Augusten Burroughs quote

"Think of the actual physical elements that compose our bodies: we are 98 percent hydrogen and oxygen and carbon. That's table sugar. You are made of the same stuff as table sugar. Just a couple of tiny differences here and there and look what happened to the sugar: it can stand upright and send tweets."

Augusten Burroughs

Born: October 23, 1965

Occupation: Writer

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My attraction had been immediate and profound. And it had nothing to do with the way he looked. My attraction was to what resided between his lines.

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Acceptance, when it comes, arrives in waves: Listen with your chest. You will feel a pendulum swing within you, favoring one direction or another. And that is your answer. The answer is always inside your...

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And I began to let him go. Hour by hour. Days into months. It was a physical sensation, like letting out the string of a kite. Except that the string was coming from my center.

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My mistake was in underestimating the emotional force of a song you have already hear a thousand times.

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I loved most when his eyelashes twitched and he blinked, and suddenly happiness was there inside his eyes. Unmistakable. Like a single word printed on a clean white page.

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I remember, no matter how impossible it seemed that any given day would end, it always did. This one would, too.

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Red hair is great. It's rare, and therefore superior.

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While I liked hamsters, too, the Habitrail cage was expensive. Even I could see that the interconnecting boxes, tubes, and spheres could easily bankrupt a family and lead to addiction later in life. Because,...

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Not crazy in a 'let's paint the kitchen bright red!' sort of way. But crazy in a 'gas oven, toothpaste sandwich, I am God' sort of way. Gone were the days when she would stand on the deck lighting lemon-scented...

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I gazed around the room and my eyes stopped dead on a little boy standing in the corner. This was a particularly eerie doll. Life-sized and blond-haired and blue-eyed. I saw a little Nazi boy, pockets...

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And human instinct is ancient and reliable, utterly mysterious and possibly capable of great genius. I believe that refined, fluent instincts are a person's most valuable asset. My own instincts have repeatedly...

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I knew that he was as reliable as a mathematical formula.

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My window fogs and this makes me feel like there is no world outside of the car.

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No matter how huge your loss, as long as you remain engaged with your life, the best days of your life may still be ahead of you. Don't misunderstand me: the pain of your loss will remain with you for...

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I can't tell you how much I love Target and Costco, that kind of culture, because it's something I never felt a part of. I've always felt like a tourist because I have never fit in anywhere.

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I'm like the guy who prepares your taxes or a dentist. I'm very conservative and boring in a lot of ways.

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When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all.

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Imperfections are attractive when their owners are happy with them.

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What nobody understood then is this: The only way that you achieve what you want and fulfill your dreams and become great is by demanding that sort of attention. You have to make it happen.

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But she did love him. I believe it. I know exactly how that is. To love somebody who doesn't deserve it. Because they are all you have. Because any attention is better than no attention.

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The problem with not having anybody to tell you what to do, I understood, is that there was nobody to tell you what not to do.

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If I were a serial killer, I would not be the kind that stabs and then eats the victim. I would be the kind that hides in a tree and shoots at the aerobics class.

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Dennis looked at the puppy in the window. We both did. It was the oddest thing. Normally, puppies in pet store windows sleep or pee or roll around on top of other dogs. This one ignored us its window-mates...

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I like, though, that people have a hunger to connect with other people. They're desperate to know that you're not lying to them or misleading them.

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What I really want is to sit next to someone on an L.L. bean blanket on the beach in the fall and drink coffee from the same mug. I don't want some rusty '73 Ford Pinto with a factory-defective gas tank...

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Maybe it was a Patty Hearst thing. Stockholm syndrome or whatever it's called when you're being held against your will but then you become sucked in and fall in love. Or if not exactly love, you fall into...

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Other people sound flat to my ear; their words just hang in the air. But when my mother says something, the ends curl.

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My instinct was always have your gun in your hand. Especially when you are telling somebody to do something. But, in fact, the police academy discourages this. They feel your gun should rarely, if ever,...

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Just as I had long suspected, a person didn't really need math for anything anyway. Maybe some people did. Some limited people.

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So that's what I'm here to become. And suddenly, this word fills me with a brand of sadness I haven't felt since childhood. The kind of sadness you feel at the end of summer. When the fireflies are gone,...

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your mind is like an unsafe neighborhood; don't go there alone.

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He continues to smile expectantly. I take a step back. I don't want to catch whatever he has. He is a disturbing out-of-uniform Santa.

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I just look at her and she creeps me out. She looks like she would eat a baby. Not that she's fat. She just looks hungry in some dangerous way that can't be explained. She's always so nice and friendly....

