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Everything is always a story, but the loveliest ones are those that get written and are not torn up and are taken to a friend as payment for listening, for putting a wise keyhole to the ear of my mind
— Janet Frame —

Anna is the sort of woman who writers write about, Tom. Somewhere in the third act, women like her save characters like you and me from ourselves. She's the loveliest literary device in the world.

— Matthew Norman

Philippe Claudel Quotes: Oh little poupchette some may tell you
Oh little Poupchette, some may tell you that you are nobody's child, a child of defilement, a child begotten in fear and horror. Some may tell you that you are a child of abomination conceived in abomination, a tainted child, a child polluted long before you were born. Do not pay attention to them, my little sweetheart, please do not listen to them; listen to me. I say you are my child and I love you. I sometimes say that out of horror, beauty and purity and grace are born. I say I am your father for ever. I say the loveliest rose can bloom in contaminated soil. I say you are the dawn, the light of all my tomorrows, and the only thing that matters is the promise you represent. I say you are my luck and my forgiveness. My darling Poupchette, I say you are my whole life.

— Philippe Claudel

Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope.

— Theodore Roszak

Everything is always a story, but the loveliest ones are those that get written and are not torn up and are taken to a friend as payment for listening, for putting a wise keyhole to the ear of my mind

— Janet Frame

Mindy McGinnis Quotes: Sometimes the loveliest places harbor
Sometimes the loveliest places harbor the worst monsters.

— Mindy McGinnis

Fire, loveliest of the four elements of the world, and yet an element too in Hell. While it burned adoringly in the core of the Temple, it had also scorched the life from a city, this night, and spewed its venom over the land. How strange of God to speak from a burning bush, and of Man to make a symbol of Heaven into a symbol of Hell.

— Walter M. Miller, Jr.

My heart breaks.
Also not the first time.
I long to go after him.
To find him
and hold him
and kiss him
in the loveliest of gardens.

— Lisa Schroeder

W. Somerset Maugham Quotes: The highest activities of consciousness
The highest activities of consciousness have their origins in physical occurrences of the brain just as the loveliest melodies are not too sublime to be expressed by notes.

— W. Somerset Maugham

So many of the loveliest things in England are melancholy.

— Dodie Smith

He returns my smile. His teeth are beautiful, the loveliest I've seen so far on these streets.

— Marie Lu

Philip Roth Quotes: The loveliest fairy tale of childhood is
The loveliest fairy tale of childhood is that everything happens in order.

— Philip Roth

He was the loveliest sight she'd ever seen.

— Megan Hart

Social motherliness has made women's struggle for liberty the loveliest synthesis of egoism and altruism.

— Ellen Key

Contempt for flowers is an offence against God. The lovelier the flower, the greater the offence in despising it. The tulip is the loveliest of all flowers. So whoever despised the tulip offends God immeasurably.

— Alexandre Dumas

Stephen Fry Quotes: Think springs of water think wells and
Think springs of water. Think wells and spas and sources. Well-springs in the widest and loveliest sense. Jerusalem, for instance, is a spring of religiosity. One small town in the desert, but the source of the world's three most powerful faiths. It is the capital of Judaism, the scene of Christ's crucifixion and the place from which Mohammed ascended into heaven. Religion seems to bubble from its sands.

— Stephen Fry

What saved me was that I found gentle, loyal and hilarious companions, which is at the heart of meaning: maybe we don't find a lot of answers to life's tougher questions, but if we find a few true friends, that's even better. They help you see who you truly are, which is not always the loveliest possible version of yourself, but then comes the greatest miracle of all-they still love you. They keep you company as perhaps you become less of a whiny baby, if you accept their help.

— Anne Lamott

Because what my gradmother did with her fine coat (the loveliest thing she would ever own) is what all women of that generation (and before) did for their families and their husbands and their children. They cut up the finest and proudest parts of themselves and gave it all away. They repatterned what was theirs and shaped it for others. They went without. They were the last ones to eat at supper, and they were the first ones to get up every morning, warming the cold kitchen for another day spent caring for everyone else. This was the only thing they knew how to do. This was their guiding verb and their defining principle of life: They gave.

— Elizabeth Gilbert

Commonsense has trampled down many a gentle genius whose eyes had delighted in a too early moonbeam of some too early truth; commonsense has back-kicked dirt at the loveliest of queer paintings because a blue tree seemed madness to its well-meaning hoof; commonsense has prompted ugly but strong nations to crush their fair but frail neighbors the moment a gap in history offered a chance that it would have been ridiculous not to exploit.

— Vladimir Nabokov

... dearest, loveliest Elizabeth [ ... ] By you, I was properly humbled.

— Jane Austen

Victoria Moran Quotes: Being vegan is not the key to
Being vegan is not the key to immortality. We're all going to get sick and die. But to know you're living without harming? That's the loveliest feeling.

— Victoria Moran

André Gide Quotes: The loveliest creations of men are
The loveliest creations of men are persistently painful. What would be the description of happiness?

— André Gide

Justice is the loveliest and health is the best, but the sweetest to obtain is the heart's desire.

