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A book is a gift you can open again and again. ...
by Garrison Keillor

A book is a gift you can open again and again.
- Garrison Keillor

Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted.
- Garrison Keillor PHOTO

Anyone who thinks sitting in church
can make you a Christian must also think
that sitting in a garage can make you a car.
- Garrison Keillor

Thank you, God, for this good life
and forgive us if we do not love it enough.
- Garrison Keillor

 

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is,
he's stuck with so many bad actors
who don't know how to play funny.
- Garrison Keillor

Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.
- Garrison Keillor

Vodka is tasteless going down, but it is memorable coming up.
- Garrison Keillor

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A good newspaper is never nearly good enough but a
lousy newspaper is a joy forever.
- Garrison Keillor

The funniest line in English is "Get it?" When you say that,
everyone chortles.
- Garrison Keillor

I want to resume the life of a shy person.
- Garrison Keillor

A girl in a bikini is like having a loaded pistol on your coffee table -
There's nothing wrong with them,
but it's hard to stop thinking about it.
- Garrison Keillor

A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory,
like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
- Garrison Keillor

Welcome to Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong,
all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.
- Garrison Keillor

A minister has to be able to read a clock.
At noon, it's time to go home and turn up the pot roast
and get the peas out of the freezer.
- Garrison Keillor

I think the most un-American thing you can say is,
'You can't say that.'
- Garrison Keillor

They say such nice things about people at their funerals
that it makes me sad that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days.
- Garrison Keillor

I believe in looking reality straight in the eye and denying it.
- Garrison Keillor

The highlight of my childhood was making my brother
laugh so hard that food came out of his nose.
- Garrison Keillor

It was luxuries like air conditioning that brought down the Roman Empire.
With air conditioning their windows were shut,
they couldn't hear the barbarians coming.
- Garrison Keillor

I'm not busy...
a woman with three children under the age of 10 wouldn't
think my schedule looked so busy.
- Garrison Keillor

Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.
They seem not to notice us, hovering,
averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks,
but what we do for them is never wasted.
- Garrison Keillor

Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed,
one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.
- Garrison Keillor

Sometimes you have to look reality in the eye,
and deny it.
- Garrison Keillor

It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars.
- Garrison Keillor

Lake Wobegon, the little town that time forgot and
the decades cannot improve.
- Garrison Keillor

Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you
wanted but getting what you have,
which once you have got it you may be smart enough
to see is what you would have wanted had you known.
- Garrison Keillor

We have nearly complete misunderstanding between
people of different faiths in Lake Wobegon,
and that's probably one reason why we get along so very well.
It's when you are trying to convince another person to think
the same way that you do that there is
friction and trouble between people.
But when you feel that the other person is
dumber than dirt, too dumb for words -
why waste your breath - you get along pretty well.
There's no bond between people that's quite so strong as
when people each feel slightly superior towards the other one.
- Garrison Keillor

The book of life is filled with incoherent riddles.
Life's true lessons are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The real lessons from the book of life
are inscribed in a corner of the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Lessons of the Book of Life are
Writ Small in its Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The best of a book is not the thought which it contains,
but the thought which it suggests;
just as the charm of music dwells not in the tones
but in the echoes of our hearts.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

A closed mind is like a closed book;
just a block of wood.
- Chinese proverb

Life is a Book of Riddles,
with the Real Lessons Writ Small in its Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The things of this world exist;
they are; you can't refuse them.
- Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching - Book One #2 - version by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Book of Life is a Book of Riddles,
with its Real Lessons Writ Small in the Margins.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
- Omar Khayyam

Not everyone is always going to like what you do.
Your job application, your book proposal,
your offer of marriage is going to
get rejected sometimes - perhaps often.
Your boss, your spouse, even the person
behind you in the supermarket checkout line
is occasionally going to think that you are doing it all wrong.
Don't take it personally.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What a book a devil's chaplain might write
on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low,
and horribly cruel work of nature!
- Charles Darwin

The important thing is this: to be able, at any moment,
to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.
- Charles Du Bos (1882-1939), from his book Approximations (1922)
(not Charles DuBois or Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

In the book of life, the answers aren't in the back.
- Charles M. Schulz in his Peanuts cartoon

Now there is one outstanding important fact regarding spaceship earth,
and that is that no instruction book came with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

The only way to store information is by agreement.
The belief system is like a Book of Law that rules our mind.
Our biggest fear is taking the risk to be alive.
Humans punish themselves endlessly
for not being what they believe they should be.
We have the need to be accepted and to be loved by others,
but we cannot accept and love ourselves.
- don Miguel Ruiz

O Day of days when we can read!
The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

A truly good book teaches me better than to read it.
I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.
What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.
- Henry David Thoreau

I do not recall a Jewish home without a book on the table.
- Elie Wiesel

If I read a book that impresses me,
I have to take myself firmly in hand
before I mix with other people;
otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.
- Anne Frank

Marriage - a book of which the first chapter is written
in poetry and the remaining chapters in prose.
- Beverley Nichols

It is only in the country that we can get to know a person or a book.
- Cyril Connolly

The joke in our family is that we can cry reading the phone book.
- Ron Reagan

Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club.
You're not out of it until the computer says you're out of it.
- Erma Bombeck

You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.
- Harrison Ford

A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer screen,
is that you can take it to bed with you.
- Daniel J. Boorstin

It's a very good historical book about history.
- Dan Quayle

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
- Groucho Marx

Faith:
When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
...
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly
- Patrick Overton - from his book of poems: The Leaning Tree, 1975
[Widely mis-attributed to Barbara J. Winter, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and others]

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
- Saint Augustine

A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit.
- John Milton

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived
so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.
- Marcel Proust

If you get a book which is 600 pages,
you have to reduce it to a script of 100 pages.
In two hours of film, you cannot possibly include all the characters.
- Dino De Laurentiis

I have some friends, some honest friends,
and honest friends are few; My pipe of briar,
my open fire, A book that's not too new.
- Robert Service

Everybody writes a book too many.
- Mordecai Richler

A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.
- Italo Calvino

To read a book, to think it over, and to write out
notes is a useful exercise;
a book which will not repay some hard thought is not worth publishing.
- Maria Mitchell

Here's the secret to finishing that first book.
Don't rewrite as you go.
- Laurell K. Hamilton

I've always wanted to do a Crichton book.
I really love his writing.
- Richard Donner

I have continued systematically to study the Book of
Mormon and Bible to understand even more deeply what
God expects of me and my family while on this earth.
- Clayton Christensen

One always tends to overpraise a long book,
because one has got through it.
- E. M. Forster

There's a picture of the real Coach Gary Gaines in
the book and he's sitting in the locker room after a game,
and he just looks so much like Billy Bob,
that we went to him.
- Peter Berg

I didn't write the book to sell the book,
but to tell my experiences.
- Larry Hagman


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