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  • There is, of course, no joy so great as the cessation of pain; in fact all joy, active or passive, is the cessation of some pain, since it must be the satisfaction of a longing, even perhaps an unconscious longing.

  • From religion ... they will learn the only true lesson of equality — the conviction that our destinies are not in our own hands; they will see that no situation in life is without its share of suffering; — and this perpetual reference to a higher power ought equally to teach the rich humility, and the poor devotion.

  • The coyote must be my totem animal. ... Strange, devil-like beings — the sneak thieves of the animal world — they were clever; they were beyond anything we could imagine. They could walk thin as a stick, or loom up big and substantial; but they were never out of control of a situation.

  • ... one did not 'hop' a plane. One took a long slow ride to an airport, and argued for hours with ticket agents who seemed to have been hired five minutes ago for what they supposed to be another job; and if one survived that, one got to Chicago only to join a 'stack' over the airfield there, and then either died of boredom or crashed into a plane that thought it was in the stack over Newark.

  • There isn't much that tastes better than praise from those who are wise and capable.

  • Cleaning your house / While your kids are still growing / Is like shoveling the walk / Before it stops snowing.

  • She was the crow of the reservation, she lived off our scraps, and she knew us best because the scraps told our story.

  • There is no solitude in the world like that of the big city.