The best Quotations

The notion that one will not survive a particular catastrophe is, in general terms, a comfort since it is equivalent to abolishing the catastrophe.
- Iris Murdoch

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Quotation We often pretend to fear what we really despise, and more often despise what we really fear. - writer
Quotation Luck is being in the right place at the right time, but location and timing are to some extent under our control. - writer
Quotation If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you grow old. - writer
Quotation Mothers born on relief have their babies on relief. Nothingness, truly, seems to be the condition of these New York people. They are nomads going from one rooming house to another, looking for a toilet that functions. - writer
Quotation A poet's pleasure is to withhold a little of his meaning, to intensify by mystification. He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it. - writer
Quotation To write the lives of the great in separating them from their works necessarily ends by above all stressing their pettiness, because it is in their work that they have put the best of themselves. - writer