The intellectual is constantly betrayed by his vanity. Godlike he blandly assumes that he can express everything in words; whereas the things one loves, lives, and dies for are not, in the last analysis completely expressible in words.
A simple enough pleasure, surely, to have breakfast alone with one's husband, but how seldom married people in the midst of life achieve it.
Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.
Perhaps middle-age is, or should be, a period of shedding shells; the shell of ambition, the shell of material accumulations and possessions, the shell of the ego
I have been overcome by the beauty and richness of our life together, those early mornings setting out, those evenings gleaming with rivers and lakes below us, still holding the last light.
One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach; one can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few
What a commentary on civilization, when being alone is being suspect; when one has to apologize for it, make excuses, hide the fact that one practices it - like a secret vice
Don't wish me happiness-I don't expect to be happy it's gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor-I will need them all.
Duration is not a test of truth or falsehood.
Men kick friendship around like a football but it doesn't seem to break. Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.
To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.
Only in growth, reform, and change, paradoxically enough, is true security to be found.
For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.
Life is a gift, given in trust - like a child.
My passport photo is one of the most remarkable photographs I have ever seen - no retouching, no shadows, no flattery - just stark me
I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.
Certain springs are tapped only when we are alone
There is no sin punished more implacably by nature than the sin of resistance to change
If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.
A note of music gains significance from the silence on either side.
By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are the great vacationless class.
The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere.
Parting is inevitably painful, even for a short time. It's like an amputation, I feel a limb is being torn off, without which I shall be unable to function. And yet, once it is done... life rushes back into the void, richer, more vivid and fuller than before.
It isn't for the moment you are struck that you need courage, but for that long uphill climb back to sanity and faith and security.
Woman must come of age by herself -- she must find her true center alone.