If you want to be reminded of the love of the Lord, just watch the sunrise.— Jeannette Walls
The most off-limits Jeannette Walls quotes that will transform you to a better person
You should never hate anyone, even your worst enemies.
Everyone has something good about them. You have to find the redeeming quality and love the person for that.
Nobody's perfect. We're all just one step up from the beasts and one step down from the angels.
One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.
Living there [Horse Mesa] was like living in a natural cathedral.
Waking up every morning, you walked outside and looked down at the blue lake, then up at the sandstone cliffs--those awe-inspiring layers of red and yellow rock shaped over the millennia, with dozens of black-streaked crevices that temporarily became waterfalls after rainstorms.
I reached my full height at age 11, and I was clumsy as all get-out - all elbows and knees, couldn't get up a flight of stairs without falling down. I wanted to be a cute, petite blonde, but I'm a big ol' strapping thing, so I just accept it.
But no matter how much planning you do, one tiny miscalculation, one moment of distraction, can end it all in an instant.
Most important thing in life is learning how to fall.
Those shining stars, he liked to point out, were one of the special treats for people like us who lived out in the wilderness. Rich city folks, he'd say, lived in fancy apartments, but their air was so polluted they couldn't even see the stars. We'd have to be out of our minds to want to trade places with any of them.
Confidence doesn't come from thinking you're perfect or flawless.
That's arrogance. Confidence comes from appreciating the beauty of your texture.
In this world, it's not enough to have a fine education.
You need a piece of paper to prove you got it.
Life is a drama full of tragedy and comedy.
You should learn to enjoy the comic episodes a little more.
Anyone who thinks he's too small to make a difference has never been bit by a mosquito
She wore tight corsets to give her a teeny waist - I helped her lace them up - but they had the effect of causing her to faint. Mom called it the vapors and said it was a sign of her high breeding and delicate nature. I thought it was a sign that the corset made it hard to breathe.
Sometimes you need a little crisis to get your adrenaline flowing and help you realize your potential.
....he said it was interesting. He used the word 'textured'. He said 'smooth' is boring but 'textured' was interesting, and the scar meant that I was stronger than whatever had tried to hurt me.
If you had weak eyes, they needed exercise to get strong.
Glasses were like crutches. They prevented people with feeble eyes from seeing the world on their own.
...even though I was getting better education at home than any of the kids in Toyah, I'd need to go to finishing school when I was thirteen, both to acquire social graces and to earn a diploma. Because in this world, Dad said, it's not enough to have a fine education. You need a piece of paper to prove you go it.
You have to find the redeeming quality and love the person for that.
I wanted to let the world know that no one had a perfect life, that even the people who seemed to have it all had their secrets.
[Optimism] acts as a self-fulfilling prophecy.
The women I know with strong personalities, the ones who might have become generals or the heads of companies if they were men, become teachers. Teaching is a calling, too. And I've always thought that teachers in their way are holy-angles leading their flocks out of the darkness.
I never had any question that my parents loved me. I had a real sense of self confidence.
Horses are a mirror of who you are. They're emotionally dependent on you.
sometimes after I finished a particularly good book, I had the urge to get the library card, find out who else had read the book, and track them down to talk about it
If you want to be treated like a mother, act like one.
You'll never make a fortune working for the boss man.
Teaching is a calling too. And I've always thought that teachers in their way are holy - angels leading their flocks out of the darkness.
Don't be afraid of your dark places. ... If you can shine a light on them, you'll find treasure there.
But the positive thoughts would give way to negative thoughts, and the negative thoughts seemed to swoop into her mind the way a big flock of black crows takes over the landscape, sitting thick in the trees and on the fence rails and lawns, staring at you in ominous silence.
Fussing over children who cry only encourages them.
That's positive reinforcement for negative behavior.
Sometimes something catastrophic can occur in a split second that changes a person's life forever; other times one minor incident can lead to another and then another and another, eventually setting off just as big a change in a body's life.
When people kill themselves, they think they're ending the pain, but all they're doing is passing it on to those they leave behind.
One of the most challenging aspects of writing a memoir is finding your own voice, and you should be very careful about being influenced by someone else's voice.
My life is not just about the past.
Memoir is about handing over you life to someone and saying, This is what I went through, this is who I am, and maybe you can learn something from it.
I lived in a world that at any moment could erupt into fire.
It was the sort of knowledge that kept you on your toes.
I'm a fairly fast, but sloppy writer, so I'm a big fan of re-writing, and re-writing again.
I always wanted to be a serious journalist.
It's so much of what art and creativity are, being able to confront your own demons. If you can do that, you can get through just about everything.
New Yorkers, I figured, just pretended to be unfriendly.
Mom always said people worried too much about their children.
Suffering when you're young is good for you, she said. It immunized your body and your soul, and that was why she ignored us kids when we cried. Fussing over children who cry only encouraged them, she told us. That's positive reinforcement for negative behavior.
She never felt sorry for herself, and that was something I decided I admired most in people.
Sometimes you have to get sicker before you can get better.
Interesting people always have a past.
Mom also hinted a couple of times that it was good I was going to college, since with one failed marriage behind me, I 'd have trouble landing a good husband and would need something to fall back on. "A package that's been opened once doesn't have the same appeal".
No one expected you to amount to much," she told me.
"Lori was the smart one, Maureen the pretty one, and Brian the brave one. You never had much going for you except that you always worked hard.
Years from now, when all the junk they got is broken and long forgotten, you'll still have your stars.
What I do know is that wondering why you survived don't help you survive.