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100 Mary Doria Russell Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Mary Doria Russell Sayings: it seemed entirely possible to him that religion and literature and art and music were it seemed entirely possible to him that religion and literature and art and music were all merely side effects of a brain structure that comes into the world ready to make language out of noise, sense out of chaos. Our capacity for imposing meaning, he thought, is programmed to unfold the way a butterfly's wings unfold when it escapes the chrysalis, ready to fly. We are biologically driven to create meaning. And if that's so, he asked himself, is the miracle diminished? It
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Maybe that's the way to tell the dangerous men from the good ones. A dreamer Maybe that's the way to tell the dangerous men from the good ones. A dreamer of the day is dangerous when he believes that others are less: less than their own best selves and certainly less than he is. They exist to follow and flatter him, and to serve his purposes.
A true prophet, I suppose, is like a good parent. A true prophet sees others, not himself. He helps them define their own half-formed dreams, and puts himself at their service. He is not diminished as they become more. He offers courage in one hand and generosity in the other.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Dust rises at every step, fine as flour. It is dried river silt, that dust. Dust rises at every step, fine as flour. It is dried river silt, that dust. Add water, and the soil is so fertile that you could plant a pencil and harvest a book.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: When it comes down to it, I don't have much in the way of advice When it comes down to it, I don't have much in the way of advice to offer you, but here it is: Read to children. Vote. And never buy anything from a man who's selling fear.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: He felt as though he were a prism, gathering up God's love like white light He felt as though he were a prism, gathering up God's love like white light and scattering it in all directions, and the sensation was nearly physical, as he caught and repeated as much of what everyone said to him as he could, soaking up the music and cadence, the pattern of phonemes on the fly, gravely accepting and repeating Askama's quiet corrections when he got things wrong.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Honey," Bessie's mamma used to say, "politicians and judges and coppers are money-grubbing thieves. They'll Honey," Bessie's mamma used to say, "politicians and judges and coppers are money-grubbing thieves. They'll screw you, and rob you, and win elections for doing it, but there's no way around them. Smile and pay the sonsabitches off." The
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: I live and die with the Indians. The first game I attended back in the I live and die with the Indians. The first game I attended back in the mid-'90s was almost a religious experience. We were down by six and won by two, and it was glorious. The stadium is so beautiful, and the way it frames the city when you're sitting high above the second base line is spectacular.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: There are times ... when we are in the midst of life-moments of confrontation with There are times ... when we are in the midst of life-moments of confrontation with birth or death, or moments of beauty when nature or love is fully revealed, or moments of terrible loneliness-times when a holy and awesome awareness comes upon us. It may come as deep inner stillness or as a rush of overflowing emotion. It may seem to come from beyond us, without any provocation, or from within us, evoked by music or by a sleeping child. If we open our hearts at such moments, creation reveals itself to us in all it's unity and fullness. And when we return from such a moment of awareness, our hearts long to find some way to capture it in words forever, so that we can remain faithful to it's higher truth.
... When my people search for a name to give to the truth we feel at those moments, we call it God, and when we capture that understanding in timeless poetry, we call it praying.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: There are still times when the thief I started out to be feels more authentic There are still times when the thief I started out to be feels more authentic to me than the priest I've been for decades. To be pulled out of a slum and educated is to be an outsider forever - " He stopped talking, deeply embarrassed. Giuliani could never understand the price scholarship boys paid for their education: the inevitable alienation from your uncomprehending family, from roots, from your own first person, from the original "I" you once were.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: [I]t is easier to ask forgiveness than to obtain permission. [I]t is easier to ask forgiveness than to obtain permission.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Privileged to share in the athletic power of a large and dangerous animal willing to Privileged to share in the athletic power of a large and dangerous animal willing to be controlled by the small, frail strength of a mere human being.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Maybe poetry is the only way we can get near the truth of God. ... Maybe poetry is the only way we can get near the truth of God. ... And when the metaphors fail, we think it's God who's failed us!
