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I never give my real self.
by 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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

I love devils.
- Mary MacLane

I want to live quietly.
- Mary MacLane

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

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

It is with pain that I read of the dire effects of
my book upon the minds of young girls.
- 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 was born to be alone, and I always shall be;
but now I want to be.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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 are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

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

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Our greatest glory is not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.
- Confucius

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

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey

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

Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done.
- Amelia Earhart

Sing like no one's listening,
love like you've never been hurt,
dance like nobody's watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.
- Mark Twain

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

There are two kinds of failures:
those who thought and never did,
and those who did and never thought.
- Laurence J. Peter

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

If you love something, set it free;
if it comes back it's yours,
if it doesn't, it never was.
- Richard Bach

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

You are important. You are the star -
the only star - of your own life show.
Everyone else is a bit player in the great drama of your life.
Be of service to humanity, but never be anyone's doormat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Two things a man should never be angry at:
what he can help,
and what he cannot help.
- Thomas Fuller

You are Never Too Old to Give or Get Gold Stars.
Show Your Honest Appreciation - Today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

It's never too late -
never too late to start over,
never too late to be happy.
- Jane Fonda

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

Forgive those who have injured you -
not because they deserve your forgiveness,
but because you can never be happy
until you release your anger and grant forgiveness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We never NEED anything; we never NEED to do something.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Go ahead. Weep for the rare,
the never seen this way again,
the excruciating, ineffable,
unmitigated beauty of love.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Never ascribe to malice that which is
adequately explained by incompetence.
- Napoleon

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow,
it only saps today of its joy.
- Leo Buscaglia

The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Never tell people how to do things.
Tell them what to do and they will
surprise you with their ingenuity.
- George S. Patton

We must accept finite disappointment,
but never lose infinite hope.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dance like no one is watching,
love like you'll never be hurt.
Sing like no one is listening.
Live life like it's heaven on earth.
- Anonymous (various attributions and alternate phrasings)

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice,
and is never the result of selfishness.
- Napoleon Hill

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

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
- Henry David Thoreau

We are formed and molded by our thoughts.
Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts
give joy when they speak or act.
Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
- The Buddha

I never considered a difference of opinion
in politics, in religion, in philosophy,
as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
- Thomas Jefferson

May we so love as never to have occasion
to repent of our love!
- Henry David Thoreau

Work like you don't need the money.
Love like you've never been hurt.
Dance like nobody's watching.
- Satchel Paige


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