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    The reason that extended solitude seemed so hard to endure was not that we missed others but that we began to wonder if we ourselves were present, because for so long our existence depended upon assurances from them.
    — Doris Grumbach
    My eyes glaze over at a writer solving tiny problems.
    — Doris Grumbach
    tags: problem  eyes 
     
    Searching for the self when I was entirely alone was hazardous. What if I found not so much a great emptiness as a space full of unpleasant contents, a compound of long-hidden truths, closeted, buried, forgotten. When I went looking, I was playing a desperate game of hide-and-seek, fearful of what I might find, most afraid that I would find nothing.
    — Doris Grumbach
    tags: truth  self  searching  alone  space  games  afraid 
     
    We were determined by public opinions of us. Would we think we existed without outside confirmation? And how long would we live apart from others before we began to doubt our existence?
    — Doris Grumbach
    tags: live  doubt  opinion 
     
    A hand up is worthier than one's own fist grasping a higher rung of the ladder.
    — Doris Grumbach
    Praise requires constant renewal and expansion.
    — Doris Grumbach
    tags: praise 
     
    What others regard as retreat from them or rejection of them is not those things at all but instead a breeding ground for greater friendship, a culture for deeper involvement, eventually, with them.
    — Doris Grumbach
    Writers are entirely egocentric. To them, few things in their lives have meaning or importance unless they give promise of serving some creative purpose.
    — Doris Grumbach
    tags: live  meaning  creative 
     
    My old friend, water, my good companion, my beloved mother and father: I am its most natural offspring.
    — Doris Grumbach
    These short stories establish Sontag's originality . . . her unique vision, her success with experiments in the form . . . Sontag makes a wonderful stew of the past, the life caught in memory and imagination, serves it all up lavishly laced with silences, and provides us with a gourmand's series of short courses.
    — Doris Grumbach
    one keeps one's friends better when one is alone. The corollary to this is that one loses one's friends, slowly, when one sees them too often or when they visit for too long a time.
    — Doris Grumbach
    tags: time  friends  alone 
     
    Old age is somewhat like dieting. Every day there is less of us to be observed.
    — Doris Grumbach
    tags: age 
     
    Talk uses up ideas. Once I have spoken them aloud, they are lost to me, dissipated into the noisy air like smoke. Only if I bury them, like bulbs, in the rich soil of silence do they grow.
    — Doris Grumbach
    tags: silence  lost  ideas  smoke 
     
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