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: The poor you will always have with you,' Jesus said. A warning, Emilio wondered, or The poor you will always have with you,' Jesus said. A warning, Emilio wondered, or an indictment?
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: I begin with songs. They provide a sort of skeleton grammar for me to flesh I begin with songs. They provide a sort of skeleton grammar for me to flesh out. Songs of longing for future tense, songs of regret for past tense, and songs of love for present tense.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: It was politicians saying, Let's you and him fight! It was politicians saying, Let's you and him fight!
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: I know this will sound glib, but don't pretend you aren't feeling what you feel. I know this will sound glib, but don't pretend you aren't feeling what you feel. That's how things slide into hell. Feelings are facts," she said, her voice a little hard, as she began to walk again. "Look straight at 'em and deal with 'em. Work it through, as honestly as you can. If
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Maybe God is only the most powerful poetic idea we humans're capable of thinkin'," he Maybe God is only the most powerful poetic idea we humans're capable of thinkin'," he said one night, after a few drinks. "Maybe God has no reality outside our minds and exists only in the paradox of Perfect Compassion and Perfect Justice. Or maybe," he suggested, slouching back in his chair and favoring her with a lopsided, wily grin, "maybe God is exactly as advertised in the Torah. Maybe, along with all its other truths and beauties, Judaism preserves for each generation of us the reality of the God of Abraham, of Isaac, of Jacob, of Moses - the God of Jesus." A cranky, uncanny God, D.W. called Him. "A God with quirky, unfathomable rules, a God who gets fed up with us and pissed off! But quick to forgive, Sofia, and generous,
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: The mission, he thought, probably failed because of a series of logical, reasonable, carefully considered The mission, he thought, probably failed because of a series of logical, reasonable, carefully considered decisions, each of which seemed like a good idea at the time. Like most colossal disasters.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: You know what I think? Ten percent of any group of human beings are shitheads. You know what I think? Ten percent of any group of human beings are shitheads. Catholics, Jews. Germans, Italians. Pilots, priests. Teachers, doctors, shopkeepers. Ten percent are shitheads. Another ten percent
salt of the earth! Saints! Give you the shirts off their backs. Most people are in the middle, just trying to get by.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: The world is filled with unreasonable hate. What's wrong with unreasonable love? The world is filled with unreasonable hate. What's wrong with unreasonable love?
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Guess - You know how people say, Don't borrow trouble? Well," said Morgan, "I guess Guess - You know how people say, Don't borrow trouble? Well," said Morgan, "I guess it's the opposite of that. Doc is borrowing happiness." The
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: And yet, in the end, did Klara Hitler's sickly son ever fire a gun? One And yet, in the end, did Klara Hitler's sickly son ever fire a gun? One hollow, hateful little an. One last awful thought: all the harm he ever did was done for him by others.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Dachshunds have their own agenda and can be stubborn about seeing their plans through to Dachshunds have their own agenda and can be stubborn about seeing their plans through to completion. What Rosie lacked in consistency, she made up for in enthusiasm. Most of the time when I called her name, she sprinted back, her long ears cocked and flying like a little girl's pigtails. Each encounter was a glorious reunion, even if we'd been parted for only a minute or two. I had never felt so loved.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: I'll take honest arrogance over fake humility any day. I'll take honest arrogance over fake humility any day.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: After all, Ignatius of Loyola, a soldier who had killed and whored and made a After all, Ignatius of Loyola, a soldier who had killed and whored and made a thorough mess of his soul, said you could judge prayer worthwhile simply if you could act more decently, think more clearly afterward. As D.W. once told him, "Son, sometimes it's enough just to act less like a shithead.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: When we were 15, my girlfriend Ruth Kaplan and I applied to the Universidad Ibero-Americana When we were 15, my girlfriend Ruth Kaplan and I applied to the Universidad Ibero-Americana in Mexico City. We were accepted into a program that placed us with a lovely Mexican family. We lived with them for six weeks while studying Spanish poetry and Mexican anthropology.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: We are none of us born into Eden," Doc said reasonably. "world's plenty evil when We are none of us born into Eden," Doc said reasonably. "world's plenty evil when we get here. Question is, what's the best way to play a bad hand?" ...
