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Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
by Erica Jong

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
A terrible thing: no one to blame.
- Erica Jong

We are finally driven to monogamy
not by morality but by exhaustion.
- Erica Jong

Jealousy is all the fun you think they had.
- Erica Jong

He who can take advice is sometimes superior
to him who can give it.
- Erica Jong


 

Gossip is the opiate of the oppressed.
- Erica Jong

Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer
but wish we didn't.
- Erica Jong

Hate generalizes; love is particular.
- Erica Jong


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I have accepted fear as a part of life -
specifically the fear of change...
I have gone ahead despite the pounding
in the heart that says: turn back.
- Erica Jong

The trouble is,
if you don't risk anything,
you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

If you don't risk anything, you risk even more.
- Erica Jong

Driving me away is easier than saying goodbye.
- Erica Jong

Solitude is considered un-American.
- Erica Jong

Betrayal betrays the betrayer.
- Erica Jong

Friends love misery, in fact.
Sometimes, especially if we are too lucky
or too successful or too pretty,
our misery is the only thing that endears us to our friends.
- Erica Jong

Because I loved myself, I was loved.
- Erica Jong

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

My reaction to porno films is as follows; After the first ten minutes,
I want to go home and screw; After the first twenty minutes,
I never want to screw again as long as I live
- Erica Jong

The trick is not how much pain you feel -
but how much joy you feel
- Erica Jong

Men have always detested women's gossip
because they suspect the truth:
their measurements are being taken and compared.
- Erica Jong

Love gives without taking
- Erica Jong

The best slave does not need to be beaten. She beats herself.
- Erica Jong

Love is serene and calm
- Erica Jong

In a bad marriage, friends are the invisible glue.
If we have enough friends, we may go on for years,
intending to leave, talking about leaving -
instead of actually getting up and leaving.
- Erica Jong

If sex and creativity are often
seen by dictators as subversive activities,
it's because they lead to the knowledge
that you own your own body
(and with it your own voice), and that's
the most revolutionary insight of all.
- Erica Jong

Hard work never killed anybody, but why take a chance?
- Edgar Bergen

(Groom), take (Bride)'s hand and place your hand over hers.
Now, remember this moment and cherish it...
because this will be the last time you ever have the upper hand.
- Anonymous

Half the world is composed of idiots,
the other half, of people clever enough
to take indecent advantage of them.
- Walter Kerr

If you come to a fork in the road, take it.
- Yogi Berra

After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her,
and after half an hour
I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.
- the movie Take the Money and Run (1969)

Oh, you weak, beautiful people
who give up with such grace.
What you need is someone to take hold of you -
gently, with love, and hand your life back to you.
- Tennessee Williams

TEAMWORK...means never having to take all the blame yourself.
- Anonymous

Do not take life too seriously.
You will never get out of it alive.
- Elbert Hubbard

Take care of the sense
and the sounds will take care of themselves.
- Lewis Carroll

In those days he was wiser than he is now;
he used to frequently take my advice.
- Winston Churchill

There are two kinds of people,
those who do the work,
and those who take the credit.
Try to be in the first group;
there is less competition there.
- Indira Gandhi

Some husbands are living proof that a woman can take a joke.
- Anonymous

The way to silence religious disputes is to take no notice of them.
- Thomas Jefferson

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Persevere. Plan. Strategize. Focus. Breathe. Write.
Let go: relax. Forgive. All this failing: take a nap.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

I Act with Bold Courage:
Standing in the inspiring vision of my future,
I boldly take every step -
large and small - with courage and intent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau

Every tomorrow has two handles.
We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety
or the handle of faith.
- Henry Ward Beecher

Standing in the inspiring vision of my future,
I boldly take every step - large and small -
with courage and intent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Capitalism tries for a delicate balance:
It attempts to work things out so that
everyone gets just enough stuff to keep them from
getting violent and trying to take other people's stuff.
- George Carlin

Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

The biggest adventure you can take is
to live the life of your dreams.
- Oprah Winfrey

Logic will get you from A to B.
Imagination will take you everywhere.
- Albert Einstein

Take a deep breath and do the difficult thing first.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap
whence everyone must take an equal portion,
most people would be contented to take their own and depart.
- Socrates

I take rejection as someone blowing a bugle in my ear
to wake me up and get going, rather than retreat.
- Sylvester Stallone

Take charge of your life!
You are responsible to yourself - not to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.
- Robert Browning

Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
- Henry David Thoreau

Take a chance! All life is a chance.
The man who goes farthest is generally
the one who is willing to do and dare.
- Dale Carnegie

Persevere in moving toward highly worthwhile but difficult goals.
In smaller issues, take an easier course.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

CHOOSE your future, and take ACTION -
be the hammer, not the nail.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is all in the perspective we take on it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated;
you can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.
- David Lloyd George

To travel is to take a journey into yourself.
- Danny Kaye

No matter what happens, someone will find a way
to take it too seriously.
- Dave Barry

Take Action - Now.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness.
Just because they're not on your road
doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Relax. Take a day off.
Go for a long silent walk in the woods.
The world will still be there tomorrow -
as good and as bad as ever.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy;
if you lose, you will be wise.
- Anonymous

Take the initiative - don't wait for life to come to you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never say goodbye when you still want to try,
never give up when you still feel you can't take it.
Never say you don't love the person anymore
when you can't let go.
- Anonymous

"Sometimes," said Pooh, "the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

The chief danger in life is that you may take too many precautions.
- Alfred Adler

During the first period of a man's life
the greatest danger is not to take the risk.
- Soren Kierkegaard


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