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The reason I know what we are to each other is because we fight freely and almost constantly, about even the smallest thing. In fact, once we didn't speak for an entire week because he didn't like the...

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I was like a packet of powdered Sea Monkeys and they were like water.

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To me, these people were as exotic as animals in a zoo. I'd never seen anything like them. I wasn't sure whether I wanted to be one of them or simply live among them taking notes and photographs.

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In the same way that a tornado rips the roof off a double-wide trailer, leaving the occupants dazed and staring at the clouds from the splinters of what used to be their living room, it was over.

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And of course, the answer came to me in the same way Jesus comes to those who drink in trailers: as an epiphany.

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As a young child I had Santa and Jesus all mixed up. I could identify Coke or Pepsi with just one sip, but I could not tell you for sure why they strapped Santa to a cross. Had he missed a house? Had a...

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And in my mind, this settles the issue. I would never drink cologne, and am therefore not an alcoholic.

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Nothing made sense to me anymore. I knew I was young, I knew I was small. But I was worried that I might already be ruined.

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I really look at my childhood as being one giant rusty tuna can that I continue to recycle in many different shapes.

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I hate news and information and anything that threatens to puncture the bubble of oblivion in which I live.

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It was like living in a new house. I saw the undersides of tables, walked through the tangle of chair legs. It would be good to be a dog, I thought. You would feel safe surrounded by all of these leggy...

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God, I felt certain, did not mind that I didn’t press my hands together to pray. I was casual, but I was sincere. I knew that God existed as the Correct Answer inside my chest.

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I came to think that maybe God was what you believed in because you needed to feel you weren’t alone. Maybe God was simply that part of yourself that was always there and always strong, even when you...

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I was on the cover of a lot of newspapers. I was on the cover of USA Today for every single day for a month. I was on the masthead, so I tend to get recognized a lot, and in weird places. It's always flattering,...

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...handsome people are always interesting to watch. But a handsome person in crisis is riveting.

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It’s a wonder I’m even alive. Sometimes I think that. I think that I can’t believe I haven’t killed myself. But there’s something in me that just keeps going on. I think it has something to do...

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Like every child, I adored her. Until I formed a brain and got to know her.

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You deserve to need me, not to have me.

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What police officer would dare ticket Death's minivan?

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The most I would do was use the shadow tool in Photoshop to bring out the muscular rips in my stomach, which were honestly there. Beneath the fat.

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Everybody in recovery smokes. If you don't like smoking, don't even bother trying to get sober. Just stay drunk.

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I realized I could really become hooked on these happy pills. They gave me a glorious feeling of general well-being and didn't make me fat, like alcohol. I wondered if there was any harm in being addicted...

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There's not enough of me left over.

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Freshly brainwashed from rehab, I carry the bottle into the bathroom. I hold it up to the light. See the pretty bottle? Isn't it beautiful? Yes, it's beautiful. I unscrew the cap and pour it into the toilet....

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Reading takes solitude and it takes focus.

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There's never a false note in a Berg novel.

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When people meet me, many times they're very surprised because they expect someone who is kind of wacky with seven piercings and very hip and cool and New York City, and I'm not.

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Marriage is overdone. As long as there are people, people are going to find it interesting.

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Applause is a constant thing in AA. It's how we buy drinks for each other.

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Some damage is too severe, some harm endures. And what you have to do is accept it. And by accept it I mean, don’t be the paralyzed person in the bed who is waiting to walk again. Realize, it’s never...

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As a writer, you can't allow yourself the luxury of being discouraged and giving up when you are rejected, either by agents or publishers. You absolutely must plow forward.

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I think I love him, but I also think that you can love people who aren't good for you.

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Part of me believes that love is more valuable when you have to work for it.

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His laugh is made if porch swings and lemonade

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We haven't slept together. But we've napped

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I once read about a guy who lost his arms in a fire. The nurse took pity on him and gave him a hand job. I don't even get that.

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I was struck with a bolt of distilled horror like I have never known before. Far worse than suddenly finding yourself walking through a prison cafeteria wearing Daisy Duke shorts and a Jane Fonda headband.

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Thanksgiving was nothing more than a pilgrim-created obstacle in the way of Christmas; a dead bird in the street that forced a brief detour.

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My only ritual is to just sit down and write, write every day.

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Nobody's trying to kill you, Deirdre. You're killing yourself.

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You cannot be a prisoner of your past against your will. Because you can only live in the past inside your mind.

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The past does not haunt us. We haunt the past. We allow our minds to focus in that direction. We open memories and examine them. We reexperience emotions we felt during the painful events we experienced...

