(or, why I read novels) So, I was reading Toni Morrison’s novel Love, & I came across this, on page 154:
“A woman is an important somebody and sometimes you win the triple crown: good food, good sex, and good talk. Most men settle for any one, happy as a clam if they get two. But listen, let me tell you something. A good man is a good thing, but there is nothing in the world better than a good, good woman. She can be your mother, your wife, your girlfriend, your sister, or somebody you work next to. Don’t matter. You find one, stay there. You see a scary one, make tracks.” – grandfather character Sandler Gibbons speaking to his grandson Romen, from the novel Love, by Toni Morrison.
& I go, Yeah…
& that’s why I read novels.
‘cos some writers just nail stuff that really makes you sit up & take notice.
Quote of the day: “The world is too dangerous for anything but truth, and too small for anything but love.” – William Sloane Coffin
Some more quotes:
“We have art in order not to perish of truth.” ~ Nietzsche
“Truth comes only to those who must have it, who want it badly enough. And gifts of healing come only to those willing to change.” – Doris Janzen Longacre in the Foreword of her book Living More with Less
“What is laid down, ordered, factual is never enough to embrace the whole truth: life always spills over the rim of every cup.” – Boris Pasternak
“Our own life is the instrument with which we experiment with the truth.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“Truth is the only safe ground to stand on.” – Elizabeth Cady Stanton
“Lies are infinite in number, and the truth so small and singular.” – from The Lacuna, a fascinating novel by Barbara Kingsolver (pg. 247)
“But people desire fair government. You say that constantly.”
“They want to believe in heroes, also. And villains. Especially when frightened. It’s less taxing than the truth.” – conversation between Trotsky & book’s main character, in The Lacuna, a fascinating novel by Barbara Kingsolver (pg. 244)
“We tell lies when we are afraid … afraid of what we don’t know, afraid of what others will think, afraid of what will be found out about us. But every time we tell a lie, the thing that we fear grows stronger.” – Science-fiction author Tad Williams, quoted in Deep Truth – Igniting the Memory of Our Origin, History, Destiny, and Fate, by Gregg Braden
“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell
“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” – G. K. Chesterton
“If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” – Virginia Woolf, 1882-1941
“When in doubt, speak the truth.” – Mark Twain