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Jeannette Walls

  • You're in a horse race but you're thinking like a sheep. Sheep don't win horse races.

  • Whoever coined the phrase 'a man's got to play the hand that was dealt him' was most certainly one piss-poor bluffer.

  • ... I lived in a world that at any moment could erupt into fire. It was the sort of knowledge that kept you on your toes.

  • ... the negative thoughts seemed to swoop into her mind the way a big flock of black crows takes over the landscape, sitting thick in the trees and on the fence rails and lawns, staring at you in ominous silence.

  • If I owned hell and west Texas, he said, I do believe I'd sell west Texas and live in hell.

  • When someone's wounded, the first order of business is to stop the bleeding. You can figure out later how best to help them heal.

  • When people kill themselves, they think they're ending the pain, but all they're doing is passing it on to those they leave behind.

  • I hadn't been paying much attention to things like the sunrise, but that old sun had been coming up anyway. It didn't really care how I felt, it was going to rise and set regardless of whether I noticed it, and if I was going to enjoy it, that was up to me.

  • Anyone who thinks he's too small to make a difference has never been bit by a mosquito.

  • Don't be afraid of your dark places. ... If you can shine a light on them, you'll find treasure there.

  • It's so much of what art and creativity are, being able to confront your own demons. If you can do that, you can get through just about everything.

    • Jeannette Walls,
    • in Watch! ()

Jeannette Walls, U.S. writer, journalist

(1960)