Absence _1374_ by wuyunyi


									Absence (1374)

All along, one of my major complaints was his absence from home, and even worse, his absence when he was home.
~Sonia Johnson (1936-). From Housewife to Heretic (1981)

The longest absence is less perilous to love than the terrible trials of incessant proximity. ~Ouida (1839-1908).
Wisdom, Wit and Pathos (1884)

Fond as we are of our loved ones, there comes at times during their absence an unexplained peace. ~Anne Shaw (1921-
). But Such Is Life (1931)

Absolutes (1666)

In this unbelievable universe in which we live there are no absolutes. Even parallel lines, reaching into infinity, meet
somewhere yonder. ~Pearl Buck (1892-1973). A Bridge for Passing (1962)

Acceptance (1593)

I love my past. I love my present. I'm not ashamed of what I've had, and I'm not sad because I have it no longer.
~Colette (1873-1954). The Last of Cheri (1926)

Everything in life that we really accept undergoes a change. ~Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923). (1920), Journal of
Katherine Mansfield (1930)

Learning to live with what you're born with / is the process, / the involvement, / the making of a life. ~Diane Wakoski
(1937-). "I have Had to Learn to Live with My Face," The Motorcycle Betrayal Poems (1971)

Accomplishment (1460)

I don't like the sound of all those lists he's making—it's like taking too many notes at school; you feel you've achieved
something when you haven't. ~Dodie Smith (1896-1990). I Capture the Castle, (1948)

Out of the strain of the Doing, / Into the peace of the Done. ~Julia Louise Woodruff (1833-1909). "Harvest Home,"
Sunday at Home (1910)

Address (1636)

Nothing succeeds like address. ~Fran Lebowitz (1950-). Metropolitan Life, (1978)

Admiration (1589)

You can't ever be really free if you admire somebody too much. ~Tove Jansson (1914-). Tales from Moominvalley

Adolescence (1398)

We become adolescents when the words that adults exchange with one another become intelligible to us. ~Natalia
Ginzburg (1916-1991). The Little Virtues (1962)

In no order of things is adolescence the time of the simple life. ~Janet Erskine Stuart (1857-1914). In Maud Monahan,
Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart (1922)

Adulthood (1870)
By the bye, as I must leave off being young, I find many Douceurs in being a sort of Chaperon for I am put on the Sofa
near the fire and can drink as much wine as I like. ~Jane Austen (1775-1817). Letter to her sister Cassandra (1813)

To mature is in part to realize that while complete intimacy and omniscience and power cannot be had, self-
transcendence, growth, and closeness to others are nevertheless within one's reach. ~Sissela Bok, (1934-). Secrets

Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has
to grow up. That he has to leave the nest, the security, and go out to do battle. He has to lose everything that is lovely
and fight for a new loveliness of his own making, and it's a tragedy. A lot of people don't have the courage to do it.
~Helen Hayes (1900-). In Roy Newquist, Showcase (1966)

One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place
among them. ~Virginia Woolf (1882-1941). In Times Literary Supplement (1916)

Afterlife (1593)

I live now on borrowed time, waiting in the anteroom for the summons that will inevitably come. And then—I go on to
the next thing, whatever it is. One doesn't luckily have to bother about that. ~Agatha Christie (1891-1976). An
Autobiography (1977)

This world is not Conclusion. / A Sequel stands beyond-- / Invisible, as Music-- / But positive, as Sound. ~Emily
Dickinson (1830-1886). 1862, Poems, Third Series (1896)

It's the possibility that when you're dead you might still go on hurting that bothers me. ~Keri Hulme (1947-). The Bone
People (1983)

Heaven is neither a place nor a time. ~Florence Nightingale (1820-1910). Mysticism (1873)

I think the resurrection of the body, unless much improved in construction, a mistake. ~Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941).
The Letters of Evelyn Underhill (1943)

Alarm (1651)

If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm. ~Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973). The Death of the Heart

Nervous alarms should always be communicated, that they may be dissipated. ~Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855). Shirley

Altruism (1853)

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~Anne Frank (1929-
1945). Diary of a Young Girl (1952)

