A very long time ago I started “collecting” quotes. The list is ever-growing and ongoing, but these are some of my favorites thus far. ~ TS

β€œSelf-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” – Isaac Asimov

“You want to write a sentence as clean as a bone.” – James Baldwin

“You think your pain and heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, and then you read.” – James Baldwin

“The last temptation is the greatest treason, to do the right deed for the wrong reason.” – T.S. Eliot

“I don’t have to attend every argument I’m invited to.” – Dorothy Parker

“Tell him I was too fucking busy, or vice versa.” -Dorothy Parker

“Censorship is telling a man he can’t have a steak just because a baby can’t chew it.” – Mark Twain

“It would be a terrific innovation if you could get your mind to stretch a little further than the next wisecrack.” – Katharine Hepburn as “Terry Randall” in “Stage Door”

“You have to learn to accept rejection and reject acceptance.” -Ray Bradbury

“Develop your own compass and trust it. Take risks, dare to fail, remember the first person through the wall always gets hurt.” -Aaron Sorkin

“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who use the words.” – Philip K. Dick

“There’s nothing more provocative than minding your own business.” -William S. Burroughs

“Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” – Jack Kerouac

“He who wants a rose must respect the thorn.” – Persian Proverb

“Not my circus. Not my monkeys.” – Polish Proverb

“Youth is wholly experimental.” -Robert Louis Stevenson

“Don’t be humble, you’re not that great.” – Golda Meir

“I wrote my first novel because I wanted to read it.” – Toni Morrison

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” -Emily Bronte

“She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

“The crime of book purging is that it involves a rejection of the word. For the word is never absolute truth, but only man’s frail and human effort to approach the truth. To reject the word is to reject the human search.” – Max Lerner

“You cannot blame a writer for what the characters say.”- Truman Capote

“I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am. I am. I am.” – Sylvia Plath

“A book is made of one’s own flesh and blood of years. It is cremated youth. It is all yours. No one gave it to you.” – Willa Cather

“And so I ask with shaking head, how many of my selves are dead?” – James Whitcomb Riley

“An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile hoping it will eat him last.” – Sir Winston Churchill

“As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.” -Antisthenes Pinto

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela

“Twelfth night, we go, after something everyone should know.” – D. Hopkins, “Pieces of the Night,” The Gin Blossoms

“Among them but not of them.” – Lord Byron

“As dyed in blood, the streaming vines appear,
While long and low the wind about them grieves,
The heart of Autumn must have broken here,
And poured its treasure out upon the leaves.” – Charlotte Fiske Bates, Woodbines in October

“I am not your blowing wind. I am the lightning. I am not your autumn moon. I am the night.” – Audioslave, “I am the Highway”

“yours is the light by which my spirit’s born: you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars.” – ee cummings

“how fortunate are you and i whose home is timelessness” – ee cummings

“It seems to me in every culture I come across a chapter headed Wisdom. And then I know what is going to follow. Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” -Ludwig Wittgenstein, “Personal Recollections” by Rush Rhees

“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.” – Anne Sexton

“It is always night or we wouldn’t need light.” – Thelonious Monk