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Amy Hempel

  • ... nothing is ever quite as bad as it could be.

  • For peace of mind, I will lie about any thing at any time.

  • He's a real teenager of a dog — if Boris didn't have whiskers, he'd have pimples.

    • Amy Hempel,
    • "Nashville Gone to Ashes," Reasons to Live ()
  • The motto of this agency is We Never Knowingly Ruin Your Vacation.

    • Amy Hempel,
    • "Tonight Is a Favor to Holly," Reasons to Live ()
  • My job ... I do nothing, it pays nothing, but — you guessed it — it's better than nothing.

    • Amy Hempel,
    • "Tonight Is a Favor to Holly," Reasons to Live ()
  • I don't get used to living at the beach, to seeing that wet horizon. It's the edge, the country's aisle seat.

    • Amy Hempel,
    • "Tonight Is a Favor to Holly," Reasons to Live ()

Amy Hempel, U.S. writer, journalist, educator

(1951)