Disability is everywhere in history, once you begin looking for it, but conspicuously absent in the histories we write.
Douglas Baynton, "Disability and the Justification of Inequality in American History"
But one of the mixed blessings of being twenty and twenty-one and even twenty-three is the conviction that nothing like this, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, has ever happened to anyone before.
Joan Didion, "Goodbye to All That"
The men of the press, who despised their own profession, did not know why there were enjoying it today. One of them, a young man with years of notorious success behind him a cynical look of twice his age, said suddenly, “I know what I’d like to be: I wish I could be a man who covers news!”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time.
Annie Dillard, The Writing Life