Unless Carol Shields Quotes

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This is why I read novels: so I can escape my own unrelenting monologue.
Carol Shields (Unless)
Bookish people, who are often maladroit people, persist in thinking they can master any subtlety so long as it's been shaped into acceptable expository prose.
Carol Shields (Unless)
Happiness is the lucky pane of glass you carry in your head. It takes all your cunning just to hang on to it, and once it's smashed you have to move into a different sort of life.
Carol Shields (Unless)
We are too kind, too willing--too unwilling too--reaching out blindly with a grasping hand but not knowing how to ask for what we don't even know we want.
Carol Shields (Unless)
Anyone's childhood can be an act of disablement if rehearsed and replayed and squinted at in a certain light. . .
Carol Shields (Unless)
What I'd like is a lobotomy, a clean job, the top of my head neatly sawn off and designated contents removed.
Carol Shields (Unless)
Cuando llegue el momento de mi lobotomía, ése es uno de los incidentes sociales que me propongo eliminar.
Carol Shields (Unless)
I won't even mention the swift, transitory reward of lemon spray wax. Danielle Westerman and I have discussed the matter of housework. Not surprisingly, she, always looking a little dérisoire, believes that women have been enslaved by their possessions. Acquiring and then tending--these eat up a woman's creativity, anyone's creativity. But I've been watching the ways she arranges articles on a shelf, and how carefully she sets a table, even with it is just me coming into Toronto to have lunch in her sunroom.
Carol Shields (Unless)
عصبانیت ، به انسان تر شدن کمک نمیکند.تمرینی است برای نمایشی که هرگز اجرا نخواهد شد.
Carol Shields (Unless)
In our marriage it was our practice not to share anything that was upsetting, depressing, demoralizing, tedious—unless it was unavoidable. Because so much in a writer’s life can be distressing—negative reviews, rejections by magazines, difficulties with editors, publishers, book designers—disappointment with one’s own work, on a daily/hourly basis!—it seemed to me a very good idea to shield Ray from this side of my life as much as I could. For what is the purpose of sharing your misery with another person, except to make that person miserable, too?
Joyce Carol Oates (A Widow's Story)
It just seems our species is happier when we are good. Goodness is not guaranteed. A life of principle requires practice…. from Unless, a novel by Carol Shields
Zoe Weil (Most Good, Least Harm: A Simple Principle for a Better World and Meaningful Life)
A deterioration has occurred to the fabric of the world, the world that does not belong to her as she has been told. Again and again and again. She is prohibited from entering. From now on life will seem less and less like life.
Carol Shields (Unless)