Alzheimer's (1912)

Ann finds it hard to judge the placement of her chair. At one time she tried to sit on Noelle's lap. Neither one could
solve the problem. In fact Noelle was content to serve as a chair. ~Judith Stoughton (1918-1991). One Woman's
Pascal Journey (1991)

Ambivalence (1912)

I happen to feel that the degree of a person's intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting attitudes she
can bring to bear on the same topic. ~Lisa Alther (1944-). Kinflicks (1975)
For the human soul is hospitable, and will entertain conflicting sentiments and contradictory opinions with much
impartiality. ~George Eliot (1819-1880). Romola (1862)

At work, you think of the children you have left at home. At home, you think of the work you've left unfinished. Such
a struggle is unleashed within yourself. Your heart is rent. ~Golda Meir (1898-1978). Quoted by Oriana Fallaci in
L'Europeo (1973)

Ancestors (1297)

We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the
spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. ~Shirley Abbott (1934-). Womenfolks: Growing Up
Down South (1983)

Ancestral habits of mind can be constricting; they also confer one's individuality. ~Bharati Mukherjee (1940-). In Janet
Sternburg, ed., The Writer on Her Work, vol. 2 (1991)

Androgyny (1849)

Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one
another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.
~Margaret Fuller (1810-1850). Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845)

The term "androgyny"...defines a condition under which the characteristics of the sexes, and the human impulses
expressed by men and women, are not rigidly assigned. Androgyny seeks to liberate the individual from the confines
of the appropriate. ~Carolyn Heilbrun (1926-). Toward a Recognition of Androgyny (1973)

As to sex, the original pleasure, I cannot recommend too highly the advantages of androgyny. ~Jan Morris (1926-).
Pleasures of a Tangled Life (1989)

What is most beautiful in virile men is something feminine; what is most beautiful in feminine women is something
masculine. ~Susan Sontag (1933-). Against Interpretation (1966)

Animals (1398)

Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms. ~George Eliot (1819-1880). "Mr.
Gilgil's Love Story," Scenes of Clerical Life (1857)

You enter into a certain amount of madness when you marry a person with pets. ~Nora Ephron (1941-). Heartburn

But some animals, like some men, leave a trail of glory behind them. They give their spirit to the place where they
have lived, and remain forever a part of the rocks and streams and the wind and sky. ~Marguerite Henry (1902-).
Brighty of the Grand Canyon (1953)

No animal should ever jump up on the dining room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in the
conversation. ~Fran Lebowitz (1950-). Social Studies (1977)

[The lion] began to contemplate me with a kind of quiet premeditation, like that of a slow-witted man fondling an
unaccustomed thought. ~Beryl Markham (1902-1986). West with the Night (1942)

We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because
they have no words. ~Anna Sewell (1820-1878). Black Beauty (1877)
A beaver does not, as legend would have it, know which direction the tree will fall when he cuts it, but counts on
alacrity to make up for lack of engineering experience. ~Ann Zwinger (1925-). Beyond the Aspen Grove (1970)

Anonymous (1676)

I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman. ~Virginia
Woolf (1882-1941). A Room of One's Own (1929)

Answers (800)

Great evil has been done on earth by people who think they have all the answers. ~Ruby Plenty Chiefs (20th c.). In
Lynn V. Andrews, Crystal Woman (1987)

What is the answer?...In that case, what is the question? ~Gertrude Stein (1874-1946). Last words (1946)

Anticipation (1549)

'Taint worthwhile to wear a day all out before it comes. ~Sarah Orne Jewett (1849-1909). The Country of the Pointed
Firs (1896)

Apathy (1603)

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all—the apathy of
human beings. ~Helen Keller (1880-1968). My Religion (1927)

Appearances (1430)

The majority cares little for ideals or integrity. What it craves is display. ~Emma Goldman (1869-1940). "Minorities
Versus Majorities," Anarchism (1910)

The sweat of hard work is not to be displayed. It is much more graceful to appear favored by the gods. ~Maxine Hong
Kingston (1940-). The Woman Warrior (1976)