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You need to grab your dream out of the sky like it's a kite and pinch the string through your fingers until you reach the spool.

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Love is a helium-based emotion; Love always takes the high road.

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I don't believe in the concept of a soul mate. Because we are all unique, but we're also simply too similar.

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Are you one of those people who says on a first date, 'I'm really not in a hurry to meet somebody, I figure if it happens, it happens'? Because those are the most desperate people of all. I'm just saying...

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The truth is humbling, terrifying, and often exhilarating. It blows the doors off the hinges and fills the world with fresh air.

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The truth is that nobody is owed an apology for anything. Apologies are lovely when they happen. But they change nothing. They do not reverse actions or correct damage. They are merely nice to hear.

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It was a salad bar of phobias

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Self-pity is the bestiality of emotions: it absolutely disgusts people. When you're feeling pity for yourself, and somebody says to you 'You think maybe it's time for the pity party to be over? You should...

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The most mortifying fact of my life is something that happened when I was fourteen and I have never admitted to anyone: not to friends nor therapists; not even in rehab when we were detailing our own personal...

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After I got my coffee, I leaned against a stop sign and sipped, pretending it was a normal day and I was only up this early so that I could go running and not because I'd just been on a killing spree.

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It was unnerving, the way she could go from cool efficiency to sarcastic to sweet within the space of thirty seconds. I found it very manipulative and controlling. It put the other person constantly on-guard....

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But even with my minimal amount of fame, there are certain perks. Recently, I was at a movie premier, and at the party after the movie, Meryl Streep was loose, walking around the room like a normal person....

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The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It's not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and...

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Truthfulness itself is almost medication, even when it’s served without advice or insight.

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Real optimism is not the pep talk you give yourself. It is earned through the labor involved in emotional housekeeping.

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Perfection is the satin-lined casket of creativity and originality. If you are a perfectionist, at least stop telling everybody you're one and try to get over it yourself, alone in your home with the lights...

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Do not wait for the healing to arrive. It will never come. The holes will never leave or be filled with anything at all. But holes are interesting things.

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Even when we lose an arm or a leg, there's not less of us but more. Human experience weighs more than human tissue.

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I was learning that if I lived slightly in the future-what will happen next-I didn't have to feel so much about what was going on in the present.

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Our lives are one endless stretch of misery punctuated by processed fast foods and the occasional crisis or amusing curiosity.

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If you find you require willpower, you aren't ready to lose weight.

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Long marriages have ended in ruin over tiny and insignificant grievances that were never properly aired and instead grew into a brittle barnacle of hatred.

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You manufacture beauty with your mind

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I love you," she said, and I knew she meant it because she spoke the words from the heart at the center of her chest. This, at least, had not been left behind at the hospital.

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Smoking had become my favorite thing in the world to do. It was like having instant comfort, no matter where or when.

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It turned out I had always been a smoker. I just hadn't had any cigarettes.

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No matter your spiritual beliefs, if you hold any, the answer is the same: sometimes, why is not knowable. If you open the refrigerator door and a tub of Kozy Shack tapioca pudding tumbles out and splats...

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The line between normal and crazy seemed impossibly thin. A person would have to be an expert tightrope walker in order not to fall.

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The past doesn't haunt us, we haunt the past.

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My brother was born without taste or the desire to be professionally lit.

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Bad news should be followed with soup. Then a nap.

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I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.

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Sometimes when you work in advertising you'll get a product that's really garbage and you have to make it seem fantastic, something that is essential to the continued quality of life.

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When I ate vanilla frosting straight from the can, I could feel God standing right nest to me like a real best friend, watching, and smiling, and wishing he had a mouth.

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My mother began to go crazy. Not in a 'Let's paint the kitchen red!' sort of way. But crazy in a 'gas oven, toothpaste sandwhich, I am God' sort of way.

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This is what you should know about losing someone you love. They do not travel alone. You go with them.

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Stars should not be seen alone. That's why there are so many. Two people should stand together and look at them. One person alone will surely miss the good ones.

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You are allowed to be alive. You are allowed to be somebody different. You are allowed to not say goodbye to anybody or explain a single thing to anyone, ever.

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All children should be loved, protected, nurtured --emotionally and intellectually-- respected, and never, under any circumstances, underestimated.

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We were young. We were bored. And the old electroshock therapy machine was just under the stairs in a box next to the Hoover.

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and she's a nurse. do you know how hard nursing school is? it's like medical school. so she's obviously smart.

