Category: lit

“I am at my loneliest when I have something to celebrate and try to share it with those I love but…”

“I am at my loneliest when I have something to celebrate and try to share it with those I love but who don’t love me back. There’s always silence at the end of the phone.”

Karen Finley

Throwing things horrified me. I suffered extre…

Throwing things horrified me. I suffered extreme, paralyzing anxiety when it came to anything remotely athletic. I wouldn’t even run to catch the school bus because I knew I’d trip and then get teased for a year.

“My point is, there are a lot of people in the world. No one ever sees everything the same way you…”

“My point is, there are a lot of people in the world. No one ever sees everything the same way you do; it just doesn’t happen. So when you find one person who gets a couple of things, especially if they’re important ones… you might as well hold on to them.”

Sarah Dessen

When the words won’t come, I take my work for …

When the words won’t come, I take my work for a walk. Literally, I put pages in my pocket and take a hike in an unfamiliar place. The idea is that both me and my writing could use the stretch of a new environment. Put your hand on it every day, no matter what, is my philosophy….Most important is faith. Stay close to the story and, ultimately, it will return to you.

But have you noticed the slight curl at the en…

But have you noticed the slight curl at the end of Sam II’s mouth, when he looks at you? It means that he didn’t want you to name him Sam II, for one thing, and for two other things it means that he has a sawed-off in his left pants leg, and a baling hook in his right pants leg, and is ready to kill you with either of them, given the opportunity. The father is taken aback. What he usually says, in such a confrontation, is “I changed your diapers for you, little snot.” This is not the right thing to say. First, it is not true (mothers change nine diapers out of ten), and second it reminds Sam II of what he is mad about. He is mad about being small when you were big, but no, that’s not it, he is mad about being helpless when you were powerful, but no, not that either, he is mad about being contingent when you were necessary, not quite it, he is insane because when he loved you, you didn’t notice.

“The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.”

“The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

“Life must be rich and full of loving—it’s no good otherwise, no good at all, for anyone.”

“Life must be rich and full of loving—it’s no good otherwise, no good at all, for anyone.”

Jack Kerouac

“When you are unhappy, is there anything more maddening than to be told that you should be contented…”

“When you are unhappy, is there anything more maddening than to be told that you should be contented with your lot?”

Kathleen Norris

“Just because two people don’t wind up spending their entire lives together doesn’t mean their…”

“Just because two people don’t wind up spending their entire lives together doesn’t mean their relationship was a failure.”

Ted Michael

“And perhaps there is a limit to the grieving that the human heart can do. As when one adds salt to a…”

“And perhaps there is a limit to the grieving that the human heart can do. As when one adds salt to a tumbler of water, there comes a point where simply no more will be absorbed.”

Sarah Waters