All God's children are not beautiful. Most of God's children are, in fact, barely presentable. ~Fran Lebowitz (1950-).
Metropolitan Life (1978)

Anybody who is anybody seems to be getting a lift—by plastic surgery these days. It's the new world wide craze that
combines the satisfactions of psychoanalysis, massage, and a trip to the beauty salon. ~Eugenia Sheppard (1910-). In
New York Herald Tribune (1958)

The tragedy of our time is that we are so eye centered, so appearance besotted. ~Jessamyn West (1902-1984). Love Is
Not What You Think (1959)

Approval (1690)

Material things aside, we need no advice but approval. ~Coco Chanel (1883-1971). In Marcel Haedrich, Coco Chanel:
Her Life, Her Secrets (1972)

Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams. ~Mother Jones (1830-1930). Replying to the judge who asked who
had issued her a permit to speak on the streets, in Linda Atkinson, Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in
America (1978)

I need no warrant for being, and no word of sanction upon my being. I am the warrant and the sanction. ~Ayn Rand
(1905-1982). Anthem (1946)
Arrogance (1303)

The scornful nostril and the high head gather not the odors that lie on the track of truth. ~George Eliot (1819-1880).
Felix Hold, the Radical (1866)

People in big empty places are likely to behave very much as the gods did on Olympus. ~Edna Ferber (1885-1968).
Giant (1952)

Art (1509)

"Organic" is a word I'll stick by. It means the work is an extension of your blood and body; it has the rhythm of nature.
This is something artists don't talk about much and it's not even well understood: the fact that there exists a state of
feeling and that when you reach it, when you hit it, you can't go wrong. ~Nell Blaine (1922-). In Eleanor Munro,
Originals: American Women Artists (1979)

Art, it seems to me, should simplify. That, indeed, is very nearly the whole of the higher artistic process; finding what
conventions of form and what detail one can do without and yet preserve the spirit of the whole—so that all that one
has suppressed and cut away is there to the reader's consciousness as much as if it were in type on the page. ~Willa
Cather (1873-1947). On the Art of Fiction (1920)

Religion and art spring from the same root and are close kin. Economics and art are strangers. ~Willa Cather (1873-
1947). Willa Cather on Writing (1949)

A great work of Art demands a great thought, or a thought of beauty adequately expressed. Neither in Art nor literature
more than in life can an ordinary thought be made interesting because well dressed. ~Margaret Fuller (1810-1850).
Letter (1847)

Art is not for the cultivated taste. It is to cultivate taste. ~Nikki Giovanni (1943-). In A Poetic Equation (1974)

Great art is the expression of a solution of the conflict between the demands of the world without and that within.
~Edith Hamilton (1865-1963). The Greek Way (1930)

Art doesn't come in measured quantities: it's got to be too much or it's not enough. ~Pauline Kael (1919-1991). In
Newsweek (1991)

There is, in any art, a tendency to turn one's own preferences into a monomaniac theory. ~Pauline Kael (1919-1991). I
Lost It at the Movies (1965)

Art is the desire of a man to express himself, to record the reactions of his personality to the world he lives in. ~Amy
Lowell (1874-1925). Tendencies in Modern American Poetry (1917)

If nothing will finally survive of life besides what artists report of it, we have no right to report what we know to be
lies. ~Alison Lurie (1926-). Real People (1969)

One thing living in Japan did for me was to make me feel that what is left out of a work of art is as important as, if not
more important than, what is put in. ~Katherine Paterson (1923-). The Spying Heart (1989)

We should not have a tin cup out for something as important as the arts in this country, the richest in the world.
Creative artists are always begging, but always being used when it's time to show us at our best. ~Leontyne Price
(1927-). In Brian Lanker, I Dream a World (1989)

Art is the indispensable medium for the communication of a moral ideal. ~Ayn Rand (1905-1982). The Romantic
Manifesto (1969)
Art belongs to all times and to all countries; its special benefit is precisely to be still living when everything else seems
dying; that is why Providence shields it from too personal or too general passions, and grants it a patient and
persevering organization, durable sensibility, and the contemplative sense in which lies invincible faith. ~George Sand
(1804-1876). (1863), in Raphael Ledos Beaufort, Letters of George Sand (1886)

