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#1. Writing this letter is like putting a note in a bottle
And hoping
It will reach Japan. - Author: Alice Munro
Munro quotes by Alice Munro
#2. Life is full of its disappointments, and I suppose the art of being happy is to disguise them as illusions. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#3. She barely notices when I say that I am going on to Toronto to visit my grandparents. Except to remark that they must be really old. Not a word about Alister. Not even a bad word. She would not have forgotten. Just tidied up the scene and put it away in a closet with her former selves. Or maybe she really is a person who can deal recklessly with humiliation. - Author: Alice Munro
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#4. The college library was a high beautiful space, designed and built and paid for by people who believed that those who sat at the long tables before open books - even those who were hung-over, sleepy, resentful, and uncomprehending - should have space above them, panels of dark gleaming wood around them, high windows bordered with Latin admonitions, through which to look at the sky. For a few years before they went into schoolteaching or business or began to rear children, they should have that. And now it was my turn and I should have it too. - Author: Alice Munro
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#5. The stinging nettles that we must have got into are more insignificant plants, with a paler purple flower, and stalks wickedly outfitted with fine, fierce, skin-piercing and inflaming spines. Those would be present too, unnoticed, in all the flourishing of the waste meadow. - Author: Alice Munro
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#6. Children with Hyacinth's temperament don't know better as they grow older; they merely know more. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#7. The cat is domestic only as far as suits its own ends ... - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#8. It was all he could do. To make her see what she was doing, what she was ending, and to punish her if she did so. Nobody would blame him. There might be finagling, there might be bargaining, there would certainly be humbling of herself, but there it was, like a round cold stone in her gullet, like a cannonball. And it would remain there unless she changed her mind entirely. The children stay, - Author: Alice Munro
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#9. When two human beings divided by hostility are both, at the same time, mystified - no, frightened - by the same apparition, there is a bond that springs up between them, and they find themselves united in the most unexpected way. United in their humanity - that is the only way I can describe it. We parted almost as friends. - Author: Alice Munro
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#10. So what about me? Would I always have to find a high horse? The moral relish, the rising above, the being in the right, which can make me flaunt my losses. - Author: Alice Munro
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#11. Once, before leaving on vacation, I copied an entire page from an Alice Munro story and left it in my typewriter, hoping a burglar might come upon it and mistake her words for my own. That an intruder would spend his valuable time reading, that he might be impressed by the description of a crooked face, was something I did not question, as I believed, and still do, that stories save you. - Author: Jincy Willett
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#12. You want in all cases for the story to get through the writing. - Author: Alice Munro
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#13. Pots can show malice, the patterns of linoleum can leer up at you, treachery is the other side of dailiness. - Author: Alice Munro
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#14. The secret o' health, happiness and success is deep breathing, buttermilk instead o' beer, your bedroom window open, a penny a week and a mind weel disciplined. - Author: Neil Munro
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#15. But my considered opinion, after long reflection, is that, whilst in many places the effect of "Ulysses" on the reader undoubtedly is somewhat emetic, nowhere does it tend to be an aphrodisiac. - Author: John Munro Woolsey
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#16. It's not possible to advise a young writer because every young writer is so different. You might say, 'Read,' but a writer can read too much and be paralyzed. Or, 'Don't read, don't think, just write,' and the result could be a mountain of drivel. If you're going to be a writer you'll probably take a lot of wrong turns and then one day just end up writing something you have to write, then getting it better and better just because you want it to be better, and even when you get old and think 'There must be something else people do,' you won't quite be able to quit. - Author: Alice Munro
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#17. Children Katy's age had no problem with monotony. In fact they embraced it, diving into it and wrapping the familiar words round their tongues as if they were a candy that could last forever. - Author: Alice Munro
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#18. It almost seemed as if there must be some random and of course unfair thrift in the emotional housekeeping of the world, if the great happiness
however temporary, however flimsy
of one person could come out of the great unhappiness of another. - Author: Alice Munro
Munro quotes by Alice Munro
#19. She sits in her usual ample armchair, with piles of books and unopened magazines around her. She sips cautiously from the mug of weak herb tea which is now her substitute for coffee. At one time she thought that she could not live without coffee, but it turned out that it is really the warm large mug she wants in her hands, that is the aid to thought or whatever it is she practices through the procession of hours, or of days. - Author: Alice Munro
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#20. Maybe it's an addiction, she says, but she looks around her at meetings and she can't help thinking that meetings are good for people. They make people feel everything isn't such a muddle. - Author: Alice Munro
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#21. Her frocks are built in Paris, but she wears them with a strong English accent. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#22. Vagina man,' said Bunny, and his two colleagues went quiet and nodded in silent agreement. - Author: Nick Cave
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#23. I want my stories to be something about life that causes people to say, not, oh, isn't that the truth, but to feel some kind of reward from the writing, and that doesn't mean that it has to be a happy ending or anything, but just that everything the story tells moves the reader in such a way that you feel you are a different person when you finish. - Author: Alice Munro
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#24. Fiona had never learned her mother's language and she had never shown much respect for the stories that it preserved-the stories that Grant had taught and written about, and still did write about, in his working life. She referred to their heroes as "old Njal" or "old Snorri." But in the last few years she had developed an interest in the country itself and looked at travel guides. She read about William Morris's trip, and Auden's. She didn't really plan to travel there. She said the weather was too dreadful. Also-she said-there ought to be one place you thought about and knew about and maybe longed for-but never did get to see. - Author: Alice Munro
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#25. And so it often happened with those practical people. In spite of their calculations, their survival instincts, they might not get as far as they had quite reasonable expected. - Author: Alice Munro
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#26. People doing something that seems to them natural and necessary. At least, one of them is doing what seems natural and necessary, and the other believes that the important thing is for that person to be free, to go ahead. They understand that other people - Author: Alice Munro
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#27. Always remember that when a man goes out of the room, he leaves everything in it behind ... When a woman goes out she carries everything that happened in the room along with her. - Author: Alice Munro
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#28. People talk vaguely about the innocence of a little child, but they take mighty good care not to let it out of their sight for twenty minutes. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#29. One stroke of lightning does not have to lead anywhere, but to the next stroke of lightning. - Author: Alice Munro
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#30. I did not understand why Alfrida looked at him with such a fiercely encouraging smile. All of my experience of a woman with men, of a woman listening to her man, hoping and hoping that he will establish himself as somebody she can reasonably be proud of, was in the future. - Author: Alice Munro
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#31. The thing is to be happy,' he said. 'No matter what. Just try that. You can. It gets to be easier and easier. It's nothing to do with circumstances. You wouldn't believe how good it is. Accept everything and then tragedy disappears. Or tragedy lightens, anyway, you're just there, going along easy in the world. - Author: Alice Munro
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#32. So it wasn't Peggy I was interested in, not her tears, her crumpled looks. She reminded me too much of myself. It was her comforters I marvelled at. How they seemed to bow down and declare themselves in front of her.
