Diane Ackerman

1948 -

A Quote by Diane Ackerman on womenswisdom and beauty

What do those of us who aren't tall, flawlessly sculpted adolescents do?
 Answer: Console ourselves with how relative beauty can be...
Thank heavens for the arousing qualities of zest, intelligence,
wit, curiosity, sweetness, passion, talent and grace.

Diane Ackerman (1948 -)

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A Quote by Diane Ackerman on happiness

Happiness doesn't require laughter, only well-being and a sense that the world is breaking someone else's heart, not mine.

Diane Ackerman (1948 -)

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A Quote by Diane Ackerman on senses

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We live on the leash of our senses.

Diane Ackerman (1948 -)

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A Quote by Diane Ackerman on secrets

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Look into the mirror. The face that pins you with its double gaze reveals a chastening secret: You are looking into a predator's eyes.

Diane Ackerman (1948 -)

Source: A Natural History of the Senses, 1990

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A Quote by Diane Ackerman on emotion, language, lies, and poetry

A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically.

Diane Ackerman (1948 -)

Source: The Writer on Her Work, vol, 1, ed. Janet Sternburg, 1991.

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A Quote by Diane Ackerman on senses, understanding, and world

There is no way in which to understand the world without first detecting it through the radar-net of our senses.

Diane Ackerman (1948 -)

Source: A Natural History of the Senses, 1990.

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A Quote by Diane Ackerman on beginning, country, lies, and mystery

It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.

Diane Ackerman (1948 -)

Source: A Natural History of the Senses, 1990.

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A Quote by Diane Ackerman on desires, force, life, optimism, passion, sex, world, and youth

A flower's fragrance declares to all the world that it is fertile, available, and desirable, its sex organs oozing with nectar. Its smell reminds us in vestigial ways of fertility, vigor, life-force, all the optimism, expectancy, and passionate bloom of youth. We inhale its ardent aroma and, no matter what our ages, we feel young and nubile in a world aflame with desire.

Diane Ackerman (1948 -)

Source: A Natural History of the Senses, 1990, p. 13

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A Quote by Diane Ackerman on justice and life

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.

Diane Ackerman (1948 -)

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