Art is the signature of civilizations. ~Beverly Sills (1929-). Interview (1985)

Interpretation is the revenge of the intellect upon art. ~Susan Sontag (1933-). Against Interpretation (1966)

The moral pleasure in art, as well as the moral service that art performs, consists in the intelligent gratification of
consciousness. ~Susan Sontag (1933-). Against Interpretation (1966)

A work of art has an author and yet, when it is perfect, it has something which is essentially anonymous about it.
~Simone Weil (1909-1943). Gravity and Grace (1947)

Most works of art, like most wines, ought to be consumed in the district of their fabrication. ~Rebecca West (1893-
1983). Ending in Earnest (1931)

Another unsettling element in modern art is that common symptom of immaturity, the dread of doing what has been
done before. ~Edith Wharton (1862-1937). The Writing of Fiction (1925)

Asian Americans (1969)

born into the /skin of yellow women / we are born / into the armor of warriors. ~Kitty Tsui (1952-). "Chinatown
Talking Story," in Asian Women United of California, eds., Making Waves: An Anthology of Writings By and About
Asian American Women (1989)

Association (1535)

As every authoritarian regime knows, association can be a dangerous thing. From the discussion it is only a few steps
to action. ~Anne Firor Scott (1921-). "The 'New Woman' in the New South," South Atlantic Quarterly (1962)

Athletes (1528)

It's really impossible for athletes to grow up. As long as you're playing, no one will let you. On the one hand, you're a
child, still playing a game. And everybody around you acts like a kid, too. But on the other hand, you're a superhuman
hero that everyone dreams of being. No wonder we have such a hard time understanding who we are. ~Billie Jean
King (1943-). Billie Jean (1982)

Attention (1374)

Attention is a tacit and continual compliment. ~Anne-Sophie Swetchine (1782-1857). The Writings of Madame
Swetchine (1869)

We have to try to cure our faults by attention and not by will. ~Simone Weil (1909-1943). Gravity and Grace (1947)

The authentic and pure values, truth, beauty, and goodness, in the activity of a human being are the result of one and
the same act, a certain application of the full attention to the object. Teaching should have no aim but to prepare, by
training the attention, for the possibility of such an act. All the other advantages of instruction are without interest.
~Simone Weil (1909-1943). Gravity and Grace (1947)

Audience (1407)

Audiences are always better pleased with a smart retort, some joke or epigram, than with any amount of reasoning.
~Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935). The Living Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1935)
In the theater, I've found that, in general, reaction and laughter come easier at an evening performance, when the
audience is more inclined to forget its troubles. Matinee customers must enter the theater in a more matter-of-fact
frame of mind, hanging on tightly before they let themselves go. ~Beatrice Lillie (1894-1989). Every Other Inch a
Lady (1972)

I can never remember being afraid of an audience. If the audience could do better, they'd be up here on stage and I'd be
out there watching them. ~Ethel Merman (1908-1984). In Barbara McDowell and Hana Umlauf, Woman's Almanac

On the outskirts of every agony sits some observant fellow who points. ~Virginia Woolf (1882-1941). The Waves

Awareness (1880)

Eden is that old-fashioned House / We dwell in every day / Without suspecting our abode / Until we drive away.
~Emily Dickinson (1830-1886). (c. 1862-1886). The Single Hound ( 1914)

It's so easy to be wicked without knowing it, isn't it? ~L. M. Montgomery (1874-1942). Anne of Green Gables (1908)

It's exhilarating to be alive in a time of awakening consciousness; it can also be confusing, disorienting, and painful.
~Adrienne Rich (1929-). "When we Dead Awaken: Writing as Re-Vision," On Lies, Secrets, and Silence (1978)

It was as if I had worked for years on the wrong side of a tapestry, learning accurately all its lines and figures, yet
always missing its color and sheen. ~Anna Louise Strong (1885-1970). I Change Worlds (1935)

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