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Judith Kelman

  • My sister and I may have been crafted of the same genetic clay, baked in the same uterine kiln, but we were disparate species, doomed never to love each other except blindly.

  • I suppose a child's first obligation is to become a stranger to his parents.

  • A mother never fully delivers.

  • She spotted an Adolfo suit in that shade of tan that comes from mixing brown with a great deal of money.

  • He would simply tell her not to worry, which was about as effective as ordering someone not to think of an elephant.

  • Whoever invented men had definitely not ironed out all the kinks.

  • Writing is the perfect balance between self-confidence and self-doubt, with a bit of self-delusion thrown in.

    • Judith Kelman,
    • in Fiction Writer ()
  • Behind the lens, I found refuge and freedom, distance and connection, an intoxicating way to tame the huge, chaotic world.

  • I tried on some clothes last week, and I all but ran out of the dressing room screaming. Post-traumatic dress syndrome.

  • It's a dirty little secret that most New Yorkers are pleasant, thoughtful, patient, and polite. The Chamber of Commerce must work overtime to maintain the surly, off-putting image that is widely believed to define the city. In truth, niceness is nearly epidemic in this town.

Judith Kelman, U.S. writer

(1945)

Full name: Judith Ann Kelman