Jigs & Reels – Joanne Harris – Quotes

Short and sweet like a short story, here are a few quotes from Jigs&Reels by Joanne Harris A change of costume here, of location there: stories do not die, but are simply reincarnated every generation or so into a different time and idiom - from Fule’s Gold I cried at the unfairness of it all: …

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Helgoland – Carlo Rovelli – Quotes

Not to fear rethinking the world is the power of science Individual objects are the way in which they interact. If there was an object that had no interactions, no effect upon anything, emitted no light, attracted nothing and repelled nothing, was not touched and had no smell… it would be as good as non-existent. …

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Men Without Women: Stories – Haruki Murakami – Quotes

From Drive My Car: He wasn’t good at small talk. While he didn’t dislike talking to people he knew well about things that mattered, he otherwise preferred to remain silent. From Yesterday: Because in the final analysis, the language we speak constitutes who we are as people From An Independent Organ:  The deep sense of …

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The Debutante and Other Stories – Leonora Carrington – Quotes

From introduction by Sheila Heti: How many writers today would dare to write as Carrington does? Everyone tries to make so much sense - not only to themselves, but to others, especially. I don't know if she was trying to make sense also to her Surrealist friends, but I know that sense was low on …

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Streetfight. Handbook for an Urban Revolution – Janette Sadik-Khan, Seth Solomonow – Quotes

It wasn’t really about the engineering of the space, the real battle was about the culture — about changing the hearts and minds of New Yorkers, of changing their minds about who their streets were for. If building roads actually resulted in less traffic, then surely after sixty years of interstate highway construction we would …

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman – Quotes

I was neither curvaceous nor waif-like. I was normal-sized and normal-faced ( on one side anyway). Did men ever look in the mirror, I wondered, and find themselves wanting in deeply fundamental ways? When they opened a newspaper or watched a film, were they presented with nothing but exceptionally handsome young men, and did this …

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The Guilty Feminist – Deborah Frances-White – Quotes

Just because we’ve been hardwired to be self-critical and distracted by meaningless, unattainable goals doesn’t mean we aren’t feminists. It’s one reason we need feminism! We’re allowed to acknowledge, to try to reverse and even laugh at our own cultural brainwashing while we tackle the big stuff. When I first wrote this list, I did …

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