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Alice Munro Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Alice Munro

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That's something I think is growing on me as I get older:
happy endings.
- Alice Munro

I can't play bridge.
I don't play tennis.
All those things that people learn, and I admire,
there hasn't seemed time for.
But what there is time for is looking out the window.
- Alice Munro

Memory is the way we keep telling ourselves our stories -
and telling other people a somewhat different version of our stories.
- Alice Munro

In twenty years I've never had a day when I didn't
have to think about someone else's needs.
And this means the writing has to be fitted around it.
- Alice Munro

 

In my own work, I tend to cover a lot of time and to
jump back and forward in time,
and sometimes the way I do this is not very straightforward.
- Alice Munro

Sometimes I get the start of a story from a memory,
an anecdote, but that gets lost and is usually unrecognizable in the final story.
- Alice Munro

I want the reader to feel something is astonishing.
Not the 'what happens,' but the way everything happens.
These long short story fictions do that best,
for me.
- Alice Munro

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The complexity of things - the things within things -
just seems to be endless.
I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple.
- Alice Munro

The deep, personal material of the latter half of your life is your children.
You can write about your parents when they're gone,
but your children are still going to be here,
and you're going to want them to come and visit you in the nursing home.
- Alice Munro

The stories are not autobiographical,
but they're personal in that way.
I seem to know only the things that I've learned.
Probably some things through observation,
but what I feel I know surely is personal.
- Alice Munro

Those who believe they can do something
and those who believe they can't
are both right.
- Henry Ford PHOTO

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher PHOTO

If you love something, set it free;
if it comes back it's yours,
if it doesn't, it never was.
- Richard Bach

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When a person doesn't have gratitude,
something is missing in his or her humanity.
A person can almost be defined by
his or her attitude toward gratitude.
- Elie Wiesel

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill PHOTO

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are
something to do,
something to love,
and something to hope for.
- Joseph Addison

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy PHOTO

Impart as much as you can of your spiritual being
to those who are on the road with you,
and accept as something precious
what comes back to you from them.
- Albert Schweitzer

Anything I can not transform
into something marvelous, I let go.
- Anais Nin

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The moment we want to believe something,
we suddenly see all the arguments for it,
and become blind to the arguments against it.
- George Bernard Shaw

I live to experience something new each day -
to learn something new,
meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone's life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child,
we should first examine it and see whether it is
not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
- Carl Jung

Well, it seems to me that the best relationships -
the ones that last -
are frequently the ones that are rooted in friendship.
You know, one day you look at the person
and you see something more than you did the night before.
Like a switch has been flicked somewhere.
And the person who was just a friend is...
suddenly the only person you can ever imagine yourself with.
- Dana Scully

Our desires always disappoint us;
for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction,
yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.
- Elbert Hubbard

I used to tell my husband that,
if he could make me "understand" something,
it would be clear to all the other people in the country.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Fear of something is at the root of hate for others,
and hate within will eventually destroy the hater.
- George Washington Carver

We disrespect ourselves and our free-will
whenever we say that we NEED to do something.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Happiness is not something ready made.
It comes from your own actions.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared
believe that something inside of them was superior to circumstance.
- Bruce Barton

Aim above morality.
Be not simply good,
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

No individual has any right to come into the world
and go out of it without leaving something behind.
- George Washington Carver

You should never be content with so little,
when you can reach out for something big.
- Charles L. Allen
(This quote is about making a big difference
in the world - not about greed)

When one has nothing to lose, one becomes courageous.
We are timid only when
there is something we can still cling to.
- Carlos Castaneda

To succeed, you need to find
something to hold on to,
something to motivate you,
something to inspire you.
- Tony Dorsett

Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.
- Albert Schweitzer

Be not merely good; be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

There are a hundred valid reasons why something can't be done,
but only one reason, Commitment, why it can.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.
- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Existence needs you.
Without you, something will be missing
in existence and nobody can replace it.
Thats what gives you dignity,
that the whole existence will miss you.
- Osho

Well excuse me - we've got something
a little unusual going on here -
time travel, parallel universes,
or just a little common ordinary insanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is joy in work.
There is no happiness except in the realization
that we have accomplished something.
- Henry Ford

Every thought you think
and every word you speak
is affirming something.
- Louise L. Hay

Destiny is not a matter of chance,
It is a matter of choice.
It is not something to be waited for,
But rather something to be achieved.
- William Jennings Bryan

Service is the rent we pay for being.
It is the very purpose of life,
and not something you do in your spare time.
- Marion Wright Edelman

A hero is someone who has given his life to
something bigger than himself
or something other than himself.
- Joseph Campbell

I submit to you that if a man hasn't
discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ending a sentence with a preposition is
something up with which I will not put.
- Winston Churchill

For everything you have missed,
you have gained something else,
and for everything you gain,
you lose something else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

This moment! - this here-now - is forgotten
when you start thinking in terms of achieving something.
When the achieving mind arises,
you lose contact with the paradise you are in.
- Osho

We never NEED anything; we never NEED to do something.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To be yourself in a world that
is constantly trying to make you something else
is the greatest accomplishment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't live down to expectations.
Go out there and do something remarkable.
- Wendy Wasserstein

In times of great stress or adversity,
it's always best to keep busy,
to plow your anger and your energy
into something positive.
- Lee Iacocca

You can't live a perfect day without doing something
for someone who will never be able to repay you.
- John Wooden

Worrying is like a rocking chair,
it gives you something to do,
but it gets you nowhere.
- Glenn Turner

To oppose something is to maintain it.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can't do anything about the length of your life,
but you can do something about its width and depth.
- Evan Esar

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

The right to do something doesn't mean that doing it is right.
- William Safire

For everything you have missed,
you have gained something else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

When a stupid man is doing something he is ashamed of,
he always declares that it's his duty.
- George Bernard Shaw

Stand up to your obstacles
and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't
half the strength you think they have.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Praying is important when you wake up
at two o'clock in the morning
feeling sick from eating something dumb the day before.
- Charlie Brown in Charles M. Schulz' cartoon Peanuts

If you don't like something, change it,
If you can't change it, change your attitude
- Maya Angelou

Unless you try to do something
beyond what you have already mastered,
you will never grow.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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