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Shirley Jackson

Read through the most famous quotes from Shirley Jackson

No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.

— Shirley Jackson

#escapism #first-sentence #opening-lines #reality #sanity

You will be wondering about that sugar bowl, I imagine, is it still in use? You are wondering, has it been cleaned? You may very well ask, was it thoroughly washed?

— Shirley Jackson

#macabre #sugar #wash #imagination

Fear," the doctor said, "is the relinquishment of logic, the willing relinquishing of reasonable patterns. We yield to it or we fight it, but we cannot meet it halfway.

— Shirley Jackson

#fear #courage

We eat the year away. We eat the spring and the summer and the fall. We wait for something to grow and then we eat it.

— Shirley Jackson


We started out making men in about the state of mind which I suppose created them in the first place -- we had run out of kinds of women, and had to think of something else.

— Shirley Jackson


I looked at the clock with the faint unconscious hope common to all mothers that time will somehow have passed magically away and the next time you look it will be bedtime.

— Shirley Jackson

#motherhood #life

My dear, how can I make you perceive that there is no danger where there is nothing but love and understanding?

— Shirley Jackson

#understanding #love

I'm going to put death in all their food and watch them die.

— Shirley Jackson

#hate #poison #death

No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality; even larks and katydids are supposed, but some, to dream.

— Shirley Jackson

#reality #sanity #dreams

I wonder if I could eat a child if I had the chance.' 'I doubt if I could cook one,' said Constance.

— Shirley Jackson

#dark-humor #humor #macabre #humor

About Shirley Jackson

Shirley Jackson Quotes

Did you know about Shirley Jackson?

Born Shirley Hardie Jackson in San Francisco California to Leslie and Geraldine Jackson Shirley and her family lived in the community of Burlingame California an affluent middle-class suburb that would feature in Shirley's first novel The Road Through the Wall (1948). In addition to the aforementioned Hangsaman her other novels include The Bird's Nest (1954) and The Sundial (1958). Hill House not sane stood by itself against its hills holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more.

She has influenced such writers as Neil Gaiman Stephen King Nigel Kneale and Richard Matheson. Jackson may even have taken pleasure in the subversive impact of her work as evidenced by Hyman's statement that Shirley Jackson "was always proud that the Union of South Africa banned 'The Lottery' and Shirley Jackson felt that they at least understood the story". In her critical biography of Jackson Lenemaja Friedman notes that when "The Lottery" was publiShirley Jacksond in the June 26 1948 issue of The New Yorker it received a response that "no New Yorker story had ever received".

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