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Let me but make a beginning, let me but strike the
by 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 would rather be a fairly happy wife and mother.
- Mary MacLane

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

 

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

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

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I love devils.
- Mary MacLane

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Let me bring peace into moments of chaos.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

By letting it go it all gets done.
The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try.
The world is beyond the winning.
- Lao Tzu

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Raymond Lindquist

We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell

When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be.
- Lao Tzu

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth

Let parents bequeath to their children
not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
- Plato

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

Miracles are the natural way of the Universe -
our only job is to move our doubting minds aside
and let the miracles flow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stay Happy, never let anyone get your goat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Pay attention to rainbows, and snowflakes,
butterflies and the songs of birds,
the crash of storm-driven waves
and the mirror-surface of a quiet pond.
Let the depths of nature become a part of your innermost being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning.
- Winston Churchill

Don't let the past drive life - choose life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never Let Anyone Get Your Goat,
Push Your Buttons,
Get You Riled Up,
or Annoy You.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

Let Today be a Thanksgiving.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Never let your sense of morals
get in the way of doing what's right.
- Isaac Asimov

If there is anything that a man can do well,
I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

Let today be the day that you choose
to become your own greatest Hero.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can't let praise or criticism get to you.
It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.
- John Wooden

Success seems to be largely a matter
of hanging on after others have let go.
- William Feather

Let the refining and improving of your own life
keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Positive thinking will let you do everything
better than negative thinking will.
- Zig Ziglar

We can let circumstances rule us,
or we can take charge and
rule our lives from within.
- Earl Nightingale

We cannot possibly let ourselves get frozen into regarding
everyone we do not know as an absolute stranger.
- Albert Schweitzer

As we let our light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence actually liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

We have to let go of all blame, all attacking, all judging,
to free our inner selves to attract what we say we want.
- Joe Vitale

Whatever you want in life, start today.
Not tomorrow - today.
Let it be a small beginning - a tiny beginning.
Your happiness depends on starting today - every day.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where there is injury let me sow pardon.
- St. Francis of Assisi

If we let things terrify us,
life will not be worth living.
- Seneca

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.
- Rumi


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