Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Lisa Alther

American Author and Professor of Fiction

"A person’s intelligence is directly reflected by the number of conflicting points of view he can entertain simultaneously on the same topic."

"I always thought it was a question of achieving some permanent state of tranquillity ... but it's not. It's more like learning to surf. The waves keep rolling in, each different from the last, and you have to ride them, instead of getting pounded to bits."

"Whatever I experienced in the world that I didn't understand I'd invent a story and workout my understanding of something through the story."