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Home," he said softly. "If there is a more beautiful word in any language, I Home," he said softly. "If there is a more beautiful word in any language, I do not know it.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Faced with the Divine, people took refuge in the banal, as though answering a cosmic Faced with the Divine, people took refuge in the banal, as though answering a cosmic multiple-choice question: If you saw a burning bush, would you (a) call 911, (b) get the hot dogs, or (c) recognize God? A vanishingly small number of people would recognize God, Anne had decided years before, and most of them had simply missed a dose of Thorazine.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: God's got a lot of explaining to do. Of course, God never explains. When life God's got a lot of explaining to do. Of course, God never explains. When life breaks your heart, you're just supposed to pick up the pieces and start all over, I guess.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: You know what's the most terrifying thing about admitting that you're in love? You are You know what's the most terrifying thing about admitting that you're in love? You are just naked. You put yourself in harm's way and you lay down all your defenses. No clothes, no weapons. Nowhere to hide. Completely vulnerable. The only thing that makes it tolerable is to believe that the other person loves you back ...
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: IF YOU WANT A STORYBOOK ENDING, stop - now - and remember them in that IF YOU WANT A STORYBOOK ENDING, stop - now - and remember them in that tender moment. Be content to know that they embarked on a series of adventures throughout the West and that they stayed together through thick and thin for forty-five years.
But know this as well: If their story ended here, no one would remember them at all.
Where a tale begins and where it ends matters. Who tells the story, and why . . . That makes all the difference.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Ringo's chuckle got tangled up with a cough. He tossed back a shot, cleared his Ringo's chuckle got tangled up with a cough. He tossed back a shot, cleared his throat, and said, Politics, from the Latin. Poly, meaning 'many.' Ticks meaning 'bloodsucking little bastards.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Now here's my idea about God. I think we're like the cat. I think that Now here's my idea about God. I think we're like the cat. I think that God is like the man outside the box. I think that if the cat believes in the man, the man is there. And if the cat is an atheist, there is no man." "Maybe there's a lady," Nico suggested helpfully. Frans
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Bein' born is craps," he decided. He glanced at Morg and let loose that sly, Bein' born is craps," he decided. He glanced at Morg and let loose that sly, lopsided smile of his. "How we live is poker.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: He had offered some of his own background. A youth in the South. An education He had offered some of his own background. A youth in the South. An education in the North. Bred for life in the East. Trying not to die in the West.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Distressing to be hated because of lies, isn't it." (Mirella)"Especially when there are so many Distressing to be hated because of lies, isn't it." (Mirella)
"Especially when there are so many legitimate reasons to be hated." (Schramm)
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: By comparison he could read her like an illustrated children's story. By comparison he could read her like an illustrated children's story.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Cynicism and foul language are the only vices I'm presently capable of. Everything else takes Cynicism and foul language are the only vices I'm presently capable of. Everything else takes energy or money. (64)
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: They were quiet for a time, alone with their thoughts, but then John sat up They were quiet for a time, alone with their thoughts, but then John sat up straight, struck by a thought. "There's a passage in Exodus - God tells Moses, 'No one can see My face, but I will protect you with My hand until I have passed by you, and then I will remove My hand and you will see My back.' Remember that?"
Emilio nodded, listening.
