I’ve always felt a person’s intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic. –Abigail Adams
Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war. –Maria Montessori
How long will the light go on?
Longer than you. Still you ought to live like a city,
rich and fierce at the center.
(from the poem, “Halflife”)
Writing sentences is difficult whatever their subject. It is no less difficult to write sentences in a recipe than sentences in MOBY-DICK. So you might as well write MOBY-DICK.
May you never steal, lie, or cheat, but if you must steal, then steal away my sorrows, and if you must lie, lie with me all the nights of my life, and if you must cheat, then please cheat death because I couldn’t live a day without you.
― A Bride’s Toast to Her Groom, From the Movie, LEAP YEAR
Writers live twice. They go along with their regular life, are as fast as anyone in the grocery store… but there’s another part of them that they have been training. The one that lives everything a second time. That sits down and sees their life again and goes over it.
― Natalie Goldberg
I am too intelligent, too demanding, and too resourceful for anyone to be able to take charge of me entirely. No one knows me or loves me completely. I have only myself.― Simone de Beauvoir
Every word a woman writes changes the story of the world, revises the official version.
Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it. — Oprah Winfrey
Write as if you were dying― Annie Dillard