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Shirley Jackson

  • She is one of those impressive women who usually head committees on supervising movies, taking the entire sixth grade on a tour of one of our local factories, or outlawing slingshots, and I daresay she would be the first person everyone would think of if there should arise an occasion for the mothers to lift the school building and carry it bodily to another location.

  • Bridge is a game for the undivided intellect.

  • ... February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer ...

  • It has long been my belief that in times of great stress, such as a four-day vacation, the thin veneer of family unity wears off almost at once, and we are revealed in our true personalities ...

  • ... in all the world there is not someone who does not believe something.

  • It might be suggested, and not easily disproven that anything, no matter how exotic, can be believed by someone. On the other hand, abstract belief is largely impossible; it is the concrete, the actuality of the cup, the candle, the sacrificial stone, which hardens belief; the statue is nothing until it cries, the philosophy is nothing until the philosopher is martyred.

  • Mrs. Willow was absolutely determined to be affable and would not be denied.

  • The sight of one's own heart is degrading; people are not meant to look inward — that's why they've been given bodies, to hide their souls.

  • For plain and fancy worrying, give me a new mother every time.

    • Shirley Jackson,
    • "The Possibility of Evil," in Saturday Evening Post ()

Shirley Jackson, U.S. writer, playwright, screenwriter

(1919 - 1965)

Full name: Shirley Hardie Jackson Hyman.