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By Anonym 14 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Mom also hinted a couple of times that it was good I was going to college, since with one failed marriage behind me, I 'd have trouble landing a good husband and would need something to fall back on. "A package that's been opened once doesn't have the same appeal".

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Living there [Horse Mesa] was like living in a natural cathedral. Waking up every morning, you walked outside and looked down at the blue lake, then up at the sandstone cliffs--those awe-inspiring layers of red and yellow rock shaped over the millennia, with dozens of black-streaked crevices that temporarily became waterfalls after rainstorms.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jeannette Walls

What I do know is that wondering why you survived don't help you survive.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jeannette Walls

The fact is, you don't love me, and you haven't destroyed me. You don't have what it takes to do that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jeannette Walls

In this world, it's not enough to have a fine education. You need a piece of paper to prove you got it.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Everything in life had a purpose, and unless it achieved that purpose, it was just taking up space on the planet and wasting everybody's time.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Even more important than saving money is making it.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Jeannette Walls

You have a mighty high opinion of yourself, I told him. The fact is, you don't love me, and you haven't destroyed me. You don't have what it takes to do that

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jeannette Walls

They're so weird and so beautiful," she said. "Like you," I said. I meant it as a joke, but Liz nodded. She felt that she was sort of like an emu herself, she said. Maybe that was why she'd had flying dreams ever since she was a little girl -- at heart, she was an emu. She was sure the emus also dreamed of flying. It was another thing they had in common. Both she and the emus wanted to fly -- they just didn't have the wings they wanted.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Jeannette Walls

One day we heard on the radio that a woman in the suburbs had seen a mountain lion behind her house and had called the police, who shot the animal. Dad got so angry he put his fist through a wall. "That mountain lion had as much right to his life as that sour old biddy does to hers," he said. "You can't kill something just because it's wild.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Dad's death didn't hollow me out the way Helen's had. After all, everyone had assumed Dad was a goner back when he got kicked in the head as a child. Instead, he had cheated death and, despite his gimp and speech impediment, lived a long life doing pretty much what he wanted. He hadn't drawn the best of cards, but he'd played his hand darned well, so what was there to grieve over?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Mom told us we would have to go shoplifting. Isn't that a sin?" I asked Mom. Not exactly," Mom said. "God doesn't mind you bending the rules a little if you have a good reason. It's sort of like justifiable homicide. This is justifiable pilfering.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jeannette Walls

She never felt sorry for herself, and that was something I decided I admired most in people.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jeannette Walls

It's so much of what art and creativity are, being able to confront your own demons. If you can do that, you can get through just about everything.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jeannette Walls

We're stronger than we realize.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jeannette Walls

[Optimism] acts as a self-fulfilling prophecy.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jeannette Walls

She wore tight corsets to give her a teeny waist - I helped her lace them up - but they had the effect of causing her to faint. Mom called it the vapors and said it was a sign of her high breeding and delicate nature. I thought it was a sign that the corset made it hard to breathe.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jeannette Walls

I found out that people are incredibly compassionate and kind. It really changed my view of the world.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jeannette Walls

When I asked my mother, ‘how do I tell people about you’ her answer was ‘tell the truth’. But of course, the truth is never simple.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Submitting seemed to me a lot like giving up. If God gave us the strength to bail- the gumption to try and save ourselves- isn't that what he wanted us to do?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jeannette Walls

God deals us all different hands. How we play 'em is up to us.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Once you go on welfare it changes you. Even if you get off welfare, you never escape the stigma that you were a charity case. You're scarred for life.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jeannette Walls

What doesn't kill you will make you stronger

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Most important thing in life is learning how to fall.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Jeannette Walls

The dangerous falls were the ones that happened so fast you didn't have time to react

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jeannette Walls

We laughed about all the kids who believed in the Santa Claus myth and got nothing for Christmas but a bunch of cheap plastic toys. "Years from now, when all the junk they got is broken and long forgotten", Dad said, "you'll still have your stars.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jeannette Walls

I never had any question that my parents loved me. I had a real sense of self confidence.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jeannette Walls

