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#1. It's not that I don't like people. It's just that when I'm in the company of others - even my nearest and dearest - there always comes a moment when I'd rather be reading a book. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#2. Like overzealous religious converts, climbers originally from the lower rungs of society tend to go overboard when they ape the upper class. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#3. The Unfortunate Importance of Beauty is a farcical fictional meditation on female beauty structured as a mash-up of an old episode of Friends, a fairy tale and a murder mystery. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#4. Because they were, like me, Irish Catholic, their nuptials were distinguished by mediocre food, free-flowing liquor, pre-Riverdance-style step dancing, and their own peculiar strains of Gaelic piety. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#5. Fitzgerald's plot may suggest that the American Dream is a mirage, but his words make that dream irresistible. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#6. According to a Wall Street Journal article some 59 percent of Americans don t own a single book. Not a cookbook or even the Bible. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#7. It's Fitzgerald's thin-but-durable urge to affirm that finally makes Gatsby worthy of being our Great American Novel. Its soaring conclusion tells us that, even though Gatsby dies and the small and corrupt survive, his longing was nonetheless magnificent. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#8. Those straight-spined parishioners could justify their exhibitionism by telling themselves that they were setting an example, even educating the rest of us. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#9. My own mother, who's always dazzled by my faculty and answering questions in the literature a category on Jeopardy whenever we watch it together, keeps urging me to try to get on the show to make all those years spent reading finally pay off. Leave me alone I'm reading - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#10. To read Helen Macdonald's memoir, H Is for Hawk, is to feel as though Emily Bronte just turned up at your door, trailing all the windy, feral outdoors into your living room. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#11. My students should be afraid: choosing what kind of work you'll do to a great extent means choosing who you'll be. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#12. Jeffrey Makala, the friendly and astute rare-books and special collections librarian who will be my guide, confirms my opinion that librarians, along with independent-bookstore owners and dedicated middle- and high-school teachers, are the most selfless guardians of literature on earth. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#13. By 1929, one out of every five Americans had a car (as opposed to one out of thirty-seven Englishmen, one out of forty Frenchmen, and one out of forty-eight Germans). - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#14. Luckily, my job demands constant reading, otherwise I'd have to figure out some other excuse. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#15. The child who gets lost in a book can emerge from the experience a changeling. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#16. I miss that world from the safe distance of memory. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#17. Reading, my earliest refuge in the unknown world, made me want to venture into it. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#18. Meekly swallowing and assimilating the customs of the more powerful has always been a strategy by which the less powerful have tried to fit in. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#19. We read literature for a number of reasons, but two of the most compelling ones are to get out of ourselves and our own life stories and - especially important - to find ourselves by understanding our own life stories more clearly in the context of others. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#20. It's a gift of tranquility when your adult desires mesh with your childhood background. I don't quite know why mine didn't, although I think books, again, are partly to blame. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#21. In our daily lives, where we're bombarded by the fake and the trivial, reading serves as a way to stop, shut out the noise of the world, and try to grab hold of something real, no matter how small. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#22. The danger in reviewing and teaching literature for a living (is) you can develop a kind of knee-jerk superiority to the material you're decoding - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#23. Reality TV, blogging and self-publishing are all evidence of a society's or culture's desire to be more public. And that's a sign of a healthy or energetic culture. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#24. Edmondson has incisively discussed the ways college campuses have grown akin to upscale retirement homes for the very young, where the promise of intellectually demanding courses ranks far below the lure of new gymnastic facilities. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#25. I think the influence of books is neither direct and more predictable. Books themselves are too unruly, and so are readers. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#26. Terry Eagleson says his family's aim was to have the words "We Were No Trouble" engraved on their gravestones. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#27. During the Great Depression, the philosophy of grin-and-bear-it became a national coping mechanism. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#28. One of the many drawbacks of this "I teach what I am" approach is that it stifles classroom discussion. Any disagreement with the professor's expertise comes off as an ad hominem attack. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#29. Reading good books doesn't necessarily make one a good person - or a smarter, funnier, or more cultivated person, either. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#30. There's no such things as travel insurance when it comes to reading. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#31. Generations of readers, bored with their own alienating, repetitious jobs, have been mesmerized by Crusoe's essential, civilization-building chores. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#32. Constant reading pulled me away from the world of my childhood, the world of my parents. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#33. Whatever (its) virtues, (the) writing explores the culture of work but marginalizes work itself. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#34. All of the disparate books on my list contain characters, scenes or voices that linger long past the last page of their stories. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#35. As kids, we were taught to be the psychological equivalent of Navy SEALS- an elite parochial-school unit, drilled to take life's blows on the chin without wincing. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#36. Knocking back the wine and reaching for the cheap consolations of kimchee-scented Kleenex fiction - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#37. Like a lot of other bashful introverts, I discovered that I like teaching a lot because it's like acting. When I stepped into the classroom, I stepped into a role, one that allowed me to forget myself. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#38. Her "green light" was Harvard. "But if I don't get into Harvard, I will not die, right? The journey toward the dream is the most important thing. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#39. Given the consumer-pleasing politics of today's universities, I have, in effect, seventy new bosses each semester; they're sitting at the desk in front of me. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#40. Prolonged travel in the alternate world of books can also make a reader more prone to fantasy thinking and estranged from his or her "real" life. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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#41. Readers, professional or casual, are alert to passages in a book that illuminate what was previously shadowy and formless. - Author: Maureen Corrigan
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