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Marjorie Kellogg

  • ... people like to keep their little secrets to themselves. It's like growing mushrooms in the cellar and running down to take a look at them now and then.

  • For the patient who remained hospitalized a long time, an insidious metamorphosis took place — the outside world dimmed and faded like a watercolor exposed to the sun, while the hospital became the center and the only real part of the universe.

  • Doctors and nurses seemed to have been born and raised in the hospital, with only short punctuations of absenteeism for such things as schooling and marriage.

  • ... you seldom listen to me, and when you do you don't hear, and when you do hear you hear wrong, and even when you hear right you change it so fast that it's never the same.

  • Rarely an hour passed that they didn't argue about something. They had lived together for so many years that they mistook their arguments for conversations.

  • The dog lay down next to Arthur with his nose a few inches from Arthur's mouth, staring at him as if Arthur were about to speak the secrets of the past.

Marjorie Kellogg, U.S. writer

(1922 - 2005)