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#1. When I grow up and know that I am going to have a baby, I will remember to walk proud and slow.. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#2. They were all slender, frail creatures with wondering Wes and soft fluttery voices. But they were all made out of thin invisible steel. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#3. Maybe," thought Francie, "she doesn't love me as much as she loves Neeley. But she needs me more than she needs him and I guess being needed is almost as good as being loved. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#4. I will not speak falsely and say to you: 'Do not grieve for me when I go.' I have loved my children and tried to be a good mother and it is right that my children grieve for me. But let your grief be gentle and brief. And let resignation creep into it. Know that I shall be happy. I shall see face to face the great saints I have loved all my life. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#5. New York! I've always wanted to see it and now I've see it. It's true what they say
it's the most wonderful city in the world. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#6. An eleven-year-old girl sitting on this fire escape could imagine that she was living in a tree. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#7. Francie always remembered what the kind teacher told her. 'You know, Francie, a lot of people would think that these stories that you're making up all the time were terrible lies because they are not the truth as people see the truth. In the future, when something comes up, you tell exactly how it happened but write down for yourself the way you think it should have happened. Tell the truth and write the story. Then you won't get mixed up.'
It was the best advice Francie ever got. Truth and fancy were so mixed up in her mind
as they are in the mind of every lonely child
that she didn't know which was which. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#8. Look at everything always as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time: Thus is your time on earth filled with glory. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#9. Do you hear that, Francie? You're in college! 'oh gosh, I feel sick. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#10. She told Papa about it. He made her stick out her tongue and he felt her wrist. He shook his head sadly and said,
"You have a bad case, a very bad case."
"Of what?"
"Growing up. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#11. People looking up at her
at her smooth pretty vivacious face
had no way of knowing about the painfully articulated resolves formulating in her mind. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#12. Engaged," he said bitterly. "Everybody's engaged. Everybody in a small town is engaged or married or in trouble. There's nothing else to do in a small town. You go to school. You start walking home with a girl
maybe for no other reason than that she lives out your way. You grow up. She invites you to parties at her home. You go to other parties
eople ask you to bring her along; you're expected to take her home. Soon no one else takes her out. Everybody thinks she's your girl and then ... well, if you don't take her around, you feel like a heel. And then, because there's nothing else to do, you marry. And it works out all right if she's a decent girl (and most of the time she is) and you're a halfway decent fellow. No great passion but a kind of affectionate contentment. And then children come along and you give them the great love you kind of miss in each other. And the children gain in the long run. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#13. As she read, at peace with the world and happy as only a little girl could be with a fine book and a little bowl of candy, and all alone in the house, the leaf shadows shifted and the afternoon passed. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#14. Who wants to die? Everything struggles to live. Look at that tree growing up there out of that grating. It gets no sun, and water only when it rains. It's growing out of sour earth. And it's strong because its hard struggle to live is making it strong. My children will be strong that way. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#15. Dear God," she prayed, "let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#16. If she had not found this outlet in writing, she might have grown up to be a tremendous liar. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#17. If I open this envelope fifty years from now, I will be again as I am now and there will be no being old for me. There's a long, long time yet before fifty years ... millions of hours of time. But one hour has gone already since I sat here ... one hour less to live ... one hour gone away from all the hours of my life. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#18. ¨Who'd ever guess,¨ said Francie, ¨looking at the outside of him, that he was so different inside?¨ #Quote by Betty Smith
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#19. There was a special Nolan idea about the coffee. It was their one great luxury. Mama made a big potful each morning and reheated it for dinner and supper and it got stronger as the day wore on. It was an awful lot of water and very little coffee but mama put a lump of chicory in it which made it taste strong and bitter. Each one was allowed three cups a day with milk. Other times you could help yourself to a cup of black coffee anytime you felt like it. Sometimes when you had nothing at all and it was raining and you were alone in the flat, it was wonderful to know that you could have something even though it was only a cup of black and bitter coffee.
Neeley and Francie loved coffee but seldom drank it. Today, as usual, Neeley let his coffee stand black and ate his condensed milk spread on bread. He sipped a little of the black coffee for the sake of formality. Mama poured out Francie's coffee and put the milk in it even though she knew that the child wouldn't drink it. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#20. If she never had any lovers, she kicks herself around when the change comes, thinking of all the fun she could have had, didn't have, and now can't have. If she had a lot of lovers, she argues herself into believing that she did wrong and she's sorry now. She carries on that way because she knows that soon all her woman-ness will be lost…lost. And if she makes believe being with a man was never any good in the first place, she can get comfort out of her change. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#21. Sissy had two great failings. She was a great lover and a great mother. She had so much of tenderness in her, so much of wanting to give of herself to whoever needed what she had, whether it was her money, her time, the clothes off her back, her pity, her understanding, her friendship or her companionship and love. She was mother to everything that came her way. She loved men, yes. She loved women too, and old people and especially children. How she loved children! She loved loved the down-and-outers. She wanted to make everybody happy. She had tried to seduce the good priest who heard her infrequent confessions because she felt sorry for him. She thought he was missing the greatest joy on earth by being committed to a life of celibacy.
She loved all the scratching curs on the street and wept for the gaunt scavenging cats who slunk around Brooklyn corners with their sides swollen looking for a hole in which they might bring forth their young. She loved the sooty sparrows and thought that the very grass that grew in the lots was beautiful. She picked bouquets of white clover in the lots believing they were the most beautiful flowers God ever made...Yes, she listened to everybody's troubles but no one listened to hers. But that was right because Sissy was a giver and never a taker. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#22. I came to a clear conclusion, and it is a universal one: To live, to struggle, to be in love with life
in love with all life holds, joyful or sorrowful
is fulfillment. The fullness of life is open to all of us. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#23. It doesn't take long to write things of which you know nothing. When you write of actual things, it takes longer, because you have to live them first. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#24. But in their secret hearts, each new that it wasn't all right and would never be all right between them again. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#25. It was so simple that a flash of astonishment that felt like pain shot through her head. Education! That was it! It was education that made the difference! Education would pull them ut of the grame and dirt. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#26. But he refused to answer when addressed in English and forbade the speaking of English in his home. His daughters understood very little German. (Their mother insisted that the girls speak only English in the home. She reasoned that the less they understood German, the less they would find out about the cruelty of their father.) Consequently, the four daughters grew up having little communion with their father. He never spoke to them except to curse them. His Gott verdammte came to be regarded as hello and good-bye. When very angry, he'd call the object of his temper, Du Russe! This he considered his most obscene expletive. He hated Austria. He hated America. Most of all he hated Russia. He had never been to that country and had never laid eyes on a Russian. No one understood his hatred of that dimly known country and its vaguely known people. This was the man who was Francie's maternal grandfather. She hated him the way his daughters hated him. * #Quote by Betty Smith
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#27. Suffering is also good, it makes a person rich in charachter. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#28. Was that a bad lady, Papa?" she asked eagerly.