What had they been saying? Nothing in particular. All right, they said. It's all right, Peggy, they said. Now, Peggy. All right. All right.
Such kindness. That anybody could be so kind.
It is true that these young men, brought to our country to train for bombing missions on which so many of them would be killed, might have been speaking in the normal accents of Cornwall or Kent or Hull or Scotland. But to me they seemed unable to open their mouths without uttering some kind of blessing, a blessing on the moment. It didn't occur to me that their futures were all bound up with disaster, or that their ordinary lives had flown out the window and smashed on the ground. I just thought of the blessing, how wonderful to get on the receiving end of it, how lucky and undeserving was that Peggy. - Author: Alice Munro
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#33. this is not a story, only life. - Author: Alice Munro
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#34. The dark and the snow are too thick for him to see beyond the first trees. He's been in there before at this time, when the dark shuts down in early winter. But now he pays attention, he notices something about the bush that he thinks he has missed those other times. How tangled up in itself it is, how dense and secret. It's not a matter of one tree after another, it's all the trees together, aiding and abetting one another and weaving into one thing. A transformation, behind your back.
There's another name for the bush, and this name is stalking around in his mind, in and out of where he can almost grasp it. But not quite. It's a tall word that seems ominous but indifferent. - Author: Alice Munro
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#35. A fluid choice, the choice of fantasy, is poured out on the ground and instantly hardens; it has taken its undeniable shape. - Author: Alice Munro
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#36. Braininess is not attractive unless combined with some signs of elegance; class. - Author: Alice Munro
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#37. You live more in five minutes on a bike like this going flat out than some people live in a lifetime. - Author: Burt Munro
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#38. Speculation can be more gentle, can take its time, when it is not driven by desire. - Author: Alice Munro
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#39. A reader of The Unspeakables recently contacted me. She said she had become so engrossed with the paperback she'd taken it to the top of a Munro whilst climbing on the Isle of Mull. I'm delighted to have three-dimensional circulation as well. - Author: Peter F. Jemison
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#40. All they did was stir up desire, and longing, and hopelessness, a trio of miserable caged wildcats that had been installed in me without my permission, or at least without my understanding how long they would live and how vicious they would be. - Author: Alice Munro
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#41. As they say in Hollywood, that's a wrap! And the oscar goes to Tudor North and Tash Munro for an outstanding debut performance in a sex scene! - Author: Tillie Cole
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#42. To be a femme fatale you don't have to be slinky and sensuous and disastrously beautiful, you just have to have the will to disturb. - Author: Alice Munro
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#43. Roly Grain, his name was, and he does not have any further part in what I'm writing now, in spite of his troll's name, because this is not a story, only life. - Author: Alice Munro
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#44. The man is a common murderer. A common murderer, possible, but a very uncommon cook. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#45. What he carried with him, all he carried with him, was a lack, something like a lack of air, of proper behavior in his lungs, a difficulty that he supposed would go on forever. - Author: Alice Munro
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#46. I think that this is minor. Things will happen in your life - things will probably happen in your life - that will make this seem minor. Other things you'll be able to feel guilty about. - Author: Alice Munro
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#47. Her hair had been long and wavy and brown then, natural in curl and color, as he liked it, and her face bashful and soft
a reflection less of the way she was than of the way he wanted to see her. - Author: Alice Munro
Munro quotes by Alice Munro
#48. On horseback he seemed to require as many hands as a Hindu god, at least four for clutching the reins, and two more for patting the horse soothingly on the neck. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#49. As a matter of fact she does not know to this day if those words were spoken, or if he only caught her, wound his arms around her, held her so tightly, with such continual, changing pressures that it seemed more than two arms were needed, that she was surrounded by him, his body strong and light, demanding and renouncing all at once, as if he was telling her she was wrong to give up on him, everything was possible, but then again that she was not wrong, he meant to stamp himself on her and go."
"Passion - Author: Alice Munro
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#50. Georgia took once a creative-writing course, and what the instructor told her was: Too many things. Too many things going on at the same time; also too many people. Think, he told her. What is the important thing? What do you want us to pay attention to? Think.
