I found that if I was eating well, there was a good chance I was living well, too...the simple act of carving out the ritual - a delicious homemade ritual - gave every day purpose and meaning, no matter what else was going on.
Jenny Rosenstrach, Dinner: A Love Story
So, twice a week, I go to a beauty salon and have my hair blown dry. It's cheaper by far than psychoanalysis and far more uplifting.
Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck
Experiencing the present purely is being empty and hollow; you catch grace as a man fills his cup under a waterfall.
Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
One thing I have never understood is how to work it out so that when you're married, things keep happening to you. Things happen to you when you're single. You meet new men, you travel alone, you learn new tricks, you read Trollope, you try sushi, you buy nightgowns, you shave your legs. Then you get married, and the hair grows in.
Nora Ephron, Heartburn
Nothing is sillier than the creative writing teacher's dictum, "Write about what you know." Preliminary good advice might be: Write as if you were a movie camera.
John Gardner, On Becoming a Novelist
It is a good thing to know what it is to be poor, and a better thing if you can do it in company.
Marilynne Robinson, Gilead
But for most of us, under our polite facades, we have roiling, screaming inconsistencies and crazy hearts - let it roll.
Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones
Marriage was neither in the thorns nor in the roses, but in the growth of the rosebush.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Against Wind and Tide: Letters and Journals