Category Archives: Quotes

Quotable Wednesday

“Most grown-up behavior, when you come right down to it, is decidedly second-class. People don’t drive their cars as well, or wash their ears as well, or eat as well, or even play the harmonica as well as they would if they had sense. This is not to say people are terrible and should be replaced by machines; people are excellent and admirable creatures; efficiency isn’t everything.”
-John Gardner, The Art of Fiction

I believe what John’s really trying to say there is that my notebook and desk situations are fine.… Read the rest

Quotable Friday

“Consulting a dozen or so recently published punctuation guides, I can report that they contain minor disagreements on virtually all aspects of the above and that their only genuine consistency is in using Keats’s poems as the prime example. Strange, but true. They just can’t leave Keats alone. ‘It is Keats’ poems (NOT Keats’s),’ they thunder. Or alternatively: ‘It is Keats’s poems (NOT Keats’).’ Well, poor old Keats, you can’t help thinking. No wonder he developed that cough.”
-Lynne Truss in Eats, Shoots and Leaves 

Personally, I always use Jesus as an example when I try to teach … Read the rest

Quotable Friday

“When he was done, more than three-quarters of his page still remained to be filled between the gold lion on the crimson shield on top and the blank white shield at the bottom. Ser Gerold Hightower had begun his history, and Ser Barristan Selmy had continued it, but the rest Jaime Lannister would need to write for himself. He could write whatever he chose, henceforth.”
-George R.R. Martin in A Storm of SwordsRead the rest

Quotable Tuesday

“Everything that’s happened to you so far you have not been able to predict. That’s how it’s always been. Just stay open.”
-Sarah Silverman on WTF with Marc Maron Podcast (Episode 116)… Read the rest

Quotable Maxwell

“I have sand in places that I didn’t even know I had places.”… Read the rest

“All Things Merge Into One”

“My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To him, all good things–trout as well as eternal salvation–come by grace and grace comes by art and art does not come easy.”
A River Runs Through It by Norman Maclean

Today I think I discovered the meaning of life.

I was sick earlier in the week. I lost Monday and Tuesday entirely to a fever, and then I muddled through the rest of the week. Friday I felt as well as I had since before this all began, but I also lost my voice for no … Read the rest

Quotable Tuesday

“It’s understandable for people to want all their favorite things to happen, but the crazy thing is to think that they can avoid all the hard things. To want everything you ever dreamed of, to the exclusion of anything hard, that feels common to me now in a way that is hurting people. They’re ignoring how much good there is in being present for the hardest parts of your life.”
-Louis CK as quoted in “Louis CK: The Rolling Stone Interview” by Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone (April 25, 2013)

Many thanks to Amy for giving me this article and insisting … Read the rest

Quotable Saturday

“You might be afraid of the dark, but the dark is not afraid of you.”
The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen… Read the rest

Quotable Tuesday

“I didn’t know how literal the desert was, in terms of lack of lake.”
-Cheryl Strayed on the Mojave Desert, The Art of Fact award presentation, May 1, 2013… Read the rest

Some Quotes from Cheryl Strayed, Who I Am Going to See This Very Night

“Writing is hard for every last one of us–straight white men included. Coal mining is harder. Do you think miners stand around all day talking about how hard it is to mine for coal? They do not. They simply dig.”
Tiny Beautiful Things

“The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of love.”
Tiny Beautiful Things

“And every last one of us can do better than give up.”
Tiny Beautiful Things

“I was a terrible believer in things, but I was also a terrible nonbeliever in things. … Read the rest