There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.

—Willa Cather
The Song of the Lark



[In your 20's] You’re like, “I’m so embarrassed I don’t have a new shirt for tonight.”  By the time you’re 44, it’s like, “If this is marginally clean, I’m good.”

—Melissa McCarthy
People Magazine
July 7, 2014


…art simply represents man’s passionate desire to drag the truth out of life in half a dozen different ways.  God does it for you in the country!

—E. Phillips Oppenheim
The Hillman

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Now why does it always have to be this way?


The seal of sin is settling on [his] brow.  He looks healthier and less uninteresting.

—Thorne Smith
The Jovial Ghosts:  The Misadventures of Topper

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So knock it off already


Life was not given us to waste on gratuitous martyrdoms.

—Grant Allen
Hilda Wade

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I can relate


“I don’t often do much thinking,” said Rosamund. “It seems a waste of time.”

—Agatha Christie
After the Funeral

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Chants Democratic


Happiness,…not in another place but this place, not for another hour but this hour.

—Walt Whitman
Chants Democratic



To have what we want is riches, but to be able to do without is power.

—George MacDonald
Donal Grant

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You should get married


Marriage destroys the icing, but reveals the cake, and you can’t live on almond icing any more than you can make a square meal of Turkish Delight.

—Edgar Wallace
Circumstantial Evidence and Other Stories

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On Motherhood


But…still it is only a child; and I can’t centre all my hopes in a child: that is only one degree better than devoting oneself to a dog.

—Anne Brontë
Agnes Grey