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You see a lot of smart guys with dumb women, but you hardly ever see a smart woman with a dumb guy.
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't.
And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
I have accepted fear as a part of life - specifically the fear of change... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back.
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
The stones themselves are thick with history, and those cats that dash through the alleyways must surely be the ghosts of the famous dead in feline disguise.
Ambivalence is a wonderful tune to dance to. It has a rhythm all its own.
Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.
How wonderful to have someone to blame! How wonderful to live with one's nemesis! You may be miserable, but you feel forever in the right.
My generation was not only maligned in book reviews and attacked in graduate school but we lived to see our adored and adorable daughters wonder why feminism had become a dirty word.
Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
Love is everything it's cracked up to be. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for.
Always do the things you fear the most. Courage is an acquired taste, like caviar.
My mother wanted me to be her wings, to fly as she never quite had the courage to do. I love her for that. I love the fact that she wanted to give birth to her own wings.
I am old enough to know that laughter, not anger, is the true revelation.
We are so scared of being judged that we look for every excuse to procrastinate.
The trick is not how much pain you feel - but how much joy you feel
Conflict is the soul of literature.
Anger is really disappointed hope.
Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
Humor is one of the most serious tools we have for dealing with impossible situations.
I have not ceased being fearful, but I have ceased to let fear control me.
I stand in the mist and cry, thinking of myself standing in the mist and crying, and wondering if I will ever be able to use this experience in a book.
Betrayal betrays the betrayer.
Where is Hollywood located? Chiefly between the ears. In that part of the American brain lately vacated by God.
If you imagine the world listening, you'll never write a line. That's why privacy is so important. You should write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone.
Driving me away is easier than saying goodbye.
In any triangle, who is the betrayer, who the unseen rival, and who the humiliated lover? Oneself, oneself, and no one but oneself!
To name oneself is the first act of both the poet and the revolutionary.
Images are ... a kind of emotional shorthand.
Sadly, because of the enormous gap between rich and poor, some mothers can afford helpers, but many can't. Those who can would be kinder to refrain from criticizing other women.
The soul is awakened through service.
At fifty the madwoman in the attic breaks loose, stomps down the stairs, and sets fire to the house. She won't be imprisoned anymore.
Fame means millions of people have the wrong idea of who you are.
We are finally driven to monogamy not by morality but by exhaustion.
Singularity shows something wrong in the mind.
Every country gets the circus it deserves. Spain gets bullfights. Italy the Church. America Hollywood.
It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.
If we can be sufficient unto ourselves, we need fear no entangling webs.
The sexuality doesn't end. It really doesn't. You're sexual your whole life, if you're a sexual person.
The trick is not how much pain you feel--but how much joy you feel. Any idiot can feel pain. Life is full of excuses to feel pain, excuses not to live, excuses, excuses, excuses.
A book is a box brimming with incendiary material. The reader strikes the match.
Divorce is my generation's coming of age ceremony - a ritual scarring that makes anything that happens afterward seem bearable.
What I would like to give my daughter is freedom. And this is something that must be given by example, not by exhortation.
As a reader, I want a book to kidnap me into its world. Its world must make my so-called real world seem flimsy. Its world must lure me to return. When I close the book, I should feel bereft.
Writers are doubters, compulsives, self-flagellants. The torture only stops for brief moments.
Hate generalizes; love is particular.
Women are their own worst enemies. And guilt is the main weapon of self-torture . . . Show me a woman who doesn't feel guilty and I'll show you a man.
The hardest part is believing in yourself at the notebook stage. It is like believing in dreams in the morning.
At times it is strangely sedative to know the extent of your own powerlessness.