Eventually she wrote a story that was about her grandfather killing chickens, and the instructor seemed to be pleased with it. Georgia herself thought that it was a fake. She made a long list of all the things that had been left out and handed it in as an appendix to the story. The instructor said that she expected too much, of herself and of the process, and that she was wearing him out.
The course was not a total loss, because Georgia and the instructor ended up living together. - Author: Alice Munro
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#51. Why is there always this twitchiness, when you introduce a man to a woman friend, about whether the man will be bored or put off? - Author: Alice Munro
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#52. In respect of the recurrent emergence of the theme of sex in the minds of [Joyce's] characters, it must always be remembered that his locale was Celtic and his season spring. - Author: John Munro Woolsey
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#53. She could not explain or quite understand that it wasn't altogether jealousy she felt, it was rage. And not because she couldn't shop like that or dress like that. It was because that was what girls were supposed to be like. That was what men - people, everybody - thought they should be like. Beautiful, treasured, spoiled, selfish, pea-brained. That was what a girl should be, to be fallen in love with. Then she would become a mother and she'd be all mushily devoted to her babies. Not selfish anymore, but just as pea-brained. Forever. - Author: Alice Munro
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#54. It occurred to me that I would like to be a poet. The chief qualification, I understand is that you must be born. Well, I hunted up my birth certificate, and found that I was all right on that score. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#55. Life would be grand if it weren't for the people. - Author: Alice Munro
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#56. Find yourself a cup of tea, the teapot is behind you. Now tell me about hundreds of things. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#57. Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown." And he replied, "Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way." Then - Author: Alice Munro
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#58. Like the children in fairy stories who have seen their parents make pacts with terrifying strangers, who have discovered that our fears are based on nothing but the truth, but who come back fresh from marvellous escapes and take up their knives and forks, with humility and good manners, prepared to live happily ever after
like them, dazed and powerful with secrets, I never said a word - Author: Alice Munro
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#59. In dreams you can have the feeling that you've had this dream before, that you have this dream over and over again, and you know that it's really nothing that simple. You know that there's a whole underground system that you call 'dreams,' having nothing better to call them, and that this system is not like roads or tunnels but more like a live body network, all coiling and stretching, unpredictable but finally familiar - where you are now, where you've always been. - Author: Alice Munro
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#60. Kings of the land and the sky we are; proud gryphons. Stalker stands, the epitome of pride. Naked and muscular, his wings widen and his feet dig in as if he alone holds down the earth and supports the heavens, keeping the two ever separate. - Author: Elizabeth Munro
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#61. Why is it a surprise to find that people other than ourselves are able to tell lies? - Author: Alice Munro
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#62. They were all in their early thirties. An age at which it is sometimes hard to admit that what you are living is your life. - Author: Alice Munro
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#63. It wasn't until I started to read short stories - by people like Alice Munro, Mavis Gallant, John Updike ... Eudora Welty - that I became excited about the possibilities of writing. - Author: Carol Windley
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#64. I always say beauty is only sin deep. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#65. I don't take up the story and follow it as if it were a road, taking me somewhere ... I go into it, and
move back and forth
and settle here and there, and stay in it for a while. It is more
like a house.
Alice Munro on reading. - Author: Alice Munro
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#66. The relatives didn't feel slighted - they had a limited interest in people like Roy who had just married into the family, and not even contributed any children to it, and who were not like themselves. They were large, expansive, talkative. He was short, compact, quiet. - Author: Alice Munro
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#67. 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. - Author: Alice Munro
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#68. The Australian backyard was once built for tradesmen and outdoor toilets. As suburbs spread, it became a playground and source of pride ... - Author: Pete Munro
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#69. Half my concern in love became how to disguise love, to make it harmless and merry. - Author: Alice Munro
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#70. To be among people who are smothered in furs when one hasn't any oneself makes one want to break most of the Commandments. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#71. I loved taking off. In my own house, I seemed to be often looking for a place to hide - sometimes from the children but more often from the jobs to be done and the phone ringing and the sociability of the neighborhood. I wanted to hide so that I could get busy at my real work, which was a sort of wooing of distant parts of myself. - Author: Alice Munro
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#72. The problem, the only problem, is my mother. And she is the one of course that I am trying to get; it is to reach her that this whole journey has been undertaken. With what purpose? To mark her off, to describe, to illumine, to celebrate, to get rid of her; and it did not work, for she looms too close, just as she always did. She is heavy as always, she weighs everything down, and yet she is indistinct, her edges melt and flow. Which means she has stuck to me as close as ever and refused to fall away, and I could go on, and on, applying what skills I have, using what tricks I know, and it would always be the same. - Author: Alice Munro
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#73. The conversation of kisses. Subtle, engrossing, fearless, transforming. - Author: Alice Munro
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#74. And in the sting and misery of his defeat, he began to chant loudly and defiantly the hymn of his threatened idol:
Sredni Vashtar went forth,
His thoughts were red thoughts and his teeth were white.
His enemies called for peace, but he brought them death.
Sredni Vashtar the Beautiful. - Author: Saki
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#75. All these jobs that seemed incidental and almost playful, on the borders of my real life, were going to move front and center. - Author: Alice Munro
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#76. You evidently feel that brevity is the soul of widowhood. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#77. What kind of hellish punishment does Lev have planned if he needs the females' crazy magic moon water? Nothing Talon has ever heard of but the gryphon is a recluse and stories about him keep children from sneaking out alone; a terribly convoluted mixture of the rogue army attack on his eyrie, death, and the name Lev, one of the few survivors mean enough to live through it. - Author: Elizabeth Munro
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#78. And at the end of his letter one terrible sentence.