No."
But she looked bad."
There are very few bad people. There are just a lot of people that are unlucky."
But she was all painted and ... "
She was one who had seen better days. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#29. There had to be the dark and muddy waters so that the sun could have something to background its flashing glory. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#30. I know that's what people say
you'll get over it. I'd say it, too. But I know it's not true. Oh, youll be happy again, never fear. But you won't forget. Every time you fall in love it will be because something in the man reminds you of him. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#31. Oh, I want to hold it all!" she cried. "I want to hold the way the night is - cold without wind. And the way the stars are so near and shiny. I want to hold all of it tight until it hollers out, 'Let me go! Let me go! #Quote by Betty Smith
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#32. Katie had married Johnny because she liked the way he sang and danced and dressed. Womanlike, she set about changing all those things in him after marriage. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#33. but her body was fuller. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#34. I don't know. I don't know anything, really. I just feel. And when the feeling is strong enough, then I just say I know. But I don't ... #Quote by Betty Smith
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#35. I drink because I don't stand a chance and I know it. I couldn't drive a truck and I couldn't get on the cops with my build. I got to sling beer and sing when I just want to sing. I drink because I got responsibilities that I can't handle ... I am not a happy man. I got a wife and children and I don't happen to be a hard-working man. I never wanted a family ... Yes, your mother works hard. I love my wife and I love my children. But shouldn't a man have a better life? Maybe someday it will be that the Unions will arrange for a man to work and to have time for himself too. But that won't be in my time. Now, it's work hard all the time or be a bum ... no in-between. When I die, nobody will remember me for long. No one will say, "He was a man who loved his family and believed in the Union." All they will say is," Too bad. But he was nothing but a drunk no matter which way you look at it." Yes they'll say that. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#36. This is the book, then , and the book of Shakespeare. And every day you must read a page of each to your child
even though you yourself do not understand what is written down and cannot sound the words properly. You must do this that the child will grow up knowing of what is great
knowing that these tenements of Williamsburg are not the whole world."
Katie: " The Protestant Bible and Shakespeare. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#37. You must learn to take a joke, Francie, otherwise life will be pretty hard on you. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#38. Spring came early that year and the sweet warm nights made her restless. She walked up and down the streets and through the park. And wherever she went, she saw a boy and a girl together; walking arm-in-arm, sitting on a park bench with their arms around each other, standing closely and in silence in a vestibule. Everyone in the world but Francie had a sweetheart or a friend. She seemed to be the only lonely one in Brooklyn. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#39. How much do they be paying you?" he asked mellowly.
"The usual salary. A little more than they think I'm worth and a little less than I think I'm worth. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#40. Vaccination is a very good thing. It makes you tell your left hand from your right. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#41. Francie looked at her legs. They were long, slender, and exquisitely molded. She wore the sheerest of flawless silk stockings, and expensively made high-heeled pumps shod her beautifully arched feet. "Beautiful legs, then, is the secret of being a mistriss," concluded Francie. She looked down at her own long thin legs. "I'll never make it, I guess." Sighing , she resigned herself to a sinless life. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#42. From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#43. A woman, big with child, sat patiently at the curb in a stiff wooden chair. She sat in the hot sunshine watching the life on the street and guarding within herself, her own mystery of life. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#44. Time, no matter what else it did, passed, and that the school boy of today was the voter of tomorrow. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#45. She wasn't satisfied by the play she saw the following Saturday either. All right. The long lost lover came home just in time t pay the mortgage. What if he had been held up and couldn't make it? The landlord would have to give them thirty days to get out - at least that's how it was in Brooklyn. In that month something might turn up. If it didn't and they had to get out, well, they'd have to make the best of it. The pretty heroine would have to go out peddling papers. The mother would have to do cleaning by the day. But they'd live. You betcha they'd live, thought Francie grimly. It takes a lot of doing to die. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#46. Well, there's a little bit of man in every woman and a little bit of woman in every man. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#47. Brooklyn was a dream. All the things that happened there just couldn't happen. It was all dream stuff. Or was it all real and true and was it that she, Francie, was the dreamer? #Quote by Betty Smith
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#48. She had become accustomed to being lonely. She was used to walking alone and to being considered 'different.' She did not suffer too much. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#49. It's come at last", she thought, "the time when you can no longer stand between your children and heartache. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#50. Katie had a fierce desire for survival which made her a fighter. Johnny had a hankering after immortality which made him a useless dreamer. And that was the great difference between these two who loved each other so well. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#51. Don't say that. It's not better to die. Who wants to die? Everything struggles to live. Look at that tree growing up there from the grating. It gets no sun, and water only when it rains. It's growing out of sour earth. And it's strong because its hard struggle to live is making it strong. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#52. Katie! Don't nag! All of us are what we have to be and everyone lives the life it's in him to live. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#53. When night draws back the curtain,
And pins it with a star,
Remember you are still my friend,
Though you may wander far #Quote by Betty Smith
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#54. You know, a lot of people would think that these stories that you're making up all the time were terrible lies because they are not the truth as people see the truth. In the future, when something comes up, you tell exactly how it happened but write down for yourself the way you think it should have happened. Tell the truth and write the story. Then you won't get mixed up. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#55. You won't die, Francie. You were born to lick this rotten life. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#56. I want to live for something. I don't want to live to get charity food to give me enough strength to go back to get more charity food. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#57. Sometimes I think it's better to suffer bitter unhappiness and to fight and to scream out, and even to suffer that terrible pain, than to just be ... safe. At least she knows she's living. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#58. Sometimes when you had nothing at all and it was raining and you were alone in the flat, it was wonderful to know that you could have something even though it was only a cup of black and bitter coffee. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#59. A head pain caught her between the eyes at the taking in of such a wonderful sight. It was something to be remembered all her life #Quote by Betty Smith
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#60. In the future, when something comes up, you tell exactly how it happened but write down for yourself the way you think it should have happened. Tell the truth and write the story. Then you won't get mixed up. It was the best advice Francie every got. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#61. Education! That was it! It was education that made the difference! Education would pull them out of the grime and dirt. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#62. Ghosts are not always those who pass through closed doors," said Mary Rommely. "Katie has told how her husband used to talk to this saloon man. In all those years of the talking, Yohnny gave away pieces of himself to this man. When Katie called on her man for help, the pieces of him came together in this man, and it was Yohnny within the saloon man's soul that heard and came to her help. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#63. The tears stood in her eyes. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#64. Those were the Rommely women: Mary, the mother, Evy, Sissy, and Katie, her daughters, and Francie, who would grow up to be a Rommely woman even though her name was Nolan. They were all slender, frail creatures with wondering eyes and soft fluttery voices. But they were made out of thin invisible steel. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#65. Intolerance is a thing that causes war, pogroms, crucifixions, lynchings, and makes people cruel to little children and each other. It is responsible for most of the viciousness, violence, terror, and heart and soul breaking of the world. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#66. No, Katie never fumbled. When she used her beautifully shaped but worn-looking hands, she used them with surety, whether it was to put a broken flower into a tumbler of water with one true gesture, or to wring out a scrub cloth with one decisive motion
the right hand turning in, and the left out, simultaneously. When she spoke, she spoke truly with the plain right words. And her thoughts walked in a clear uncompromising line. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#67. They lived comfortably and it was a good life they had ... happy and full of small adventures.
