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Carol Shields

  • They know after all this time about love — that it's dim and unreliable and little more than a reflection on the wall. It is also capricious, idiotic, sentimental, imperfect and inconstant, and most often seems to be the exclusive preserve of others.

  • Canada is a country where nothing seems ever to happen. A country always dressed in its Sunday go-to-meeting clothes. A country you wouldn't ask to dance a second waltz. Clean. Christian. Dull. Quiescent. But growing. Yes, it must be admitted, the Dominion is growing.

  • ... a childhood is what anyone wants to remember of it. It leaves behind no fossils, except perhaps in fiction.

  • The larger loneliness of our lives evolves from our unwillingness to spend ourselves, stir ourselves. We are always damping down our inner weather, permitting ourselves the comforts of postponement, of rehearsals.

  • There are chapters in every life which are seldom read, and certainly not aloud.

  • ... evasion can be a form of aggression.

Carol Shields, U.S.-born Canadian writer

(1935 - 2003)

Full name: Carol Ann Warner Shields.