'If I loved you I would have written differently. - Author: Alice Munro
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#79. I read a book called The Art of Loving. A lot of things seemed clear while I was reading it but afterwards I went back to being more or less the same. - Author: Alice Munro
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#80. The job she had to do, as she saw it, was to remember everything - and by "remember" she meant experience it in her mind, one more time - then store it away forever. This day's experience set in order, none of it left ragged or lying about, all of it gathered in like treasure and finished with, set aside. - Author: Alice Munro
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#81. But I never cleaned thoroughly enough, my reorganization proved to be haphazard, the disgraces came unfailingly to light, and it was clear how we failed, how disastrously we fell short of that ideal of order and cleanliness, household decency which I as much as anybody else believed in. - Author: Alice Munro
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#82. I gave him a gentle uncomprehending look in return. I am a grown-up woman now; let him unbury his own catastrophes. - Author: Alice Munro
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#83. The Life of Sir Thomas Munro, by the Rev. G. R. Gleig, in two volumes, a new edition (London, 1831), vol. ii, p. 175. - Author: William Sleeman
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#84. William Faulkner, Muriel Spark, Richard Yates, William Styron, James Salter, Alice Munro. They're very different writers, and I admire them for different reasons. The common thread, I guess, is that they remind me what's possible, why I wanted to write fiction in the first place. - Author: Jennifer Haigh
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#85. Out through that window, three years ago to a day, her husband and her two young brothers went off for their day's shooting. They never came back. In crossing the moor to their favourite snipe-shooting ground they were all three engulfed in a treacherous piece of bog. It had been that dreadful wet summer, you know, and places that were safe in other years gave way suddenly without warning. Their bodies were never recovered. That was the dreadful part of it." Here the child's voice lost its self-possessed note and became falteringly human. "Poor aunt always thinks that they will come back some day, they and the little brown spaniel that was lost with them, and walk in at that window just as they used to do. That is why the window is kept open every evening till it is quite dusk. Poor dear aunt, she has often told me how they went out, her husband with his white waterproof coat over his arm, and Ronnie, her youngest brother, singing 'Bertie, why do you bound?' as he always did to tease her, because she said it got on her nerves. Do you know, sometimes on still, quiet evenings like this, I almost get a creepy feeling that they will all walk in through that window - - Author: Saki
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#86. Shakespeare should have prepared her. - Author: Alice Munro
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#87. The Shubert grandparents. No comfort there. He in uniform, she in a ball gown, displaying absurd self-satisfaction. They had got what they wanted, Sophia supposed, and had only contempt for those not so conniving or so lucky. - Author: Alice Munro
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#88. Luck took me right out of myself - I read it in one gulp, and it never let me down. Sharp and surprising but always responsible, no tricks for tricks' sake; so satisfying, with its shifting and puzzles. So much fiction turns out to be diversion, in spite of fancy claims, and doesn't really look at anything. Well - this does. - Author: Alice Munro
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#89. For a long while the past drops away from you easily and it would seem automatically, properly. Its scenes don't vanish so much as become irrelevant. And then there's a switchback, what's been all over and done with sprouting up fresh, wanting attention, even wanting you to do something about it, though it's plain there is not on this earth a thing to be done. - Author: Alice Munro
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#90. They spoke like caricatures, it was unbearable. - Author: Alice Munro
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#91. If I decided to send this to you, where would I send it? When I think of writing the whole address on the envelope I am paralyzed. It's too painful to think of you in the same place with your life going on in the same way, minus me. And to think of you not there, you somewhere else but I don't know where that is, is worse. - Author: Alice Munro
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#92. In your life there are a few places, or maybe only the one place, where something happened, and then there are all the other places. - Author: Alice Munro
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#93. They were a pair of people with no middle ground, nothing between polite formalities and an engulfing intimacy - Author: Alice Munro
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#94. These are not sentimental keepsakes. She never looks at them, and often forgets what she has there. They are not booty, they don't have ritualistic significance. She does not take something every time she goes to Gordon's house, or every time she stays over, or to mark what she might call memorable visits. She doesn't do it in a daze and she doesn't seem to be under a compulsion. She just takes something, every now and then, and puts it away in the dark of the old tobacco tin, and more or less forgets about it. - Author: Alice Munro
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#95. The outside air had altered her mood, from an unsettled elation to something within reach of embarrassment, even shame. - Author: Alice Munro
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#96. Naturally my stories are about women - I'm a woman. I don't know what the term is for men who write mostly about men. I'm not always sure what is meant by "feminist." In the beginning I used to say, well, of course I'm a feminist. But if it means that I follow a kind of feminist theory, or know anything about it, then I'm not. I think I'm a feminist as far as thinking that the experience of women is important. That is really the basis of feminism. - Author: Alice Munro
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#97. His socks compelled one's attention without losing one's respect. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#98. Sherard Blaw, the dramatist who had discovered himself, and who had given so ungrudgingly of his discovery to the world. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#99. Financial standing, a social position beyond what she has now, and a husband to dote upon her every wish. What more could she ask for?"
"Maybe youth. Vigor. Teeth."
