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The book of life is filled with incoherent riddles.
Life's true lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Live-By

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

A closed mind is like a closed book;
just a block of wood.
- Chinese proverb

The Lessons of the Book of Life are
Writ Small in its Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Life is a Book of Riddles,
with the Real Lessons Writ Small in its Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The real lessons from the book of life
are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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The Book of Life is a Book of Riddles,
with its Real Lessons Writ Small in the Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The things of this world exist;
they are; you can't refuse them.
- Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching - Book One #2 - version by Ursula K. Le Guin

Marriage - a book of which the first chapter is written
in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
- Beverley Nichols

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth,
and that is that no instruction book came with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The only way to store information is by agreement.
The belief system is like a Book of Law that rules our mind.
Our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive.
Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others,
but we cannot accept and love ourselves.
- don Miguel Ruiz

O Day of days when we can read!
The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not everyone is always going to like what you do.
Your job application, your book proposal,
your offer of marriage is going to
get rejected sometimes - perhaps often.
Your boss, your spouse, even the person
behind you in the supermarket checkout line
is occasionally going to think that you are doing it all wrong.
Don't take it personally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back.
- Charles M. Schulz in his Peanuts cartoon

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table.
- Elie Wiesel

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
- Saint Augustine

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
- Omar Khayyam

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.
- Harrison Ford

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.
I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.
What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
- Henry David Thoreau

If I read a book that impresses me,
I have to take myself firmly in hand
before I mix with other people;
otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.
- Anne Frank

It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book.
- Cyril Connolly

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen,
is that you can take it to bed with you.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club.
You're not out of it until the computer says you're out of it.
- Erma Bombeck

The joke in our family is that we can cry reading the phone book.
- Ron Reagan

There is not one big cosmic meaning for all,
there is only the meaning we each give to our life,
an individual meaning, an individual plot,
like an individual novel, a book for each person.
- Anais Nin

The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment,
to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
- Charles Du Bos (1882-1939), from his book Approximations (1922)
(not Charles DuBois or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

I am writing a book about the Crusades so dull that I can scarcely write it.
- Hilaire Belloc

To me I think artists in general make a statement -
and for the rest of their lives -
every album,
every book - are variations on a theme.
- Mark Mothersbaugh

He could have made it right with the book.
But he hasn't.
He is a revisionist of history.
He has lied.
- Monica Lewinsky

When I write a book, I'm making it the best book I can.
- Thomas Perry

I have written a book.
This will come as quite a shock to some.
They didn't think I could read, much less write.
- George W. Bush

Research to me is as important or more important than the writing.
It is the foundation upon which the book is built.
- Leon Uris

The chief reason for going to school is to get the
impression fixed for life that there is a book side for everything.
- Robert Frost

Even before he had one book published,
Jack was one of those people you could feel was very special.
- David Amram

Don't write the book you think publishers want to commission.
Plenty of other writers will be doing the same thing.
- Louise Brown

This is perhaps the most profound meaning of the book of Job,
the best example of wisdom.
- Paul Ricoeur

Here's the secret to finishing that first book.
Don't rewrite as you go.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

A good title is the title of a successful book.
- Robert C. Gallagher

A book that furnishes no quotations is no book -
it is a plaything.
- Thomas Love Peacock

I've come to think of Europe as a hardcover book,
America as the paperback version.
- Don DeLillo

To me a book is a message from the gods to mankind;
or,
if not, should never be published at all.
- Aleister Crowley

I can't even say I've begun yet, but I'm trying on
the idea that there is a book in my future.
- Kathy Mattea

I didn't write the book to sell the book,
but to tell my experiences.
- Larry Hagman

I've heard rumors that the Petersons are writing a book.
It will be very interesting to see what they have to say,
but I don't know anything about the Rochas.
- Catherine Crier

It's the same thing in a way, although writing a book
is a very solitary thing.
- Neil Jordan

My work looks like a comic book in form,
but it's not a typical comic book in content.
I write autobiographical stuff.
- Harvey Pekar

Because they feel that without them telling you to do this,
you wouldn't have had the characters that you have,
you wouldn't have the book that you have.
- Dan DeCarlo

I think Maus I is better than Maus II.
The standard here is whether or not it's as good as
a great book of prose literature and by that standard,
no, it's not that great.
- Ted Rall

No two persons ever read the same book.
- Edmund Wilson

Every time I write a nonfiction book I get sued.
- Joseph Wambaugh

The difference between writing a book and being on
television is the difference between conceiving a child
and having a baby made in a test tube.
- Norman Mailer

The final lesson a writer learns is that
everything can nourish the writer.
The dictionary, a new word, a voyage, an encounter,
a talk on the street, a book, a phrase learned.
- Anais Nin

Be not content with the best book; seek sidelights from the others;
have no favourites.
- Lord Acton

I wouldn't write a book, because saying the word I
over and over again would nauseate me.
- John Kluge

We learned in the university to consider Wordsworth and Keats as Romantics.
They were only a generation apart, but Wordsworth didn't
even read Keats's book when he gave him a copy.
- Thom Gunn

I am being frank about myself in this book.
I tell of my first mistake on page 850.
- Henry A. Kissinger

It's a natural thing for people to say,
you know, Who's in this book? I find myself get ting a little defensive.
People come along and I'm waiting for that first question.
- Hugh Leonard

I never planned on doing a book about Paul Farmer or his organization.
I met him in Haiti when I was on a magazine assignment.
It's almost like his story sort of fell in my lap.
- Tracy Kidder

God forbid that any book should be banned.
The practice is as indefensible as infanticide.
- Rebecca West

The one book necessary to be understood by a divine,
is the Bible; any others are to be read,
chiefly, in order to understand that.
- Francis Lockier

It was more exciting to get that first book published,
I think.
- Robert McCloskey

I really want to do a book on the history of the no-wave music scene in New York,
how it extended out and formed lots of other things.
It was such a great visual culture.
- Thurston Moore

The Bible - it's sort of the other person in the room.
There's this book, the reader, and the Bible.
- Anita Diament

I got a book deal without even turning in one shred of a writing sample.
- Janice Dickinson

Ideally a book would have no order in it,
and the reader would have to discover his own.
- Raoul Vaneigem

I am re-reading Henry James as a change from history.
I began with Daisy Miller, and I've just finished Washington Square.
What a brilliant, painful book.
- Antonia Fraser

So, while I gave up the notions of publishing at that time,
I never stopped editing and refining that book.
A few years later, in 1987, I thought I had it ready to go out again.
- R. A. Salvatore


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