Well I always thought that was a physical metaphor," John said, "but, you know - I wonder now if it isn't really about time? Maybe that was God's way of telling us that we can never know His intentions, but as time goes on ... we'll understand. We'll see where He was: we'll see His back.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Flaubert tells us that three things are required for happiness: stupidity, selfishness, and good health. Flaubert tells us that three things are required for happiness: stupidity, selfishness, and good health. I am," he told Morgan, "an unhappy man -
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: The past was not dead but alive, and important by virtue of the very invisibility The past was not dead but alive, and important by virtue of the very invisibility of its influence.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Show God what yer made of, man. Pucker up and kiss the cross. Show God what yer made of, man. Pucker up and kiss the cross.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Writing my own novels in the '90s ... I never imagined that in ten years, Writing my own novels in the '90s ... I never imagined that in ten years, science and rationality would require explanation and defense in a world rocked and ruled by religious fervor.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Celestina Giuliani learned the word "slander" at her cousin's baptism. Celestina Giuliani learned the word "slander" at her cousin's baptism.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Why is it that God gets all the credit for the good stuff, but it's Why is it that God gets all the credit for the good stuff, but it's the doctor's fault when shit happens? When the patient comes through, it's always 'Thank God,' and when the patient dies, it's always blame the doctor. Just once in my life, just for the sheer fucking novelty of it, it would be nice if somebody blamed God when the patient dies, instead of me.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: The trick is not to care. I have a perfect indifference to winning. The trick is not to care. I have a perfect indifference to winning.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: It would not have suprised Emilio Sandoz that his sex life was discussed with such It would not have suprised Emilio Sandoz that his sex life was discussed with such candor and affectionate concern by his friends. The single craziest thing about being a priest, he'd found, was that celibacy was simultaneously the most private and most public aspect of his life.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: It no longer came as a surprise to John Candotti that people found him easy It no longer came as a surprise to John Candotti that people found him easy to confess to. He was tolerant of human failings and it was rarely difficult for him to say, "Well, you screwed up. Everybody screws up. It's okay." His greatest satisfaction as a priest was to grant absolution, to help people forgive themselves for not being perfect, make amends, and get on with life.
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: an insouciant flip of the wrist - an insouciant flip of the wrist -
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Religion - the wishful thinking of an ape that talks! You know what I think?" Religion - the wishful thinking of an ape that talks! You know what I think?" he asked rhetorically, trying to distract himself from yet another death. "Random shit happens, and we turn it into stories and call it sacred scripture -
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Mary Doria Russell Sayings: You know how people say, Don't borrow trouble? Well, said Morgan, I guess it's the You know how people say, Don't borrow trouble? Well, said Morgan, I guess it's the opposite of that. Doc is borrowing happiness.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: For he had never heard anything like itdid not know such music existed in the For he had never heard anything like it
did not know such music existed in the world
and it was hard to believe that a man he knew could play it with his own two hands. There were parts of it like birdsong, and parts like rolling thunder and hard rain, and parts that glittered like fresh snow when the sun comes out and it's so cold the air takes your breath away. And parts were like a dust devil spinning past, or a cyclone on the horizon, and all of it cried out for words that he had only read in books and had never said aloud.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: There's a series of sculptures there by Michelangelo that you should see. They are called There's a series of sculptures there by Michelangelo that you should see. They are called The Captives. Out of a great formless mass of stone, the figures of slaves emerge: heads, shoulders, torsos, straining toward freedom but still held fast in the stone. There are souls like that, Reyes. There are souls that try to carve themselves from their own formlessness.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Watching him with one eye, she wondered if men ever figured out that they were Watching him with one eye, she wondered if men ever figured out that they were more appealing when they were pursuing their own work than when they were pursuing a woman.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: On December 7, 2059, Emilio Sandoz was released from the isolation ward of Salvator Mundi On December 7, 2059, Emilio Sandoz was released from the isolation ward of Salvator Mundi Hospital in the middle of the night and transported in a bread van to the Jesuit residence at Number 5 Borgo Santo Spirito, a few minutes' walk across St. Peter's Square from the Vatican.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Later that summer, as rain fell, such a moment shimmered and paused on the brink, Later that summer, as rain fell, such a moment shimmered and paused on the brink, and then began the ancient dance of numbers: two, four, eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and a new life took root and began to grow. And thus the generations past were joined to the unknowable future.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Cleveland is really good about recognizing its artists because of the Arts Council. Cleveland is really good about recognizing its artists because of the Arts Council.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Instead of taking a year off, I started 'Dreamers of the Day' exactly 36 hours Instead of taking a year off, I started 'Dreamers of the Day' exactly 36 hours after I sent the manuscript for 'A Thread of Grace' to the publisher!
