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"There is no division nor subtraction in the heart-arithmetic of a good mother. There are only addition and multiplication."

Bess Streeter Aldrich, A Lantern in Her Hand (1928)

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"The joy of joys is the person of light but unmalicious humor."

Emily Post, Etiquette: In Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home (1922)

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"‘Are you seeing a psychiatrist?’ as a conversation opener would nowadays earn you a punch in the nose, but for fifty years it was a compliment. It meant, ‘One can plainly see you are sensitive, intense, and interesting, and therefore neurotic.’ Only the dullest of clods trudged around without a neurosis."

Barbara Holland, Wasn't the Grass Greener? (1999)

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"He could fling words across the room like knives."

Margaret Millar, Experiment in Springtime (1947)

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"There is nothing so impenetrably stupid as the illusion of the strong who believe in their strength."

Evelyn Scott, Escapade (1923)

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"In Hollywood, the … basic freedom of being able to choose between alternatives is absent. The gifted people who have the capacity for choice cannot exercise it; the executives who technically have the freedom of choice do not actually have it, because they usually lack the knowledge and imagination necessary for making such a choice."

Hortense Powdermaker, Hollywood, The Dream Factory (1950)

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"Talking to you is only thinking to myself — made easier."

John Oliver Hobbes, The Sinner's Comedy (1982)

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"I venture that those of us who are most serene when faced with the possibility of nothingness are the ones who’ve reached furthest to the downward and upward of their beings."

Francine du Plessix Gray, Lovers and Tyrants (1976)

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