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“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” -Henry Brooks Adams

“Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.” -Confucius

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.”  -B.B. King

“Wise people learn when they can; fools learn when they must.” -Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington

“It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” ?Philip K. Dicks, VALIS

“You know, as I’ve grown older, my ideas about sin have changed. I used to believe that sins were things you did, but I don’t think that now. I think sins are what you ignore.”

-Adam Ross, Mr. Peanut

“Children, be curious. Nothing is worse (I know it) than when curiosity stops. Nothing is more repressive than the repression of curiosity. Curiosity begets love. It weds us to the world. It’s part of our perverse, madcap love for this impossible planet we inhabit. People die when curiosity goes. People have to find out, people have to know.”

-Graham Swift, Waterland

“To believe you are magnificent. And gradually to discover that you are not magnificent. Enough labor for one human life.” -Czeslaw Milosz

“You know what charm is: a way of getting the answer yes without having asked any clear question.” -Albert Camus, The Fall

“Never tell a lie when you can bullshit your way through it” -Eric Ambler, Dirty Story

“Given the choice between the experience of pain and nothing, I would choose pain.” -William Faulkner, The Wild Palms

“And then the dreams break into a million tiny pieces. The dream dies. Which leaves you with a choice: you can settle for reality, or you can go off, like a fool, and dream another dream.” -Nora Ephron, Heartburn

“What is interesting and important happens mostly in secret, in places where there is no power.” -Michael Ondaatje, The Cat’s Table

“More and more now, I remember things. Images, my life, the sky. Sometimes I remember the life I used to live, and it feels impossibly far away. It’s always there, a part of me, in the back of my mind, but it doesn’t seem real. Whether life is more real than death, I don’t know. What I know is that the life I’ve lived since I died feels more real to me than the one I lived before. -James Mendelsohn, I Was Amelia Earhart

“Facts are important, the story is important. It’s what happens to you that changes your life, not where or who with.” -Fabio Geda, In the Sea There are Crocodiles

“They were words that came out of nothing, but they seemed to him somehow significant. He muttered them over again.” -Yasunari Kawabata, The Sound of the Mountain

“Without literature my life would be miserable.” -Naguib Mahfouz

“There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the graved. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.” -David Eagleman, Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives

“Maybe love is like rain, sometimes gentle, sometimes torrential, flooding, eroding, quiet, steady, filling the earth, collecting in hidden springs. When it rains, when we love, life grows. So that to say, as Moses coming down from Sinai said, that there are two roads, one leading to life and one to death and therefore choose life, is to say, in effect, choose love. But what is the way?” -Carol Gilligan, The Birth of Pleasure

“Never be afraid to sit awhile and think.” -Lorraine Hansberry

“Writing stopped being fun when I discovered the difference between good writing and bad and, even more terrifying, the difference between it and true art. And after that, the whip came down.” -Truman Capote

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” -Anne Frank

“The words are the mirror of a poet. Through which you can see the reflection of himself.” -Gaurav

“Good books, like good friends, are few and chosen; the more select, the more enjoyable.” -Louisa May Alcott

“Between memory and reality there are awkward discrepancies…” -Eileen Chang, author of LUST, CAUTION

“To take possession of a city of which you are not a native you must first fall in love there.” -John Banville, The Untouchable

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.” ? Gustave Flaubert

“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” — Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than with the imagination being awake?” ? Leonardo da Vinci

“Write about what you’re afraid of.” — Donald Barthelme,

“Every life deserves a certain amount of dignity, no matter how poor or damaged the shell that carries it.” ? Rick Bragg, All Over but the Shoutin’

“Life is but a continual succession of opportunities for surviving.” — Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“A misspelled word is probably an alias for some desperate call for aid, which is bound to fail.” ?Ben Marcus, Notable American Women

“A single death is a tragedy; a million deaths is a statistic.” ? Joseph Stalin

“The most important thing to realize is that everyone is capable of telling a story.” — Maeve Binchy

“There was another life that I might have had, but I am having this one.” ? Kazuo Ishiguro

“Literature is my Utopia” — Helen Keller

“Find what causes a commotion in your heart. Find a way to write about that” — Richard Ford

“One must learn to love, and go through a good deal of suffering to get to it, and the journey is always towards the other soul.” ? D.H. Lawrence

“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.” ? Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

“Language, that most human invention, can enable what, in principle, should not be possible. It can allow all of us, even the congenitally blind, to see with another person’s eyes.” ?Oliver Sacks

“I don’t want everyone to like me; I should think less of myself if some people did.” — from The Portrait of a Lady

