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Archives - July 2011

July 1, 2011

What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.

– Scott Westerfeld

July 2, 2011

I've seen a look in dogs' eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed
contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are

– John Steinbeck

July 3, 2011

I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma.

– Eartha Kitt

July 4, 2011

Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of
happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.

– Louis D. Brandeis

July 5, 2011

I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced
by it.

– Maya Angelou

July 6, 2011

We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in

– Anais Nin

July 7, 2011

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but
forgetting where you heard it.

– Laurence J. Peter

July 8, 2011

I do things like get in a taxi and say, "The library, and step on

– David Foster Wallace

July 9, 2011

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything

– Benjamin Franklin

July 10, 2011

You're an interesting species. An interesting mix. You're capable
of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so
lost, so cut off, so alone, only you're not. See, in all our
searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness
bearable, is each other.

– Carl Sagan, CONTACT

July 11, 2011

Every life has a measure of sorrow, and sometimes this is what
awakens us.

– Steven Tyler

July 12, 2011

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only
completely consistent people are dead.

– Aldous Huxley

July 13, 2011

Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.

– Charles Bukowski

July 14, 2011

To be left alone is the most precious thing one can ask of the modern world.

– Anthony Burgess

July 15, 2011

If you're skating on thin ice, you might as well dance.

– Anita Shreve, WHERE OR WHEN

July 16, 2011

I put my book down and for an instant felt
a perfect balance between waking and dreams.
But when the plane touched concrete, then
assiduously circled the airport's labyrinth,
I once again knew nothing.

– Adam Zagajewski (from the poem "Balance")

July 17, 2011

We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all
different and yet the same.

– Anne Frank

July 18, 2011

I don't want to give any advice to a 19-year-old, because I want a
19-year-old to make mistakes and learn from them. Make mistakes,
make mistakes, make mistakes. Just make sure they're your

– Fiona Apple

July 19, 2011

That is my major preoccupation: memory, the kingdom of memory. I
want to protect and enrich that kingdom, glorify that kingdom and
serve it.

– Elie Wiesel

July 20, 2011

One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.

– Jack Kerouac

July 21, 2011

The reason I talk to myself is because I'm the only one whose
answers I accept.

– George Carlin

July 22, 2011

We search for patterns, you see, only to find where the patterns
break. And it's there, in that fissure, that we pitch our tents and

– Nicole Krauss, GREAT HOUSE

July 23, 2011

The most sophisticated people I know --- inside they are all

– Jim Henson

July 24, 2011

The greatest calling of all is to have a literary life.


July 25, 2011

That is my problem with life, I rush through it, like I'm being
chased. Even things whose whole point is slowness, like drinking
relaxing tea. When I drink relaxing tea I suck it down as if I'm in
a contest for who can drink relaxing tea the quickest.

– Miranda July

July 26, 2011

Reading is a conversation. All books talk. But a good book listens
as well.

– Mark Haddon

July 27, 2011

I have an everyday religion that works for me. Love yourself first,
and everything else falls into line.

– Lucille Ball

July 28, 2011

There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is
always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may
to make a silence, we cannot.

– John Cage

July 29, 2011

Nothing ever begins. There is no first moment; no single word or
place from which this or any other story springs.

– Clive Barker

July 30, 2011

A study in the Washington Post says that women have better
verbal skills than men. I just want to say to the authors of that
study: "Duh."

– Conan O'Brien

July 31, 2011

It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the
fight in the dog.

– Mark Twain