Author: Catherine Giese

I love quotes. So. Much. I think that words are the best. I totally admit to having quote journal, a quote Pinterest board, and a quote wall made up of multicolored stickie notes scribbled with words that I’ve found during my escapades with novels and while poking around on the interwebs. Today, I thought I’d share some of these lovely words with you. Here are a few beautifully strung together quotes from Cornell authors about anything and everything.


1. “It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.” – Diane Ackerman


2. “It just flooded through all my quiet spaces. It was a message more than a feeling, a message that tolled like a bell: change, change, change.” – Junot Diaz


3. “While you’re alive there’s no time for minor amazements.” – Alice Fulton


4. “Now my legs subdue that dangerous sea, the water bright enough to cut the skin, where a lighthouse perched on the tip of my great toe, each eight seconds rolls another flawless pearl across the waves. It keeps most ships from wrecking against my feet. On clear days, people stand beside the light; they watch the waves’ blue heads slip up and down and scan for landmarks on the facing shore.” – Joanie Mackowski


5. “I always do the wrong. I do the wrong thing so much that the times I actually do the right thing stand out so brightly in my memory that I forget I always do the wrong thing.” – Lorrie Moore


6. “At some point in life the world’s beauty becomes enough. You don’t need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.” – Toni Morrison


7. “I shall be dumped where the weed decays, And the rest is rust and stardust.” – Vladimir Nabokov


8. “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” – Carl Sagan


9. “For me, the world is a rainbow of grays.” – Helen Shulman


10. “And as if she had opened a hidden door, I felt the patterned surface break and give way, and the words let me in. I still loved opening a book and feeling like I was physically entering the page, the ordinary world fizzing and blurring around the edges until it disappeared.” – Julie Shumacher


11. “Like the heavens’ walls of flame that the old magi could see;

Or those ethereal clouds of energy

From which all constellations form,

Within whose love they turn.

They stand here real and ultimate.

But there is no one here.” – WD Snodgrass


12. “We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” -Kurt Vonnegut


So there you have it-twelve insightful and lovely quotes from authors who all spent some time high above Cayuga’s waters. We only gave you twelve, but there are plenty more where that came from. Did we miss any that you love? Let us know in the comments!