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Half of the harm that is done in this world
Is due to people who want to feel important.

– T.S. Eliot

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You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements. -Norman Douglas, novelist (1868-1952)

(Oh A.W.a.D, you are excellent.)
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"When we lose one we love, our bitterest tears are called fourth by the memory of hours when we loved not enough."
~ Maurice Maeterlinck
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I write down everything I want to remember. That way, instead of spending a lot of time trying to remember what it is I wrote down, I spend the time looking for the paper I wrote it down on.
  - Beryl Pfizer
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Another literary tattoos gleaning. I got a little teary when I read this:

From the novel Boy Detective Fails:

"Wait a moment, what's happening here?" Melinda asks.
"Billy solved a mystery. A great one."
"Wait a minute, what mystery?"
"The one about where you go when you die - ha ha. Go on and tell her what the answer is, Billy."
"Excuse me?"
"Where do you go when you die? Ha ha. Go on, go on and tell her, Billy."
Billy smiles. "You become a little voice in someone's ear telling them that things will be all right."

(I love the literary tattoos community. I may have just written that in the last post, but it can't be said enough. Two of my favorite things.)
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"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself."
~ D. H. Lawrence, from the poem "self-pity."

(Found on someone's arm, posted today from the literary tattoos community.)
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"All will be well, and all will be well, and every kind of thing will be well."
~ Julian of Norwich
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"Not many sounds in life, and I include all urban and all rural sounds, exceed in interest a knock at the door." — Charles Lamb
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We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves. -Eric Hoffer, philosopher and author (1902-1983)

(Oh, quote-at-the-end-of-the-Word-of-the-Day, you did it again!)
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“We’re doing all of these things to squeeze things together so we can save time. And I don’t know about you but I don’t have more time, I have less time. But let’s just say that we could save up a whole chunk of time and set it aside—do you know what we’d do with it? Nothing, nothing at all isn’t that the point, to be able to do nothing at all? But we’re not guaranteed that chunk of time, all we have is here and now... and that’s why procrastination feels so right! ” ~ Ellen DeGeneres

"Procrastination is not the problem, it is the solution!"


Feb. 10th, 2008 01:07 pm
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Lawrence Durrell describes the noise snow makes when you walk on it as a "squeaking munching." I think that's fantastic. Rock on, you strange man you.

(Justine, pp. 179)
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Someone on the literary tattoos community mentioned that This American Life talked about a quote on a headstone in a New England cemetary and I thought it was beautiful:

"It's a fearful thing to love what death can touch."
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"Everyone thinks of changing the world but no one thinks of changing himself." ~ Tolstoy
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"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."

~ Borges
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Il y a des yeux qui reçoivent la lumière et il y a des yeux qui la donnent...
There are eyes which get light and there are eyes which give it.
- Paul Claudel
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"With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy."

~ Lope de Vega

Thanks AGAIN iGoogle!
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You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart.
  - Fred Allen

(Thanks, iGoogle quotes!)
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"Boredom: the desire for desires."
~ Tolstoy

(Thanks, Gmail quote of the day!)
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"I don't care who you think you are or where you think you came from, everybody at some point in their life has wanted a dog. And I'm pretty sure I know the real reason. The real reason is: Everybody at some point in their life has wanted to have a stuffed animal come to life and be their pal. Tell me I'm wrong and I will laugh and laugh and laugh."

~ Dogblog
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'It had only been my repeated experience that when you said to life calmly and firmly ... "I trust you; do what you must," life had an uncanny way of responding to your need.' --Olga Ilyin

'We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.' --Francois de La Rochefoucauld


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