We read in bed because reading is halfway between life and dreaming.
They were photographs you had to explain, which meant they were a failure.
There is so much obligatory generosity to being a good mother, a good wife, a good friend. Solitude is an acceptable form of selfishness.
Every story has already been told. Once you’ve read Anna Karenina, Bleak House, The Sound and the Fury, To Kill a Mockingbird and A Wrinkle in Time, you understand that there is really no reason to ever write another novel. Except that each writer brings to the table, if she will let herself, something that no one else in the history of time has ever had.”
[Commencement Speech; Mount Holyoke College, May 23, 1999]
When you really want to say no, say no. You can’t do everything – or at least not well.
Occasionally Rebecca wished her son would not be so very kind to her, as though she was the losing pitcher on a Little League team.
even the outright deletions that Ayn Rand’s editor should have taken care of).
Here is what I know about dressing like your teenage daughter: She will always look better than you
Count your blessings, my father always said. It shames you, to count yours by the hardships of other people.
Maybe everyone stays the same inside, even when their life looks nothing like what they once had, or even imagined.