, "A Plague of Tics"

"College is the best thing that can ever happen to you," my father used to say, and he was right, for it was there that I discovered drugs, drinking, and smoking. ~David Sedaris, "A Plague of Tics"

My hands tend to be full enough dealing with people who hate me for who I am. Concentrate too hard on the millions who hate you for what you are and you'd likely turn into one of those unkempt, sloppy dressers who sag beneath the weight of the 200 political buttons they wear pinned to their coats and knapsacks. ~David Sedaris, "Something for Everyone"

Too many women in too many countries speak the same language--silence. ~Anasuya Sengupta

Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children's letters--sometimes very hastily--but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, "Dear Jim: I loved your card." Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, "Jim loved your card so much he ate it." That to me was one of the highest compliments I've ever received. He didn't care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it. ~Maurice Sendak

I like nonsense: it wakes up the brain cells. ~Dr. Seuss

Could I write all, the world would turn to stone. ~Caterina Sforza

True, I talk of dreams/which are the children of an idle brain/Begot of nothing but vain fantasy/which is as thin a substance as the air. ~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

Ay me! For aught, that I could ever read,/Could ever hear by tale or history,/The course of true love never did run smooth. ~William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays. ~William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,/Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend/More than cool reason ever comprehends./The lunatic, the lover, and the poet,/Are of imagination all compact. ~William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Love all/Trust a few/Do harm to none. ~William Shakespeare

O God, God,/How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable/Seem to me all the uses of this world! ~William Shakespeare, "Hamlet"

O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams. ~William Shakespeare, "Hamlet"

But words are words. I never yet did hear/That the bruised heart was pieced through the ear. ~William Shakespeare, "Othello"

Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change. ~Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Of what a strange nature is knowledge! It clings to the mind, when it has once seized on it, like a lichen on the rock. ~Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Alas! life is obstinate and clings closest where it is most hated. ~Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. ~Beverly Sills

Preserve your memories/They're all that's left you. ~Simon and Garfunkel, "Bookends"

Sometimes even music can't substitute for tears. ~Paul Simon

They did it because they're stupid. That's why everybody does everything. ~Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

I am not an eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel in a pool of catfish. ~Edith Sitwell

Isn't it comforting to know that being miserable is still better than being an idiot? ~Claire, Six Feet Under

Religion is probably, after sex, the second oldest resource which human beings have available to them for blowing their minds. ~Susan Sontag

Women should forget tender appeals to man's chivalry and instead sing hallelujahs to single women, rebukes for spaniel, wives, and reasonable denunciations for all flesh in male form. ~Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Wisdom is a dreadful thing when it brings no knowledge to its possessor. ~Sophocles, "Oedipus Rex"

It's hard being a person/We all know that. ~William Stafford

I've learned one hell of a lot about men in my lifetime. They're all right to take to bed, but you sure better never let them get a stranglehold on you. ~Blaze Starr

There ain't no answer. There ain't going to be an any answer. There never has been an answer. That's the answer. ~Gertrude Stein

Have you tried thinking like a shower? ~Chris Stevens

Women are the real architects of society. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

Sometimes one learns too early, as I did, what the world is capable of. ~Darin Strauss, Chang and Eng

Passion and platonic friendliness, often contrary siblings, frequently wear similar faces to hide the great distance between them. ~Darin Strauss, Chang and Eng

I do not need a man. I am devoted to masturbation. I think it's probably one of the most pleasurable experiences in life. ~Gloria Stuart

Sometimes it's interesting to see just how bad bad writing can be. ~Joe, Sunset Blvd.

