Jane Urquhart quotes

  • Longing for something that you once had is a mistake because the pictures in your mind are never the same as whatever it is you are longing for.
    -- Jane Urquhart

    #Mistake #Mind #Longing

  • Art is a kind of mining," he said. "The artist a variety of prospector searching for the sparkling silver of meaning in the earth.
    -- Jane Urquhart

    #Art #Kind #Silver

  • Get drunk, Austin, have a love affair. It would be a tragedy to die and discover that you hadn't completely used up your body.
    -- Jane Urquhart

    #Drunk #Tragedy #Body

  • Racism is a destructive and artificially-manufactured element in the collective human psyche designed to fragment the natural desire of human beings to know and love one another
    -- Jane Urquhart

    #Racism #Desire #And Love

  • Like most of those who study history, he (Napoleon III) learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.

  • This book has been a catalogue of mistakes by politicians, moral and practical disasters which led to wars, enslavement and wretchedness on a scale which no previous age could have dreaded or dreamed of.

  • There's a lot we should be able to learn from history. And yet history proves that we never do. In fact, the main lesson of history is that we never learn the lessons of history. This makes us look so stupid that few people care to read it. They'd rather not be reminded. Any good history book is mainly just a long list of mistakes, complete with names and dates. It's very embarrassing.

  • Most people are slow to champion love because they fear the transformation it brings into their lives. And make no mistake about it: love does take over and transform the schemes and operations of our egos in a very mighty way.

  • There is a certain kind of pain that can change you. Even the strongest sword, when placed in a raging fire, will soften and bend and change its form... Trust me on this one. I know this from personal experience. I hope that you never will, but, since you're a person, and therefore prone to making horrible, soul-splitting mistakes, you probably will one day know what this kind of guilt and shame feels like. And when that time comes, I hope you have the strength...to take advantage of the fire and reshape your own sword.

  • The most valuable thing you can make is a mistake. You can't learn anything from being perfect.

  • Ideas may drift into other minds, but they do not drift my way. I have to go and fetch them. I know no work manual or mental to equal the appalling heart-breaking anguish of fetching an idea from nowhere.

  • There are many who lust for the simple answers of doctrine or decree. They are on the left and right. They are not confined to a single part of the society. They are terrorists of the mind.

  • The mortal sickness of a mind too unhappy to be kind.

  • Some temptations cannot be fought. One must close one's mind and fly from them