Selected Quotes (in no particular order):


From The Quantity of a Hazelnut by Fae Malania


“Compared to the camel, the horse is an oversimplification.”


“A work of art is created in the quiet of a mind disciplined, concentrated, drawn in to its center

(even if in no other way is the artist disciplined at all); and with hard labor.”


“I am an indifferent housekeeper, but a truly devoted homekeeper.”


“Nobody guaranteed there would always be a ram.” (Referring to Abraham and Isaac)



From Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler


“There ought to be a whole separate language, she thought, for words that are truer than other words—

for perfect, absolute truth.”


“Never trust a man who starts his sentences with ‘Frankly.’”


“He thought of dying as a kind of adventure, something new that he hadn’t yet experienced.

Like an unusual vacation trip.”


“Isn’t happiness expecting something time is going to bring you? Isn’t sadness wishing time back again?”


“The dust balls on his closet floor have started raising a family.”


“She took some satisfaction in it, like a housewife industriously making her way through a jar of something

she did not enjoy, would not buy again, but couldn’t just discard, of course.”


“Perversely, she was wearing a skirt, on the one occasion when jeans would have been more suitable.”


“He was a tourist on a female planet.”


“Life is a continual shoring up, . . . against one thing and another just eroding and crumbling away.”



From “Monday” by Mark Helprin


“Someone of fragile build in a fur coat always seemed to Fitch to have been devoured by a wolf or a bear.”