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Sharyn McCrumb

  • Trying to act normal is the most unnatural behavior of all.

  • You take a handful of rocks and put them in a jar. Then once a week, you take one tiny pebble out of the jar and throw it away. When the jar is empty, why, you'll just about be over your grief. ... Time alone will do if you're short on rocks.

  • Elvis is bound to be dead. Look at all the vultures in his vicinity.

  • Half magic is no magic at all.

  • Some people are born to fit the times.

  • Life seems to be a choice between two wrong answers.

  • High school and equality are forever incompatible.

  • Domestic rabbits don't have the sense that God promised animal crackers.

  • ... anger is more productive than fear.

  • If it had taught them nothing else, twenty years of living past high school had taught them self-preservation. ... No one was going to risk putting his ego on the line; they would come prepared with dates, flattering clothes, and a well-rehearsed, carefully edited biography. They would all be kind to each other. High school was enough torture for one lifetime.

  • Maybe staying single meant that you never had to grow up.

  • Machines seem to sense that I am afraid of them. It makes them hostile.

  • Nobody has time to write a book. Some people just do it anyhow.

    • Sharyn McCrumb,
    • in Writer's Digest ()
  • The most momentous events in life — baptisms, weddings, and funerals — don't seem to take much time, but the effects of them bind up the whole of your existence.

  • ... suicide was considered madness, rather than a shrewd appraisal of one's options ...

Sharyn McCrumb, U.S. writer

(1948)