"Lord Cameron has his own teeth." Margaret narrowed her eyes at the other candidate. "I'm not so certain about Munro. They seemed somewhat clacky at dinner, so I'm suspicious. - Author: Karen Hawkins
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#100. No one can be an unbeliever nowadays. The Christian Apologists have left one nothing to disbelieve. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#101. Juliet knew that, to many people, she might seem to be odd and solitary - and so, in a way, she was. But she had also had the experience, for much of her life, of feeling surrounded by people who wanted to drain away her attention and her time and her soul. And usually, she let them. Be available, be friendly (especially if you are not popular) - that was what you learned in a small town and also in a girls' dormitory. Be accommodating to anybody who wants to suck you dry, even if they know nothing about who you are. She looked straight at this man and did not smile. He saw her resolve, there was a twitch of alarm in his face. - Author: Alice Munro
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#102. I was amazed as people must be who are seized and kidnapped, and who realize that in the strange world of their captors they have a value absolutely unconnected with anything they know about themselves. - Author: Alice Munro
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#103. For we did makeup. But we didn't forgive each other. And we didn't take steps. And it got to be too late and we saw that each of us had invested too much in being in the right and we walked away and it was a relief. - Author: Alice Munro
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#104. Marketing Makes Success'! - Author: David Munro
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#105. [Referring to passage by Alice Munro] Finally, the passage contradicts a form of bad advice often given young writers
namely, that the job of the author is to show, not tell. Needless to say, many great novelists combine "dramatic" showing with long sections of the flat-out authorial narration that is, I guess, what is meant by telling. And the warning against telling leads to a confusion that causes novice writers to think that everything should be acted out
don't tell us a character is happy, show us how she screams "yay" and jumps up and down for joy
when in fact the responsibility of showing should be assumed by the energetic and specific use of language. - Author: Francine Prose
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#106. The complexity of things - the things within things - just seems to be endless. I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple. - Author: Alice Munro
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#107. It is an admitted fact that the ordinary tomtit of commerce has a sounder aesthetic taste than the average female relative in the country. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#108. 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. - Author: Alice Munro
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#109. Gram, you should have been a romance writer." Creighton wasn't her soul mate. The man was probably just lonely, living in such a remote area.
"You know, I might just give that a try. Just think, Effie Munro, erotic-romance author pens "hawt" stories from her beautiful Scottish estate. - Author: Vonnie Davis
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#110. There was a danger whenever I was on home ground. It was the danger of seeing my life through other eyes than my own.
Seeing it as an ever-increasing roll of words like barbed wire, intricate, bewildering, uncomforting - set against the rich productions, the food, flowers, and knitted garments, of other women's domesticity. It became harder to say that it was worth the trouble. - Author: Alice Munro
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#111. It can't be," Udecht stammered. "Eadran the Vanquisher destroyed him near a millennium ago. Maelgrum is gone. Finished."
"My dear bishop, he isn't exactly alive, I grant you," the hooded medusa teased. "But he is certainly a lot less dead than you would like. - Author: T.O. Munro
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#112. Country manners. Even if somebody phones up to tell you your house is burning down, they ask first how you are. - Author: Alice Munro
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#113. We say of some things that they can't be forgiven, or that we will never forgive ourselves. But we do
we do it all the time. - Author: Alice Munro
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#114. A lot of people - young and old - have not done a very good job of taking care of our country so we can enjoy living in it. Almost everywhere today you see the marks of the stupid and the careless who are ruining what we should all take care of for our own pleasure - and our own good. - Author: Munro Leaf
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#115. One's appreciation of meager comforts, it seems, depends on what misery one has gone through before getting them. - Author: Alice Munro
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#116. The village of Proginnot? Aye the ridge had a wood atop it. It lies perhaps ten miles south-east of here."
"There we will make a stand, our numbers may not be enough to go on the attack, but let them come to us and throw themselves on our spears. Old Matteus used to say that a good position is worth ten thousand men. - Author: T.O. Munro
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#117. I began to understand that there were certain talkers
certain girls
whom people liked to listen to, not because of what they, the girls, had to say, but because of the delight they took in saying it. A delight in themselves, a shine on their faces, a conviction that whatever they were telling about was remarkable and that they themselves could not help but give pleasure. There might be other people
people like me
who didn't concede this, but that was their loss. And people like me would never be the audience these girls were after, anyway. - Author: Alice Munro
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#118. Corrie said she was glad that what they were doing - what they had just done - appeared not to bother him, in spite of his belief. She said that she herself had never had any time for God, because her father was enough to cope with. - Author: Alice Munro
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#119. She thought that when she went with Peter to an engineers' party, the atmosphere was pleasant though the talk was boring. That was because everybody had their importance fixed and settled at least for the time being. Here nobody was safe. Judgment might be passed behind backs, even on the known and published. An air of cleverness or nerves obtained, no matter who you were. - Author: Alice Munro
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#120. It seems so ridiculous to me,' he said, 'that a person should be expected to lock themselves into a suit of clothes. I mean like the suit of clothes of an engineer or a doctor or a geologist and then the skin grows over it, over the clothes, I mean, and that person can't ever get them off. When we are given a chance to explore the whole world of inner and outer reality and to live in a way that takes in the spiritual and the physical and the whole range of the beautiful and the terrible available to mankind, that is pain as well as joy and turmoil. This way of expressing myself may seem overblown to you, but one thing I have learned to give up is intellectual pridefulness ... - Author: Alice Munro
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#121. It's as if tendencies that seem most deeply rooted in our minds, most private and singular, have come in as spores on the prevailing wind, looking for any likely place to land, any welcome. - Author: Alice Munro
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#122. Mother, may I go and maffick, Tear around and hinder traffic? - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#123. The work of poetry that it seemed she had been doing in her head for most of her life. - Author: Alice Munro