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought. ~Jonathan Swift

How dull it is to pause, to make an end,/To rust unburnished, not to shine in use! ~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Ulysses"

Death closes all: but something ere the end,/Some work of noble note, may yet be done. ~Alfred, Lord Tennyson, "Ulysses"

Statistically, the probability of any one of us being here is so small that the mere fact of our existence should keep us all in a state of contented dazzlement. ~Lewis Thomas

One of the things about equality is not just that you be treated equally to a man, but that you treat yourself equally to the way you treat a man. ~Marlo Thomas

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. ~Henry David Thoreau

If you have tried to build castles in the air, your work need not be lost--that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them. ~Henry David Thoreau

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes. ~Henry David Thoreau

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. ~Henry David Thoreau

The tree is no more a solid in the earth, breaking into lesser solids bathed in chiaroscuro. There is pressure and release. Each movement, like tracks in the snow, is recorded and often loved for itself. The Great Dragon is breathing sky, thunder, and shadow; wisdom and spirit vitalized. ~Mark Tobey

Experience is never at a bargain price. ~Alice B. Toklas

[Riot grrrl] empowered me a lot because I found out that you actually don't have to be perfect to make music, to make art, to express your ideas. I know it sounds pretty banal, but I knew a lot of people who would just not trust themselves. They would say, "No, I couldn't do art because I don't have the proper technique." Fuck technique. If you have passion, if you have excitement, you can do art. ~Nadya Tolokno

Ivan Ilyich's life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible. ~Leo Tolstoy, "The Death of Ivan Ilyich"

Always the same. Now a spark of hope flashes up, then a sea of despair rages, and always pain; always pain, always despair, and always the same. ~Leo Tolstoy, "The Death of Ivan Ilyich"

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in a library? ~Lily Tomlin

Every year you wait, long ago gets farther away. ~Mark Twain

There is no accounting for human beings. ~Mark Twain

My heart got to thumping. You can't reason with your heart; it has its own laws, and thumps about things which the intellect scorns. ~Mark Twain, A Conneticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

No man, deep down in the privacy of his heart, has any considerable respect for himself. ~Mark Twain

A pessimist is a well-informed optimist. ~Mark Twain

A sound heart is a surer guide than an ill-trained conscience. ~Mark Twain

And you hunger for the time/time to heal, desire time/and your earth moves beneath your own dream landscape. ~U2, "A Sort of Homecoming"

Put flowers in the mud, baby. ~U2, "Zoorpopa"

Well-behaved women rarely make history. ~Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Nothing feels worse than other people's good times. ~John Updike, Rabbit Redux

So much love, too much love, it is our madness, it is rotting us out, exploding us like dandelion polls. ~John Updike, Rabbit Redux

Days, pale slices between nights, they blend, not exactly alike, transparencies so lightly tinted that only stacked all together do they darken to a fatal shade. ~John Updike, Rabbit Redux

How can the planet keep turning and turning and not get so bored it explodes? ~John Updike, Rabbit Redux

Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence, whether much that is glorious, whether all that is profound, does not spring from disease of thought, from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect. ~Vinvent van Gogh

Sunshine, a light which, for want of a better word I can only call yellow--pale sulphur yellow, pale lemon, gold. How beautiful yellow is! ~Vincent van Gogh, letter to his brother Theo

Here's one thing I never say anymore: "These people can't be that stupid, can they?" ~George Vecsey

A hundred times I wanted to kill myself, but always I loved life more. This ridiculous weakness is perhaps one of our worst instincts; is anything more stupid than choosing to carry a burden that really one wants to cast on the ground? to hold existence in horror, and yet cling to it? to fondle the serpent which devours us till it has eaten out our heart? ~Voltaire, Candide

"What's optimism?" said Cacambo. "Alas," said Candide, "it is mania for saying things are well when one is in hell." ~Voltaire, Candide

Just because something feels better than anything else, that doesn't mean it's good for you. ~Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan

Psychology: (103.) Unk, the big trouble with dumb bastards is they are too dumb to believe there is such a thing as being smart. ~Kurt Vonnegut, Sirens of Titan

What Beatrice had done with her face, actually, was what any plain girl could do. She had overlaid it with dignity, suffering, intelligence, and a piquant dash of bitchiness. ~Kurt Vonnegut, Sirens of Titan

"The insane, on occasion, are not without their charms," said Beatrice. ~Kurt Vonnegut, Sirens of Titan

If there is a God, He sure hates people. That's all I can say. ~Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake

Sigmund Freud said he didn't know what women wanted. I know what women want. They want a whole lot of people to talk to. ~Kurt Vonnegut, Timequake

Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art. ~Andy Warhol

Everyone's a sculptor creating a version of themselves ready for public consumption. ~Dan Webb

Everybody likes a few surprises; it's a perfectly natural human craving. ~Jean Webster, Daddy Long-Legs

When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I've never tried before. ~Mae West

A hard man is good to find. ~Mae West

To err is human but it feels divine. ~Mae West

I'm the girl who lost her reputation and never missed it. ~Mae West

If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time. ~Edith Wharton

There's no limit to how complicated things can get, on account of one thing always leading to another. ~E.B. White

If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem, but I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. ~E.B. White

It beats me how Freud could say "What do women want?" as if we all must want the same thing. ~Katharine Whitehorn

Do I contradict myself?/Very well then I contradict myself,/(I am large, I contain multitudes.) ~Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself"

The smallest sprout shows there is really no death,/And if ever there was it led forward life, and does not wait at the end to arrest it,/And ceas'd the moment life appear'd./All goes onward and outward, nothing collapses,/And to die is different from what anyone supposed, and luckier. ~Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself"

Has any one supposed it lucky to be born?/I hasten to inform him or her it is just as lucky to die, and I know it. ~Walt Whitman, "Song of Myself"

What is marvellous? What is unlikely? What is impossible or baseless or vague? after you have just opened the space of a peachpit and given audience to far and near and to the sunset and had all things enter with electric switfness, softly and duly without confusion or jostling or jam. ~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass Preface

All beauty comes from beautiful blood and a beautiful brain. ~Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass Preface

Life is too important to be taken seriously. ~Oscar Wilde

In this world there are two tragedies--not getting what you want, and getting it. ~Oscar Wilde

There is no man who is not, at each moment, what he has been and what he will be. ~Oscar Wilde

Wherever you come near the human race, there's layers and layers of nonsense... ~Thornton Wilder, "Our Town"

Rock hard, eat hard, sleep hard, grow big, wear glasses if you need 'em. ~Webb Wilder

It is better to wear out than to rust out. ~Frances E. Willard

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. ~Ben Williams

There's this whole idea that you've got the blues and you're going to write. Bullshit. When I feel really bad, all I want to do is sit in front of the TV with the remote control and check out. ~Lucinda Williams

Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going. ~Tennessee Williams

You play, you win. You play, you lose. You play. ~Jeanette Winterson

Women are systematically degraded by receiving the trivial attentions which men think it manly to pay to the sex, when, in fact, men are insultingly supporting their own superiority. ~Mary Wollstonecraft

Nothing has really happened until it has been recorded. ~Virginia Woolf

But when the self speaks to the self, who is speaking? The entombed soul, the spirit driven in, in, in to the central catacomb; the self that took the veil and left the world — a coward perhaps, yet somehow beautiful, as it flits with its lantern restlessly up and down the dark corridors. ~Virginia Woolf

He seemed a fool--everyone who didn't feel like me was a fool. I alone knew the truth about life, knew that it was all a miserable downward spiral that you could either admit to or ignore, but sooner or later we were all going to die. ~Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

Depression is a lot like that: Slowly, over the years, the data will accumulate in your heart and mind, a computer program for total negativity will build into your system, making life feel more and more unbearable. But you won't even notice it coming on, thinking that it is somehow normal, something about getting older, about turning eight or turning twelve or turning fiftSeen, and then one day you realize your entire life is just awful, not worth living, a horror and a black blot on the white terrain of human existence. One morning you wake up afraid you are going to live. ~Elizabeth Wurtzel, Prozac Nation

Every time women agitate it is against an oppressiveness that is euphemized as "patriarchy" but it is really just men. ~Elizabeth Wurtzel

The world was so freaky, he felt. Really very freaky indeed and no one was doing much about it. ~Paul Zindel, The Undertaker's Gone Bananas

"You must want to die," she had said once, and maybe that was true. Maybe I would rather be dead than to turn into the kind of grown-up people I knew. What was so hot about living anyway if people think you're a disturbing influence just because you still think about God and Death and the Universe and Love. ~Paul Zindel, The Pigman