Alice Likes Words


Avoid high-calorie lemons.
(“Very Low in Calories”)

“You are the boss of that dough.” ~Julia Child

“If you wish to make an apple pie truly from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” ~Carl E. Sagan

“Cooking is like love.  It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” ~Harriet Van Horne

“Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.” ~Anthelme Brillat Savarin

“An idealist is one who, on noticing that a rose smells better than a cabbage, concludes that it will also make better soup.” ~H.L. Mencken

“Cooking is one failure after another, and that’s how you finally learn.” ~Julia Child

(h/t Bob)


(I highly recommend this, if critical and/or feminist pedagogies are your thing.)
(This is a fascinating read, btw, if critical and/or feminist pedagogies are your thing.)

“A word after a word / after a word is power.” ~Margaret Atwood, “Spelling

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.” ~Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

“In fact, the only way I can get anything written at all is to write really, really shitty first drafts.” ~Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

“We are important and our lives are important, magnificent really, and their details are worthy to be reported.” ~Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones

“If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them.” ~John Waters


“(In my sleep I dreamed this poem.)

Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.”

~Mary Oliver (“The Uses of Sorrow“)

“…I want
to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.”

~Mary Oliver (from “Starlings in Winter“)


(source unknown)
(source unknown)

“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” ~Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” ~Desmond Tutu

“No woman is required to build the world by destroying herself.” ~Rabbi Soter

“My feminism will be intersectional or it will be bullshit.” ~Flavia Dzodan (at Tiger Beatdown)


the feminists
Yes. This is a real book.

Lincoln quoteFor those of you who like this sort of thing, feel free to peruse my pinned collection of favorite, (mostly) anonymous thoughts from the interwebs.

Caveat emptor, as always.

Got any favorite quotations (real or imagined) of your own you’d care to share?

Please leave in comments section below! 

9 thoughts on “Alice Likes Words

  1. I ain’t lazy…I am sedentary, which is classy lazy! – Grafield

    a wound is where light enters- Rumi

    I know what I think. I don’t know how to answer..because words in my head are like voices under water- Jeantte Winterson

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  2. ‘And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.’ Anais Nin
    It’s the ‘about’ on my blog.

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      1. The little avatar picture next to your name, you mean? That one’s on me, I’m afraid! 🙂 I set WordPress to generate cartoon figures for any commentor who doesn’t have a portrait photo already set.

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    1. Oh, I like this one!! Thank you!

      Too often, this sort of idea gets expressed as "I changed when I got tired of my own b.s." (I came across just those words yesterday, in fact), but Nin has it so much more right. Understanding self-change as something related to trust, risk, pain, and hope is far more accurate — as well as more loving, as well as less cruel — that seeing it as only a result of self-hating annoyance.


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