And they were so young and loved each other so much. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#68. A woman's hair is her mystery. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#69. They learned no compassion from their own anguish. Thus their suffering was wasted. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#70. Somehow, good talking had gotten tied up with good sex in his mind. He wanted a woman to talk to, one to whom he could tell all his thoughts; and he wanted her to talk to him, warmly, wisely and intimately...In his dumb fumbling way, he wanted a union of mind and soul along with union of body. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#71. Everything, decided Francie after that first lecture, was vibrant with life and there was no death in chemistry. She was puzzled as to why learned people didn't adopt chemistry as a religion. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#72. The child will grow up and find out things for herself. She will know that I lied. She will be disappointed."
"That is what is called learning the truth. It is a good thing to learn the truth one's self. To first believe with all your heart, and then not to believe, is good too. It fattens the emotions and makes them to stretch. When as a woman life and people disappoint her, she will have had practice in disappointment and it will not come so hard. In teaching your child, do not forget that suffering is good too. It makes a person rich in character. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#73. It was a good thing that she got herself into this other school. It showed her that there were other worlds beside the world she had been born into and that these other worlds were not unattainable. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#74. Somehow during their aimless but oh-so-significant conversation with its delicious pauses and thrilling undercurrents of emotion, they came to know that they loved each other passionately. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#75. Run, run, you fool, before the waves of hurt start breaking. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#76. Anything you say may be used against you. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#77. Why can't they," she thought bitterly, "just give the doll away without saying I am poor and she is rich? Why couldn't they just give it away without all the talking about it? #Quote by Betty Smith
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#78. The baby Francie crowed with delight as her grandmother held up the cruet and the sun shone through it and made a small fat rainbow on the opposite wall. Mary smiled with the child and made the rainbow dance.
"Schön! Schön!" she said.
"Shame! Shame!" repeated Francie and held out her two hands. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#79. I wait for death with the courage I gained from living. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#80. I loved driving with Marlboro Man. I saw things I'd never seen before, things I'd never even considered in my two and a half decades of city life. For the first time ever, I began to grasp the concept of north, south, east, and west, though I imagine it would take another twenty-five years before I got them straight. I saw fence lines and gates made of welded iron pipe, and miles upon miles of barbed wire. I saw creeks--rocky, woodsy creeks that made the silly water hazard in my backyard seem like a little mud puddle. And I saw wide open land as far as the eye could see. I'd never known such beauty.
Marlboro Man loved showing me everything, pointing at pastures and signs and draws and lakes and giving me the story behind everything we saw. The land, both on his family's ranch and on the ranches surrounding it, made sense to him: he saw it not as one wide open, never-ending space, but as neatly organized parcels, each with its own purpose and history. "Betty Smith used to own this part of our ranch with her husband," he'd say. "They never had kids and were best friends with my grandparents." Then he'd tell some legend of Betty Smith's husband's grandfather, remembering such vivid details, you'd think he'd been there himself. I absorbed it all, every word of it. The land around him pulsated with the heartbeats of all who'd lived there before…and as if it were his duty to pay honor to each and every one of them, he told me their names, their stories, their relationship, the #Quote by Ree Drummond
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#81. Eyes changed after they looked at new things. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#82. Francie, Neeley, and mama had a very fine meal. Each had a thick slice of the "tongue," two pieces of sweet-smelling rye bread spread with unsalted butter, a sugar bun apiece and a mug of strong hot coffee with a teaspoon of sweetened condensed milk on the side. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#83. Mama never fumbles." No, #Quote by Betty Smith
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#84. I think it's good that people like us can waste something once in a while and get the feeling of how it would be to have lots of money and not have to worry about scrounging. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#85. If I can fix every detail of this time in my mind, I can keep this moment always. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#86. Willie tried to enlist in the army and was turned down; whereupon he threw his job, came home, announced that he was a failure, and went to bed. (...) He said he was going to stay in bed and never get up as long as he lived. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#87. Francie nodded shyly. The girl brought an eraser close to the mesh. Francie poked a finger through to touch the vari-colored felt layers blended together by a film of powdered chalk. As she was about to touch this soft beautifulness, the little girl snatched it away and spat full in Francie's face. Francie closed her eyes tightly to keep the hurt bitter tears from spilling out. The other girl stood there curiously, waiting for the tears. When none came, she taunted: "Why don't you bust out crying, you dockle? Want I should spit in your face again?" Francie turned and went down into the cellar and sat in the dark a long time waiting until the waves of hurt stopped breaking over her. It was the first of many disillusionments that were to come as her capacity to feel things grew. She never liked blackboard erasers after that. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#88. But she didn't want to recall things. She wanted to live things - or as a compromise, relive rather than reminisce. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#89. Johnny had been on earth for thirty-four years. Less than a week ago, he walked on those streets. And now the cup, the ring and two unironed waiter's aprons at home were the only concrete objects left to connote that a man had once lived. There were no other physical reminders of Johnny, as he had been buried in all the clothes he owned with his studs and his fourteen-carat gold collar button. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#90. Obscenity and profanity had no meaning as such among those people. They were emotional expressions of inarticulate people with small vocabularies. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#91. There's a tree that grows in Brooklyn. Some people call it the Tree of Heaven. No matter where its seed falls, it makes a tree which struggles to reach the sky. It grows in boarded-up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps. It grows up out of cellar gratings. It is the only tree that grows out of cement. It grows lushly ... survives without sun, water, and seemingly without earth. It would be considered beautiful except that there are too many of it. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#92. Someday you'll remember what I said and you'll thank me for it.
Francie wished adults would stop telling her that. Already the load of thanks in the future was weighing her down. She figured she'd have to spend the best years of her womanhood hunting up people to tell them that they were right and to thank them. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#93. They were in Julius Caesar now and the stage direction "Alarum" confused Katie. She thought it had something to do with fire engines and whenever she came to that word, she shouted out "clang-clang." The children thought it was wonderful. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#94. You'll never raise that one,' they told her. 'Her color ain't good. If the good Lord takes her, it will be for the best.'...
