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Gregory Maguire
By Anonym 19 Sep

Gregory Maguire

There were people everywhere but no one was mine, and I was no one's.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gregory Maguire

[Puggles] "What population signs on willingly for slavery?" "You mean other than wives?" [Glinda]

By Anonym 16 Sep

Gregory Maguire

In her time Nor Tigelaar had faced insurrectionists and collaborationists and war profiteers. She'd endured abduction and prison and self-mutilation. She'd sold herself in sex not for cash but for military information that might come in handy to the resistance, and in so doing she'd come across a rum variety of human types.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gregory Maguire

I mean, evil and boredom. Evil and ennui. Evil and the lack of stimulation. Evil and sluggish blood.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Gregory Maguire

Don't fasten on Dorothy. Only unanswerable longing lies down that road. Gone is gone.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gregory Maguire

Behold the male beast roaring in the jungle for his mate," said Elphaba. "See how the female beast giggles behind a shrub while she organizes her face to say, Pardon dear, did you say something?

By Anonym 16 Sep

Gregory Maguire

Galinda didn't see the verdant world through the glass of the carriage; she saw her own reflection instead. She had the nearsightedness of youth. She reasoned that because she was beautiful she was significant, though what she signified, and to whom, was not clear yet...She was, after all, on her way to Shiz because she was smart. But there was more than one way to be smart.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gregory Maguire

As the first hard drops of rain fell, the Witch caught sight, not of the girl's face, but of the shoes. Her sister's shoes. They sparkled even in the darkening afternoon. They sparkled like yellow diamonds, and embers of blood, and thorny stars.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gregory Maguire

When the dawn light is coursing through the slats in the shutters at last, making thin stripes on the floor, she, tossing, decides that for every human soul there must surely be a possible childhood worth living, but once it slips by, there isn’t any reclaiming it or revising it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gregory Maguire

It's the only condition I know. Bitter Love, Loneliness, contempt for corruption, blind hope. It's where I live. A permanent state of bereavement. This is nothing new.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gregory Maguire

Those times are over and gone, and good riddance to them, too. We were hopelessly high-spirited. Now we're the tick-waisted generation, dragging along our children behind us and carrying our parents on our backs. And we're in charge, while the figures who used to command our respect are wasting away.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gregory Maguire

The future reshapes the memory of the past in the way it recalibrates significance; some episodes are advanced, others lose purchase.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gregory Maguire

The more civilized we become, the more horrendous our entertainments.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Gregory Maguire

The wall read: ELPHIE LIVES OZMA LIVES THE WIZARD LIVES and then EVERYONE LIVES BUT US.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gregory Maguire

I'm not a writer because I want to make money. I'm a writer because I'm a very slow thinker, but I do care about thinking, and the only way I know how to think with any kind of finesse is by telling stories.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gregory Maguire

If you have an ancestor who is a Benedictine monk, we would rather not know it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gregory Maguire

...What is the use of beauty? i have lived my life surrounded by painters, and still I do not know the answer. But i suspect, some days, that beauty helps protect the spirit of mankind, swaddle it and succor it, so that we might survive. Beauty is no end in itself, but if it makes or lives less miserable so that we might be more kind-well, then, lets have beauty, painted on our porcelain, hanging on our walls, ringing through our stories.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Gregory Maguire

One never knows how the witch became wicked, or whether that was the right choice for her — is it ever the right choice? Does the devil ever struggle to be good again, or if so is he not a devil? It is the very least question of definitions.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Gregory Maguire

He set out once more, with a sense that his life would be rich in setting outs, and perhaps poorer in homecomings.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Gregory Maguire

Well, I learned to cook. At my age," she told him. "What's next? Art therapy? Anyway, I've had quite a time of it this summer, and who knows what eases down on any road. Come, Rain. A quick goodbye, and off you go." "Goodbye," said Rain to the Lion, and then to the woman. "Not to them," said Glinda, "To me." She turned eyes that were saucerly upon Glinda. "Mum?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gregory Maguire

A perfect word for my new life. Unbecoming. I who have always been unbecoming am becoming un.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Gregory Maguire

Hello, this is I, and these are my arms and legs, which are useful, and this inconvenient hump is my sorrow, which is less than useful, but I've learned how to hump it around, so pay it no mind.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gregory Maguire

It's been a long rocky life, with plenty of possibility but too much human ugliness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gregory Maguire