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#124. It would become hard to explain, later on in her life, just what was okay in that time and what was not. You might say, well, feminism was not. But then you would have to explain that feminism was not even a word people used. Then you would get all tied up saying that having any serious idea, let alone ambition, or maybe even reading a real book, could be seen as suspect, having something to do with your child's getting pneumonia, and a political remark at an office party might have cost your husband his promotion. It would not have mattered which political party either. It was a woman's shooting off her mouth that did it. - Author: Alice Munro
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#125. Sick people grew to resent well people, and sometimes that was true of husbands and wives, or even of mothers and their children. Both - Author: Alice Munro
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#126. And now such a warm commotion, such busy love. - Author: Alice Munro
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#127. You would think as you get older your mind would fill up with what they call the spiritual side of things, but mine just seems to get more and more practical, trying to get something settled. - Author: Alice Munro
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#128. The deceits which her spinster's sentimentality has practiced on her original good judgment are legendary and colossal; she has this way of speaking of children's hearts as if they were something holy; it is hard for a parent to know what to say. - Author: Alice Munro
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#129. WHEN I was five years old my parents all of a sudden produced a baby boy, which my mother said was what I had always wanted. Where she got this idea I did not know. She did quite a bit of elaborating on it, all fictitious but hard to counter. - Author: Alice Munro
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#130. My mother had not let anything go. Inside that self we knew, which might at times appear blurred a bit, or sidetracked, she kept her younger selves strenuous and hopeful; scenes from the past were liable to pop up any time, like lantern slides, against the cluttered fabric of the present. - Author: Alice Munro
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#131. Ah, such a good pretty one.' There was a pause, 'You even got yourself dressed up. - Author: Charlotte Munro
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#132. She rose to her feet screaming at the waves, at the sky, at The Goddess she had denied but could not entirely disbelieve. She railed at the conspiracy of fate, circumstance and divine intervention which had kept her trapped in this isle of disappointment and sorrow. - Author: T.O. Munro
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#133. My need for love had gone underground, like a canny toothache. - Author: Alice Munro
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#134. He seems the incarnation of everything soft and silky and velvety, without a sharp edge in his composition, a dreamer whose philosophy is sleep and let sleep. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#135. Backyards are as Australian as the Hills Hoists they host, and as individual as those who work and play in them. Whether haven, pantry or playground, they all tell a story. - Author: Pete Munro
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#136. It seemed to me that winter was the time for love, not spring. In winter the habitable world was so much contracted; out of that little shut-in space we lived in, fantastic hopes might bloom. But spring revealed the ordinary geography of the place; the long, brown roads, the old cracked sidewalks underfoot, all the tree branches broken off in winter storms, that had to be cleared out of the yards. Spring revealed distances, exactly as they were. - Author: Alice Munro
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#137. I despised their antics because I took life seriously and had a much more lofty and tender notion of romance. But I would have liked to get their attention just the same. - Author: Alice Munro
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#138. A million dollars in those days was a million dollars. - Author: Alice Munro
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#139. When people grow gradually rich their requirements and standard of living expand in proportion, while their present-giving instincts often remain in the undeveloped condition of their earlier days. Something showy and not-too-expensive in a shop is their only conception of the ideal gift. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#140. It's certainly true that when I was young, writing seemed to me so important that I would have sacrificed almost anything to it ... Because I thought of the world in which I wrote
the world I created
as somehow much more enormously alive than the world I was actually living in. - Author: Alice Munro
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#141. You are a bright light, Elli.' His own breath hitches, a sound that I cannot quite grasp. His eyes are darkening, his lips tightening. His hands grasp me tighter and he moves closer, his mouth inches from mine, I can almost taste the sweetness and saltiness of his scent, the rich coffee beans and sugar, the vague spearmint. I say nothing, I'm not even sure I'm breathing.
'You shouldn't have to see such pain, such blackness. You are too pure.'
His lips do not collide with mine, his skin does not brush against me, only his voice sends a shiver down every notch in my spine, trailing goose bumps over my skin. He tilts his head to the side, his lips gently brushing against my ear. And that is all. I'm not good enough for him. I'm not. That's why… that's why…
'Too pure… - Author: Charlotte Munro
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#142. This is the way you look at the poorest details of the world resurfaced, after you've been driving for a long time
you feel their singleness and precise location and the forlorn coincidence of you being there to see them. - Author: Alice Munro
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#143. When I told him on the phone that after all you and I would not be getting married, he said "Oh-oh. Do you think you'll ever manage to get another one?" If I'd objected to his saying that he would naturally have said it was a joke. And it was a joke. I have not managed to get another one but perhaps have not been in the best condition to try. - Author: Alice Munro
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#144. One drop of hatred in your soul will spread and discolor everything like a drop of black ink in white milk. - Author: Alice Munro
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#145. East Hollow is full of tormented souls.' I remark, only to hear his chuckle, his eyes moving forward just in time to step out of the way of a wayward man with armfuls of carrier bags.
'Now that is the attraction. - Author: Charlotte Munro
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#146. Alice Munro is a particular kind of short story writer in that she writes long, character-driven short stories. - Author: Nell Freudenberger
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#147. He said that we had just had an argument, what more did I want?
It was too polite, I said. - Author: Alice Munro
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#148. A hero worn out by his struggle, one who had sacrificed his youth - that was how he might present himself, not without effect. And it was true, in a way. He was physically brave, he had ideals, he was born a peasant and knew what it was to be despised. And she too, just now, had been despising him. - Author: Alice Munro
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#149. Things have changed, of course. There are counsellors at the ready. Kindness and understanding. Life is harder for some, we're told. Not their fault, even if the blows are purely imaginary. Felt just as keenly by the recipient, or the non recipient, as the case may be.