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In the opening to the Mary Tyler Moore Show Mary's in the supermarket, hurrying through the aisles. She pauses at the meat case, picks up a steak and checks the price. Then rolls her eyes, shrugs and tosses...

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He's a really nice guy, if only I weren't me.

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Like cubic zirconia, I only look real. I'm an imposter. The fact is, I am not like other people.

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You have an incredible body." He reaches out to touch my stomach. I feel no pleasure in his compliment or his touch, only impatience. This is the only feeling. I feel like the paper on which my mood chart...

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Maybe you feel pressure to be positive because so many people rely on your good, fake-positive energy? If that's the case, screw everybody else. You're not a bottle of Valium.

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Because here is the truth: If you want to have a chance at meeting somebody with whom you are genuinely compatible, never put your best foot forward.

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Any damage that's been done, you have to fix yourself because it needs fixing and there is nobody else to do the work. Blame may well be justified, but it's not going to move you forward in your life.

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So we can be filled with holes and loss and wide expanses of unhealed geography - and we can also be excited by life and in love and content at the exact same moment.

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If you hate your life, you haven't' seen enough of it. If you hate your life, it's because your life is too small and doesn't' fit you.

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All of us are richer and more fascinating and more complex than we can ever know.

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The most valuable moments and experiences that life has to offer are found only along its most treacherous paths.

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I saw a monkey walking on a leash and thought it was an ugly foreign child.

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I did not consider him to be any kind of a genius. I considered him deeply lacking in the area that mattered most in life. Star quality.

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He was raised without a proper diagnosis.

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I felt deeply tricked. Stunned. And furious. I also felt my default emotion: numbness.

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Confidence is a reduction of your own interest in whether others are thinking about you and if so, what they're thinking.

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For exactly the same reason, it is sometimes satisfying to cut yourself and bleed. On those gray [sic] days where eight in the morning looks no different from noon and nothing has happened and nothing...

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Fact: upon locking yourself our of your apartment you will immediately need to use the bathroom. Fact: and then you will stand in place and watch your door. You will just stare. As though rebuffed by it....

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Should I just sit down, right here at carousel seven, and shake until somebody's arms are around me and they're saying, 'It's okay, I'm here, I'm here, come with me to the institute.

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I couldn't help but think, This car is taking me to a mental hospital and my mother is treating it like open-mic night at a Greenwich Village café.

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I missed him so much that I had physical sensations of loss, all over my body. Like one minute I was missing an arm, the next my spleen. It was making me feel sick, like throwing up.

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There is no shame in being hungry for another person. There is no shame in wanting very much to share your life with somebody.

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But I can also write in crappy motel rooms, while standing in line, or sitting in the dentist's chair.

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Most everybody had made at least one bad, drunken decision in their lives. Called an ex at two in the morning. Or perhaps has a little too much to drink on a second date and wept inconsolably while revealing...

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I am prone to envy. It is one of my three default emotions, the others being greed and rage. I have also experienced compassion and generosity, but only fleetingly and usually while drunk, so I have little...

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Life would be fabric-softener, tuna-salad-on-white, PTA-meeting normal.

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Although I was able to maintain a pleasant expression, I was mentally throwing up in her face.

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It terrified me to consider: What if, as a grown-up, I craved another body beside me as still as this one? What then?

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As a child, I was never drawn toward depraved or extreme situations; I really wanted a normal little childhood. Unfortunately, that's just not what happened.

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Even painfully shy and awkward people are not painfully shy or awkward when they are alone. The way to access this natural, comfortable alone-self when you are with others is by choosing to forbid yourself...

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Saying just the right thing after a considerable, awkward pause is far less effective than saying the wrong thing with perfect timing. I'm telling you.

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When you say, "I need more confidence," what you're really saying is, "I need those people over there to approve of me." That is the desire to control other people and what they think. The first person...

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If you believe suicide will bring you peace, or at the very least just an end to everything you hate- you are displaying self-caring behavior. You are still able to actively seek solutions to your problems....

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And I hope she does not live in a dark world. Because even the most terrible loss doesn't have to make you darker; it can make you deeper.

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I hate feelings. Why does sobriety have to come with feelings?

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I sit there and think how it isn't fair that I can't drink at all, even a little. I realize I have crammed an entire lifetime of moderate drinking into a decade of hard-core drinking and that is why. I...

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Decisions are beautiful. They are the evidence of thought and care. Decisions are the polishing cloths of life.

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Augusten Burroughs

but I am not here ironically; I am here sincerely.

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Augusten Burroughs

Time moves only forward, never back. We look forward to a moment and then it arrives and an instant later it is gone. Like something on the surface of a river that we reached for but did not touch in time...