Don't say that,' Katie held her baby tightly. 'It's not better to die. Who wants to die? Everything struggles to live. Look at that tree growing up there out of that grating. It gets no sun, and water only when it rains. It's grwoing out of sour earth. And it's strong because its hard struggle to live is making it strong. My children will be strong that way...If there was only one tree like that in the world, you would think it was beautiful...But because there are so many, you just can't see how beautiful it really is. Look at those children...You could take any one of them and wash him good and dress him up and sit him in a fine house and you would think he was beautiful.'
You've got fine ideas but a very sick baby, Katie,' they told her.
This baby will live,' said Katie fiercely. 'I'll make it live.'
And Francie lived, choking and whimpering her way through that first year. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#95. Neeley came home and he and Francie were sent out for the weekend meat. This was an important ritual and called for detail instructions by mama. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#96. Joanna. Remember Joanna. Francie could never forget her. From that time on, remembering the stoning women, she hated women. She feared them for their devious ways, she mistrusted their instincts. She began to hate them for this disloyalty and their cruelty toward each other. Of all the stone-throwers, not one had dared to speak a word for the girl for fear that she would be tarred with Joanna's brush ... Most women had one thing in common: they had great pain when they gave birth to their children. This should make a bond that held them together; it should make them love and protect each other against the man-world. But it was not so. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#97. Now the Irish women always look so ashamed. They know they can never make a Jesus. It will be just another Mick. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#98. Then I've been drunk, too," admitted Francie.
"On beer?"
"No. Last spring, in McCarren's Park, I saw a tulip for the first time in my life. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#99. So she learned ways of conserving bits of seconds. Long before the train ground to a stop at her station, she pushed her way to the door to be one of the first expelled when it slid open. Out of the train, she ran like a deer, circling the crowd to be the first up the stairs leading to the street. Walking to the office, she kept close to the buildings so she could turn corners sharply. She crossed streets kittycorner to save stepping off and on an extra pair of curbs. At the building, she shoved her way into the elevator even though the operator yelled "Car's full!" And all this maneuvering to arrive one minute before, instead of after nine! #Quote by Betty Smith
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#100. Forgiveness is a gift of high value. Yet its cost is nothing. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#101. I never listen to what people tell me and I can't read. The only way I
know what is right and wrong is the way I feel about things. If I feel bad, it's wrong. If I feel good, it's right. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#102. Forgiveness," said Mary Rommely, "is a gift of high value. Yet its cost nothing. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#103. Francie of course became an outsider shunned by all because of her stench. But she had grown accostumed to being lonely. She was used to walking alone and being considered different. She did not suffer to much. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#104. A wave of hurt broke over Francie and left her weak when it was passed. Another wave came, broke and receded. She found her way down to the cellar of her house and sat in the darkest corner on a heap of burlap sacks and waited while the hurt waves swept over her. As each wave spent itself and a new one gathered, she trembled. Tensely she sat there waiting for them to stop. If they didn't stop, she'd have to die--she'd have to die. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#105. We'll leave now, so that this moment will remain a perfect memory ... let it be our song and think of me every time you hear it. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#106. Poor people have a great passion for huge quantities of things. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#107. Johnny was one for taking notions. He'd take a notion that life was too much for him and start drinking heavier to forget it. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#108. A free country? they asked. You should live so long. What's free about it, they reasoned, when the law forces you to educate your children and then endangers their lives to get them into school? #Quote by Betty Smith
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#109. There is here, what is not in the old country. In spite of hard, unfamiliar things, there is here - hope. In the old country, a man can be no more than his father, providing he works hard. If his father was a carpenter, he may be a carpenter. He many not be a teacher or a priest. He may rise - but only to his father's state. In the old country, a man is given to the past. Here he belongs to the future. In this land, he may be what he will, if he has the good heart and the way of working honestly at the right things. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#110. They came together, they loved and they married. In innocence, and never dreaming how courageous they were, they started a new life together and a new generation of their own. -Maggie Now #Quote by Betty Smith
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#111. Going home in the trolley, Francie held the shoebox in her lap because Mama had no lap now. Francie thought deep thoughts during her ride. 'If what Granma Mary Rommely said is true, then it must be that no one ever dies, really. Papa is gone, but he's still here in many ways. He's here in Neeley who looks just like him and in Mama who knew him so long. He's here in his mother who began him and who is still living. Maybe I will have a boy some day who looks like Papa and has all of Papa's good without the drinking. And that boy will have a boy. And that boy will have a boy. It might be there is no real death.' Her thougths went to McGarrity. 'No one would ever believe there was any part of Papa in him. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#112. I need someone. I need to hold somebody close. And I need more than this holding. I need someone to understand how I feel at a time like now. And the understanding must be part of the holding. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#113. Money! Would that make it better for them? Yes, it would make it easy. But no, the money wouldn't be enough ... That means there must be something bigger than money ... An answer came to Katie. It was so simple that a flash of astonishment that felt like a pain shot through her head. Education! #Quote by Betty Smith
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#114. Our family used to be like this strong cup," thought Francie. "It was whole and sound and held things well. When papa died, the first crack came. And this fight tonight made another crack. Soon there will be so many cracks that the cup will break and we'll all be pieces instead of the whole thing together. I don't want this to happen, yet I'm deliberately making a deep crack. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#115. It's only your imagination makes it different. But that's all right, as long as it makes you feel so happy. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#116. This could be a whole life," she thought. "You work eight hours a day covering wires to earn money to buy food and to pay for a place to sleep so that you can keep living to come back to cover more wires. Some people are born and kept living just to come to this ... #Quote by Betty Smith
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#117. Oh time ... time, pass so that I forget!
Oh time, Great Healer, pass over me and let me forget. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#118. Anybody," said Johnny, carried away by his personal dream of Democracy, "can ride in one of the hansom cabs, provided," he qualified, "they get the money. So you can see what a free country we got here."
"What's free about it if you have to pay?" asked Francie.
"It's free in this way: If you have the money you're allowed to ride in them no matter who you are. In the old countries, certain people aren't free to ride in them, even if they have the money. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#119. A lie was something you told because you were mean or a coward.
