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Alice Munro Quotes

Please enjoy these encouraging quotes by Alice Munro.

That's something I think is growing on me as I get older:
happy endings.
- Alice Munro

The deep, personal material of the latter half of your life is your children.
You can write about your parents when they're gone,
but your children are still going to be here,
and you're going to want them to come and visit you in the nursing home.
- Alice Munro

The stories are not autobiographical,
but they're personal in that way.
I seem to know only the things that I've learned.
Probably some things through observation,
but what I feel I know surely is personal.
- Alice Munro

I want the reader to feel something is astonishing.
Not the 'what happens,' but the way everything happens.
These long short story fictions do that best,
for me.
- Alice Munro

 

I can't play bridge.
I don't play tennis.
All those things that people learn, and I admire,
there hasn't seemed time for.
But what there is time for is looking out the window.
- Alice Munro

Memory is the way we keep telling ourselves our stories -
and telling other people a somewhat different version of our stories.
- Alice Munro

Sometimes I get the start of a story from a memory,
an anecdote, but that gets lost and is usually unrecognizable in the final story.
- Alice Munro

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In my own work, I tend to cover a lot of time and to
jump back and forward in time,
and sometimes the way I do this is not very straightforward.
- Alice Munro

In twenty years I've never had a day when I didn't
have to think about someone else's needs.
And this means the writing has to be fitted around it.
- Alice Munro

The complexity of things - the things within things -
just seems to be endless.
I mean nothing is easy, nothing is simple.
- Alice Munro

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher

When a person doesn't have gratitude,
something is missing in his or her humanity.
A person can almost be defined by
his or her attitude toward gratitude.
- Elie Wiesel

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

Those who believe they can do something
and those who believe they can't
are both right.
- Henry Ford

Every man and woman is born into the world
to do something unique and something distinctive;
and if he or she does not do it,
it will never be done.
- Benjamin E. Mays

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

A hero is someone who has given his life to
something bigger than himself
or something other than himself.
- Joseph Campbell

You can't live a perfect day without doing something
for someone who will never be able to repay you.
- John Wooden

Every thought you think
and every word you speak
is affirming something.
- Louise L. Hay

You should never be content with so little,
when you can reach out for something big.
- Charles L. Allen
(This quote is about making a big difference
in the world - not about greed)

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't
come as a result of getting something we don't have,
but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
- Frederick Koenig

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Abundance is not something we acquire.
It is something we tune into.
- Wayne Dyer

Worrying is like a rocking chair,
it gives you something to do,
but it gets you nowhere.
- Glenn Turner

No individual has any right to come into the world
and go out of it without leaving something behind.
- George Washington Carver

Service is the rent we pay for being.
It is the very purpose of life,
and not something you do in your spare time.
- Marion Wright Edelman

Why live?
Adding one to my count of days, or postponing
a feared death by another day do not inspire me.
I live to experience something new each day -
to learn something new, meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone's life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The right to do something doesn't mean that doing it is right.
- William Safire

If a man hasn't discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

We act as though comfort and luxury
were the chief requirements of life,
when all that we need to make us really happy
is something to be enthusiastic about.
- Charles Kingsley

We have to stop and be humble enough to understand
that there is something called mystery.
- Paulo Coelho

You can't do anything about the length of your life,
but you can do something about its width and depth.
- Evan Esar

The ultimate test of a man's conscience
may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
- Gaylord Nelson

No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man who won't die for something is not fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Existence needs you.
Without you, something will be missing
in existence and nobody can replace it.
Thats what gives you dignity,
that the whole existence will miss you.
- Osho

Be not merely good; be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

To be yourself in a world that
is constantly trying to make you something else
is the greatest accomplishment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I submit to you that if a man hasn't
discovered something that he will die for,
he isn't fit to live.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks
for everything that happens to you,
knowing that every step forward is a step toward
achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.
- Brian Tracy

To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

Aim above morality.
Be not simply good,
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

When one has nothing to lose, one becomes courageous.
We are timid only when
there is something we can still cling to.
- Carlos Castaneda

I live to experience something new each day -
to learn something new,
meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone's life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't live down to expectations.
Go out there and do something remarkable.
- Wendy Wasserstein

There is joy in work.
There is no happiness except in the realization
that we have accomplished something.
- Henry Ford

The moment we want to believe something,
we suddenly see all the arguments for it,
and become blind to the arguments against it.
- George Bernard Shaw

As soon as man does not take his existence for granted,
but beholds it as something
unfathomably mysterious, thought begins.
- Albert Schweitzer

How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore.
There is always something to make you wonder
in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.
- Albert Schweitzer

To succeed, you need to find
something to hold on to,
something to motivate you,
something to inspire you.
- Tony Dorsett

Fear of something is at the root of hate for others,
and hate within will eventually destroy the hater.
- George Washington Carver

To oppose something is to maintain it.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

Faith:
When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
...
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly
- Patrick Overton - from his book of poems: The Leaning Tree, 1975
[Widely mis-attributed to Barbara J. Winter, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and others]

The marvelous richness of human experience
would lose something of rewarding joy
if there were no limitations to overcome.
The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful
if there were no dark valleys to traverse.
- Helen Keller

Courage is not the absence of fear,
but rather the judgement that something else
is more important than fear.
- Ambrose Redmoon

If everything seems to be going well,
you have obviously overlooked something.
- Anonymous

The way you get meaning into your life
is to devote yourself to loving others,
devote yourself to your community around you,
and devote yourself to creating something
that gives you purpose and meaning
- Mitch Albom

Stand up to your obstacles
and do something about them.
You will find that they haven't
half the strength you think they have.
- Norman Vincent Peale

Today is probably a good day for something;
but it's a better day for doing nothing.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is one thing to say that something should be done,
but quite a different matter to do it.
- Aesop

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

I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.
- Helen Keller

Jesus preached more and taught more
about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry
than he did about heaven and hell.
Shouldn't that tell us something?
- John Grisham

A New Year's resolution is something that
goes in one Year and out the other.
- Anonymous

Ending a sentence with a preposition is
something up with which I will not put.
- Winston Churchill

For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for something,
some reason why we're here. What are we doing here? Who are we?
If this is a chance to find out
even just a little part of that answer...
I don't know, I think it's worth a human life. Don't you?
- the Jodie Foster movie Contact (1997)


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