Sunday Sentence: 21 August 2016 from Kurt Vonnegut

Sunday Sentence: The sentence(s) that touched me this week, out of context and without commentary. Inspired by David Abrams at The Quivering Pen.

PalmSunday

I am being so silly because I pity you so much. I pity all of us so much. Life is going to be very tough again, just as soon as this is over. And the most useful thought we can hold when all hell cuts loose again is that we are not members of different generations, as unlike, as some people would have us believe, as Eskimos and Australian Aborigines. We are all so close to each other in time that we should think of ourselves as brothers and sisters.

From Palm Sunday by Kurt Vonnegut

Sunday Sentence: 10 July 2016 from Gregory Gibson

Sunday Sentence: The sentence(s) that touched me this week, out of context and without commentary. Inspired by David Abrams at The Quivering Pen.

hubert's freaks

“It occurred to him that Diane [Arbus] hadn’t gotten her tiny white self there and then just accidentally snapped those pictures.  They represented a conspiracy between the shims and the photographer.  Between dwarf and Diane.  The huntress was implicated in those images, and their effect on Bob’s psyche implicated him as well, as if the photographs were machines that took this energy from its source and sent it to Bob.  What would the camera be then?  The boundary?  The valve?”

from the Preface of  Hubert’s Freaks by Gregory Gibson

Sunday Sentence: 5 June 2016 from Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge

Sunday Sentence: The sentence(s) that touched me this week, out of context and without commentary. Inspired by David Abrams at The Quivering Pen.

Poemcrazy

“I learned that day that there didn’t seem to ba a place for a person describing a snowflake on a mitten.  After that I was quiet about what i saw so I wouldn’t make a fool of myself. I learned to be quiet about beauty.”

from Poemcrazy by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge

Sunday Sentence: 29 May 2016 from Clifton Fadiman

Sunday Sentence: The sentence(s) that touched me this week, out of context and without commentary. Inspired by David Abrams at The Quivering Pen.

How to use the power of the printed word

“We don’t deepen our reading enjoyment by immediately comprehending every word, sentence, paragraph and reference.  We deepen it by grappling with the partly understood, the unfamiliar, the phrase or idea that forces us to think.”

from the Preface of  How to Use the Power of the Printed Word Edited by Billings S. Fuess, Jr (Preface by Clifton Fadiman)

Sunday Sentence: 17 April 2016 from Terry Southern

red dirt marijuana

“IN AN AGE GONE STALE through the complex of bureaucratic interdependencies, with its tedious labyrinth of technical specializations, each contingent upon the next, and all aimed to converge into a single totality of meaning, it is a refreshing moment indeed when one comes across an area of human endeavour absolutely sufficient unto itself, pure and free, no strings attached – the cherished and almost forgotten l’art pour l’art.”

from  Twirling at Ole Miss  by Terry Southern (in the short story collection Red-Dirt Marijuana) – original publication date 1967.

Sunday Sentence for 3 April 2016 from Natalie Goldberg

writing-down-the-bones

“Yet it is good to know about our terrible selves, not laud or criticize them, just acknowledge them.  Then, out of the knowledge, we are better equipped to make a choice for beauty, kind consideration, and clear truth.”

from  Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

Sunday Sentence for 27 March 2016 from Nikki Giovanni

the women and the men nikki giovanni

“i hope i die
warmed
by the life that i tried
to live”

from  The Life I Led  in the compilation The Women and the Men Poems by Nikki Giovanni

Sunday Sentence 20 March 2016 from Chinua Achebe

Sunday Sentence: The sentence(s) that touched me this week, out of context and without commentary. Inspired by David Abrams at The Quivering Pen.

Girls at war and other short stories

“He developed a strong hatred of arithmetic.  But he loved stories and songs. And he liked particularly the sound of English words, even when they conveyed no meaning at all.  Some of the simply filled him with elation.  “Periwinkle” was such a word.”

from  Girls at War and other stories  by Chinua Achebe

Sunday Sentence 6 March 2016 from Walker Percy’s Lancelot

Sunday Sentence: The sentence(s) that touched me this week, out of context and without commentary. Inspired by David Abrams at The Quivering Pen.

walker percy - lancelot

“I lay down and gave her the iron key.  She held it in one hand and me in the other and was equally fond of both.”

from  Lancelot  by Walker Percy

Sunday Sentence: 14 February 2016 from Mary Yukari Waters

Sunday Sentence: The sentence(s) that touched me this week, out of context and without commentary. Inspired by David Abrams at The Quivering Pen.

 The Laws of Evening book cover

“She ahs tried so hard to remain true to the past. But the weight of her need must have been too great: her need to be comforted, her need to provide a legacy for a small, fatherless boy.”

from  The Laws of Evening  by Mary Yukari Waters