"[T]o be honest, there aren’t a lot of jobs that are cooler than being a reporter. I mean, that’s what Superman was."
— John Horton, former columnist for The Plain Dealer, to Poynter, before adding, “I miss the daily challenge that you had, the feeling that you were doing something larger that made a big difference, fighting that fight every day. I think journalism is one of the few jobs that really has that aspect to it.” How mass layoffs in 2013 changed the lives of former Plain Dealer staffers
"A man once asked me … how I managed in my books to write such natural conversation between men when they were by themselves. Was I, by any chance, a member of a large, mixed family with a lot of male friends? I replied that, on the contrary, I was an only child and had practically never seen or spoken to any men of my own age till I was about twenty-five. “Well,” said the man, “I shouldn’t have expected a woman (meaning me) to have been able to make it so convincing.” I replied that I had coped with this difficult problem by making my men talk, as far as possible, like ordinary human beings. This aspect of the matter seemed to surprise the other speaker; he said no more, but took it away to chew it over. One of these days it may quite likely occur to him that women, as well as men, when left to themselves, talk very much like human beings also."
Dorothy L. Sayers, Are Women Human?: Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society
Book Geek Quote #445
"In fact, the results of my middle school experience extended long past high school. I spent too much energy putting up walls so that people wouldn’t see the real me. My biggest fear was being vulnerable. Even as an adult, I have been reluctant to expose too much of myself, even the parts of myself I like, because to expose my favorite qualities and then be rejected? That would be unbearable."
— Michelle Icard, Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years