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Love is a debt, she thought. When the bill comes, you pay in grief. Love is a debt, she thought. When the bill comes, you pay in grief.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Wyatt, I'm from Chicago," Eddie told him. "Let me explain politics to you. Wyatt, I'm from Chicago," Eddie told him. "Let me explain politics to you.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: I think the world will be a better place when science has swept all religions I think the world will be a better place when science has swept all religions into the dustbin of history. What is religion but a shared belief in things that cannot be known.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: In the beginning," Scripture taught, "there was the Word," and Danny would come to believe In the beginning," Scripture taught, "there was the Word," and Danny would come to believe that the two great gifts his God had given to the species He loved were time, which divides experience, and language, which binds the past to the future.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: If somebody honks a horn in Cleveland, they're saying 'Hi.' It's so rare to be If somebody honks a horn in Cleveland, they're saying 'Hi.' It's so rare to be honked at in anger. When we have merging traffic, we just interweave. There's real courtesy.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: The Georgian had used more words in 5 minutes than Wyatt had spoken during 1872 The Georgian had used more words in 5 minutes than Wyatt had spoken during 1872 and 1873 combined.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: He did not believe in luck at all, good or bad. Gamblers believed in luck, He did not believe in luck at all, good or bad. Gamblers believed in luck, and he was not a gambler. Never had been, never would be. John Henry Holliday believed in mathematics, in statistics, in the computation of odds. Fifty-two cards in a deck. Make it easy. Say it's fifty. Any card has a 2 percent chance of being dealt from a full deck. Keep track of what's out. Adjust the probabilities as the hand progresses.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: ...trust in God could impose an additional burden on good people slammed to their knees ...trust in God could impose an additional burden on good people slammed to their knees by some senseless tragedy. An atheist might be no less staggered by such an event, but nonbelievers often experienced a kind of calm acceptance: shit happens, and this particular shit happened to them. It could be more difficult for a person of faith to get to his feet precisely because he had to reconcile God's love and care with the stupid, brutal fact that something irreversibly terrible had happened.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Until you get the measure of your own soul, Jim, don't be quick to condemn Until you get the measure of your own soul, Jim, don't be quick to condemn a priest, or anyone else for that matter. I'm not scolding you, sweetheart," she said hurriedly. "It's just that, until you've been there, you can't know what it's like to hold yourself to promises you made in good faith a long time ago. Do you hang in there, or cut your losses? Soldier on, or admit defeat and try to make the best of things?" She'd looked a little sheepish then and admitted, "You know, I used to be a real hardass about stuff like this. No retreat, no surrender! But now? Jimmy, I honestly don't know if the world would be better or worse if we all held ourselves to the vows of our youth.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: You ever hear that old joke about the guy who jumped off the Empire State You ever hear that old joke about the guy who jumped off the Empire State Building?" D.W. asked her. "Yeah. All the way down, you could hear him say, 'So far, so good. So far, so good. So far, so good.' That is George's life story in a nutshell.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Doc's idea of "clarifyin' a point of contention" came awful close to spitting in a Doc's idea of "clarifyin' a point of contention" came awful close to spitting in a man's eye.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: You are young, Father Iron Horse, and you have a young man's vices. Certainty. Shortsightedness. You are young, Father Iron Horse, and you have a young man's vices. Certainty. Shortsightedness. Contempt for pragmatism.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Isaac didn't understand heartache. Or regret or longing or divided loyalties. Or anger or shattered Isaac didn't understand heartache. Or regret or longing or divided loyalties. Or anger or shattered trust or betrayal. Such things had no clarity. They involved expectations of another's behavior, and Isaac had no such expectations.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: It's not easy to be obedient if you suspect your superiors are asses. It's not easy to be obedient if you suspect your superiors are asses.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: What is it in humans that makes us so eager to believe ill of one What is it in humans that makes us so eager to believe ill of one another? ... What makes us so hungry for it? Failed idealism, he suspected. We disappoint ourselves and then look around for other failures to convince ourselves: it's not just me. (15)
