Mary Russell

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Mary Russell

The Jewish sages also tell us that God dances when His children defeat Him in argument, when they stand on their feet and use their minds. So questions like Anne's are worth asking. To ask them is a very fine kind of human behavior. If we keep demanding that God yield up His answers, perhaps some day we will understand them. And then we will be something more than clever apes, and we shall dance with God.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Rain falls on everyone, lightning strikes some. What cannot be changed is best forgotten. God made the world, and He saw that it was good. Not fair. Not happy. Not perfect. Good.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You know what's the most terrifying thing about admitting that you're in love? You're just naked. You put yourself in harm's way and you lay down all your defences. No clothes, no weapons. Nowhere to hide, completely vulnerable. The only thing that makes it tolerable is to believe the other person loves you back and you can trust him not to hurt you.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The trouble with illusions is that you aren't aware you have any until they are taken away from you.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
...I begin with songs. They provide a sort of skeleton grammar for me to flesh out. Songs of longing for future tense, songs of regret for past tense, and songs of love for present tense.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Shall I tell you why young men love war? . . . In peace, there are a hundred questions with a thousand answers! In war, there is only one question with one right answer. . . . Going to war makes you a man. It is emotionally exciting and morally restful.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When the preponderance of human beings choose to act with justice and generosity and kindness, then learning and love and decency prevail. When the preponderance of human beings choose power, greed, and indifference to suffering, the world is filled with war, poverty, and cruelty.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Feelings are facts. Look straight at 'em and deal with 'em. Work it through, as honestly as you can. If God is anything like a middle-class white chick from the suburbs, which I admit is a long shot, it's what you do about what you feel that matters.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I had a doctorate in biological anthropology. I got a post-doc at CWRU dental school in 1983 teaching gross anatomy.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Like so many Boomers, I saw Lawrence of Arabia in 1962 when it was first released and when we were young teenagers. Im not quite sure why - I really wish some psychologist would explain this - but that movie had a tremendous effect on many of us.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Cleveland is really good about recognizing its artists because of the Arts Council.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In my worldview, there are filers, and there are pilers. Filers think alphabetically. Pilers think geologically.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Instead of taking a year off, I started Dreamers of the Day exactly 36 hours after I sent the manuscript for A Thread of Grace to the publisher!More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Each generation of adolescents has at least two historical events that color its responses to whatever happens next.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The characters Im most emotionally involved with are like friends you leave behind when you move away. You dont see them regularly anymore, but you still love them and keep in touch.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Sandoz turned and accepted the book, looking at the spine. "Aeschylus?"
Wordlessly, Guiuliani pointed out the passage, and Emilio studied it a while, slowly translating the Greek in his mind. Finally, he said, " ' In our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, againstour will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.' "More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Interviewer: Have you ever considered writing nonfiction? Mary Doria Russell: Oh, honey, I did! Let's see...There was "A Reconsideration of the Evidence for Cannibalism at the Krapina Neandertal Site." That was a big hit. And who could ever forget "Cutmarks on the Engis II Calvarium"? Then there was "Browridge Development as a Function of Bending Stress in the Supraorbital Region." I got tons of reprint requests for that one. Trust me fiction is better.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I believe in God the way I believe in quarks. People whose business it is to know about quantum physics or religion tell me they have good reason to believe that quarks and God exist. And they tell me that if I wanted to devote my life to learning what they've learned, I'd find quarks and God just like they did.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The sparrow still falls.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The sign of a good decision is the multiplicity of reasons for it.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
God's got a lot of explaining to do. Of course, God never explains. When life breaks your heart, you're just supposed to pick up the pieces and start all over, I guess.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Faced with the Divine, people took refuge in the banal, as though answering a cosmic multiple-choice question: If you saw a burning bush, would you (a) call 911, (b) get the hot dogs, or (c) recognize God? A vanishingly small number of people would recognize God, Anne had decided years before, and most of them had simply missed a dose of Thorazine.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I do what I do without hope of reward or fear of punishment. I do not require Heaven or Hell to bribe or scare me into acting decently.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Tradition was safety; change was danger.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When it comes down to it, I don't have much in the way of advice to offer you, but here it is: Read to children. Vote. And never buy anything from a man who's selling fear.More Mary Russell [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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