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Quotes of the day: Wallace Stegner

Published Thursday, February 18, 2016 @ 1:45 AM EST
Feb 18 2016

Wallace Earle Stegner (February 18, 1909 – April 13, 1993) was an American novelist, short story writer, environmentalist, and historian, often called "The Dean of Western Writers." He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1972 and the U.S. National Book Award in 1977. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Wisdom... is knowing what you have to accept.

Be proud of every scar on your heart, each one holds a lifetime’s worth of lessons.

Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.

Homesickness is a great teacher.

Talent can't be taught, but it can be awakened.

I am terribly glad to be alive; and when I have wit enough to think about it, terribly proud to be a man and an American, with all the rights and privileges that those words connote; and most of all I am humble before the responsibilities that are also mine. For no right comes without a responsibility, and being born luckier than most of the world's millions, I am also born more obligated.

Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.

Friendship is a relationship that has no formal shape, there are no rules or obligations or bonds as in marriage or the family, it is held together by neither law nor property nor blood, there is no glue in it but mutual liking. It is therefore rare.

wherever you find the greatest good, you will find the greatest evil, because evil loves paradise as much as good.

The brook would lose its song if we removed the rocks.

It is love and friendship, the sanctity and celebration of our relationships, that not only support a good life, but create one.

Through friendships, we spark and inspire one another's ambitions.

A teacher enlarges people in all sorts of ways besides just his subject matter.

It has never been man’s gift to make wildernesses. But he can make deserts, and has.

There is a sense in which we are all each other's consequences.


(February 18 is also the birthday of Wendell Willkie and Toni Morrison.)

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