Judith Guest quote

"And if you ever do a survey, you'll find that people prefer illusion to reality, ten to one. Twenty, even."

Judith Guest

Born: March 29, 1936

Occupation: Novelist

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Two separate, distinct personalities, not separate at all, but inextricably bound, soul and body and mind, to each other, how did we get so far apart so fast?

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Judith Guest

I notice when I'm on these trips, I read like mad. It's the only thing that seems to center me, bring me back to remembering who I am. Or forgetting who I am!

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Judith Guest

People that keep stiff upper lips find that it's hard to smile.

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Judith Guest

Ours was not a political household, when I was growing up.

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Judith Guest

Some people with awful cards can be successful because of how they deal with the tragedies they're handed, and that seems courageous to me.

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Riding the train gives him too much time to think, he has decided. Too much thinking can ruin you.

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Judith Guest

Geez, if I could get through to you, kiddo, that depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling. Reduction, see? Of all feeling. People who keep stiff...

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Judith Guest

Sometimes you are being interviewed by someone and you think, if I knew this person they'd be my best friend. Other times you're being interviewed by a complete jerk.

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Judith Guest

Make notes—I’ve lost more material than I’ve ever written. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not still up there in one’s brain. It’s in outer space and it ain’t coming back.

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Judith Guest

Haven't lost your sense of humor after all but your sense of identity is what seems to have been misplaced. No. Wrong. You don't lose what you never had.

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Judith Guest

I can write for a long time on one novel and not get tired.

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Judith Guest

I think living the blessed life is the luck of the draw.

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Judith Guest

I am also working on a couple of short stories for anthologies. This is new to me and Im enjoying it.

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Judith Guest

With my friends, I don't feel pressure to be someone other than who I am.

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Judith Guest

The small seed of despair cracks open and sends experimental tendrils upward to the fragile skin of calm holding him together.

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Judith Guest

Depression is not sobbing and crying and giving vent, it is plain and simple reduction of feeling.

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Judith Guest

. . . crazy world or maybe it's just the view we have of it, looking through a crack in the door, never being able to see the whole room, the whole picture.

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Judith Guest

And if you ever do a survey, you'll find that people prefer illusion to reality, ten to one. Twenty, even.

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Judith Guest

For me being depressed means you can spend all day in bed, and still not get a good night's rest.

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Judith Guest

Feeling is not selective, I keep telling you that. You can’t feel pain, you aren’t gonna feel anything else, either.

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Judith Guest

To have a reason to get up in the morning, it is necessary to have some kind of guiding principle. A belief of some kind

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Judith Guest

Depending on the reality one must face, one may prefer to opt for illusion.

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Life is not a series of pathetic, meaningles actions. Some of them are so far from pathetic, so far from meaningless as to be beyond reason, maybe beyond forgiveness.

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Depending on the reality one must face, one may prefer to opt for illusion.

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But honestly, if you do a rigorous survey of my work, I'll bet you'll find that biology is a theme far more often than physical science.

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According to a Public Policy Polling survey, most Americans find lice and colonoscopies more appealing than Capitol Hill.

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The conspiracy community regularly seizes on one slip of the tongue, misunderstanding, or slight discrepancy to defeat twenty pieces of solid evidence; accepts one witness of theirs, even if he or she...

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The name of the game is to talk to people. If you don't talk to people, you can't get started...You knock on twenty doors or so, and twenty guys tell you to go to hell, or that they haven't got time. But...

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David Levithan

This is what you do now to give your day topography--scan the boxes, read the news, see the chain of your friends reporting about themselves, take the 140-character expository bursts and sift through for...

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Corbin Bleu

Everyone is different, but I'm not standoffish at all. I'm not one of those people who prefer to write a note. I'll walk right up to you and ask you out! Even if the answer's no, I'm totally cool with...

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Ramana Maharshi

What is illusion? M.: To whom is the illusion? Find it out. Then illusion will vanish. Generally people want to know about illusion and do not examine to whom it is. It is foolish. Illusion is outside...

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Peter L. Berger

It has been true in Western societies and it seems to be true elsewhere that you do not find democratic systems apart from capitalism, or apart from a market economy, if you prefer that term

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Joan Didion

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