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Only here had he come to understand that he was not a battleground - to Only here had he come to understand that he was not a battleground - to be divided and conquered by his grandparents - but a garden, where each person who'd contributed to his existence longed to see that something of themselves had taken root and grown.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Indulge me, John. Cynicism and foul language are the only vices I'm presently capable of. Indulge me, John. Cynicism and foul language are the only vices I'm presently capable of. Everything else takes energy or money.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: He ain't big and he ain't strong, but that boy's got a by-God streak of He ain't big and he ain't strong, but that boy's got a by-God streak of fight in him. And he was going to need it.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: In Texas, rocks are considered an adequate weaponry during schoolyard scuffles. Dallas children carry a In Texas, rocks are considered an adequate weaponry during schoolyard scuffles. Dallas children carry a brace of loaded pistols, a concealed Derringer, and a 6 inch Toadsticker in one boot. That's the girls of course. Boys bring howitzers to class.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: The trouble with illusions is that you aren't aware you have any until they are The trouble with illusions is that you aren't aware you have any until they are taken away from you.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: To leave the apple unpicked - that was sin. To leave the apple unpicked - that was sin.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: My experience is that many things are not as bad as I thought they would My experience is that many things are not as bad as I thought they would be.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: It was just as well that neither Wyatt nor Morgan inquired about the provenance of It was just as well that neither Wyatt nor Morgan inquired about the provenance of the teeth themselves, for Wyatt's new ones were among the hundreds of thousands collected from battlegrounds, sorted by type and size, and made available for restorative dentistry for many years after the war. With John Henry's sketches and detailed measurements to go by, his cousin Robert had found a pair of upper centrals that matched Morgan's closely.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: We meant well, she thought, looking up at a sky piled with cumulus clouds turning We meant well, she thought, looking up at a sky piled with cumulus clouds turning amethyst and indigo above the clearing. No one was deliberately evil. We all did the best we could. Even so, what a mess we made of everything ...
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: See that's where it falls apart for me!" Anne cried. "What sticks in my throat See that's where it falls apart for me!" Anne cried. "What sticks in my throat is that God gets the credit but never the blame. I just can't swallow that kind of theological candy. Either God's in charge or he's not ...
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: He's not a bad guy, John. It's human nature. He wanted it to be some He's not a bad guy, John. It's human nature. He wanted it to be some mistake I made that he wouldn't have made, some flaw in me that he didn't share, so he could believe it wouldn't have happened to him. But it wasn't my fault. It was either blind, dumb, stupid luck from start to finish, in which case, we are all in the wrong business gentleman, or it was a God I cannot worship.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: [John] watched the flames for a while. "I would have to say that I find [John] watched the flames for a while. "I would have to say that I find God in serving His children. 'When I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me to drink, I was a stanger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, sick and you cared for me, imprisoned and you came to me.'"
The words lingered in the air as the fire popped and hissed softly. Sondoz had stopped pacing and stood motionless in a far corner of the room, his face in shadows, firelight glittering on the metallic exoskeleton of his hands. "Don't hope for more than that, John," he said. "God will break your heart.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: That is my dilemma. Because if I was led by God to love God, step That is my dilemma. Because if I was led by God to love God, step by step, as it seemed, if I accept that the beauty and the rapture were real and true, the rest of it was God's will too, and that, gentlemen, is cause for bitterness. But if I am simply a deluded ape who took a lot of old folktales far too seriously, then I brought all this on myself and my companions and the whole business becomes farcical, doesn't it. The problem with atheism, I find, under these circumstances ... is that I have no one to despise but myself. If, however, I choose to believe that God is vicious, then at least I have the solace of hating God.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: The new fashions sold in departmentstores had thrown skilled American seamstresses out of work, you The new fashions sold in department
stores had thrown skilled American seamstresses out of work, you see.
