Category Archives: Human Nature quotes

We Become What We Have Loved

“Every day I make some gesture, think or feel something through the influence of one or another of these friends.  When I plant bulbs I pat the earth around each one and realize suddenly that that is what my mother … Continue reading

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Annie Dillard on Loss

“When Ella Fitzgerald sang “There’s someone I’m trying so hard to forget….don’t you want to forget someone too?”– these facile breathy lyrics struck me as an unexpectedly true expression of how it felt to be alive.  This was experience at … Continue reading

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Levant Garde

The pianist Oscar Levant became known as much for his wit as for his musical skills.  I love him in my favorite movie “An American in Paris”.  Here are 4 of his best: “The first thing in the morning I … Continue reading

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She Had That Rare Gift

“He followed her obediently and it occurred to him as they crossed the room that she had that rare gift, so rare that he had some difficulty remembering that it was only a gift, of being able to talk directly … Continue reading

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Ordinary Life is Laced with Miracles

“Ordinary life was laced with miracles, I knew that, had read enough poetry to understand that we are elevated with the knowing, and yet it was difficult to notice and be grateful when one was continually fatigued and irritated.  I … Continue reading

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Dreams of Bread and Jam

“To a piece of bread, another piece of bread is a thing of wonder. And when the first piece of bread sees that the other piece of bread has butter on it, he marvels, “how smart he looks in his … Continue reading

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If I Am Loved, I Am Worthy

“In the end, life is all about seeking reassurance, she thought, we’re all engaged in looking for some kind of sign that will tell us we’re not really alone.  We want a bond, an anchor that will hold us fast … Continue reading

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