Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.
In real life, it is the hare who wins. Every time. Look around you. And in any case it is my contention that Aesop was writing for the tortoise market. Hares have no time to read. They are too busy winning the game.
The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.
You never know what you will learn till you start writing. Then you discover truths you never knew existed.
Great writers are the saints for the godless.
Always let them think of you as singing and dancing.
Dr Weiss, at forty, knew that her life had been ruined by literature
Problems of human behavior still continue to baffle us, but at least in the Library we have them properly filed.
Accountability in friendship is the equivalent of love without strategy.
I suppose what one wants really is ideal company and books are ideal company.
There are moments when you feel free, moments when you have energy, moments when you have hope, but you can't rely on any of these things to see you through. Circumstances do that.
That sun, that light had faded, and she had faded with them. Now she was as grey as the season itself.
A complete woman is probably not a very admirable creature. She is manipulative, uses other people to get her own way, and works within whatever system she is in.
Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.
A man can go from being a lover to being a stranger in three moves flat but a woman under the guise of friendship will engage in acts of duplicity which come to light very much later. There are different species of self-justification.
I was brought up among the sort of self-important women who had a husband as one has an alibi.
You can never betray the people who are dead, so you go on being a public Jew; the dead can't answer slurs, but I'm here. I would love to think that Jesus wants me for a sunbeam, but he doesn't.
Romanticism is not just a mode; it literally eats into every life. Women will never get rid of just waiting for the right man.
Existentialism is about being a saint without God; being your own hero, without all the sanction and support of religion or society.
The lessons taught in great books are misleading. The commerce in life is rarely so simple and never so just.
All good fortune is a gift of the gods, and you don't win the favor of the ancient gods by being good, but by being bold.
You can never betray the people who are dead.
You have no idea how promising the world begins to look once you have decided to have it all for yourself. And how much healthier your decisions are once they become entirely selfish.
No blame should attach to telling the truth. But it does, it does.
Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence - a lot passes you by - simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.
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