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Life and people are complex.
by Joyce Carol Oates

Life and people are complex.
A writer as an artist doesn't have the personality of a politician.
We don't see the world that simply.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Boxing has become America's tragic theater.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in
which to invest passion and authority,
then forgets that symbols are inventions.
- Joyce Carol Oates

We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.
- Joyce Carol Oates

 

Where we come from in America no longer signifies.
It's where we go, and what we do when we get there,
that tells us who we are.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Love commingled with hate is more powerful than love.
Or hate.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Boxing is about being hit rather more than it is about hitting,
just as it is about feeling pain, if not devastating psychological paralysis,
more than it is about winning.
- Joyce Carol Oates

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To be knocked out doesn't mean what it seems.
A boxer does not have to get up.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Nothing is accidental in the universe -
this is one of my Laws of Physics -
except the entire universe itself,
which is Pure Accident, pure divinity.
- Joyce Carol Oates

If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?
- Joyce Carol Oates

In love there are two things - bodies and words.
- Joyce Carol Oates

When people say there is too much violence in my books,
what they are saying is there is too much reality in life.
- Joyce Carol Oates

The third man in the ring makes boxing possible.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Boxing is a celebration of the lost religion of masculinity
all the more trenchant for its being lost.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Our enemy is by tradition our savior,
in preventing us from superficiality.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Night comes to the desert all at once,
as if someone turned off the light.
- Joyce Carol Oates

The great menace to the life of an industry is industrial self-complacency.
- Joyce Carol Oates

What I aspired to be and was not, comforts me.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Our house is made of glass...
and our lives are made of glass; and there is nothing
we can do to protect ourselves.
- Joyce Carol Oates

The worst cynicism: a belief in luck.
- Joyce Carol Oates

It is not her body that he wants but it is only through
her body that he can take possession of another human being,
so he must labor upon her body, he must enter her body,
to make his claim.
- Joyce Carol Oates

If you are a writer you locate yourself behind a wall
of silence and no matter what you are doing,
driving a car or walking or doing housework you can still be writing,
because you have that space.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Bringing a childlike wonder
and a beginner's mind to life
maximizes both success and joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life's burdens are lighter when I laugh at myself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to Dance in the Rain.
- Vivian Greene

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The life of inner peace,
being harmonious and without stress,
is the easiest type of existence.
- Norman Vincent Peale

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

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

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

Life is really simple,
but we insist on making it complicated.
- Confucius

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a reflection of intent.
Love reflects love.
Hate reflects hate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a succession of lessons
which must be lived to be understood.
- Helen Keller

Life is always lived in the eye-of-the-storm
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

He who knows others is wise.
He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar.
- Helen Keller

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Forgiveness is an act of self-love and respect.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
- Aristotle

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Talent is God-given; be humble.
Fame is man-given; be thankful.
Conceit is self-given; be careful.
- John Wooden

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

Happiness walks on busy feet.
- Kitte Turmell

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

Happiness cannot thrive within the prison of obligation
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Beware the Rattlesnake of the Mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We don't see things as they are,
we see things as we are.
- Anais Nin

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

Anger is like a thorn in the heart.
- Yiddish Proverb

Life is an exciting business,
and most exciting when it is lived for others.
- Helen Keller

Life expands to fill your dreams.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Clouds come floating into my life,
no longer to carry rain or usher storm,
but to add color to my sunset sky.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Life may not be the party we hoped for,
but while we are here we might as well dance.
- Anonymous

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you're gonna get.
- the movie Forrest Gump

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
- Oscar Wilde

Fly Life on Free Wings, and Sing to its Glory.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be the Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a song - sing it.
Life is a game - play it.
Life is a challenge - meet it.
Life is a dream - realize it.
Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
Life is love - enjoy it.
- Sai Baba


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