A story was something you made up out of something that might have happened. Only you didn't tell it like it was, you told it like you thought it should have been. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#120. But she needs me more than she needs him and I guess being needed is almost as good as being loved. Maybe better. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#121. No. I don't want to need anybody. I want someone to need me ... I want someone to need me. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#122. She adapted herself to the split-second rhythm of the New Yorker going to and from work. Getting to the office was a nervous ordeal. If she arrived one minute before nine, she was a free person. If she arrived one minute after, she worried because that made her the logical scapegoat of the boss if he happened to be in a bad mood that day. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#123. And she doesn't have to worry about me, either. I don't need to drink to get drunk. I can get drunk on things like the tulip - and this night. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#124. In the winter, when the first snow was too delicate to last on the sidewalks, it clung to the rough surface of the brick and was like fairy lace. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#125. She looked quickly at the little golden-brown pottery jug which stood at the end of the librarian's desk. It was a season indicator. In the fall it held a few sprigs of bittersweet and at Christmas time it held holly. She knew spring was coming, even if there was snow on the ground, when she saw pussy willow in the bowl. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#126. Seems like I'm the most dissatisfied person in the whole world. Oh, I wish I was young again when everything seemed so wonderful! #Quote by Betty Smith
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#127. She had heard Papa sing so many songs about the heart; the heart that was breaking - was aching - was dancing -was heavy laden - that leaped for joy - that was heavy in sorrow - that turned over - that stood still. She really believed the heart actually did those things. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#128. The sad thing was in the knowing that all their nerve would get them nowhere in the world and that they were lost as all the people in Brooklyn seem lost when the day is nearly over and even though the sun is still bright, it is thin and doesn't give you warmth when it shines on you. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#129. Laurie's going to have a mighty easy life all right.
Annie Laurie McShane! She'll never have the hard times we had, will she?
No. And she'll never have the fun we had, either.
"Gosh! We did have fun, didn't we, Neeley?"
Yeah!
Poor Laurie, said Francie pityingly. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#130. Let me be something every minute of every hour of my life. Let me be gay; let me be sad. Let me be cold; let me be warm. Let me be hungry ... have too much to eat. Let me be ragged or well dressed. Let me be sincere-be deceitful. Let me be truthful; let me be a liar. Let me be honorable and let me sin. Only let me be something every blessed minute. And when I sleep, let me dream all the time so that not one little piece of living is ever lost. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#131. It there's one thing certain, it's that we all have to get old someday. So get used to the idea as quickly as you can. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#132. Oi! By me is so big the mouth, so my foot always goes in. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#133. Isn't hot coffee a wonderful thing? How did people get along before it was invented? #Quote by Betty Smith
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#134. One of Francie's favorite stores was the one which sold nothing but tea, coffee, and spices. It was an exciting place of rows of lacquered bins and strange, romantic, exotics odors. There were a dozen scarlet coffee bins with adventurous words written across the front in black China ink: Brazil! Argentine! Turkish! Java! Mixed Blend! The tea was in smaller bins: beautiful bins with sloping covers. They read: Oolong! Formosa! Orange Pekoe! Black China! Flowering Almond! Jasmine! Irish Tea! The spices were in miniature bins behind the counter. Their names marches in a row across the shelves: cinnamon
cloves
ginger
all-spice
ball nutmeg
curry
peppercorns
sage
thyme
marjoram. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#135. Most women had the one thing in common: they had great pain when they gave birth to their children. This should make a bond that held them all together; it should make them love and protect each other against the man-world. But it was not so. It seemed like their great birth pains shrank their hearts and their souls. They stuck together for only one thing: to trample on some other woman ... whether it was by throwing stones or by mean gossip. It was the only kind of loyalty they seemed to have. Men were different. They might hate each other but they stuck together against the world and against any woman who would ensnare one of them. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#136. It takes a lot of doing to die. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#137. He was a baby once. He must have been sweet and clean and his mother kissed his little pink toes. Maybe when it thundered at night she came to his crib and fixed his blanket better and whispered that he mustn't be afraid, that mother was here. Then she picked him up and put her cheek on his head and said that he was her own sweet baby. He might have been a boy like my brother, running in and out of the house and slamming the door. And while his mother scolded him she was thinking that maybe he'll be president some day. Then he was a young man, strong and happy. When he walked down the street, the girls smiled and turned to watch him. He smiled back and maybe he winked at the prettiest one. I guess he must have married and had children and they thought he was the most wonderful papa in the world the way he worked hard and bought them toys for Christmas. Now his children are getting old too, like him, and they have children and nobody wants the old man any more and they are waiting for him to die. But he don't want to die. He wants to keep living even though he's so old and there's nothing to be happy about anymore. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#138. She got herself widowed, divorced, married, and pregnant – all in ten days' time. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#139. In his business, he observed human nature and came to certain conclusions about it. The conclusions lacked wisdom and originality; in fact, they were tiresome. But they were important to McGarrity because he had figured them out for himself. In the first years of their marriage, he had tried to tell Mae about these conclusions, but all she said was, "I can imagine." Sometimes she varied by saying, "I can just imagine." Gradually then, because he could not share his inner self with her, he lost the power of being a husband to her, and she was unfaithful to him. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#140. Now my wandering days are over. It will be bliss to settle down. Bliss. There's a word, now. Bliss to love and to be loved. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#141. The something which had been a future was now a present and would become a past. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#142. She learned of the class system of a great Democracy. She was puzzled and hurt by teacher's attitude. Obviously the teacher hated her and others like her for no other reason than that they were what they were. Teacher acted as though they had no right to be in the school but that she was forced to accept them and was doing so with as little grace as possible. She begrudged them the few crumbs of learning she threw at them. Like the doctor at the health center, she too acted as though they had no right to live. It would seem as if all the unwanted children would stick together and be one against the things that were against them. But not so. They hated each other as much as the teacher hated them. They aped teacher's snarling manner when they spoke to each other. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#143. May I have this damaged bunch for two cents? Speak strongly and it shall be yours for two cents. That is a saved penny that you put in the star bank ... Suffer the cold for an hour. Put a shawl around you. Sai, I am cold because I am saving to buy land. That hour will save you three cents' worth of coal ... When you are alone at night, do not light the lamp. Sit in the darkness and dream awhile. Reckon out how much oil you saved and put its value in pennies in the bank. The money will grow. Someday there will be fifty dollars and somewhere on this long island is a piece of land that you may buy for that money. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#144. She loved books. She loved them with her senses and her intellect. They way they looked and smelled; the way they felt in her hands; the way the pages seemed to murmur as she turned them. Everything there is in the world, she thought, is in books. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#145. Francie loved the smell of coffee and the way it was hot. As she ate her bread and meat, she kept one hand curved about the cup enjoying its warmth. From time to time, she'd smell the bitter sweetness of it. That was better than drinking it. At the end of the meal, it went downt the sink. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#146. ... the fabric of family, the limits of love, the loss of innocence and the birth of knowledge. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#147. Filth, filth, filth, from morning to night. I know they're poor but they could wash. Water is free and soap is cheap. Just look at that arm, nurse.'