“I remember the time I said, ‘I don’t think you love yourself. You need to learn to love yourself.’ —Mary Gaitskill, VERONICA

“Alone. Yes, that’s the key word, the most awful word in the English tongue. Murder doesn’t hold a candle to it and hell is only a poor synonym.” ? Stephen King, SALEM’S LOT

“Just because you live someplace, that doesn’t mean you understand how it works.” —Andrew Vachss, MORTAL LOCK

“What you risk reveals what you value.” ? Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

“I don’t want to fade away, I want to flame away – I want my death to be an attraction, a spectacle, a mystery. A work of art.” ?Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

“I don’t want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And it that’s sinful, then let me be damned for it!” ? from A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” ? Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

“All good work requires self-revelation.” ? Sidney Lumet, Making Movies

“I love short stories because I believe they are the way we live. They are what our friends tell us, in their pain and joy, their passion and rage, their yearning and their cry against injustice.” ? Andre Dubus

“Mirror, mirror, here I stand. Who is the fairest in the land?”

“Remember tonight… for it is the beginning of always.” — Dante Alighieri

“He who reads much and walks much, goes far and knows much,” — Miguel de Cervantes

“A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.” — W.H. Auden

“Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.” — Boris Pasternak, author of Doctor Zhivago

“A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there’s no question about it.” — George Bush

“Our stories may be singular, but our destination is shared.” — Barack Obama

“We all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.” ? Bill Clinton

“Some idiotic things are well worth doing.” ? Richard Ford, Independence Day

“Not that you lied to me but that I no longer believe you has shaken me.”– Friedrich Nietzsche

“Learning starts with failure; the first failure is the beginning of education.” –Journalist and novelist John Hersey

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” — Abraham Lincoln

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” ? Nelson Mandela

“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” — Victor Hugo

“In order to isolate what was possible, you had to eliminate everything that was impossible.” ? Jo Nesbø, The Snowman

“Writing a Long Novel Is Like Survival Training.” —Haruki Murakami

“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.”
– Willa Cather, The Song of the Lark

“It’s all very well to tell us to forgive our enemies; our enemies can never hurt us very much. But oh, what about forgiving our friends?”
– Willa Cather, My Mortal Enemy

“Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.”
– Willa Cather, Shadows on the Rock

“I was the one who did come through that door. You were the one she was waiting for.”
– Richard Russo, The Whore’s Child and Other Stories

“People sometimes get in the habit of being loyal to a mistake.”
– Richard Russo, Mohawk

“And there comes a time in your life when you realize that if you don’t take the opportunity to be happy, you may never get another chance again.”
– Richard Russo, Empire Falls

“Which is why we have spouses and children and parents and colleagues and friends, because someone has to know us better than we know ourselves. We need them to tell us. We need them to say, “I know you, Al. You are not the kind of man who.”
– Richard Russo, Straight Man

“Have you ever noticed that when people use the expression ‘I have to say’, what follows usually needn’t be said?”
– Richard Russo, Bridge of Sighs

“The only lies for which we are truly punished are those we tell ourselves.”
– V.S. Naipaul. In a Free State

“The real movement of history, it turns out, is fueled not by matter but by spirit, by the will to freedom.”
– Gertrude Himmelfarb

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”
– Gabriel García Márquez

“There are three deaths. The first is when the body ceases to function. The second is when the body is consigned to the grave. The third is that moment, sometime in the future, when your name is spoken for the last time.”
– David Eagleman, author of SUM: Forty Tales from the Afterlives.

“A writer is a reader who is moved to emulation.”
– William Maxwell

“I think every woman should have a blowtorch.”
– Julia Child

“When its gone, you’ll know what a gift love was. you’ll suffer like this. So go back and fight to keep it.”
– Ian McEwan, Enduring Love

“Everyone has secrets. It’s just a matter of finding out what they are”
– Stieg Larsson, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

“I’m beginning to believe that anything I do to extend my life is just going to be outweighed by the agony of living it.”
– Donald Ray Pollock, Knockemstiff

“For once a thing is known, it can never be unknown. It can only be forgotten.”
– Anita Brookner, Look at Me

“He had learned the worst lesson that life can teach – that it makes no sense.”
– Philip Roth, American Pastoral

“To doubt is to be defeated before the enemy has thrown a single punch.”
– Keith Thomson, Twice a Spy

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
– Truman Capote

“Despair has its own calms”
– Bram Stoker, Dracula

“Geniuses have the shortest biographies.”
– Claire Messud, from The Emperor´s Children

“There are three classes of people: those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.”
– Leonardo da Vinci

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