They'd been displaced by immigrant girls doing piecework for a pittance
in terrible sweatshops. I refused to patronize a garment industry
that exploited its desperately poor workers so heartlessly.
And if that wasn't enough to keep me out of stores, there was this as
well: I was determined to resist that shameless sister of war propaganda
the advertising industry.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: The Doc Holliday of legend is a gambler and gunman who appears out of nowhere The Doc Holliday of legend is a gambler and gunman who appears out of nowhere in 1881, arriving in Tombstone with a bad reputation and a hooker named Big Nose Kate.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: How can you hear your soul if everyone is talking? How can you hear your soul if everyone is talking?
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: No children?" Emilio asked them one evening, to his own surprise. "Nope. Turned out, we No children?" Emilio asked them one evening, to his own surprise.
"Nope. Turned out, we don't breed well in captivity," George said, unembarrassed.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: When the preponderance of human beings choose to act with justice and generosity and kindness, When the preponderance of human beings choose to act with justice and generosity and kindness, then learning and love and decency prevail. When the preponderance of human beings choose power, greed, and indifference to suffering, the world is filled with war, poverty, and cruelty.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Hope - cruelest of the evils that escaped Pandora's box - smiled on him gently Hope - cruelest of the evils that escaped Pandora's box - smiled on him gently all that summer.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: No matter how dark the tapestry God weaves for us, there's always a thread of No matter how dark the tapestry God weaves for us, there's always a thread of grace.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: Even if he hadn't spent the past three years in the field and more than Even if he hadn't spent the past three years in the field and more than a decade before that studying for the priesthood, he would have felt a stranger among these students - the young men in brilliantly colored, intricately pleated coats that broadened shoulders and narrowed hips, the young women wasp-waisted and delicious in pale and shimmering fabrics the colors of peony blossoms and sherbet.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: The sign of a good decision is the multiplicity of reasons for it. The sign of a good decision is the multiplicity of reasons for it.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: When the bet is placed," he said, "a moment is carved away from the past When the bet is placed," he said, "a moment is carved away from the past and the future. In that enchanted moment, anything is possible. A man's debts and regrets and limitations disappear. He is buyin' the chance to imagine - for one moment at a time - that th enext card I deal will make him rich.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: John Henry Holliday didn't have a mother to love him when he was grown, so John Henry Holliday didn't have a mother to love him when he was grown, so I have taken him for my own. My fondest hope for Doc is that it will win for him the compassion and respect I think he deserves.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: As far as Wyatt Earp knew, it was not illegal to beat a horse. In As far as Wyatt Earp knew, it was not illegal to beat a horse. In the past few years, he'd worked as a part-time policeman in a string of Kansas cow towns. Each time he was sworn in, he made an effort to study the ordinances he was supposed to enforce, but he wasn't much of a reader. In Ellsworth, he asked a lawyer for some help. "Wyatt," the man told him, "the entire criminal code of the State of Kansas boils down to four words. Don't kill the customers.
Mary Doria Russell Sayings: As many as thirty or as few as ten years later, lying exhausted and still, As many as thirty or as few as ten years later, lying exhausted and still, eyes open in the dark long after the three suns of Rakhat had set, no longer bleeding, past the vomiting, enough beyond the shock to think again, it would occur to Emilio Sandoz to wonder if perhaps that day int he Sudan was really only part of the setup for a punchline a life-time in the making. It was an odd thought, under the circumstances. He understood that, even at the time. But thinking it, he realized with appalling clarity that on his journey of discovery as a Jesuit, he had not merely been the first human being to set foot on Rhakhat, had not simply explored parts of its largest continent and learned two of its languages and loved some of its people. He had also discovered the outermost limit of faith and, in doing so had located the exact boundary of despair. It was at that moment that he learned, truly, to fear God.