My grandma always said that God made libraries so that people didn't have any excuse to be stupid.

— Joan Bauer

The most surprising Joan Bauer quotes that will add value to your life

...Difficult relationships come into our lives for a reason. No one would choose them, certainly. But if we let them, they can teach us how to be flexible with others and more forgiving.

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I'll tell you something about tough times.

They just about kill you, but if you decide to keep working at them, you'll find your way through.

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Everyone needs fudge, Hildy. It's how God helps us cope.

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When the going gets tough, the tough get a librarian.

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You've got to love yourself with all your short comings, and you've got to love the world no matter how bad it gets.

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I'm working hard to have a good life.

You don't need fancy things to feel good. You can hug a puppy. You can buy a can of paint and surround yourself with color. You can plant a flower and watch it grow. You can decide to trust people, the right people. You can decide to start over and let other people start over, too.

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Words are such powerful things. We can rip somebody apart with them, we can write words down that can forever hurt another person. We can use them to tell stories and lies. We can misquote them and change what other people said to make ourselves look good.

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He stood up, put the tree back under the grow light.

'There. That's what's going to happen to us. It's called grafting. Taking something from one place and fixing it to another until they grow together. We didn't start from the same tree, but we're going to grow together like we did.

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And we learned that you don't have to be famous or rich or physically healthy to be a leader. You just have to try to be a true person. We learned that helping other people brings out the good in everybody.

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When we don't have the words chocolate can speak volumes.

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The problem with the heart is how it can have so many opposite feelings coursing through it all at the same time. It's really an inconsistent thing- appreciating something one minute and hating it the next.

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Staring down hard truth takes guts.

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About Joan Bauer

Quotes 61 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday October 16

Librarians understand about power - they know how to find anything.

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Infatuation cannot be sustained indefinitely, my friend.

Love that embraces the entire person is a monumental gift that takes time to grow.

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You don't know which way a thing will come at you, but you need to welcome it with your whole heart which ever way it arrives.

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Almost. It’s a big word for me. I feel it everywhere. Almost home. Almost happy. Almost changed. Almost, but not quite. Not yet. Soon, maybe. I’m hoping hard for that.

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it's a complete rush to get what you've been hoping for - to get it so full and complete that it fills your senses.

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I hope you'll have the kind of life where what you stand for is so important that it makes some people outright hostile. You won't know how strong your beliefs really are until you have to defend them.

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It takes a great cook to pull life truth from poultry.

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Sometimes you've got to shout the truth and wake people up.

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New places always help us look at life differently

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We've got so much in this life that all we know how to do is want more.

So we concentrate on the wrong things-things we can see-as being the measure of a person. We think if we win something big or buy something snazzy it'll make us more than we are. Our hearts know that's not true, but the eyes are powerful.

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Like my grandmother always said, 'you never know the blessings that come from suffering.

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If she's really psychic," Zack said when he saw Tanisha's photo at school, "why does she need a doorbell?

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...It isn't the problems along the way that make us or break us. It's how we learn to stand and face them that makes the difference.

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Mountains draw you to a deeper place in yourself

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I don't do normal. I have a reputation to uphold. (Thwonk)

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Sometimes the best thing that can happen to a person is to have a puppy lick your face.

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I had taken the photograph from afar (distance being the basic glitch in our relationship), using my Nikon and zoom lens while hiding behind a fake marble pillar. I was hiding because if he knew I'd been secretly photographing him for all these months he would think I was immature, neurotic and obsessive. I'm not. I'm an artist. Artists are always misunderstood.(Thwonk)

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The sad heart needs work to do.

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...motherhood should be like driving a car -- you should have to pass a test before you can do it legally.

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when hope gets released in a place, all kinds of things are possible

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Have you ever noticed that it takes a textbook dozens of pages to say what normal people can cover fast? Example: What was the full impact of World War II? Clear-cut teenage answer: we won.

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When you have something so important, something that you'll stay awake for, something you know that you were designed to do, well, it's worth getting a few dark circles, don't you think?

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Everything's got a purpose, really - you just have to look for it.

Cats are good at keeping old dogs alive. Loss helps you reach for gain. Death helps you celebrate life. War helps you work for peace. A flood makes you glad you're still standing. And a tall boy can stop the wind so a candle of hope can burn bright.

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"You could lie to me. You could tell me to be encouraged, that good will triumph over evil.""Good will triumph over evil," said Richard. "Liar."

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I've never said this to a girl before.

" I bit my lip, waiting. "Well..." He looked down. "I'm not sure how to say this." He took a deep breath and announced, "I really like fighting evil with you.

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You cannot measure the loss of a human life.

It's all the things a person was, all their dreams, all the people who loved them, all they hoped to be and could give back to the world.

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If you worry about every little thing you're going to have one thoroughly miserable life.

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You know where we got stuck? We were looking for faithfull, loving and perfect relationships-males who were always glad to see us." "So?" "We already have that!" "What do you mean?" "We've got dogs!

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It was February sixth: eight days until Valentine's Day.

I was dateless, as usual, deep in the vice grip of unrequited love. It was bad enough not having a boyfriend for New Year's Eve. Now I had to cope with Valentine datelessness, feeling consummate social pressure from every retailer in America who stuck hearts and cupids in their windows by January second to rub it in.

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When you can carry five full dinner platters on your left arm, you should be able to vote, even if you're not eighteen.

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It was probably easier in the old days when the bad guys rode into town wearing black capes or whatever bad guys wore and the milk cows were ownded by honest people. Right off the bat, you'd know who you were dealing with. Now everybody dresses alike.

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You don't understand how much light you have until the lights go out.

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Will we have bodyguards?" "We're not quite set up for that.

But with all these mothers, you don't need them.

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People are so cheap. Everyone wants quality, no one wants to pay for it. Here's the suburban dream-- to hire great workers who are such meek morons that they don't have the guts to ask for a living wage.

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Mom has the Touch. She knows what flowers go with what occasions, what hors d'oeuvres work with what people. She believes passionately in the power of food to heal, restore, and stimulate relationships, and she has built a following of loyal customers who really hope she's right. If she's wrong, says Sonia, no one wants to know. (Thwonk)

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The choices we make can have lasting consequences.

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If you can't find an answer at the mall or the library, what does that say about the world?

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