But good use can be made of everything, if you are willing. - Author: Alice Munro
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#150. My head was a magpie's nest lined with such bright scraps of information. - Author: Alice Munro
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#151. I got interested in reading very early, because a story was read to me, by Hans Christian Andersen, which was The Little Mermaid, and I don't know if you remember The Little Mermaid, but it's dreadfully sad. The little mermaid falls in love with this prince, but she cannot marry him, because she is a mermaid. And it's so sad I can't tell you the details because I might weep. But anyway, as soon as I had finished this story I got outside and walked around and around the house where we lived, at the brick house, and I made up a story with a happy ending, because I thought that was due to the little mermaid, and it sort of slipped my mind that it was only made up to be a different story for me, it wasn't going to go all around the world, but I felt I had done my best, and from now on the little mermaid would marry the prince and live happily ever after, which was certainly her dessert, because she had done awful things to win the prince's power, his ease. She had had to change her limbs. She had had to get limbs that ordinary people have and walk, but every step she took, agonizing pain! This is what she was willing to go through, to get the prince. So I thought she deserved more than death on the water. And I didn't worry about the fact that maybe the rest of the world wouldn't know the new story, because I felt it had been published once I thought about it. - Author: Alice Munro
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#152. I just believed it easily, the way you might believe and in fact remember that you once had another set of teeth, now vanished but real in spite of that. Until one day, one day when I may even have been in my teens, I knew with a dim sort of hole in my insides that now I didn't believe it anymore. - Author: Alice Munro
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#153. I'm kind of a mash-up of taste - Graham Greene and Jane Austen; W.G. Sebald and Alice Munro. - Author: Amy Waldman
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#154. I slipped the envelope into it, there in the wide lower corridor of the Arts Building with people passing me on the way to classes, on the way to have a smoke and maybe a game of bridge in the Common Room. On their way to deeds they didn't know they had in them. - Author: Alice Munro
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#155. Once a female, always a female. Nature is not always infallible but she always abides by her mistakes. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#156. He said Catholics probably had an advantage, you could hedge your bets right until you were dying. - Author: Alice Munro
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#157. She started off with an inspiration, a brave and dazzling idea; from that moment on, her pleasure ran downhill. In the first place she could never find a pattern to suit her. It was no wonder; there were no patterns made to match the ideas that blossomed in her head. - Author: Alice Munro
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#158. I like a lot of Margaret Atwood, I like much of Alice Munro. Again, if you were to ask me about male writers, there's often a novel I admire, but not all of their works. - Author: Ann Beattie
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#159. Alice Munro can move characters through time in a way that no other writer can. - Author: Julian Barnes
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#160. A certain kind of seriousness in a girl could cancel out looks - Author: Alice Munro
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#161. I would really hope this would make people see the short story as an important art, not just something you played around with until you got a novel. - Author: Alice Munro
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#162. No way this could be seen as probable or possible, unless you think of a blow between the eyes, a sudden calamity. The stroke of fate that leaves a man a cripple, the wicked joke that turns clear eyes into blind stones. - Author: Alice Munro
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#163. He was evidently the sort of person who posed questions that were traps for you to fall into. - Author: Alice Munro
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#164. Love removes the world for you, and just as surely when it's going well as when it's going badly. - Author: Alice Munro
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#165. How Are We to Live is a collection of short stories, not a novel. This in itself is a disappointment. It seems to diminish the book's authority, making the author seem like somebody who is just hanging on to the gates of Literature, rather than safely settled inside. - Author: Alice Munro
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#166. When I was her age," Munro said to Eilidh, "I was chasing frogs."
Oron Chuckled. "When I was your age, I was chasing frogs. Come. We have things to discuss. - Author: India Drummond
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#167. None of us mattered to her, not me, or her critics or defenders. No more than bugs on a lampshade. - Author: Alice Munro
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#168. Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.
I lie in bed beside my little sister, listening to the singing in the yard. Life is transformed, by these voices, by these presences, by their high spirits and grand esteem, for themselves and each other. My parents, all of us, are on holiday. The mixture of voices and words is so complicated and varied it seems that such confusion, such jolly rivalry, will go on forever, and then to my surprise - for I am surprised, even though I know the pattern of rounds - the song is thinning out, you can hear the two voices striving.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.
