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Harold Brodkey Quotes and Sayings

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Being ill like this combines shock -
this time I will die -
with a pain and agony that are unfamiliar,
that wrench me out of myself.
- Harold Brodkey

Public radio is alive and kicking, it always has been.
- Harold Brodkey

This identity, this mind, this particular cast of speech,
is nearly over.
- Harold Brodkey

I look upon another's insistence on the merits of his or her life -
duties,
intellect, accomplishment - and see that most of it is nonsense.
- Harold Brodkey

 

It is death that goes down to the center of the earth,
the great burial church the earth is,
and then to the curved ends of the universe,
as light is said to do.
- Harold Brodkey

I am in an adolescence in reverse, as mysterious as the first,
except that this time I feel it as a decay of the odds
that I might live for a while,
that I can sleep it off.
- Harold Brodkey

Me, my literary reputation is mostly abroad,
but I am anchored here in New York.
I can't think of any other place I'd rather die than here.
- Harold Brodkey

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God is an immensity, while this disease,
this death, which is in me, this small,
tightly defined pedestrian event, is merely and perfectly real,
without miracle - or instruction.
- Harold Brodkey

Almost the first thing I did when I became ill was
to buy a truly good television set.
- Harold Brodkey

But death's acquisitive instincts will win.
- Harold Brodkey

True stories, autobiographical stories,
like some novels, begin long ago, before the acts in the account,
before the birth of some of the people in the tale.
- Harold Brodkey

I have thousands of opinions still -
but that is down from millions -
and,
as always, I know nothing.
- Harold Brodkey

I feel sorry for the man who marries you...
because everyone thinks you're sweet and you're not.
- Harold Brodkey

Memory, so complete and clear or so evasive,
has to be ended, has to be put aside,
as if one were leaving a chapel and bringing the prayer to an end in one's head.
- Harold Brodkey

Death and I are head to head in a total collision,
pure and mutual distaste.
- Harold Brodkey

It is like visiting one's funeral, like visiting loss
in its purest and most monumental form,
this wild darkness, which is not only unknown but which
one cannot enter as oneself.
- Harold Brodkey

I am sensible of the velocity of the moments,
and entering that part of my head alert to the motion
of the world I am aware that life was never perfect,
never absolute.
This bestows contentment, even a fearlessness.
- Harold Brodkey

If you like to read, sometimes it's interesting just
to go and see what the reality is,
of the word, of the seedy or not so seedy fiction writer,
the drunk or sober poet...
Sometimes you can go looking for illumination.
- Harold Brodkey

In New York one lives in the moment rather more than Socrates advised,
so that at a party or alone in your room it will always
be difficult to guess at the long term worth of anything.
- Harold Brodkey

So an autobiography about death should include,
in my case, an account of European Jewry and of Russian and Jewish events -
pogroms and flights and murders and the revolution
that drove my mother to come here.
- Harold Brodkey

I awake with a not entirely sickened knowledge that
I am merely young again and in a funny way at peace,
an observer who is aware of time's chariot,
aware that some metamorphosis has occurred.
- Harold Brodkey

I was always crazy about New York, dependent on it,
scared of it - well, it is dangerous -
but beyond that there was the pressure of being young
and of not yet having done work you really liked,
trademark work, breakthrough work.
- Harold Brodkey

I can't change the past, and I don't think I would.
I don't expect to be understood.
I like what I've written, the stories and two novels.
If I had to give up what I've written in order to be clear of this disease,
I wouldn't do it.
- Harold Brodkey

It bothers me that I won't live to see the end of the century,
because, when I was young, in St.
Louis, I remember saying to Marilyn,
my sister by adoption,
that that was how long I wanted to live:
seventy years.
- Harold Brodkey

May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

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 PHOTO

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

When the vast cathedral of our being
becomes a sanctuary for all creation,
we become the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Each of us dwells in a cathedral of our own BEing
that is created vast enough to encompass Unity with all creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

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

There is sanctuary in being alone with nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We all live with the objective of being happy;
our lives are all different and yet the same.
- Anne Frank

Face the facts of being what you are,
for that is what changes what you are.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
- Joseph Campbell

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

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

At the center of your being you have the answer;
you know who you are and you know what you want.
- Lao Tzu

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Honor your being,
Release each and every struggle,
Gather strength from life's storms,
Relax into the arms of spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today is my day to honor my being,
release each and every struggle,
gather strength from life's storms,
relax into the arms of spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.
May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.
May your essence be the nectar of the open blossom of your joy.
May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
- 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

May your spirit soar throughout the vast cathedral of your being.
May your mind whirl joyful cartwheels of creativity.
May your heart sing sweet lullabies of timelessness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Be - don't try to become.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

The supreme happiness of life
is the conviction of being loved for yourself,
or, more correctly, being loved in spite of yourself.
- Victor Hugo

You are never given a wish without also
being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however.
- Richard Bach

Be a Human BEing Rather Than a Human DOing.
- Anonymous

Wherever there is a human being,
there is an opportunity for a kindness.
- Seneca

The greatest discovery of any generation
is that a human being
can alter his life by
altering his attitude
- William James

The key to success, and to happiness,
is being fully engaged in life -
leading yourself with inspiration and committed action -
setting your own fine and honorable example.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will.
Its seat is in the heart,
and it must be an inseparable part of our being.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Being part of the natural world reminds me
that innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

One defeats a fanatic precisely by not being a fanatic oneself,
but on the contrary by using one's intelligence.
- George Orwell

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

Freedom lies in being bold.
- Robert Frost

Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Loving, hating, having expectations:
all these are attachments.
Attachment prevents the growth of one's true being.
- Lao Tzu

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I am an optimist.
It does not seem too much use being anything else.
- Winston Churchill

Any human being who is becoming independent of conditionings,
of religions, scriptures, prophets and messiahs, has arrived home.
He has found the treasure which was hidden in his own being.
- Osho

Well-being is making its way to you at all times.
If you will relax and find a way to allow it,
it will be your experience.
- Abraham (Esther Hicks)

Health is the greatest possession.
Contentment is the greatest treasure.
Confidence is the greatest friend.
Non-being is the greatest joy.
- Lao Tzu

I Am One With Spirit and All Creation -
I give thanks for the unity of all creation
and for everything that has brought me to this moment.
I release my entire being to the gentle nurture of Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Language... has created the word "loneliness"
to express the pain of being alone.
And it has created the word "solitude"
to express the glory of being alone.
- Paul Tillich

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have,
instead of what you don't have.
- Woody Allen

The truth is a snare:
you cannot have it, without being caught.
You cannot have the truth
in such a way that you catch it,
but only in such a way that it catches you.
- Soren Kierkegaard

What I recognized is that you can't put it together.
It's already together, and what you have to do
is experience it being together.
- Werner Erhard

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled.
The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over
and let the beautiful stuff out.
- Ray Bradbury

Nothing big ever came from being small.
- William J. Clinton

Courage is the art of being the only one
who knows you're scared to death.
- Earl Wilson


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