“Will I ever get home? It is like looking down a tremendous ski jump. The bottom is not so far away in time, but in effort and all one has to give to it, such a mighty jump.”more info
source: Locked Rooms and Open Doors: Diaries and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh 1933–1935 (New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1974), 127.
notes: diary entry dated Saturday, October 21, 1933
“I stood as close to them as I could without being one of them, and then I stood as far back as I could without leaving the planet.”more info
source: Dispatches (New York: Everyman’s Library, 2009), 62.
notes: quoted by Mary Karr in her Twitter feed
“There’s a hell of a distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.”more info
source: The Paris Review Interviews, vol. I (New York: Picador, 2006), 9.
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notes: Originally published in Issue 13 of The Paris Review, 1956.
“Following straight lines shortens distances, and also life.”more info
source: Voices: Aphorisms, selected and translated by W. S. Merwin (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1988), 16.
“I cried for the boyfriends I was no longer with, the people and places I no longer knew very well, for my parents and grandparents ailing and stuck in Florida, their tough, unchanging forms conjured only in memory: a jewel box kept in a medicine cabinet in the attic of a house on the moon; that’s where their unchanging forms were kept. I cried for everyone and for all the scrabbly, funny love one sent out into the world like some hit song that enters space and bounds off to another galaxy, a tune so pretty you think the words are true, you do! There was never any containing a song like that, keeping it. It went off and out, speeding out of earshot or imagining or any reach at all, like a rocket invented in sleep.”more info