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Jane Rule

  • Conventions, like clichés, have a way of surviving their own usefulness.

  • ... casino owners spoke more loudly than any of the other kings of industry to defend their contribution to society. They could speak more loudly because theirs was the purest activity of civilized man. They had transcended the need for a product. They could maintain and advance life with machines that made nothing but money.

  • This desert town was man's own miracle of pure purposelessness.

  • I had never been as resigned to ready-made ideas as I was to ready-made clothes, perhaps because, although I couldn't sew, I could think.

  • People genuinely happy in their choices seem less often tempted to force them on other people than those who feel martyred and broken by their lives.

  • Morality, like language, is an invented structure for conserving and communicating order.

  • Killing herself was the ultimate conversation stopper, the final saying, 'No backs.'

    • Jane Rule,
    • "In the Attic of the House," Christopher Street ()
  • I remember how surprised I was when my first novel was about to be published and I was informed that I could be sued for anything any one of my characters said. 'But I often don't agree with what they say,' I protested. The lawyer was not interested in the clear distinction I make between my own voice and the voices of my characters. Neither, I have found, are many of my readers.

    • Jane Rule,
    • "Sexuality in Literature," Outlander ()
  • Morality is a test of our conformity rather than our integrity.

    • Jane Rule,
    • in Alan Twigg, For Openers ()
  • The kinds of good friends I have are people who are perfectly willing to have me say I'll see them in six months, and live right next door.

    • Jane Rule,
    • in Alan Twigg, For Openers ()

Jane Rule, Canadian writer

(1931 - 2007)