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When I was three years old I was taken with my family
by 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 do not sing nor play, but I adore music,
particularly Chopin.
I like him because I cannot understand him.
- 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

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

 

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

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

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I love devils.
- Mary MacLane

I want to live quietly.
- Mary MacLane

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

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

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

The world is like a little marsh filled with mint and white hawthorn.
- 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 was born to be alone, and I always shall be;
but now I want to be.
- Mary MacLane

I would rather be a fairly happy wife and mother.
- 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've never made plans for more than a day ahead.
- Mary MacLane

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

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

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 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

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

See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil.
- Japanese pictorial maxim (the Three Wise Monkeys)

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

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

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are
something to do,
something to love,
and something to hope for.
- Joseph Addison

Three things cannot be long hidden:
the sun, the moon, and the truth.
- The Buddha

Never forget the three powerful resources
you always have available to you:
love, prayer, and forgiveness.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

There are three classes of people:
those who see,
those who see when they are shown,
those who do not see.
- Leonardo da Vinci

All truth passes through three stages:
First, it is ridiculed;
Second, it is violently opposed;
Third, it is accepted as self-evident.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
- Albert Einstein

All Knowledge is Divided into Three Domains:
"What We Know",
"What We Know That We Don't Know", and
"What We Don't Know That We Don't Know."
- Werner Erhard

A friendship will be young after the lapse of half a century;
a passion is old at the end of three months.
- Madame Swetchine

To the uneducated an A is just three sticks.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize.
The first is gentleness;
the second is frugality;
the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others.
Be gentle and you can be bold;
be frugal and you can be generous;
avoid putting yourself before others
and you can become a leader among men.
- Lao Tzu

There are three rules for dating:
1) Don't;
2) If you must, just be careful;
3) Forget the rules, your hormones will win anyway.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Steve Jobs' Three Rules of Life ...
1. Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.
2. Don't be trapped by dogma -
which is living with the results of other people's thinking.
Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice.
3. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition -
they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
- Steve Jobs

In three words, I can sum up everything
I've learned about life - it goes on.
- Robert Frost

There are three hundred and sixty-four days
when you might get un-birthday presents,
and only one for birthday presents, you know.
- Lewis Carroll

Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
- Benjamin Franklin

I truly believe that happiness is possible...
even when you're thirty-three
and have a bottom the size of two bowling balls.
- the movie Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason

There are three types of lies -
lies, damn lies, and statistics.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Now abide faith, hope, love, these three;
but the greatest of these is love.
- Corinthians 13:13

I want to share with you the three rules
that I have in order to accept an apprentice.
Rule Number 1: Don't believe me.
I don't want you to believe me
but I want you to listen and make choices - your choices.
If what I say, doesn't work for you, leave it.
But if it works for you and that's what you want, then make it yours.
Rule Number 2: Don't believe yourself.
Why? Because most of your belief system is a lie - it's not true.
And by believing yourself, you create all the limitations
that don't allow you to be what you really are.
Don't believe yourself. Listen to what you say,
listen to what you think, listen to what you believe.
And when you listen, open your ears, open your mind,
open your intelligence and make choices.
Rule 3 is, don't believe anybody else.
Don't believe them at all.
Open your ears and your mind; listen and make choices.
- don Miguel Ruiz

I have three kinds of friends:
those who love me,
those who pay no attention to me,
and those who detest me.
- Nicolas De Chamfort

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends
is that three out of four murders
are committed by people who know the victim.
- George Carlin

You know they say the most dangerous person of the
world is a member of the United States Congress just
home from a three-day fact-finding trip.
- Johnny Isakson

If a man watches three football games in a row,
he should be declared legally dead.
- Erma Bombeck

Jim Bakker spells his name with two k's because three would be too obvious.
- Bill Maher

When I was 18, I thought my father was pretty dumb.
After a while when I got to be 21, I was amazed to
find out how much he'd learned in three years.
- Frank Butler

I do love Italian food.
Any kind of pasta or pizza.
My new pig out food is Indian food.
I eat Indian food like three times a week.
It's so good.
- Jennifer Love Hewitt

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control;
these three alone lead one to sovereign power.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world.
If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off.
- Bill Veeck

If you can change three lives in 10,
three lives in a hundred,
that's got to be good, hasn't it?
- Ian Botham

If two wrongs don't make a right, try three.
- Laurence J. Peter

I love short trips to New York; to me it is the finest three-day town on earth.
- James Cameron

The time to enjoy a European trip is about three weeks after unpacking.
- George Ade

Three things are needed for a good life,
good friends, good food, and good song.
- Jason Zebehazy

Inanimate objects can be classified scientifically
into three major categories;
those that don't work,
those that break down and those that get lost.
- Russell Baker

There are three roads to ruin; women,
gambling and technicians.
The most pleasant is with women, the quickest is with gambling,
but the surest is with technicians.
- Georges Pompidou

We have three cats.
It's like having children, but there is no tuition involved.
- Ron Reagan

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre.
- Gail Godwin

Three-quarters of the sicknesses of intelligent people
come from their intelligence.
They need at least a doctor who can understand this sickness.
- Marcel Proust


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