Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe, aren't even aware of.
Most people do not consider dawn to be an attractive experience - unless they are still up.
In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right
Values are not trendy items that are casually traded in.
You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse, abandon your children. But they remain your co-authors forever.
I regard this novel as a work without redeeming social value, unless it can be recycled as a cardboard box
The things we hate about ourselves aren't more real than things we like about ourselves.
There's a trick to the Graceful Exit. I begins with the vision to recognize when a job, a life stage, a relationship is over -- and to let go. It means leaving what's over without denying its value.
Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it.
We owned what we learned back there; the experience and the growth are grafted into our lives
We criticize mothers for closeness. We criticize fathers for distance. How many of us have expected less from our fathers and appreciated what they gave us more? How many of us always let them off the hook?
We are told that people stay in love because of chemistry, or because they remain intrigued with each other, because of many kindnesses, because of luck. But part of it has got to be forgiveness and gratefulness.
We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives...not looking for flaws, but for potential.
I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference.
Civility, it is said, means obeying the unenforceable.