Barbara Grizzuti Harrison Quotes


Collecting is like sex; satisfaction renews and creates new appetites.

I love cloisters which are the architectural equivalent of a theological concept: perfect freedom within set boundaries.

Autobiography is a preemptive strike against biographers.

Unhappiness makes beggars or accountants of us all.

Italians do not regard food as merely fuel. They regard it as medicine for the soul one of life's abiding pleasures.

Our awesome responsibility to ourselves to our children and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings.

it's perfectly possible to hate one's fat and to love one's body at the same time.

Nothing is more democratic less judgmental than water. Water doesn't care whether flesh is withered or fresh; it caresses aged flesh and firm flesh with equal love.

To sleep is an act of faith.

Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination

Every generation reinvents the wheel - and in the process it often adds to rather than subtracts from a woman's burdens.

All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.

The real reason women fall in love abroad is not that they are free of domestic inhibitions but that they translate their love of stone and place into love of flesh. ... Is this true?

Porches are America's lost rooms.

How do you think it would feel to be obliged to ask for a seat-belt extender on an airplane? For the unfashionably bulgy life is a series of small humiliations.

the islands of Italy combine all the elements - fire water earth and air - and that is irresistible.

The best work is a fusion of love and praise.

Beware of people carrying ideas. Beware of ideas carrying people.

Every house we have lived in every building to which our hands have lent their work belongs to us by virtue of love or of regret.

One feels a quickening of the pulse when one crosses a border.

There are no original ideas. There are only original people.

My mother was my first jealous lover ...

the gardens of our childhood are all beautiful.

What you desire you call into being ...

[On Werner Erhard founder of est:] If I wanted a new belief system I'd choose to believe in God - He's been in business longer than Werner and He has better music.

Great unhappiness is incompatible with the belief that it will ever end.

truth ... is the first casualty of tyranny.

All is waiting and all is work; all is change and all is permanence.

Violence is its own anesthetist. The numbness it induces feels very much like calm.

Food is my drug of choice.

Children hold us hostage; they represent our commitment to the future.

Women's propensity to share confidences is universal. We confirm our reality by sharing.

All our loves are contained in all our other loves.

The past can be tamed and controlled.

If there is one lesson Rome teaches it is that matter is good; in Rome the holy and the homely rise and converge.

I refuse to believe that trading recipes is silly. Tuna Fish casserole is at least as real as corporate stock.

The past is a sorry country.

Weather creates character.

Desire creates its own object.

illness is regarded as a crime and crime is regarded as illness ...

to have a crisis and act upon it is one thing. To dwell in perpetual crisis is another.

Persecution always acts as a jell for members of cults; it proves to them in the absence of history liturgy tradition and doctrine that they are God's chosen.

To live exhilaratingly in and for the moment is deadly serious work fun of the most exhausting sort

There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships.

In the face of evil detachment is a dubious virtue.

Belief sometimes precedes understanding; faith sometimes precedes scientific evidence.

I made the mistake of thinking that if you add up the past you sum up the future; I forgot how frequently life astonishes us.

Facts mean nothing to wounded feelings ...

The dream police will not let me have sexual fantasies.

The most painful moral struggles are not those between good and evil but between the good and the lesser good.

Silence is the garment of light.

Rome is all things high and low. It is like God it accommodates so much.

There is something worse than dying and that is humiliation - at least so it seemed to me ...

Insanity is a lack of proportion.

Italians' relationship to food is loving informal and gay ...

Italy offers one the most priceless of all one's possessions - one's own soul.

there are no inanimate objects ...

In memory Venice is always magic.

Sometimes I think that just not thinking of oneself is a form of prayer. . .

To surrender one's vulnerable body to water has always seemed to me a limpid act of will that has no coutnerpart or equal unless it is sex.

There are places one comes home to that one has never been to ...

I don't think I know a single woman who knows what she looks like.