Carmen Agra Deedy quotes

  • I have been ineluctably drawn to libraries ever since I entered that sanctum sanctorum. It was a place of quietude. In a world where things go beep and ding and ring, where you’ve got mail and you’ve got messages, when I enter a library, I feel that I am still entering a temple.
    -- Carmen Agra Deedy

    #Library #World #Mail

  • Because there is no nation so powerful it cannot be wounded, nor a people so small they cannot offer mighty comfort.
    -- Carmen Agra Deedy

    #Powerful #People #Generosity

  • I began telling stories as a volunteer in my daughters' school. But I grew up hearing stories from Cuban and Southern storytellers, and I learned a great deal by just being quiet and listening.
    -- Carmen Agra Deedy

    #Daughter #Mother #School

  • If one mouse is a spark...then ten thousand are a conflagration.
    -- Carmen Agra Deedy

    #Sparks #Thousand #Mice

  • There are constant cycles in history. There is loss, but it is always followed by regeneration. The tales of our elders who remember such cycles are very important to us now.
    -- Carmen Agra Deedy

    #Loss #Important #Remember

  • Whatever we perceive as good in the world has always endured, and it always will.
    -- Carmen Agra Deedy

    #World #Perceive

  • I find that it takes a lot of years of living, and many more of reckoning, to come up with one worthwhile paragraph. And when a deadline looms, prayer doesnt hurt, either.
    -- Carmen Agra Deedy

    #Hurt #Prayer #Years

  • I'm the world's expert on sterotypes held by academics about athletes and held by athletes about academics. To me, both of them are caricatures.

  • As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow.

  • Who made the world I cannot tell; 'Tis made, and here am I in hell. My hand, though now my knuckles bleed, I never soiled with such a deed.

  • I am not a pessimist but a pejorist (as George Eliot said she was not an optimist but a meliorist); and that philosophy is founded on my observation of the world, not on anything so trivial and irrelevant as personal history.

  • It is impossible for me to estimate how many of my early impressions of the world, correct and the opposite, came to me through newspapers. Homicide, adultery, no-hit pitching, and Balkanism were concepts that, left to my own devices, I would have encountered much later in life.

  • I'm so computer illiterate, I barely know how to send an e-mail. I mean, I have a laptop and Gmail, but I don't really look at it much.

  • Where is love exchanged? Where is the love felt when a state administrator stuffs a welfare check into an outgoing mail?

  • Fan mail is one thing, but fans you meet in person are a different matter entirely.

  • I have received hostile voice mail messages and e-mails. They are often anonymous, I'm sad to say, as anonymous messages are delivered only by very low forms of human life, in my opinion.

  • The future of the airlines lay in hauling people, not in hauling mail for the government.