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Faith Sullivan

  • Arch had always suspected that any movie without horseflesh and long shots of the Badlands was arty and possibly subversive.

  • Living on hope is like being hungry all the time.

  • She had learned the self-deprecating ways of the woman who does not want to be thought hard and grasping, but her artifices could not always cover the nakedness of her need to excel.

  • Poverty made me feel weak, as if I were coming down with an awful, debilitating, communicable disease — the disease of being without money. Instead of going to the hospital, you went to the poor farm. The difference was, you never got well at the poor farm.

  • Black was my favorite. The most sophisticated flavor in jelly beans, someone once told me.

  • But being married was like having a hippopotamus sitting on my face, Mrs. Brown. No matter how hard I pushed or which way I turned, I couldn't get up. I couldn't even breathe. ... Hippopotamuses aren't all bad. They are what they are. But I wasn't meant to have one sitting on my face.

  • That was a snake that would lay eggs in my brain.

  • Not everything in church is truth ... And not all truth turns up in church.

  • For the first time, I was pierced by the little panic and tristesse occasioned by small things passing irrevocably from view.

  • It was the sort of night when you think you could lie in the snow until morning and never get cold.

  • While he himself derived from the hardworking poor, he greatly mistrusted the ragtag and bobtail who lived in the shacks south of the junkyard, suspecting them of the criminality and moral decay to which he might sink, were he in their place.

  • Some people say that suicide is a sin, but I have never believed that. I say it's God's way of calling certain folks home early. It's much nicer than an awful accident, where the rest of us are left wondering if the person really wanted to go.

  • They're grown up and moved to Minneapolis. Every generation goes someplace bigger.

  • Better to fail at what you love than succeed at what you hate. People have strange ideas about success ... too much to do with money, not enough to do with joy.

  • Desiree was her old self. No, not her old self. You were never your old self after someone died. You were a new, sort of scarred-over self.

  • ... gardening is a madness and a rapture.

  • In a little place like Harvester, the past never became history, but sat side by side with current events, like an old woman pushing in among the young ones, insisting on being a part of things.

  • ... every family had its scandals sooner or later. The sure knowledge that this was true made living in a small town bearable.

  • ... you couldn't talk yourself into love any more than you could talk yourelf out of it.

  • Had she a family crest, Bess had once told her, the motto would read, 'On the Other Hand ...'

  • Old age was a forced retreat. You carried with you as much of what you had been as you could. Some of it — often the best of it — you had to abandon.

  • Yet the past has a will of its own, and you must learn to entertain it, because it will visit, invited or not.

  • If you don't kill yourself right away when something terrible happens ... if you go on living, you become a different person.

  • There was a strange kind of comfort in misunderstandings and differences that were old enough to have lost their teeth.

  • For my money, there are no more fascinating, hard-working, vulnerable creatures on earth than writers. Every day, they lay their souls out there for public approval or rejection.

    • Faith Sullivan,
    • in BookWomen ()
  • Part of the business of being an artist is abetting talent. The best do that.

    • Faith Sullivan,
    • in BookWomen ()
  • ... securing an agent is a nightmare. And once secured, the agent may be a nightmare.

    • Faith Sullivan,
    • in BookWomen ()
  • I know this much: if you gotta write, honey, you gotta write. Some call it a disease, some a madness. Ah, but I call it love.

    • Faith Sullivan,
    • in BookWomen ()
  • After 'I love you,' the four happiest phrases in the language of marriage are: 'I'm sorry,' 'What do you think?', 'It's just what I wanted,' and 'Let's have a glass of beer.'

  • Motherhood was the most insecure of all undertakings. If you stopped to think, even for a moment, every choice you made was the wrong choice.

Faith Sullivan, U.S. writer


Full name: Faith Scheid Lengas Sullivan.