Man! I feel like a woman


Belladonna, n.: In Italian a beautiful lady; in English, a deadly poison.  A striking example of the essential identity of the two tongues.

—Ambrose Bierce
The Devil’s Dictionary

Well, that explains it


…for every one in the town was ready to look after her as being an idiot, and so specially dear to God.

—Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Brothers Karamazov



Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.

—Albert Camus



For men stand, as it were, at different heights, each seeing from his own level, so what the beggar thinks is heaven, the millionaire regards as nothing and what the millionaire pursues, the saint or the thinker regards as a bauble.

—M.P. Shiel
The Evil That Men Do

Handsome – or Not


I do not look at my face more often than necessary as a general rule, it shakes me too badly to see it.

—Sapper (H.C. McNeile)
The Female of the Species

Getting Along


It seems to me…that the cause of discomfort and strife is never that we are too near others, but that we are not near enough.

—George MacDonald
Donal Grant

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“theirs to command, his to obey”


Only in his simple heart he would like to know in so many words what the commands were; and that is sometimes a little hard, for women like to be half understood before they speak, and the grosser intellect of man seldom more than half understands them after they have spoken.

—F. Marion Crawford
Doctor Claudius

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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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