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The great question that has never been answered, and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my thirty years of research into the feminine soul, is What does a woman want?

Scientific research consists in seeing what everyone else has seen, but thinking what no one else has thought.
If we knew what we were doing it wouldn't be research.
Research is usually a policeman stopping a novel from progressing.
If you focus on results, you will never change. If you focus on change, you will get results.
Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.
Most people give off as much heat as a 100 watt bulb, but not as much light.
The worst-tempered people I've ever met were the people who knew they were wrong.
Men lose their tempers in defending their taste.
It was not that she was out of temper, but that the world was not equal to the demands of her fine organism.
Many people lose their tempers merely from seeing you keep yours.
The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.
Sonnet XXXIV (You are the daughter of the sea)

You are the daughter of the sea,
oregano's first cousin.
Swimmer, your body is pure as the water;
cook, your blood is quick as the soil.
Everything you do is full of flowers, rich with the earth.

Your eyes go out toward the water, and the waves rise;
your hands go out to the earth and the seeds swell;
you know the deep essence of water and the earth,
conjoined in you like a formula for clay.

Naiad: cut your body into turquoise pieces,
they will bloom resurrected in the kitchen.
This is how you become everything that lives.

And so at last, you sleep, in the circle of my arms
that push back the shadows so that you can rest -
vegetables, seaweed, herbs: the foam of your dreams.
The Mediterranean has the color of mackerel, changeable I mean. You don't always know if it is green or violet, you can't even say it's blue, because the next moment the changing reflection has taken on a tint of rose or gray.
To me, the sea is like a person -- like a child that I've known a long time. It sounds crazy, I know, but when I swim in the sea I talk to it. I never feel alone when I'm out there.
Those who live by the sea can hardly form a single thought of which the sea would not be part.
Every man with a bellyful of the classics is an enemy to the human race.
Show me the books he loves and I shall know the man far better than through mortal friends.
Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
Reading is a basic tool in the living of a good life.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.
A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.
Definition of a classic: a book everyone is assumed to have read and often thinks they have.
A best-seller is the golden touch of mediocre talent.
My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.
He who has health, has hope. And he who has hope, has everything.
I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained.
The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.
I'm a romantic -- a sentimental person thinks things will last -- a romantic person hopes against hope that they won t.
Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.
We are never like angels till our passion dies.
Make friends with the angels, who though invisible are always with you. Often invoke them, constantly praise them, and make good use of their help and assistance in all your temporal and spiritual affairs.
We cannot pass our guardian angel's bounds, resigned or sullen, he will hear our sighs.
Peace is the first thing the angels sang.
Tennessee Williams said if he got rid of his demons, he would lose his angels.
Faithful horoscope-watching, practiced daily, provides just the sort of small but warm and infinitely reassuring fillip that gets matters off to a spirited start.
We need not feel ashamed of flirting with the zodiac. The zodiac is well worth flirting with.
About astrology and palmistry: they are good because they make people vivid and full of possibilities. They are communism at its best. Everybody has a birthday and almost everybody has a palm.
We are each of us angels with only one wing, to fly we need only embrace each other.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others, but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books; else distilled books are, like common distilled waters, flashy things.
The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
Let blockheads read what blockheads wrote.
The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring
Every man is a volume if you know how to read him.
God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.
A good title is the title of a successful book.
Books are the blessed chloroform of the mind.
If a book comes from the heart it will contrive to reach other hearts. All art and author craft are of small account to that.
The best effect of any book, is that it excites the reader to self-activity.
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.
The mere brute pleasure of reading --the sort of pleasure a cow must have in grazing.
Never judge a book by its movie.
The reading of all good books is like a conversation with all the finest men of past centuries.
I used to walk to school with my nose buried in a book.
Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen. Like friends, too, we should return to them again and again for, like true friends, they will never fail us -- never cease to instruct -- never cloy.
Next to acquiring good friends, the best acquisition is that of good books.
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
Happy is he who has laid up in his youth, and held fast in all fortune, a genuine and passionate love for reading.
A book is the only immortality.
What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books.
A novel points out that the world consists entirely of exceptions.
Books are masters who instruct us without rods or ferules, without words or anger, without bread or money. If you approach them, they are not asleep; if you seek them, they do not hide; if you blunder, they do not scold; if you are ignorant, they do not laugh at you.
When I am dead, I hope it may be said: His sins were scarlet, but his books were read.
Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
Books are not made for furniture, but there is nothing else that so beautifully furnishes a house.
A book is a garden, an orchard, a storehouse, a party, a company by the way, a counselor, a multitude of counselors.
The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it's also full of fourth-rate readers.
The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.
Books are men of higher stature; the only men that speak aloud for future times to hear.
When the book comes out it may hurt you -- but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I can only tell you about yourself as much as I can face about myself.
Books are not men and yet they stay alive.
When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story's voice makes everything its own.
Begin to read a book that will help you move toward your dream.
It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
A conventional good read is usually a bad read, a relaxing bath in what we know already. A true good read is surely an act of innovative creation in which we, the readers, become conspirators.
The failure to read good books both enfeebles the vision and strengthens our most fatal tendency --the belief that the here and now is all there is.
Read nothing that you do not care to remember, and remember nothing you do not mean to use.
Reading is not a duty, and has consequently no business to be made disagreeable.
All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality -- the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.

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