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Augusten Burroughs

I told myself, 'All I want is a normal life'. But was that true? I wasn't so sure. Because there was a part of me that enjoyed hating school, and the drama of not going, the potential consequences whatever...

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Augusten Burroughs

My mother is from Cairo, Georgia. This makes everything she says sound like it went through a curling iron.

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Think of the actual physical elements that compose our bodies: we are 98 percent hydrogen and oxygen and carbon. That's table sugar. You are made of the same stuff as table sugar. Just a couple of tiny...

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Fritjof Capra

When carbon (C), Oxygen (o) and hydrogen (H) atoms bond in a certain way to form sugar, the resulting compound has a sweet taste. The sweetness resides neither in the C, nor in the O, nor in the H; it...

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Michael Pollan

But carbon 13 [the carbon from corn] doesn't lie, and researchers who have compared the isotopes in the flesh or hair of Americans to those in the same tissues of Mexicans report that it is now we in the...

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Harbhajan Singh Yogi

There are times when you cannot even control the sugar level in your body. Remember that when you put sugar in your metabolism, you are upsetting your metabolism in a very direct way. X amount of sugar...

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Rumi

Wisdom is like the rain. Its source is unlimited, but it comes down according to the season. Grocers put sugar in a bag, but their supply of sugar is not the amount in the bag. When you come to a grocer,...

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George Wald

Four elements, Hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen, also provide an example of the astonishing togetherness of our universe. They make up the "organic" molecules that constitute living organisms on a...

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Suzanne Collins

Want a sugar cube? [...] They're supposed to be for the horses, but who cares? They've got years to eat sugar, whereas you and I . . . well, if we see something sweet we better grab it quick. [...] You're...

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Sarah Wylie

Even now, it's still hard for him to say it. I don't blame him. It's an icky word. Why couldn't whoever was in charge of naming things call cancer 'sugar' and sugar, 'cancer'? People might not eat so much...

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Margery Allingham

When one kicks over a tea table and smashes everything but the sugar bowl, one may as well pick that up and drop it on the bricks, don't you think?

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Lucy Maud Montgomery

I can just imagine myself sitting down at the head of the table and pouring out the tea," said Anne, shutting her eyes ecstatically. "And asking Diana if she takes sugar! I know she doesn't but of course...

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Marilyn Monroe

Joe: You don't want me, Sugar. I'm a liar and a phony. A saxophone player. One of those no-goodniks you keep running away from. Sugar: I know, every time. Joe: Sugar, do yourself a favor. Go back to where...

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Thom Hartmann

Many people I've met believe that plants are made up of soil-that the tree outside your house, for example, is mostly made from the soil in which it grew. That's a common mistake. That tree is mostly made...

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Devon Monk

Shamus ordered half a cup of house brew. Then he proceeded to fill the cup up the rest of the way with milk and sugar. Lots of sugar. “Sure you got enough milk in your sugar?” I asked as we strolled...

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Sugar Ray Leonard

Someone once said there was a comparison between Sugar Ray Leonard and Sugar Ray Robinson. Believe me, there's no comparison. Sugar Ray Robinson was the greatest.

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Suzanne Collins

Want a sugar cube?" he asks in his old seductive voice. That's how we met, with Finnick offering me sugar. Surrounded by horses and chariots, costumed and painted for the crowds, before we were allies....

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Mark Hyman, M.D.

The facts are in, the science is beyond question. Sugar in all its forms is the root cause of our obesity epidemic and most of the chronic disease sucking the life out of our citizens and our economy -...

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Christopher McDougall

Nearly all runners do their slow runs too fast, and their fast runs too slow." Ken Mierke says. "So they're just training their bodies to burn sugar, which is the last thing a distance runner wants. You've...

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George Orwell

Lastly, tea--unless one is drinking it in the Russian style--should be drunk WITHOUT SUGAR. I know very well that I am in a minority here. But still, how can you call yourself a true tea-lover if you destroy...

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Patricia Briggs

Drink it,” I told her. “It’s good for what ails you. Caffeine and sugar. I don’t drink it, so I ran over to your house and stole the expensive stuff in your freezer. It shouldn’t be that bad....

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Sandra Boynton

Carob is a brown powder made from the pulverized fruit of a Mediterranean evergreen. Some consider carob an adequate substitute for chocolate because it has some similar nutrients (calcium, phosphorus),...

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Erin Morgenstern

The past stays on you the way powdered sugar stays on your fingers. Some people can get rid of it but it’s still there, the events and things that pushed you to where you are now.

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