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Shirley Jackson
By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirley Jackson

Anything which begins new and fresh will finally become old and silly. The educational institution is certainly no exception to this, although training the young is by implication an art for old people exclusively, and novelty in education is allied to mutiny. Moreover, the mere process of learning is allied to mutiny. Moreover, the mere process of learning is so excruciating and so bewildering that no conceivable phraseology or combination of philosophies can make it practical as a method of marking time during what might be called the formative years.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Shirley Jackson

He was scrupulous about the use of his title because, his investigations being so utterly unscientific, he hoped to borrow an air of respectability, even scholarly authority, from his education.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Shirley Jackson

He seemed about to go on in this strain, which was a favorite of his, but then recollected himself, and said wryly, "I reveal myself more with every word. I am honest, Natalie, and sometimes ashamed of it." "I always am, when I'm honest," Natalie said. "Are you?" he asked with interest. "Do you know when you're being honest?" "Usually," Natalie said. "If I'm surprised at myself for saying it thinking it, it's honest.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirley Jackson

It has long been my belief that in times of great stress, such as a 4-day vacation, the thin veneer of family wears off almost at once, and we are revealed in our true personalities.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Shirley Jackson

…Silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Shirley Jackson

Not one of us, even after last night, can say the word "ghost" without a little involuntary smile. No, the menace of the supernatural is that it attacks where modern minds are weakest, where we have abandoned our protective armor of superstition and have no substitute defense.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Shirley Jackson

I am living on the moon, I told myself, I have little house all by myself on the moon.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Shirley Jackson

No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, buy some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks meet neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirley Jackson

No, the menace of the supernatural is that it attacks where modern minds are weakest, where we have abandoned our protective armor of superstition and have no substitute defense.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirley Jackson

Don't do it, Eleanor told the little girl; insist on your cup of stars; once they have trapped you into being like everyone else you will never see your cup of stars again; don't do it; and the little girl glanced at her, and smiled a little subtle, dimpling, wholly comprehending smile, and shook her head stubbornly at the glass. Brave girl, Eleanor thought; wise, brave girl.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Shirley Jackson

I'm going to put death in all their food and watch them die.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirley Jackson

It might be suggested, and not easily disproven that anything, no matter how exotic, can be believed by someone. On the other hand, abstract belief is largely impossible; it is the concrete, the actuality of the cup, the candle, the sacrificial stone, which hardens belief; the statue is nothing until it cries, the philosophy is nothing until the philosopher is martyred.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Shirley Jackson

Materializations are often best produced in rooms where there are books. I cannot think of any time when materialization was in any way hampered by the presence of books.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Shirley Jackson

Eleanor found herself unexpectedly admiring her own feet. Theodora dreamed over the fire beyond the tips of her toes, and Eleanor thought with deep satisfaction that her feet were handsome in their red sandals; what a complete and separate thing I am, she thought, going from my red toes to the top of my head, individually an I, possessed of attributes belonging only to me. I have red shoes, she thought-that goes with being Eleanor; I dislike lobster and sleep on my left side and crack my knuckles when I am nervous and save buttons. I am holding a brandy glass which is mine because I am here and I am using it and I have a place in this room. I have red shoes and tomorrow I will wake up and I will still be here. 'I have red shoes,' she said very softly, and Theodora turned and smiled up at her.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Shirley Jackson

My grandfather was an architect, and his father, and his father; one of them built houses only for millionaires in California, and that was where the family wealth came from, and one of them was certain that houses could be made to stand on the sand dunes of San Francisco, and that was where the family wealth went.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Shirley Jackson

Hill House, not sane, stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Shirley Jackson

Tod Donald rarely did anything voluntarily, or with planning, or even with intent acknowledged to himself; he found himself doing one thing, and then he found himself doing another, and that, as he saw it, was the way one lived along, never deciding, never helping.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirley Jackson

[L]et my reader who is puzzled by my awkward explanations close his eyes for no more than two minutes, and see if he does not find himself suddenly not a compact human being at all, but only a consciousness on a sea of sound and touch . . .

