Quote for Today: Margaret Atwood

Mom and daughter doing housework by Julie de Graag (1877-1924).

The structure of the house was hierarchical, with my grandfather at the top, but its secret life – the life of pie crusts, clean sheets, the box of rags in the linen closet, the loaves in the oven – was female. The house, and all the objects in it, crackled with static electricity; undertows washed through it, the air was heavy with things that were known but not spoken. Like a hollow log, a drum, a church, it amplified, so that conversations whispered in it sixty years ago can be half-heard even today.

Margaret Atwood, “Significant Moments in the Life of My Mother”, Bluebeard’s Egg

Image: Mom and daughter doing housework by Julie de Graag (1877-1924). Original from the Rijks Museum. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel

A Meditation in Quotes: Favorites of 2016

These are twenty of my favorite quotes from 2016, strung together into a meditation. Each quote has some resonance or synchronicity with the one that follows it. I hope the combination will give some meaning to things which we have experienced and things that we have yet to encounter. May 2017 bring you good things.

Maya Angelou

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Christopher Isherwood

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Michael Shea

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Stephen Sondheim

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T.H. White

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C.S. Lewis

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Sophie Scholl

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Anais Nin

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Jacob Nordby

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Kate Racculia

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John Cage

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Lewis Carroll

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Haruki Marukami

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Margery Williams

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Jonathan Safran Foer

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Philip Pullman

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Annie Dillard

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Franklin Lushington

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Suzy Kassem

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Mother Teresa

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Quote for Today: Diane Setterfield

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All morning I struggled with the sensation of stray wisps of one world seeping through the cracks of another. Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes — characters even — caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you.
Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale
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Quote for Today: Jim Jarmusch

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Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent.

Jim Jarmusch, MovieMaker Magazine #53 – Winter, January 22, 2004
Image: Soul Always by Vicci on Moon Stars and Paper with CCLicense

Quote for Today: William H. Gass

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© Finalrobo101 with CCLicense

The word itself has another color. It’s not a word with any resonance, although the e was once pronounced. There is only the bump now between b and l, the relief at the end, the whew. It hasn’t the sly turn which crimson takes halfway through, yellow’s deceptive jelly, or the rolled-down sound in brown. It hasn’t violet’s rapid sexual shudder or like a rough road the irregularity of ultramarine, the low puddle in mauve like a pancake covered in cream, the disapproving purse to pink, the assertive brevity of red, the whine of green.

William H. GassOn Being Blue