The nurse looked and clucked in horror. Francie stood there with the hot flamepoints of shame burning her face. The doctor was a Harvard man, interning at the neighborhood hospital. Once a week, he was obliged to put in a few hours at one of the free clinics. He was going into a smart practice in Boston when his internship was over. Adopting the phraseology of the neighborhood, he referred to his Brooklyn internship as going through Purgatory, when he wrote to his socially prominent fiancee in Boston.
The nurse was as Williamsburg girl... The child of poor Polish immigrants, she had been ambitious, worked days in a sweatshop and gone to school at night. Somehow she had gotten her training... She didn't want anyone to know she had come from the slums.
After the doctor's outburst, Francie stood hanging her head. She was a dirty girl. That's what the doctor meant. He was talking more quietly now asking the nurse how that kind of people could survive; that it would be a better world if they were all sterilized and couldn't breed anymore. Did that mean he wanted her to die? Would he do something to make her die because her hands and arms were dirty from the mud pies?
She looked at the nurse... She thought the nurse might say something like:
Maybe this little girl's mother works and didn't have time to wash he #Quote by Betty Smith
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#148. She went to the public school that the three youngest girls attended and in halting English told the teacher that the children must be encouraged to speak only English; they were not to use a German word or phrase ever. In that way, she protected them against their father. She grieved when her children had to leave school after the sixth grade and go out working. She grieved when they married no-account men. She wept when they gave birth to daughters, knowing that to be born a woman meant a life of humble hardship. Each #Quote by Betty Smith
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#149. The world was hers for the reading #Quote by Betty Smith
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#150. A child forgets a time of hunger but never forgets the aching want of other things. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#151. Francie is smart, she thought. She must go to high school and maybe beyond that. She's a learner and she'll be somebody someday. But when she's educated, she will grow away from me. Why, she's growing away from me now. She does not love me the way the boy loves me. I feel her turn away from me. She does not understand me. All she understands is that I don't understand her. Maybe when she gets education, she will be ashamed of me - the way I talk. But she will have too much character to show it. Instead she will try to make me different. She will come to see me and try to make me live in a better way and I will be mean to her because I'll know she's above me. She will figure out too much about things as she grows older; she'll get to know too much for her own happiness. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#152. School days went along. Some were made up of meanness, brutality, and heartbreak; others were bright and beautiful because of Miss Bernstone and Mr. Morton. And always, there was the magic of learning new things. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#153. People always think that happiness is a faraway thing," thought Francie, "something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains - a cup of strong hot coffee when you're blue; for a man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you're alone - just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#154. I wrote about people who liked fake fireplaces in their parlor, who thought a brass horse with a clock embedded in its flank was wonderful. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#155. It's a beautiful religion and I wish I understood it more. No, I don't want to understand it all. It's beautiful because it's always a mystery. Sometimes I say I don't believe in God and Jesus and Mary. I'm a bad Catholic because I miss mass once in a while and I grumble when, at confession, I get a heavy penance for something I couldn't help doing. But good or bad, I am a Catholic and I'll never be anything else.
Of course, I didn't ask to be born Catholic, no more than I asked to be born American. But I'm glad it turned out that I'm both these things. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#156. But this tree in the yard-this tree that men chopped down ... this tree that they built a bonfire around, trying to burn up it's stump-this tree lived!
It lived! And nothing could destroy it. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#157. Funny! A person lives one way and he thinks all people live that way because there is no other way. Then he goes away somewhere and sees there are other ways to live. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#158. She did not hate Miss Garnder anymore. She didn't like her, but she felt sorry for her. Miss Garnder had nothing in all the world excepting a sureness about how right she was. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#159. And you must tell the child the legends I told you
as my mother told them to me and her mother to her. You must tell the fairy tales of the old country. You must tell of those not of the earth who live forever in the hearts of the people ... #Quote by Betty Smith
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#160. Why should I want to cheat you, Mrs. Nolan?" he asked plaintively as he put the money away carefully.
"Why should anyone want to cheat anybody?" she asked in return. "But they do. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#161. Gradually, as the children grew up, Katie lost all her tenderness although she gained in what people call character. She became capable, hard and far-seeing. She loved Johnny dearly but all the old wild worship faded away. She loved her little girl because she felt sorry for her. It was pity and obligation toward her that she felt rather than love. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#162. She was a blameless sinless woman, yet she understood who how it was with people who sinned. Inflexibly rigid in her own moral conduct, she condoned weaknesses in others. She revered God and loved Jesus, but she understood why people often turned away from these Two. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#163. No matter where its seed fell, it made a tree which struggled to reach the sky. It grew in boarded-up lots and out of neglected rubbish heaps, and it was the only tree that grew out of cement. It grew lushly, but only in the tenements districts ... That was the kind of tree it was. It liked poor people. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#164. Was that a bad lady, Papa?" Francis asked eagerly.
"No."
"But she looked bad."
