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"… he started on the first page and finished on the last. He was not a skimmer or a sniffer; he read meticulously, as if, swimming, he were being filmed in slow motion."

Cynthi Ozick, The Messiah of Stockholm (1987)

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"If no one saw — it didn’t count. It’s only when you eat in front of strangers or people that make you feel guilty that food is really fattening."

Arabella Weir, Does My Bum Look Big in This? (1997)

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"I have seen that every one forgives much in themselves that they find unpardonable in other people."

Amelia E. Barr, The Maid of Maiden Lane (1900)

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"Once you are thought selfish, not only are you forgiven a life designed mainly to suit yourself, which in anyone else would appear monstrous, but if an impulse to generosity should by chance overpower you, you will get five times the credit of some poor selfless soul who has been oozing kindness for years."

Amanda Cross, The Question of Max (1976)

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"She viewed a ‘political illiterate’ as a conventional mind might a person of those long-ago days born out of wedlock: an unfortunate condition, but reprehensible and without remedy even for its victim."

Katherine Anne Porter, The Never-Ending Wrong (1977)

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"There were tons of bronzed Scandinavian types at the Sorbonne. Marvellously blond and healthy and shining white teeth. Funny thing though, because someone told me that if you actually go to Scandinavia none of the people who actually live there look like that. It’s just a front they put up when they’re abroad."

Charlotte Bingham, Coronet Among the Weeds (1963)

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"What if we fail to stop the erosion of cities by automobiles? … In that case America will hardly need to ponder a mystery that has troubled men for millennia. What is the purpose of life? For us, the answer will be clear, established and for all practical purposes indisputable. The purpose of life is to produce and consume automobiles."

Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961)

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"For me, creativity is essentially a spiritual experience, a conversation between my soul and me."

Sue Monk Kidd, Firstlight: The Early Inspirational Writings of Sue Monk Kidd (2006)

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