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Mirror Mirror

Gregory Maguire

Top 10 Best Quotes

“The eye is always caught by light, but shadows have more to say.”

“If you're ever in doubt, throw a pepper in the air. If it fails to come down, you have gone mad, so don't trust in anything.”

“Even God used silence as a strategy.”

“Thanks to our artists, we pretend well, living under canopies of painted clouds and painted gods, in halls of marble floors across which the sung Masses paint hope in deep impatsi of echo. We make of the hollow world a fuller, messier, prettier place, but all our inventions can't create the one thing we require: to deserve any fond attention we might accidentally receive, to receive any fond attention we don't in the course of things deserve. We are never enough to ourselves because we can never be enough to another. Any one of us walks into any room and reminds its occupant that we are not the one they most want to see. We are never the one. We are never enough.”

“She dreamed of leaving, but she had too little exposure to the world to imagine where to go.”

“I believe in the floor. I put it in place and I walk on it. Faith is a floor. If you don't work at making it for yourself, you have nothing to walk on.”

“What more does one ask of life, really, but to stagger from moment to moment with a reason to wake and wait for the next reason to wake?”

“Speaking uses us up, speeds us up. Without prayer, that act of confession for merely existing, one might live forever and not know it.”

“He had forgotten how convincing the world could look, how sure of itself: its outlines and edges; it's gradations, recessions, protrusions; it's startling and vulgar colors.”

“Happiness now sometimes meant turning away from what one remembered of earlier, better happiness.”

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Book Keywords:

artists, self-hate, falling-below-expectations, expectations, requirements, never-enough

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