I listen to music mostly in the evening. I've come to love what is called world music, like the Zimbabwean Oliver Mtukudzi and the Colombian singer Marta Gomez. I also love the Irish folk singer Mary Black. Other favorites include Chet Baker, Eva Cassidy, and Billie Holiday.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Since Mom wasn't exactly the most useful person in the world, one lesson I learned at an early age was how to get things done, and this was a source of both amazement and concern for Mom, who considered my behavior unladylike but also counted on me. "I never knew a girl to have such gumption," she'd say. "But I'm not too sure it's a good thing.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Jeannette Walls

People these days run to the hospital every time they skin their knees, we're becoming a nation of sissies

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jeannette Walls

When God closes a door, he opens a window, but it's up to you to find it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jeannette Walls

As awful as he could be, I always knew he loved me in a way no one else ever had.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jeannette Walls

I became known as Lily Casey, the mustang-breaking, poker-playing, horse-race-winning schoolmarm of Coconino County, and it wasn't half bad to be in place where no one had a problem with a woman having a moniker like that.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Memoir is about handing over you life to someone and saying, This is what I went through, this is who I am, and maybe you can learn something from it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jeannette Walls

When people kill themselves, they think they're ending the pain, but all they're doing is passing it on to those they leave behind.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Some people who've read my story think I had a terrible childhood and that I was neglected or even abused, while others feel that my parents, while certainly flawed, also had truly wonderful qualities. And that's the way it should be, because in real life two people can look at the same president and one will see a hero and the other a villain.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Jeannette Walls

You know you're down and out when Okies laugh at you,' she said. With our garbage bag taped window, our tied down hood, and art supplies strapped to the roof, we'd out-Okied the Okies.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jeannette Walls

When someone's wounded, the first order of business is to stop the bleeding. You can figure out later how best to help them heal.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jeannette Walls

As I sat down, though, I realized that you can get used to certain luxuries that you start to think they're necessities, but when you have to forgo them, you come to see that you don't need them after all. There was a big difference between needing things and wanting things--though a lot of people had trouble telling the two apart--and at the ranch, I could see, we have pretty much everything we'd need but precious little else.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Most times when folks ask for advice, they already know what they should do. They just want to hear it from someone else.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jeannette Walls

You have to find the redeeming quality and love the person for that.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Jeannette Walls

The sound of thunder awake me, and when I got up, my feet sank into muddy water up to my ankles. Mother took Buster and Helen to high ground to pray, but I stayed behind with Apache and Lupe. We barricaded the door with the rug and started bailing water out the window. Mother came back and begged us to go pray with her on the hilltop. "To heck with praying!" I shouted. "Bail, dammit, bail!" Mom look mortified. I could tell she thought I'd probably doomed us all with my blasphemy, and I was a little shocked at it myself, but with the water rising so fast, the situation was dire. We had lit the kerosene lamp, and we could see the walls of the dugout were beginning to sag inward. If Mom had pitched in and helped, there was a chance we might have been able to save the dugout - not a good chance, but a fighting chance. Apache and Lupe and I couldn't do it on our own, though, and when the ceiling started to cave, we grabbed Mom's walnut headboard and pulled it through the door just as the dugout collapsed in on itself, burying everything. Afterward, I was pretty aggravated with Mom. She kept saying that the flood was God's will and we had to submit to it. But I didn't see things that way. Submitting seemed to me a lot like giving up. If God gave us the strength to bail - the gumption to try to save ourselves - isn't that what he wanted us to do?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jeannette Walls

If you don't think you're hurt, then you aren't

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Don't be afraid of your dark places. If you can shine a light on them, you can find treasure in there.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Sometimes it didn't matter how much gumption you had. What mattered were the cards you'd been dealt.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Everything in life is gray, you know.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jeannette Walls

If you had weak eyes, they needed exercise to get strong. Glasses were like crutches. They prevented people with feeble eyes from seeing the world on their own.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jeannette Walls

The women I know with strong personalities, the ones who might have become generals or the heads of companies if they were men, become teachers. Teaching is a calling, too. And I've always thought that teachers in their way are holy-angles leading their flocks out of the darkness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jeannette Walls

My older sister achieved her dream of being an artist. She's an illustrator living in Manhattan.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jeannette Walls

Horses were never wrong. They always did what they did for a reason, and it was up to you to figure it out.