Quotes I like

family stuff
“A child needs your love most when he deserves it least”
— Erma Bombeck

“Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to
wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.”
― Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird

To find someone who loves your children like you do is really rare.
Goldie Hawn

from a vampire:
“How could I persuade the in-laws I was the right one for their daughter when, instead of focusing on small talk, all I could think about was not to kill them? I could only imagine what I’d say to the prospective in-laws, “Hello, it’s a pleasure to eat, I mean, meet you.”
— Jayde Scott

“Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.”
― P.J. O’Rourke

On choosing your battles:
“Never fight an inanimate object.”
― P.J. O’Rourke

On being footloose and moving on from home

“It should not be denied… that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations, with absolute freedom, and the road has always led West.”
― Wallace Stegner

“The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying; the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving. I didn’t want to destroy anything or anybody. I just wanted to slip quietly out the back door, without causing any fuss or consequences, and then not stop running until I reached Greenland.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

“Once you’d resolved to go, there was nothing to it at all.”
― Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

On growing older

“We are fossils in the making.”
― Wallace Stegner

“Let the past drift away with the water.” – Japanese saying

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is.
Ellen DeGeneres

Most old people have something deceitful, something mendacious, in their dealings with people younger than themselves; you live at peace with them, imagine you are on the best of terms with them, know their ruling prejudices, receive continual assurances of amity, take the whole thing for granted; and when something decisive happens and those peaceful relations, so long nourished, should come into effective operation, suddenly these old people rise before you like strangers, show that they have deeper and stronger convictions, and now for the first time literally unfurl their banner, and with terror you read upon it the new decree.
-“The Village Schoolmaster [The Giant Mole]” by Franz Kafka

And so, to have accidentally caught their desire, swimming across the current of it like that, passing through, I feel loved, in a warm and random way, wandering through it as if it were a rainbow, that old trick of light, or a place in a pool where someone has peed.
-“Paris” by Lorrie Moore

On working:
“We got over feminism, too. At least women did, as soon as they were hired for those high-prestige jobs that only men used to have. It turns out that work sucks.”
― P.J. O’Rourke

“Every good idea sooner or later degenerates into hard work.”
— Calvin Trillin

Dogs for all:
“A homeless man with a dog approached us and put his hand out. This happens to be something I have a real problem with: homeless people with pets who approach you for food. How can they have the nerve to beg for food when they have a perfectly delicious dog standing right there? I didn’t care if this guy understood English or not. “Tell me when you’re out of dog, buddy. Then we can talk about splitting a falafel.”
— Chelsea Handler (Are You There Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea)


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