Okay let's get this over with, no I'm not seasick, yes I've always been green, No I didn't eat grass as a child.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gregory Maguire

Come what may and hell to pay.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Gregory Maguire

Not old enough to feel like an adult , really, but old enough to look like one, and to know the distinction between being carefree and careless.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Gregory Maguire

Don’t let me get sappy on you, but when you get right down to it, every collection of letters is a magic spell, even if it’s a moronic proclamation by the Emperor. Words have their impact, girl. Mind your manners. I may not know how to fly but I know how to read, and that’s almost the same thing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gregory Maguire

To look into the mirror is to see the future, in blood and rubies.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Gregory Maguire

One never learns how the witch becomes wicked or if it was the right choice for he — is it ever the right choice?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gregory Maguire

A notion of character, not so much discredited as simply forgotten, once held that people only came into themselves partway through their lives. They woke up, were they lucky enough to have consciousness, in the act of doing something they already knew how to do: feeding themselves with currants. Walking the dog. Knotting up a broken bootlace. Singing antiphonally in the choir. Suddenly: This is I, I am the girl singing this alto line off-key, I am the boy loping after the dog, and I can see myself doing it as, presumably, the dog cannot see itself. How peculiar! I lift on my toes at the end of the dock, to dive into the lake because I am hot, and while isolated like a specimen in the glassy slide of summer, the notions of hot and lake and I converge into a consciousness of consciousness–in an instant, in between launch and landing, even before I cannonball into the lake, shattering both my reflection and my old notion of myself.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Gregory Maguire

You always said I could see the present,” said Candle, when she could speak. “But I can see nothing about her—my own daughter.” Liir smoothed his hand over her silky flank. “Maybe that’s not so surprising. Maybe all parents are blindest to their own offspring.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gregory Maguire

How deeply bound by cords of family anger we all are[...]None of us breaks free.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gregory Maguire

I actually prefer female voices to listen to, mostly, but among the male singers whose voices I like are Jeff Buckley, Art Garfunkel, that sort of voice. Contemporary crooners rather than rockers.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Gregory Maguire

I like the sound of words, but I don't ever really expect my slow, slanted impression of the world to change by what I read.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gregory Maguire

Sorrow has a name, and its name is loneliness. Sorrow has a shape, and its shape is absence. Sorrow is a sickness like any other.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gregory Maguire

So she listened hard. And she began to evolve, because stories work their magic that way. They build conviction and erode conviction in equal measure.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gregory Maguire

And what new life can emerge from a book. Any book, maybe.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gregory Maguire

Speaking uses us up, speeds us up. Without prayer, that act of confession for merely existing, one might live forever and not know it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gregory Maguire

I hate New Year's Eve. One more chance to remember that you haven't yet done what you wanted. And to pretend it doesn't matter.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gregory Maguire

While I pride myself on trying to be creative in all areas of my life, I have occasionally gone overboard, like the time I decided to bring to a party a salad that I constructed, on a huge rattan platter, to look like a miniature scale model of the Gardens of Babylon.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gregory Maguire

Forget us, forget us all, it makes no difference now, but don't forget we loved it when we were alive.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gregory Maguire

Don't be disgusting. Don't dare me. I majored in disgusting at Gulag Community College. Lucrezia Borgia taught cooking, and Madame Defarge taught knitting. Emperor Nero taught violin and also led the cheerleading squad. I skipped all my classes and failed with distinction.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Gregory Maguire

The real thing about evil… you figure out one side of it - the human side, say - and the eternal side goes into shadow. Or vice versa. The real disaster of this inquiry is that it is the nature of evil to be secret.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gregory Maguire

I don't like work like that. I am the silent partner. I work through events, I live on the sidelines, I dabble in causes and effects, I watch how the misbegotten creatures of this world live their lives.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gregory Maguire

I am a forgettable leaf on a tree.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Gregory Maguire

It's the endlessly thinking about yourself that causes such heart shame.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gregory Maguire

As long as people are going to call you lunatic anyway, why not get the benefit of it? It liberates you from convention.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Gregory Maguire

I never write a book unless I can't help it. Something has to bother me, like a mosquito, until I have to do something to relieve the itch.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Gregory Maguire

Yes, freedom is magnificent. But freedom is hard work.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Gregory Maguire

We are loping sequences of chemical conversions, acting ourselves converted. We are twists of genes acting ourselves twisted; we are wicks of burning neuroses acting ourselves wicked. And nothing to be done about it. And nothing to be done about it.