— Aristotle

Charles Dickens Quotes: There was once a king and he had a queen
There was once a king, and he had a queen; and he was the manliest of his gender, and she was the loveliest of hers. They had nineteen children, and were always having more.

— Charles Dickens

Do you know what I was smiling at? You wrote down that you were a writer by profession. It sounded to me like the loveliest euphemism I had ever heard. When was writing ever your profession? It's never been anything but your religion.

— J.D. Salinger

If you have ever had a miserable experience, then you have probably had it said to you that you would feel better in the morning. This, of course, is utter nonsense, because a miserable experience remains a miserable experience even on the loveliest of morning.

— Lemony Snicket

When I was young and had no sense
In far-off Mandalay
I lost my heart to a Burmese girl
As lovely as the day.
Her skin was gold, her hair was jet,
her teeth were ivory;
I said, "For twenty silver pieces,
Maiden, sleep with me."
She looked at me, so pure, so sad,
The loveliest thing alive,
And in her lisping, virgin voice,
Stood out for twenty-five.

— George Orwell

C. albus ... I think the very loveliest of all the lily family,- a spotless soul, plant saint, that every one must love and so be made better. It puts the wildest mountaineer on his good behavior. With this plant the whole world would seem rich though non other existed.

— John Muir

L.M. Montgomery Quotes: Fairyland is the loveliest word because
Fairyland is the loveliest word because it means everything the human heart desires.

— L.M. Montgomery

Everything I show you is the truth-And the truth is the loveliest of lies.

— Richard Alan Simmons

Deanna Raybourn Quotes: When the light has fled but the stars
When the light has fled but the stars have not yet shown themselves. That is the gloaming, the loveliest and saddest hour of the day.

— Deanna Raybourn

Edna St. Vincent Millay Quotes: And all the loveliest things there be
And all the loveliest things there be come simply, so it seems to me.

— Edna St. Vincent Millay

Elizabeth Fry Quotes: The loveliest sweetest flower that
The loveliest, sweetest flower that bloomed in paradise, and the first that died, has rarely blossomed since on mortal soil. It is so frail, so delicate, a thing, it is gone if it but look upon itself; and she who ventures to esteem it hers proves by that single thought she has it not.

— Elizabeth Fry

Curve: The loveliest distance between two points.

— Mae West

Ludlow ... is probably the loveliest town in England with its hill of Georgian houses ascending from the river Teme to the great tower of the cross-shaped church, rising behind a classic market building.

— John Betjeman

I have tried to show as clearly as possible that the very characteristics and weaknesses of temperament with which we were born ... can be transformed into their exact opposites and can therefore produce in us the loveliest of all qualities.

— Hannah Hurnard

Woman! thou loveliest gift that here below
Man can receive, or Providence bestow.

— Winthrop Mackworth Praed

Means are more important than ends in the civilized struggle for ideas. Our dreams may be the loveliest on earth, but if we wade through blood and terror to achieve them, we will arrive to find ourselves destroyed. Don't kill.

— Yuri Orlov

The loveliest tune imaginable becomes vulgar and insupportable as soon as the public begins to hum it and the hurdy-gurdies make it their own.

— Joris-Karl Huysmans

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough.

— A.E. Housman

To one in sympathy with nature, each season, in its turn, seems the loveliest.

— Mark Twain

The loveliest face in all the world will not please you if you see it suddenly eye to eye, at a distance of half an inch from your own.

— Max Beerbohm

Amos Bronson Alcott Quotes: Equanimity is the gem in virtues chaplet
Equanimity is the gem in virtue's chaplet, and St. Sweetness the loveliest in her calendar.

— Amos Bronson Alcott

I shall forget you presently, my dear, So make the most of this, your little day, Your little month, your little half a year, Ere I forget, or die, or move away, And we are done forever; by and by I shall forget you, as I said, but now, If you entreat me with your loveliest lie I will protest you with my favorite vow. I would indeed that love were longer-lived, And vows were not so brittle as they are, But so it is, and nature has contrived To struggle on without a break thus far,
Whether or not we find what we are seeking Is idle, biologically speaking.

— Edna St. Vincent Millay

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes: Sweet auburn loveliest village of the
Sweet Auburn, loveliest village of the plain.

— Oliver Goldsmith

One of the loveliest things about being grown up is the knowledge that never again will I have to go through the miserable business of performing in Mrs. Smedley's Annual Piano Recital at McKinleyville's First Presbyterian Church.

— Peg Bracken

Joseph Addison Quotes: Loveliest of women heaven is in thy soul
Loveliest of women! heaven is in thy soul, Beauty and virtue shine forever round thee, Bright'ning each other! thou art all divine!

— Joseph Addison

The loveliest faces are to be seen by moonlight, when one sees half with the eye and half with the fancy.

— Christian Nestell Bovee

A good woman is the loveliest flower that blooms under heaven; and we look with love and wonder upon its silent grace, its pure fragrance, its delicate bloom of beauty.

— William Makepeace Thackeray

Cheat me not with time,
with the dull ache of flesh,
for all flesh turns,
even the loveliest
ankle and frail thigh,
to bitterest dust.

— Hilda Doolittle

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