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Lynda Barry

  • If it is your time love will track you like a cruise missile. If you say 'No! I don't want it right now,' that's when you'll get it for sure. Love will make a way out of no way. Love is an exploding cigar which we willingly smoke.

  • ... I didn't know what she was talking about, so I said 'I know that. Who doesn't know that?'

  • ... gospel singing ... is the rawest, sweetest, uninhibited and exquisite sounds a person can make or hear. It isn't music, it's an entire experience you feel and live. A sound to rise you up again.

  • These are very confusing times. For the first time in history a woman is expected to combine: intelligence with a sharp hairdo, a raised consciousness with high heels, and an open, nonsexist relationship with a tan guy who has a great bod.

    • Lynda Barry
  • The thing I call 'my mind' seems to be kind of like a landlord that doesn't really know its tenants.

  • At the center of everything we call 'the arts,' and children call 'play,' is something which seems somehow alive.

  • I believe a kid who is playing is not alone. There is something brought alive during play, and this something, when played with, seems to play back.

    • Lynda Barry
  • Something can only become an illusion after disillusionment. Before that, it is something real.

  • I wanted one [an imaginary friend] and tried to conjure one in different ways but none came. Finally I just lied about having one. Which meant I had an imaginary imaginary friend.

  • Experience is not explanation.

  • To follow a wandering mind means having to get lost. Can you stand being lost?

  • No matter what, expect the unexpected. And whenever possible be the unexpected.

  • We don’t create a fantasy world to escape reality, we create it to be able to stay.

    • Lynda Barry,
    • in Susan E. Kirtley, Lynda Barry: Girlhood through the Looking Glass ()
  • Love is a hundred times more dangerous than driving a car and you do it completely unprepared.

    • Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry, U.S. artist, cartoonist, writer

(1956)