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By Anonym 15 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

The Viennese wash everything. Where else in the world does the government hire public servants to wash public telephone booths and the glass over traffic lights? Every time I see someone doing these things, I smile like a child.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

The first great real intimacy between two people begins when secrets are told.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

I feel like a cliche.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Everyone coming out of a perfume store is smelling the back of their hand.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

How easily we ignore or forget the small kindnesses and considerations in life which are really the only everyday magic we witness on a regular basis. Just think- to make happiness out of nothing more than a few kind words or a generous gesture.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Everything you want in life has teeth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

It took me less than half a lifetime to realize that regret is one of the few guaranteed certainties. Sooner or later everything is touched by it, despite our naive and senseless hope that just this time we will be spared its cold hand on our heart.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

If you are very lucky, you're allowed to be in certain places during just the right season of your life: by the sea for the summer when you're seven or eight and full of the absolute need to swim until dark and exhaustion close their hands together, cupping you in between.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Some people are like blue jeans- the older and more beat up they get, the better they look.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

In Poland, my audience is all women between 18 and 30. At U.S. conventions, you have the fantasy and science fiction crowd. At Harvard you have an entirely different audience. It's so schizophrenic.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Dogs are minor angels, and I don't mean that facetiously. They love unconditionally , forgive immediately, are the truest of friends, willing to do anything that makes us happy

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

At the end of their relationship she asked if they could still remain friends. His face stayed expressionless until he said "No. Because we put friends in boxes. You see them once in a while, or even a lot, but still they have their box in your life, their specific place. Their *category.* That's one of the great things about being someone's love-- you have no box in their life because you're part of all their boxes. You're their friend, their lover, their confidante-- all those things. I don't want to be put in one of your boxes and I don't want to shrink you to fit into one of mine.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

It's always fun to walk down the street with or behind a really beautiful woman, for no reason other than to see how the world reacts to them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Kids own nothing. Everything is either promised, borrowed, longed for or exaggerated.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

I write about what interests me. It's very dangerous when you try to satisfy an audience.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Although our emotions sometimes behave like spoiled, selfish children, unfortunately we cannot send them to their room or tell them to stop screaming.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Sometimes you have to give up on people. Not because you don't care, but because they don't.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Learn to wait; invariably either things will change or your heart will.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Animals are on earth to protect mankind. When you gather a bunch of them together like this, you create a safe haven. Nothing can touch you here.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Coffee on an airplane always smells bad. Whenever it is served, suddenly the whole cabin stinks of it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

There are people we meet in life who miss being important to us by inches, days, or heartbeats. Another place or time or a different emotional frame of mind and we would willingly fall into their arms; gladly take up their challenge or invitation. But as it is, we encounter them when we are discontent or content and they are not. Whatever they are, we are not and vice versa. Two trains going in different directions that pass for a few powerful moments at full speed, blasting noise and wind but then they are gone. Whatever serious chemistry might have been possible if, isn’t.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

The angel said, "I like black-and-white films more than color because they're more artificial. You have to work harder to overcome your disbelief. It's sort of like prayer.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Lying is too much trouble. You have to make sure to taste each word before letting it off your tongue. I hate that. It's hard enough making people understand without lying.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

One of the saddest realities is that we never know when our lives are at their peak. Only after it is over and we have some kind of perspective do we realize how good we had it a day, a month, five years ago.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Old people are often impatient, but for what?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Most men, no matter how well or badly dressed, carry overstuffed, beat up wallets that should have been replaced years ago. Why is that? Every time I see a guy take out a wallet anywhere, it looks like a piece of old melted chocolate cake-with strings.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Patience never wants Wonder to enter the house: because Wonder is a wretched guest. It uses all of you but is not careful with what is most fragile or irreplaceable. If it breaks you, it shrugs and moves on. Without asking, Wonder often brings along dubious friends: doubt, jealousy, greed. Together they take over; rearrange the furniture in every one of your rooms for their own comfort. They speak odd languages but make no attempt to translate for you. They cook strange meals in your heart that leave odd tastes and smells. When they finally go are you happy or miserable? Patience is always left holding the broom.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

People who truly love us can be divided into two categories: those who understand us, and those who forgive us our worst sins. Rarely do you find someone capable of both.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Dogs are here to remind us life really is a simple thing. You eat, sleep, take walks, and pee when you must. That's about all there is. They are quick to forgive trespasses and assume strangers will be kind.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Part of life is a quest to find that one essential person who will understand our story. But we choose wrongly so often. Over the ensuing years that person we thought understood us best ends up regarding us with pity, indifference, or active dislike. Those who truly care can be divided into two categories: those who understand us, and those who forgive our worst sins. Rarely do we find someone capable of both.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

The problem with waiting for someone, whether that wait is an hour or a lifetime, is everyone's 'clock' is different. So what you might consider forever is only a little while to them, or vice versa.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

I find you write with one person in mind. Usually for me that one person is my wife, because she's my most severe critic and understands best what I'm trying to do.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

No one has ever been able to successfully map the coast of sorrow. It is not because of the jagged reefs, the treacherous fogs and shoals. Or because it's prone to ferocious storms and deadly tides that can eat a ship as easily as it can a man in the water. No one has ever been able to map the coast of sorrow because so much of it is invisible.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Salzburg... is a mountain town with a rushing river running right through the center, everything in the rain various shades of green and brown.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

When I was in college, I was the editor of the literary magazine and insisted neither the editors nor the writers be specifically identified-only our student numbers appeared on the title page. I love that idea and still do.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Fear pounds on the door to our heart demanding to be let in. Joy is modest and often comes into our lives like a shy person entering a room; it can take a while to even notice it's there.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Writing a short story is like having a short intense affair, whereas writing a novel is like a long rich marriage.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Sometimes it is the smallest thing that saves us: the weather growing cold, a child's smile, and a cup of excellent coffee.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Very often I'll find out at the end of a book what I put in at the beginning. A sort of process of elimination and discovery in one.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Why do people always gesture with their hands when they talk on the phone?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Most men think they are good drivers. Most women think they are good in bed. They aren't.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

I read less of everything now. With only fond memories of others' work, it will be interesting to give my own journal writing a try now.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Death doesn't make you sad- it makes you empty. That's what's so bad about it. All of your charms and beliefs and funny habits fall fast through a big black hole, and suddenly you know they're gone because just as suddenly, there's nothing left at all inside.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

If you are a success in life, there are places you must go and pay to be humiliated. It is an unwritten law that human beings must be tormented throughout their lives in one way or another. If you are fortunate enough to have risen to a social level where no one does it to you for free, then you must pay for the service.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

People are always waiting to be discovered.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

There's almost always a point in a book where something happens that triggers the rest of the plot.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

If I don't feel like writing today or for a few days, I don't. And I don't think about it. It is not an obligation-it is the greatest privilege.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Its easy to lose sight of what you want when you think you want everything.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Just write about what bites you and damn the rest.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Jonathan Carroll

Sometimes happiness is like the sound of a plane overhead. You look up to see it but the plane's not there. No matter where you look you can't find it on the sky, although the sound is still there and growing louder. You get a little frantic searching. At the same time you're thinking, this is stupid. But you keep looking and if you do finally see it, you feel absolved. Most of my life I'd been looking for happiness in the wrong parts of the sky.