Category Archives: Quotes

Quotable Monday: Amy Tan

DSC_0028 (8)If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.

Amy Tan

Truly words to live by.

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Monday Quote: Freedom and The Boleyn Inheritance

It is no small thing, this, for a woman: freedom.

The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

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Quotable Monday: Women in History

 

 

There is no more effective camouflage in history than to have been born a woman.

The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc, Nancy Goldstone.

Full context of the quote:

“Six hundred years is a long time to wait for answers to so prominent a mystery.  For those who wonder after reading these pages how it is possible that the evidence of Yolande’s involvement in the story of Joan of Arc has never before been adequately explored, I can only respond that there is no more effective camouflage in history than to have been born a woman.”
Ain’t that the truth!

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Advice from Nagarjuna

When there is long, there has to be short.
They do not exist through their own nature.

Nagarjuna’s Precious Garland of Advice

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Quotable Monday: Past, Future, Present

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The past was nothing to her; offered no lesson which she was willing to heed. The future was a mystery which she never attempted to penetrate. The present alone was significant…

Kate Chopin, The Awakening

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Quotable Monday: Widowhood – Joyce Carol Oates

Suttee, 1826

I’m not a widow, but I re-stumbled across the below paragraph from the story “Probate” by Joyce Carol Oates and cannot get over how beautifully written and poignant an excerpt it is.  Her collection of short stories, Sourland, is teeming with memorably beautiful and painful quotes, but, for some reason, this one always leaps out at me.

The widow’s mistake had been, her husband had been her life. She was a tree whose roots had become entwined with the roots of an adjacent tree, a seemingly taller and stronger tree, and these roots had become entwined inextricably. To free the living tree from the dead tree would require an act of violence that would damage the living tree. It would require an act of imagination. Easier to imagine suttee. Easier to imagine swallowing handfuls of barbiturates, old painkiller medications in the medicine cabinet. I can’t do this. I can’t be expected to do this. I am not strong enough.

Joyce Carol Oates, “Probate” from her short story collection, Sourland

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Quotable Monday: Love and Longing

How mysterious it is, to be in love.  For you can be in love with one who knows nothing of you.  Perhaps our greatest happiness springs from such longings — being in love with someone who is oblivious of you.

Joyce Carol Oates, Little Bird of Heaven

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Monday Quote: Light and Dark

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.

Charles Dickens, The Pidwick Papers

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Quotable Monday: Louisa May Alcott

Love is a great beautifier.


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Quotable Monday: Wanting – Sylvia Plath style

I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people that  I want and live all the lives that I want.  I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones, and variations of mental and physical experience possible in life.  And I am horribly limited.

Sylvia Plath

I find myself feeling this way quite frequently.  I guess that this is a big part of WHY I love Sylvia Plath oh-so-very much.

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