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I do what I do without hope of reward or fear of punishment. I do not require Heaven or Hell to bribe or scare me into acting decently. -Mary Doria Russell
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How can you hear your soul if everyone is talking? -Mary Doria Russell
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Wide is the gate and broad is the path that leads to destruction and many go that way -Mary Doria Russell
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he had offered some of his own background. A youth in the South. An education in the North. Bred for life in the East. Trying not to die in the West. -Mary Doria Russell
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we all make vows, Jimmy. And there is something very beautiful and touching and noble about wanting good impulses to be permanent and true forever, " she said. "Most of us stand up and vow to love, honor and cherish someone. And we truly mean it, at the time. But two or twelve or twenty years down the road, the lawyers are negotiating the property settlement." "You and George didn't go back on your promises." She laughed. "Lemme tell ya something, sweetface. I have been married at least four times, to four different men." She watched him chew that over for a moment before continuing, "They've all been named George Edwards but, believe me, the man who is waiting for me down the hall is a whole lot different animal from the boy I married, back before there was dirt. Oh, there are continuities. He has always been fun and he has never been able to budget his time properly and - well, the rest is none of your business." "But people change, " he said quietly. "Precisely. People change. Cultures change. Empires rise and fall. Shit. Geology changes! Every ten years or so, George and I have faced the fact that we have changed and we've had to decide if it makes sense to create a new marriage between these two new people." She flopped back against her chair. "Which is why vows are such a tricky business. Because nothing stays the same forever. Okay. Okay! I'm figuring something out now." She sat up straight, eyes focused somewhere outside the room, and Jimmy realized that even Anne didn't have all the answers and that was either the most comforting thing he'd learned in a long time or the most discouraging. "Maybe because so few of us would be able to give up something so fundamental for something so abstract, we protect ourselves from the nobility of a priest's vows by jeering at him when he can't live up to them, always and forever." She shivered and slumped suddenly, "But, Jimmy! What unnatural words. Always and forever! Those aren't human words, Jim. Not even stones are always and forever.

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Love is a debt, she thought. When the bill comes, you pay in grief. -Mary Doria Russell
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Tradition was safety; change was danger. -Mary Doria Russell
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The poor you will always have with you, ' Jesus said. A warning, Emilio wondered, or an indictment? -Mary Doria Russell
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Indulge me, John. Cynicism and foul language are the only vices I'm presently capable of. Everything else takes energy or money. -Mary Doria Russell
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Instead of taking a year off, I started Dreamers of the Day exactly 36 hours after I sent the manuscript for A Thread of Grace to the publisher! -Mary Doria Russell
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I had a doctorate in biological anthropology. I got a post-doc at CWRU dental school in 1983 teaching gross anatomy. -Mary Doria Russell
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Cleveland is really good about recognizing its artists because of the Arts Council. -Mary Doria Russell
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No matter how dark the tapestry God weaves for us, there's always a thread of grace. -Mary Doria Russell
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The sign of a good decision is the multiplicity of reasons for it. -Mary Doria Russell
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