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Willa Gibbs

  • Minds are like oysters. They spoil if you pry them open.

  • Facts — all facts — explain and confirm each other. They are only partially true until you link them together.

  • Anything that can happen to someone else, can happen also to you.

  • ... the loneliest place to be is a hotel room in a big city in early evening.

  • ... prejudices now grew in his head as strongly as teeth.

  • What is living about? It is the decisions you must make between two rights, hard and costly decisions because always you can do one right thing, but sometimes not two.

  • He felt as one would if assaulted physically by a benign elderly rabbit.

  • I always keep my temper with my enemies, and that inclines me to lose it with my friends.

  • Pain is like a new room in your house that you never knew you had. If you had known, you would have bolted and locked the room past any entering. But truly, it is a room like any other, four glaring white walls and a dark hard floor, and if you don't try to get out, it is possible to remain in it. Once you tried to get out, you ... couldn't ... stand ... it. Don't think of getting out.

  • From little pain you flinch away but great pain must be embraced.

  • Pain is a new room in your house.

  • ... the teeth of self-pity had gnawed away her essential self.

  • The truth has a ring of its own. You learn in time to identify it.

  • Power's twin is responsibility ...

  • The three kinds of services you generally find in the Episcopal churches. I call them either low-and-lazy, broad-and-hazy, or high-and-crazy.

Willa Gibbs, U.S. writer

(1917 - 1999)