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- I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity.
- I base my fashion taste on what doesn't itch.
- I will feel equality has arrived when we can elect to office women who are as incompetent as some of the men who are already there.
- Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply dosen't know art.
Wynetka Ann Reynolds
- Lying is done with words and also with silence.
- Teaching was the hardest work I had ever done, and it remains the hardest work I have done to date.
- Oh, to be only half as wonderful as my child thought I was when he was small, and only half as stupid as my teenager now thinks I am.
- All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.
- You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Friendship with ones self is all important, because without it one cannot be friends with anyone else in the world.
- I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiousity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
- If my husband ever met a woman on the street who looked like one of his paintings he would faint.
Jacqueline Roque, wife of Pable Picasso
- Before a marriage, a man will lie awake all night thinking about something you've said; after marriage, he'll fall asleep before you finish saying it.
- A husband is what is left of the lover after the nerve has been extracted.
- Whenever I date a guy, I think, is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?
- The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
- Success is a public affair. Failure is a private funeral.
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- Human successes, like human failures, are composed of one action at a time and achieved by one person at a time.
Patsy H. Sampson
- There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
- It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
- Getting to the top isn't bad, and it's probably best done as an afterthought.
Anne Wilson Shaef
- In great moments life seems neither right nor wrong, but something greater, it seems inevitable.
- You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try.
- I am not eccentric. It's just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric ell set in a pond of goldfish.
Dame Edith Sitwell
- No matter how big or soft or warm your bed is, you still have to get out of it.
- Interpretation is the revenge of the intellectual upon art.
- Sanity is a cozy lie.
- Social science affirms that a woman's place in society marks the level of civilization.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
- Career is too pompous a word. It was a job, and I have always felt privileged to be paid for what I love doing.
- Love is the emplem of eternity; it confounds all notions of time; effaces all memory of begining, all fear of an end.
Madame de Stael
- When they are alone they want to be with others, and when they are with others they want to be alone. After all, human beings are like that.
- Silent gratitude isn't much use to anyone.
Gladys Browyn Stern
- You can't get spoiled if you do your own ironing.
- Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
- The truth is not wonderful enough to suit the newspapers; so they enlarge upon it, and invent ridiculous embellishments.
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- No one worth possessing can be quite possessed.
- Love is a fruit in season at all times, and within reach of every hand.
- Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
- Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.
- You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.
- There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.
- Success is having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a sense of purpose.
- No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions -- he had money, too.
- If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time, and you would achieve nothing.
- Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
- Never face facts; if you do you'll never get up in the morning.
- Sometimes I worry about being a success in a mediocre world.
- Why is it when we talk to God we're said to be praying, but when God talks to us we're scizophrenic?
- War is the unfolding of miscalculations.
- I've been rich and I've been poor. Rich is better.
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- People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.
Abigail Van Buren
- Do you want to trace your family tree? Run for public office.
Patricia H. Vance
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- A sobering thought: what if, at this very moment, I am living up to my full potential?
- I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.
- No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
- Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for.
- Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna -- or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.
- A friend is one who knows all about you and likes you anyway.
Christi Mary Warner
- Years ago fairy tales all began with "Once upon a time...", now we know they all begin with, "If I am elected..."
- The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances.
- The only safe ship in a storm is leadership.
- The arts are the rain forests of society. They produce the oxygen of freedom, and they are the early warning system when freedom is in danger.
- What you teach your own children is what you really believe in.
Cathy Warner Weatherford
- It is very east to forgive others their mistakes; it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.
- Memory is a magnet. It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.
- We want the facts to fit the preconceptions. When they don't, it is easier to ignore the facts than to change the preconceptions.
- The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots.
Dame Rebecca West
- Any authentic work of art must start an argument between the artist and his audience.
Dame Rebecca West
- Life is the only real counselor; wisdom unfiltered through personal experience does not become a part of the moral tissue.
- The best way for children to learn about money is for you not to have any.
- Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels.
- Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.
- In advertising terms an intellectual is anybody who reads a morning newspaper.
- You can stand tall without standing on someone. You can be a victor without having victems.
- The first duty of a lecturer: to hand you after an hour's discourse a nugget
of pure truth to wrap up between the pages of your notebooks, and keep on the
- If you do not tell the truth about yourself you cannot tell it about other people.
- Literature is strewn with the wreckage of men who have minded beyond reason the opinions of others.
- Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart,
and his friends can only read the title.