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“Success can only be measured in terms of distance traveled.”
“Decide what the rest of your life is to be. Whatever you are now, you might be forever.”
“Now that he was rich he was not thought ignorant any more, but simply eccentric.”
“... appeals to memory were never perfectly answered.”
“She had the loaded handbag of someone who camps out and seldom goes home, or who imagines life must be full of emergencies.”
“The vocation exists, and so does the gift; but vocation and gift are seldom of equal proportions, and I suppose that the struggle to equate them is the true and secret tension.”
“I still do not know what impels anyone sound of mind to leave dry land and spend a lifetime describing people who do not exist. If it is child's play, an extension of make believe — something one is frequently assured by people who write about writing — how to account for the overriding wish to do that, just that, only that, and consider it as rational an occupation as riding a bicycle over the Alps?”
“There are a great many opinions in this world, and a good half of them are professed by people who have never been in trouble.”
Mavis Gallant, Canadian writer
Full name: Mavis Leslie Young Gallant.