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Just why I sent it to the publishers would be hard to say,
by Mary MacLane

Just why I sent it to the publishers would be hard to say,
but when I had finished it I felt that it was literature,
because it is real and because it was well written.
And I know that the world wants such things.
- Mary MacLane

I've never made plans for more than a day ahead.
- Mary MacLane

I want to live quietly.
- Mary MacLane

I love devils.
- Mary MacLane

 

There is really no right and wrong.
I recognize no right and wrong.
- Mary MacLane

The only joy I had was writing what was.
That book was.
It no longer amuses me to be all the things I was when I wrote that.
But it is my story as I was then.
- Mary MacLane

Of poets I put Virgil first - he was greatest.
- Mary MacLane

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Genius of a kind has always been with me;
an empty heart that has taken on a certain wooden quality;
an excellent,
strong woman's body and a pitiably starved soul.
- Mary MacLane

I have never read a line of Walt Whitman.
- Mary MacLane

I am a genius.
Then it amused me to keep saying so,
but now it does not.
I expected to be happy sometime.
Now I know I shall never be.
- Mary MacLane

I do not see any beauty in self-restraint.
- Mary MacLane

Fame is indeed beautiful and benign and gentle and satisfying,
but happiness is something at once tender and brilliant beyond all things.
- Mary MacLane

When I wrote my book I wanted to love someone.
I wanted to be in love.
Now I know that I shall never be in love -
and I no longer wish to be.
- Mary MacLane

One must always say things that aim to interest,
because in the world one must after all pay for one's keep.
- Mary MacLane

I would rather be a fairly happy wife and mother.
- Mary MacLane

I do not sing nor play, but I adore music,
particularly Chopin.
I like him because I cannot understand him.
- Mary MacLane

I want fame more than I can tell.
But more than I want fame I want happiness.
- Mary MacLane

When I was three years old I was taken with my family
to a little town in Western Minnesota,
where I lived a more or less vapid and ordinary life until I was ten.
- Mary MacLane

Let me but make a beginning, let me but strike the
world in a vulnerable spot,
and I can take it by storm.
- Mary MacLane

It is with pain that I read of the dire effects of
my book upon the minds of young girls.
- Mary MacLane

I was born to be alone, and I always shall be;
but now I want to be.
- Mary MacLane

I read of the Kalamazoo girl who killed herself after reading the book.
I am not at all surprised.
She lived in Kalamazoo, for one thing,
and then she read the book.
- Mary MacLane

The world is like a little marsh filled with mint and white hawthorn.
- Mary MacLane

The book, you understand, was not written for publication.
It was the portrayal of my emotions,
the analysis of my own soul life during three months of my nineteenth year.
I wrote then all the time, just as I do now,
but, though the book is in diary form,
it is not a diary.
- Mary MacLane

My intention to lecture is as vague as my intention is to go on the stage.
I will never consider an offer to lecture,
not because I despise the vocation, but because I have
no desire to appear on the public rostrum.
- Mary MacLane

I never give my real self.
I have a hundred sides, and I turn first one way and then the other.
I am playing a deep game.
I have a number of strong cards up my sleeve.
I have never been myself, excepting to two friends.
- Mary MacLane

I want to write such things as compel the admiring
acclamation of the world at large,
such things as are written but once in years,
things subtle but distinctly different from the books written every day.
- Mary MacLane

Well, if I am not vulgar, neither is my book.
I wrote myself.
Suggestiveness is always vulgar.
But truth never.
My book is not even remotely suggestive.
I call things by their names.
That is all.
- Mary MacLane

You may think me crude, and probably I am crude,
but I am not so crude as I was, for I am clever enough
to see that the girl of nineteen who thought herself
a genius was only an unusual girl writing her heart out.
- Mary MacLane

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

I love you just the way you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

Is today a day to gather strength from the storm -
a day to to learn life lessons for the next battle?
Or is today a day to sit by the fire
and watch the storm rage outside?
Either way, the storm is just life.
Give thanks for all of Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What if we just pretended that life was easy?
- Mary Anne Radmacher

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

Most people give up just when
they're about to achieve success.
They quit on the one yard line.
They give up at the last minute of the game,
one foot from a winning touch down.
- Ross Perot

If you want to feel rich,
just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.
- Anonymous

Just another cold, misty morning inviting,
"want to go again?"
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Without zest, what is life?
Just waiting for death?
- Osho

You can have anything you want in life if you
just help enough other people get what they want.
- Zig Ziglar

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority
is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I have not failed.
I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
- Thomas Edison

You don't need a reason to be happy,
just a choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing.
- William James

To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau

And just dance a little.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued,
is always just beyond your grasp,
but which, if you will sit down quietly,
may alight upon you.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

One must know not just how to accept a gift,
but with what grace to share it.
- Maya Angelou

Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do.
Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

You remember lesson about balance?
Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life.
Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

For a happy marriage,
love and accept your spouse just the way they are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

What you don't do daily, you probably won't do weekly either.
What you make a habit of putting-off
just keeps getting pushed away again and again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We ourselves feel that what we are doing
is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less
because of that missing drop.
- Mother Teresa

One can flow harmoniously with the River -
or one can struggle fearfully against the River -
and the River just flows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

Truth never damages a cause that is just.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi


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