Then the one voice alone, one of them singing on, gamely, to the finish. One voice in which there is an unexpected note of entreaty, of warning, as it hangs the five separate words on the air. Life is. Wait. But a. Now, wait. Dream. - Author: Alice Munro
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#169. She did not have time to wonder about his being late. He died bent over the sidewalk sign that stood out in front of the hardware store ... He had not even had time to get into the store ... - Author: Alice Munro
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#170. It's no use growing older if you only learn new ways of misbehaving yourself. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#171. No paradise is ever without its Serpent, nor any Eden its exiles. - Author: Jennifer Munro
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#172. Monogamy is the Western custom of one wife and hardly any mistresses. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#173. For some reason he thinks of Diane in her unbecoming red ski jacket and decides that her life is her life, there is not much use worrying about it. And he thinks of his wife, pretending to laugh at the television. Her quietness. - Author: Alice Munro
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#174. There were people whom you positively ached to please. If you failed with such people they would put you into a category in their minds where they could kee you and have contempt for you forever. - Author: Alice Munro
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#175. I hate babies. They're so human. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#176. Certain suggestions, or notions, would make the muscles of her lean spotty face quiver, her eyes go sharp and black, and her mouth work as if there was a despicable taste in it. She could stop you in your tracks then, like a savage thornbush. - Author: Alice Munro
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#177. Never in her life had this silly feeling of being enhanced by what she had put on herself. - Author: Alice Munro
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#178. 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. - Author: Alice Munro
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#179. It must have meant something, though, that at this turn of my life I grabbed up a book. Because it was in books that I would find, for the next few years, my lovers. They were men, not boys. They were self-possessed and sardonic, with a ferocious streak in them, reserves of gloom. - Author: Alice Munro
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#180. There are people who carry decency and optimism around with them, who seem to cleanse every atmosphere they settle in, and you can't tell such people things, it is too disruptive. - Author: Alice Munro
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#181. The constant happiness is curiosity. - Author: Alice Munro
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#182. People have thoughts they'd sooner not have. It happens in life. - Author: Alice Munro
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#183. I went on to say that no lies, after all, were as strong as the lies we tell ourselves and then unfortunately have to keep telling to make the whole puke stay down in our stomachs, eating us alive, as he would find out soon enough. - Author: Alice Munro
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#184. I think she must have been very strictly brought up, she's so desperately anxious to do the wrong thing correctly. - Author: Hector Hugh Munro
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#185. The preference most of them had for seeing through their camera, rather than looking at the real thing, and so on. - Author: Alice Munro
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#186. You can wait as long as you like, pretty one, it won't make any difference. He will never see you as anything more than some victim he has to protect. Why he thinks it his duty to protect you from the inevitable, I do not know ... unless he knows something we do not ... - Author: Charlotte Munro
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#187. He described to her the house he had built for himself, in outside appearance a shack, but delightful inside, at least to him. A sleeping loft with a little round window. Everything he needed right where he could put his hand to it, out in the open, nothing in cupboards. A short walk from the house he had a bathtub sunk in the earth, in the middle of a bed of sweet herbs. He would carry hot water to it by the pailful and lounge there under the stars, even in the winter. He grew vegetables, and shared them with the deer.
(From the story "Powers") - Author: Alice Munro
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#188. And for all I know he is sitting there still, under his favorite cork tree, smelling the flowers just quietly - Author: Munro Leaf
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#189. I know how you love this place, he says to me, apologetically yet with satisfaction. And I don't tell him that I am not sure now whether I love any place, and that it seems to me it was myself I loved here - some self that I have finished with, and none too soon. - Author: Alice Munro
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#190. Lies of that nature could be waiting around in the corners of a person's mind, hanging like bats in the corners, waiting to take advantage of any kind of darkness. - Author: Alice Munro
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#191. If a good system of agriculture, unrivaled manufacturing skill, a capacity to produce whatever can contribute to either convenience or luxury, schools established in every village for teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic, the general practice of hospitality and charity amongst each other, and above all, a treatment of the female sex full of confidence, respect, and delicacy, are among the signs which denote a civilized people – then the Hindus are not inferior to the nations of Europe, and if civilization is to become an article of trade between England and India, I am convinced that England will gain by the import cargo. - Author: Thomas Munro
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#192. My favorite short stories are by Alice Munro, especially her collections 'Carried Away' and 'Runaway.' - Author: Hillary Clinton
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#193. Her father was outraged. Now you sell your stories, how soon before you will sell yourself? - Author: Alice Munro
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#194. The sight, sound or even smell of a first love seems to burrow deep into the brain. - Author: Pete Munro
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#195. You always help me put things in perspective Ray," I told him after our food arrived.

"No, Camille," he laughed. "I point out the bullshit you avoid, make you step in it then I leave it up to you to figure out how to get it off your shoes."

"I guess that's why I'm never sure if I should thank you," I said suddenly feeling lighter than I had in days. "There's a lot of old shit on my shoes today. - Author: Elizabeth Munro
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#196. At high school I was never comfortable for a minute. I did not know about Lonnie. Before an exam, she got icy hands and palpitations, but I was close to despair at all times. When I was asked a question in class, any simple little question at all, my voice was apt to come out squeaky, or else hoarse and trembling. When I had to go to the blackboard I was sure - even at a time of the month when this could not be true - that I had blood on my skirt. My hands became slippery with sweat when they were required to work the blackboard compass. I could not hit the ball in volleyball; being called upon to perform an action in front of others made all my reflexes come undone. I hated Business Practice because you had to rule pages for an account book, using a straight pen, and when the teacher looked over my shoulder all the delicate lines wobbled and ran together. I hated Science; we perched on stools under harsh lights behind tables of unfamiliar, fragile equipment, and were taught by the principal of the school, a man with a cold, self-relishing voice - he read the Scriptures every morning - and a great talent for inflicting humiliation. I hated English because the boys played bingo at the back of the room while the teacher, a stout, gentle girl, slightly cross-eyed, read Wordsworth at the front. She threatened them, she begged them, her face red and her voice as unreliable as mine. They offered burlesqued apologies and when she started to read again they took up rapt postures, mad - Author: Alice Munro
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#197. People who believe in miracles do not make much fuss when they actually encounter one - Author: Alice Munro
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#198. She now belonged to two Doms. She was theirs for the taking, but also for the giving - Author: Lila Munro
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#199. You think that would have changed things? The answer is of course, and for a while, and never. - Author: Alice Munro
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#200. Maybe the man in the moon will walk in here and fall in love with me and then I'll be all set! - Author: Alice Munro
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