I’ve collected a few more snippets from my journals---little sayings and quotes I found interesting or poignant or funny, and these small jottings hold reams and pages:
Absence is to love as wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great. deBussy-Rabutin
On family discord:
Does this china shop really need a bull? Carolyn Hax
You don't look back along time but down through it, like water. Sometimes this comes to the surface, sometimes that, sometimes nothing. Margaret Atwood
The daisy amongst the magnificent chrysanthemums told the tale, like a parvenu which had strayed by mistake into noble company. Edgar Wallace
What is home? The speaking fire inside each thing, woven of dust and yearning.
"A "no" uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a "yes" merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble."
— Mahatma Ghandi
— Mahatma Ghandi
Chris, on why we don’t have bumperstickers:
Either you’re preachin’ to the choir, or you’re drawin’ fire---either way, why bother?
Sometimes the issue isn’t whether you’re right, it’s whether there’s any value in being right. Dear Abby Feb 2012
From an Amazon book review of THE MARRIAGE PLOT:
. . .for me, reading it was like sitting between two members of the literary intelligentsia at a dinner party, as they try to one-up each other with the depth and breadth of their vast knowledge. I was simultaneously bored, lost and annoyed.
…..”Don’t flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.” Oliver Wendell Holmes
Mammaw’s neighbor, Miz Blackwood: If I wanna do it, it’s my PEROGADY. (I hoped for several years for a perogady of my own, along with a dresser skirt and curly hair).
Sometimes you have to jump off a bridge and grow wings on the way down.
Every rock and bump and detour in the road puts one more muscle in my moral constitution. Barney Fife