Friday, October 21, 2016

Quote of the Day

A writer's greatest reward is naming something unnamed that many people are feeling.  A writer's greatest punishment is being misunderstood.  The same words can do both.

-- Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road, p. 170

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Quote of the Day

If a book is tedious to you, don't read it; that book was not written for you.

-- Jorge Luis Borges

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Quote of the Day

In the years since (Love in Action), I've had to spend so much time catching up with other people, learning how to believe in a world that no longer teems with angels and demons.  Every time I've read a book or ingested a new historical fact that my Baptist upbringing taught me to reject, I've had to fight against the sneaking suspicion that I am being lead astray by Satan.  In the message boards and hidden ex-ex-gay Facebook groups I will join, I'll see others talking about their own attempted suicides, and I'll glimpse in these confessions elements so remarkably similar to my own that they will seem, for a moment, to issue directly from my mind.  I will see people talk about losing their families, about the yearly trials they've faced as winter holidays approached and the loneliness threatened to overwhelm them once again.

-- Garrard Conley, Boy Erased, p. 334-335

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Quote of the Day

Winning helps define loss, and the loss helps define winning.  You can't have one without the other, and if you did, you wouldn't know how to feel about it.

-- Pat Summitt with Sally Jenkins, Sum It Up, p. 185

Monday, October 17, 2016

Quote of the Day

In my life I have found shared experiences and feelings can unite us even if there are differences in our worldview.

-- Dawn Elizabeth Waters, Switching Teams, p. x

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Quote of the Day

Don't write when you're angry and under deadline, with time to test it only on friends who know what you mean, not on strangers who don't.

-- Gloria Steinem, My Life on the Road, p. 169

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Quote of the Day

On some days, it's hard to believe that I ever lived in a world that operated on such extreme notions of self-annihilation.  But then I turn on the news, read a few articles, and realize that what I have experienced may have been unique, but in no way was it disconnected from history.  Minorities continue to be abused and manipulated by both nefarious and well-intentioned groups of people, and harmful ideas continue to develop new political strains all over the world.

-- Garrard Conley, Boy Erased, p. 327-328