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Ask anyone committed to Marxist analysis how many ...
by Joan Didion

Ask anyone committed to Marxist analysis how many angels on the head of a pin,
and you will be asked in return to never mind the angels,
tell me who controls the production of pins.
- Joan Didion

To cure jealousy is to see it for what it is,
a dissatisfaction with self.
- Joan Didion

Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
- Joan Didion

Was there ever in anyone's life span a point free in time,
devoid of memory, a night when choice was any more
than the sum of all the choices gone before?
- Joan Didion

 

To free us from the expectations of others,
to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great,
singular power of self-respect.
- Joan Didion

Grammar is a piano I play by ear.
All I know about grammar is its power.
- Joan Didion

Self-respect is a question of recognizing that anything
worth having has a price.
- Joan Didion

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The writer is always tricking the reader into listening to their dream.
- Joan Didion

Writers are always selling somebody out.
- Joan Didion

I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking,
what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means.
What I want and what I fear.
- Joan Didion

Call me the author.
- Joan Didion

You have to pick the places you don't walk away from.
- Joan Didion

The fancy that extraterrestrial life is by definition
of a higher order than our own is one that soothes all children,
and many writers.
- Joan Didion

We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.
- Joan Didion

The willingness to accept responsibility for one's
own life is the source from which self-respect springs.
- Joan Didion

Of course great hotels have always been social ideas,
flawless mirrors to the particular societies they service.
- Joan Didion

A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest,
remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself,
shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he
remakes it in his own image.
- Joan Didion

Americans are uneasy with their possessions,
guilty about power, all of which is difficult for Europeans
to perceive because they are themselves so truly materialistic,
so versed in the uses of power.
- Joan Didion

We attract abundance when we ask from a compassionate heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

Don't ask yourself what the world needs;
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that.
Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
- Howard Thurman

Every day is the perfect day to ask yourself
questions about your life goals,
and how you plan to address those goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that you can have whatever you want,
when you ask from a compassionate heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you ask a stupid question, you may feel stupid;
if you don't ask a stupid question, you remain stupid.
- Tony Rothman

When I hear somebody sigh, "Life is hard,"
I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what?
- Sydney Harris

Love: if you have to ask,
it's not the real thing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
- Matthew 7:7

It is often easier to ask for forgiveness
than to ask for permission.
- Grace Hopper

It is not fair to ask of others
what you are not willing to do yourself.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes.
He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever.
- Chinese Proverb

Ask yourself to slow down.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Do you want to know who you are?
Don't ask. Act!
Action will delineate and define you.
- Thomas Jefferson

Don't ask questions about fairy tales.
- Yiddish Proverb

The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Successful people ask better questions,
and as a result, they get better answers.
- Tony Robbins

There are those that look at things
the way they are, and ask "Why?"
I dream of things that never were, and ask "Why not?"
- Robert F. Kennedy paraphrase of George Bernard Shaw

When you ask the wrong question,
you usually get a nonsense answer.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Affirmation:
I congratulate myself warmly for each accomplishment,
then ask, "What's next?"
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ask why this task is on your to-do list.
Consider discarding those items to which
you are not truly committed.
For the tasks which do speak
to the longings of your own heart,
begin now, today, this moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The finest kind of friendship is between people
who expect a great deal of each other but never ask it.
- Anonymous

At the end of a matter ask,
"What will I learn from this to make me better?"
- Mary Anne Radmacher

I congratulate myself warmly for each accomplishment,
then ask, "What's next?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Friends are those rare people who ask how we are
and then wait to hear the answer.
- Anonymous

I think, at a child's birth,
if a mother could ask a fairy godmother
to endow it with the most useful gift,
that gift should be curiosity.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Before beginning a Hunt, it is wise to ask someone
what you are looking for before you begin looking for it.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Ask today as you consider the many choices in your view -
what is the highest and best use
of your talents, skills and abilities?
When you answer that, seize the opportunity
to sharpen those qualities even more sharply
by applying your focused effort.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Identify your assumptions (what you believe).
Question how you feel when you hold those assumptions.
Visualize holding different assumptions.
Ask yourself how it feels to hold a different world-view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes I lie awake at night and ask "Why me?"
Then a voice answers "Nothing personal,
your name just happened to come up. -
- Charlie Brown, in Charles M. Schulz' cartoon Peanuts

If you ask me anything I don't know,
I'm not going to answer.
- Yogi Berra

The greatest battle of all is simply... Life.
This is no child's game. This is the big one -
the Super Bowl - the Game of all games.
The rules of Life are unwritten and unknown.
Perhaps, one could say that there are no rules.
The Judge has ultimate power.
She can call the game at any time - for any reason.
The penalties in the Game are completely arbitrary -
in both timing and severity.
Penalty for what, we ask?
The Judge is silent.
How can I win the Game?
"You can never win," comes the answer,
"So just take pleasure in playing the Game."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.
- John 16:24

Sometimes, indeed, there is such a discrepancy
between the genius and his human qualities
that one has to ask oneself whether
a little less talent might not have been better.
- Carl Jung

I do not pray for success,
I ask for faithfulness.
- Mother Teresa

Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask.
She has long ago taken her resolution.
- Henry David Thoreau

When a man tells you that he got rich through hard work,
ask him: 'Whose?'
- Don Marquis

And so, my fellow Americans,
ask not what your country can do for you;
ask what you can do for your country.
- John F. Kennedy

Success is simply a matter of luck.
Ask any failure.
- Earl Wilson

Demand, and my answer is NO.
Ask gently, and I am honored to serve.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Marriages don't last. When I meet a guy,
the first question I ask myself is:
is this the man I want my children to spend their weekends with?
- Rita Rudner

We approach people the same way we approach our cars.
We take the poor kid to a doctor and ask,
What's wrong with him, how much will it cost,
and when can I pick him up?
- James Hillman

Ask five economists and you'll get five different answers -
six if one went to Harvard.
- Edgar R. Fiedler

If you ask me what I came into this life to do,
I will tell you: I came to live out loud.
- Emile Zola

Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does
any harm to ask for what you want.
- Joseph Wood Krutch

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball.
I'll tell you what I do.
I stare out the window and wait for spring.
- Rogers Hornsby

Animals are such agreeable friends -
they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.
- George Eliot

I get to play golf for a living.
What more can you ask for - getting paid for doing what you love.
- Tiger Woods

If there are no stupid questions, then what kind of
questions do stupid people ask? Do they get smart just
in time to ask questions?
- Scott Adams


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