"There are very few bad people. There are just a lot of people who are unlucky. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#165. And he asked for her whole life as simply as he'd ask for a date. And she promised away her whole life as simply as she'd offer a hand in greeting or farewell. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#166. The parents were too American, too aware of the rights granted them by their Constitution to accept injustices meekly. They could not be bulldozed and exploited as could the immigrants and the second-generation Americans. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#167. She read, at peace with the world and happy as only a little girl could be with a fine book and a little bowl of candy.. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#168. After Election, the politicians forgot their promises and enjoyed an earned rest until New Year, when they started work on the next Election. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#169. The Nolan's just could't get enough of life. They lived their own lives up to the hilt but that wasn't enough. They had to fill in on the lives of all the people they made contact with. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#170. A person who pulls himself up from a low environment via the boot strap route has two choices. Having risen above his environment, he can forget it; or, he can rise above it and never forget it and keep compassion and understanding in his heart for those he has left behind him in the cruel up climb. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#171. They had grown out of childhood in the last few days. Christmas as Christmas had passed unnoticed since their father had died on Christmas day. Neeley's thirteenth birthday had been lost somewhere in those last few days. They came to the brilliantly lighted façade of a big vaudeville house. Since they were reading children and read everything they came across, they stopped and automatically read the list of acts playing that week. Underneath the sixth act, was an announcement in large letters. 'Here next week! Chauncy Osborne, Sweet Singer of Sweet Songs. Don't miss him!' Sweet Singer... Sweet Singer... Francie had not shed a tear since her father's death. Neither had Neeley. Now Francie felt that all the tears she had were frozen together in her throat in a solid lump and the lump was growing... growing. She felt that if the lump didn't melt soon and change back into tears, she too would die. She looked at Neeley. Tears were falling out of his eyes. Then her tears came, too. They turned into a dark side street and sat on the edge of the sidewalk with their feet in the gutter. Neeley, though weeping, remembered to spread his handkerchief on the curb so that his new long pants wouldn't get dirty. They sat close together because they were cold and lonesome. They wept long and quietly, sitting there in the cold street. At last, when they could cry no more, they talked. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#172. For quite a while, Francie had been spelling out letters, sounding them and then putting the sounds together to mean a word. But one day, she looked at a page and the word "mouse" had instantaneous meaning. She looked at the word, and the picture of a gray mouse scampered through her mind. She looked further and when she saw "horse," she heard him pawing the ground and saw the sun glint on his glossy coat. The word "running" hit her suddenly and she breathed hard as though running herself. The barrier between the individual sound of each letter and the whole meaning of the word was removed and the printed word meant a thing at one quick glance. She read a few pages rapidly and almost became ill with excitement. She wanted to shout it out. She could read! She could read! #Quote by Betty Smith
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#173. Bad quarrels come when two people are wrong. Worse quarrels come when two people are right. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#174. Mary was convinced that because of some sin she had unwittingly committed in her life, she was mated with the devil himself. She really believed this because her husband told her so. "I am the devil himself," he told her frequently. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#175. And Francie whispered yeah in agreement. She was proud of that smell. It let her know that nearby was a waterway, which, dirty though it was, joined a river that flowed out to the sea. To her, the stupendous stench suggested far-sailing ships and adventure and she was pleased with the smell. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#176. I can never give a 'yes' or a 'no.' I don't believe everything in life can be settled by a monosyllable. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#177. As long as one can suffer, one is living ... live and suffer until life is gone. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#178. He'd get lost if he tried to find his way back to New York from her neighborhood. Brooklyn was tricky that way. You had to live there in order to find your way about. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#179. Francie said nothing more. Katie knew that she was letting them down. But she couldn't help it, she just couldn't help it. Yes, she should go with them to lend the comfort and authority of her presence but she knew she couldn't stand the ordeal. Yet, they had to be vaccinated. Her being with them or somewhere else couldn't take that fact away. So why shouldn't one of the three be spared? Besides, she said to her conscience, it's a hard and bitter world. They've got to live in it. Let them get hardened young to take care of themselves. #Quote by Betty Smith
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#180. But oh, how wonderful, he thought, if everything you talked about could come true! #Quote by Betty Smith
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#181. People were forever digging up events that had taken place a long time ago. And what was the point in doing this if the effect was merely to poison the present? There were many wrongs in the past, but did it help to keep bringing them up and giving them a fresh airing? #Quote by Alexander McCall Smith
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#182. Have you ever noticed how grateful you are to see daylight again after coming through a long dark tunnel? Always try to see life around ya as if you'd just come out of a tunnel. #Quote by Jefferson Smith
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#183. Regrets when you're dead? A past when you're dead? Is there never any escaping the junkyard of the self? #Quote by Ali Smith
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#184. Perhaps one should expect to be attended to by philosophers in Edinburgh delicatessens, just as one might be waited upon by psychoanalysts in the restaurants of Buenos Aires. Is the braised beef really what you want? #Quote by Alexander McCall Smith
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#185. I was never going to become anything but myself, that i was of the clan of Peter Pan and we did not grow up #Quote by Patti Smith
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#186. ... one of those dreadful boarding schools. It was down on the South Coast. I think some very unpleasant things happened there ... . So many lives were distorted by such cruelty. I know so many men who had to put up with that, so many ... . #Quote by Alexander McCall Smith
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#187. I don't mean that my mother didn't love me but she was not a domestic person: her life was in her mind. The fundamental skill of all mothers - the management #Quote by Zadie Smith
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#188. You can't franchise the kingdom of God. #Quote by C. Christopher Smith
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#189. Perhaps one day she would find a place where she would stay. That would be good. To know that the place you were in was your own place - where you should be. #Quote by Alexander McCall Smith
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#190. I just had a precognition, she told Anna silently,a stream of unspoken love and joy. You will be very happy. Your best friend says go for it.
Annas face was bright, as if someone had set a candle behind it. You're giving me permission?
I'm giving you an order! #Quote by L.J.Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Zadie Smith
#191. In place of negative falsification, we have nurtured, in the past thirty years, a new fetishization. Black female protagonists are now unerringly strong and soulful; they are sexually voracious and unafraid; they take the unreal forms of earth mothers, African queens, divas, spirits of history; they process grandly through novels thick with a breed of greeting-card lyricism. They have little of the complexity, the flaws and uncertainties, depth and beauty of Janie Crawford and the novel she springs from. #Quote by Zadie Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Patti Smith
#192. For Christmas every year, my mother used to give me those cheap little diaries that would tell your horoscope and provide a little blank slot for each day. #Quote by Patti Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Seth Adam Smith
#193. This process of taking ownership of my life and circumstances has always been worth the fight. In a quote attributed to author Robert Louis Stevenson, he said: "In each of us, two natures are at war - the good and the evil. All our lives the fight goes on between them, and one of them must conquer. But in our own hands lies the power to choose - what we want most to be, we are. #Quote by Seth Adam Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Andrew Smith
#194. And I'm pretty sure that everyone in the Pacific Northwest heard Ryan Dean West shout, YOUSTEPPEDONMYFUCKINGNUTSYOUSONOFABITCH! #Quote by Andrew Smith
Betty Smith quotes by John Cameron Smith
#195. Old friends are the best friends. #Quote by John Cameron Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Zadie Smith
#196. She wanted to read things -- could not resist wanting to read things -- and reading was easily done, and relatively inexpensive. On the other hand, that she should receive any praise for such reflexive habits baffled the girl, for she knew herself to be fantastically stupid about many things. Wasn't it possible that what others mistook as intelligence might in fact be only a sort of mutation of the will? She could sit in one place longer than other children be bored for hours without complaint, and was completely devoted to filling in every last corner of the coloring books Augustus Blake sometimes brought home. She could not help her mutated will -- no more than she could help the shape of her feet or the street on which she was born. She was unable to glean real satisfaction from accidents. In the child's mind a breach now appeared: between what she believed she knew of herself, essentially, and her essence as others seemed to understand it. She began to exist for other people, and if ever asked a question to which she did not know the answer she was wont to fold her arms across her body and look upward. As if the question itself were to obvious to truly concern her. #Quote by Zadie Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Shepard Smith
#197. And yet, something inside you is so horrible or you're such a coward or whatever the reason that you decide that you have to end it. Robin Williams, at 63, did that today. #Quote by Shepard Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Suzie Grant
#198. Obstacles are placed in our path to determine whether we really wanted something or just thought we did." Dr. Harold Smith #Quote by Suzie Grant
Betty Smith quotes by Alexander McCall Smith
#199. You have to tell her that you have forgiven what she did to you. You have that duty because we all of us have it. It comes in different forms, but it is always the same duty. We have to forgive. #Quote by Alexander McCall Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Len Smith
#200. There is no nobler deed than the performance of one's duty. #Quote by Len Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Smith Wigglesworth
#201. God does not call those who are equipped, He equips those whom He has called. #Quote by Smith Wigglesworth
Betty Smith quotes by Sarah Monette
#202. And killed a trellsow, one of the ones he'd learned to recognize as a smith. And thought of Thorlot, who might be a better blacksmith than her father or brother or dead husband, or more than her son would be, but who would never be anything more than wife, sister, daughter, mother. At least she was honored, he thought, wrenching his axe free of the trellsmith's ribs. He didn't mean Thorlot, and he did not know whether he was angry at his own kind for their blindness or angry at the trolls for making him see how blind they were. #Quote by Sarah Monette
Betty Smith quotes by Roy L. Smith
#203. The ability to accept responsibility is the measure of the man. #Quote by Roy L. Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Zadie Smith
#204. I never attended a creative writing class in my life. I have a horror of them; most writers groups moonlight as support groups for the kind of people who think that writing is therapeutic. Writing is the exact opposite of therapy. #Quote by Zadie Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Joseph Smith Jr.
