So here I am, with more quotes culled from my Post-It-befeathered quote notebooks. When it comes to quotations, I'm like Hubby is with every found screw, scrap of wood, or loose bolt. He saves every single tidbit he stumbles across because "You never know when you might need it." Twenty-plus years of socking away everybody else's breathtaking turns-of-phrase, wisps of witty wisdom, and eloquently-put epiphanies and I could wallpaper my house with these things. I figure Hubby will be happier if I just share another batch of them here instead.
"Hard work may pay off in the long run, but the benefits of laziness are immediate."
~~Marc Acito, How I Paid For College: A Novel of Sex, Theft Friendship, and Musical Theater
"In a family, what isn't spoken is what you listen for. But the noise of the family is to drown it out."
~~Joyce Carol Oates, We Were The Mulvaneys
"Ultimately, other people are amateurs compared to me in the horrible things I can say about myself. I cannot even bear to list the things that fill my mind during these episodes of self-loathing. I think we all have our own messages, the tapes that play over and over in our minds, that weaken us, that desecrate the holiness of our lives, that come disguised as a way to motivate ourselves, when really they are all about self-sabotage."
~~Margaret Cho, I'm The One That I Want
"Cliches are like those little crosses you see at the side of highways: They mark a place where a genuine feeling or insight has met its end."
~~Peter Selgin, "The X Files: Confessions of a Cranky Lit-Mag Editor" in Poets & Writers, May/June 2006
"The book of things that I have forgotten contains most of my life. But then, what would we do without forgetfulness? I feel like there is hardly room for everything I do recall."
~~Sven Birkerts, My Sky Blue Trades
"Who knows when memory, unbidden, will burst out and take hostages?"
~~Gregory Maguire, A Lion Among Men
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