Margaret Laurence Quotes.

1. "So, if this were indeed my Final Hour, these would be my words to you. I would not claim to pass on any secret of life, for there is none, or any wisdom except the passionate plea of caring ... Try to feel, in your heart's core, the reality of others. This is the most painful thing in the world, probably, and the most necessary. In times of personal adversity, know that you are not alone. Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all of your fellow humans everywhere in the world. Know that your commitment is above all to life itself."
- Quote by Margaret Laurence

2. "When I say "work" I only mean writing. Everything else is just odd jobs."
- Quote by Margaret Laurence

3. "By their garbage shall ye know them," Christie yells, like a preacher, a downy preacher. "I swear, by the ridge of tears and by the valour of my ancestors, I say unto you, Morag Gunn, lass, that by their bloody goddamn fucking garbage shall ye christly well know them."
- Quote by Margaret Laurence

4. "They remain shadows. Two sepia shadows on an old snapshot, two barely moving shadows in my head, shadows whose few remaining words and acts I have invented. Perhaps I only want their forgiveness for having forgotten them. I remember their deaths, but not their lives. Yet they’re inside me, flowing unknown in my blood and moving unrecognized in my skull."
- Quote by Margaret Laurence

5. "the infinite capacity of humans to wound one another without meaning or wanting to"
- Margaret Laurence, The Diviners

6. "Well, you're young. You know a whole lot you won't know later on." ~ Christie Logan"
- Margaret Laurence, The Diviners

7. "Why doesn't Prin go and get her own goddamn blistering bloody shitty jelly doughnuts?"
- Margaret Laurence, The Diviners

8. "My mother sighed, making me feel that I was placing an intolerable burden on her, and yet making me resent having to feel this weight. She looked tired, as she often did these days. Her tiredness bored me, made me want to attack her for it."
- Margaret Laurence, A Bird in the House

9. "I stepped inside the front hall and kicked off my snow boots. I slammed the door behind me, making the dark ruby and emerald glass shake in the small leaded panes. I slid purposely on the hall rug, causing it to bunch and crinkle on the slippery polished oak of the floor."
- Margaret Laurence, A Bird in the House

10. "As a devout Baptist, she believed it was a sin to pray for anything for yourself. You ought to pray only for strength to bear whatever the Lord saw fit to send you, she thought. I was never able to follow this advice, for although I would often feel a sense of uneasiness over the tone of my prayers, I was the kind of person who prayed frantically-"Please, God, please, please, PLEASE let Ross MacVey like me better than Mavis."
- Margaret Laurence, A Bird in the House

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