#205. Spoken; and behold, this was a joyful meeting. 17 Now the joy of Ammon was so great even that he was full; yea, he was swallowed up in the joy of his God, even to the exhausting of his strength; and he fell again to the earth. 18 Now was not this exceeding joy? Behold, this is joy which none receiveth save it be the truly penitent and humble seeker of happiness. #Quote by Joseph Smith Jr.
Betty Smith quotes by Sherwood Smith
#206. Then let's address the business before us. I hope and trust we'll have the remainder of our lives to talk all this over and compare misguided reactions, but for now…" He rose and pulled me to my feet. Still holding on to my hands, he continued, "…shall we agree to a fresh beginning?"
I squeezed his hands back. "Agreed."
"Then let me hear my name from you, just once, before we proceed further. My name, not any of the titles."
"Vidanric," I said, and he kissed me again, then laughed.
Soon we were racing side by side cross-country again, on the last leg of the journey to Remalna-city. #Quote by Sherwood Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Miles Anthony Smith
#207. The importance of momentum in your organization cannot be understated! #Quote by Miles Anthony Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Bob   Smith
#208. Narrow-minded historians will say there's no proof that [Meriwether] Lewis was dude-loving. Another telling indication was that his Newfoundland dog was named "Seaman". Talk about a Freudian slip. What straight man like to go around saying "Seaman, come! Seaman, come!" amid a group of strapping beefcake? #Quote by Bob Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Zadie Smith
#209. My life is black and white and mixed. My mother's a Rastafarian, my dad was a short white guy - it's not an affectation. It's also the lives of millions of people throughout the world. #Quote by Zadie Smith
Betty Smith quotes by L.J.Smith
#210. what if you had to chouse one an not the other? #Quote by L.J.Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Sam Smith
#211. All things whatsoever God in his infinite wisdom has seen fit and proper to reveal to us, while we are dwelling in mortality, in regard to our mortal bodies, are revealed to us in the abstract, and independent of affinity of this mortal tabernacle, but are revealed to our spirits precisely as though we had no bodies at all. #Quote by Sam Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Hannah Whitall Smith
#212. God loves us, and the will of love is always blessing for its loved ones. #Quote by Hannah Whitall Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Jeri Smith-Ready
#213. I'm a morning person and a night person. So I have to be a nap person, or else I'm a tired person. #Quote by Jeri Smith-Ready
Betty Smith quotes by Jacqueline E. Smith
#214. Okay, he's hinting at something. I may not know a lot about men, but I do know something about dialogue. It's the only thing my editors say I'm really good at. Because it's fairly obvious I don't excel at grammar. Or plausible storylines. #Quote by Jacqueline E. Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Adam Smith
#215. Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is in reality instituted for the defense of the rich against the poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all. #Quote by Adam Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Sherwood Smith
#216. The history of fan fiction demonstrates how efficient, and effective, women have been at pooling together to get what they want out of their stories. It's been a largely female-driven world. #Quote by Sherwood Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Patti Smith
#217. I was too curious about the future to look back. #Quote by Patti Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Patti Smith
#218. To be an artist - actually, to be a human being in these times - it's all difficult. ... What matters is to know what you want and pursue it. #Quote by Patti Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Lee Smith
#219. Oh, if our children actually knew how much we love them, they'd never be able to hit any of these balls, they'd be simply immobilized by the force of it, by the awful force of our love. #Quote by Lee Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Lee Smith
#220. I had always dreamed of living in Chapel Hill. When I was a college student at Hollins University in Virginia, I came down to Chapel Hill for summer school and just loved it. #Quote by Lee Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Huston Smith
#221. If it is possible to be homesick for the world, even places one has never been and knows one will never see, this book is the child of such homesickness. #Quote by Huston Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Patti Smith
#222. Spanish pilgrims travel on Camino de Santiago from monastery to monastery, collecting small medals to attach to their rosary as proof of their steps. I have stacks of Polaroids, each marking my own, that I sometimes spread out like tarots or baseball cards of an imagined celestial team. #Quote by Patti Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Benjamin R. Smith
#223. I'm sure the 'I wouldn't fuck a murder conspirator' argument wins over many an internal affairs review board. Bring him in. It'll be in your favor. #Quote by Benjamin R. Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Jennifer E. Smith
#224. For a long time, it had felt like something way out on the horizon, this moment, something she had to squint to make out, so far away it didn't seem quite real. Until now, when it's suddenly hurtling toward them at an impossible pace, so swiftly that it doesn't matter whether or not Clare is ready for it. There's no preparing at this point. There's only steeling yourself. There's only hoping for the best. #Quote by Jennifer E. Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Sydney Smith
#225. When I hear any man talk of an unalterable law, the only effect it produces on me is to convince me that he is an unalterable fool #Quote by Sydney Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Alexander McCall Smith
#226. One did not walk around the town with one's birth certificate stuck on one's back; why then should clothes have their labels on the outside? It was a very vulgar display, she felt, #Quote by Alexander McCall Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Tina Fey
#227. I have a suspicion - and hear me out, 'cause this is a rough one - I have a suspicion that the definition of "crazy" in show business is a woman who keeps talking even after no one wants to fuck her anymore.
The only person I can think of that has escaped the "crazy" moniker is Betty White, which, obviously, is because people still want to have sex with her. #Quote by Tina Fey
Betty Smith quotes by W. Eugene Smith
#228. The first word I would remove from the folklore of journalism is the word objective. #Quote by W. Eugene Smith
Betty Smith quotes by Lamar S. Smith
#229. The Constitution provides for freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. #Quote by Lamar S. Smith

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