By Anonym 16 Sep

Shirley Jackson

It’s not nice to think of children growing up like mushrooms, in the dark.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Shirley Jackson

Fear is the relinquishment of logic, the willing relinquishing of reasonable patterns. We yield it or we fight it, but we cannot meet at half way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirley Jackson

I have often thought that with any luck at all I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirley Jackson

Now, I have nothing against the public school system as it is presently organized, once you allow the humor of its basic assumption about how it is possible to teach things to children.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirley Jackson

Bridge is a game for the undivided intellect.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirley Jackson

I have always loved to use fear, to take it and comprehend it and make it work and consolidate a situation where I was afraid and take it whole and work from there.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirley Jackson

I very much dislike writing about myself or my work, and when pressed for autobiographical material can only give a bare chronological outline which contains no pertinent facts.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirley Jackson

I wonder if I could eat a child if I had the chance.' 'I doubt if I could cook one,' said Constance.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Shirley Jackson

Everything is worse...if you think something is looking at you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirley Jackson

She walked quickly around her one-room apartment. After more than four years in this one home she knew all its possibilities, how it could put on a sham appearance of warmth and welcome when she needed a place to hide in, how it stood over her in the night when she woke suddenly, how it could relax itself into a disagreeable unmade, badly-put-together state, mornings like this, anxious to drive her out and go back to sleep.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirley Jackson

No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirley Jackson

Around her the trees and wildflowers, with that oddly courteous air of natural things suddenly interrupted in their pressing occupations of growing and dying, turned toward her with attention, as though, dull and imperceptive as she was, it was still necessary for them to be gentle to a creation so unfortunate as not to be rooted in the ground, forced to go from one place to another, heart-breakingly mobile.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirley Jackson

I am like a small creature swallowed whole by a monster, she thought, and the monster feels my tiny little movements inside.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Shirley Jackson

You bring more light into this room than the window

By Anonym 16 Sep

Shirley Jackson

It isn't fair, it isn't right," Mrs. Hutchinson screamed, and then they were upon her.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Shirley Jackson

No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, by some, to dream. Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirley Jackson

On the moon we have everything. Lettuce, and pumpkin pie and Amanita phalloides. We have cat-furred plants and horses dancing with their wings. All the locks are solid and tight, and there are no ghosts.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Shirley Jackson

No, l'aspetto minaccioso del soprannaturale è che attacca la mente moderna dove è più debole, dove abbiamo rinunciato alla corazza protettiva della superstizione senza sostituirla con una difesa d'altro tipo. Nessuno di noi pensa razionalmente che sia stato un fantasma ad attraversare il giardino ieri notte, eppure di sicuro ieri notte a Hill House stava succedendo qualcosa, e il rifugio istintivo della mente - il dubbio - viene meno. Non possiamo dire: "È stata la mia immaginazione", perché c'erano altre tre persone.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirley Jackson

Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirley Jackson

It is only with the eyes open that a corporeal form returns, and assembles itself firmly around the hard core of sight.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirley Jackson

All I could think of when I got a look at the place from the outside was what fun it would be to stand out there and watch it burn down.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirley Jackson

I was pretending that I did not speak their language; on the moon we spoke a soft, liquid tongue, and sang in the starlight, looking down on the dead dried world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirley Jackson

Let him be wise, or let me be blind; don't let me, she hoped concretely, don't let me know too surely what he thinks of me.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Shirley Jackson

The idea of a series of items, following one another docilely, forms the only possible reasonable approach to life if you have to live it with a home and a husband and children, none of whom would dream of following one another docilely.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirley Jackson

I shall weave a suit of leaves. At once. With acorns for buttons.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Shirley Jackson

On the moon we wore feathers in our hair, and rubies on our hands. On the moon we had gold spoons.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Shirley Jackson

Nothing irrevocable had yet been spoken, but there was only the barest margin of safety left them; each of them moving delicately along the outskirts of an open question, and, once spoken, such a question - as "Do you love me?" - could never be answered or forgotten.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirley Jackson

All our land was enriched with my treasures buried in it, thickly inhabited just below the surface with my marbles and my teeth and my colored stones, all perhaps turned to jewels by now, held together under the ground in a powerful taut web which never loosened, but held fast to guard us.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirley Jackson

He is altogether selfish, she thought in some surprise, the only man I have ever sat and talked to alone, and I am impatient; he is simply not very interesting.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Shirley Jackson

My dear, how can I make you perceive that there is no danger where there is nothing but love and understanding?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Shirley Jackson

For plain and fancy worrying, give me a new mother every time.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Shirley Jackson

Losing my temper will not help," he said and gave the door a vicious kick.