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All Quotes by author - Mallory Ortberg
" A lot of my creative energy is spent coming up with a concept that, once I get it, I feel like it writes itself. "
" Anything where I get to write a lot of jokes and have a lot of creative control - that's all I want. "
" Did you know that, pound for pound, the moose is the leanest ruminant on Earth? It's true. Moose are very in tune with their natural surroundings. "
" Everyone wants to be liked; everyone wants approval. No one likes being ignored. "
" Ghost! I miss him! Is that weird? I miss him even though I invented him. I feel a lot of tenderness toward him. I don't write a lot of stuff that is sad or that is tender and affectionate, so that has a very special place in my heart. "
" I graduated with an English degree and worked for awhile in academic publishing. "
" I grew up in a home where reading was a big deal. "
" I have a lot of faith in the power of joking to make something thoughtful. "
" I have fun going on Twitter and the Internet. I feel safe and comfortable, and I wish everyone could feel that way. "
" I love 'Jane Eyre,' and I love the Bronte sisters. I actually didn't read any of them until I was in college, so I don't have quite the same connection with them that I think a lot of women do. "
" I love reading religious authors. Especially in the sort of circle I move in, people tend to be more secular, and I love reading books by just really smart people of religious faith. It's always a really cool perspective. "
" In the hands of a passive-aggressive person who wants to abdicate responsibility for things, texting is a great tool. You can really go nuts. "
" I spent the first 22 years of my life absorbing everything, like a big disgusting cell, and now I'm disgorging it with jokes added out into the world. That's a really gross metaphor. "
" It certainly was unusual growing up with two fairly well-known pastors as my parents. "
" I think female solitude is a mental condition as well as a physical state. You can be married and a spinster. I think spinster is an identity every woman can claim, if she will... I feel like a lot of women, or a lot of feminists, joke about taking to the sea or living alone in a cottage as this kind of fun freedom. "
" It's an unfortunate reality of life that toxins are constantly building up in our bodies. "
" My history teacher could make us feel like he was imparting rare gossip to us when he was talking about Maria Theresa and the Habsburgs. I just loved that sense of - the Western canon is here, and it's gossipy and tawdry, and everyone is sort of goofy. "
" My parents are both pastors. In the '80s and '90s in the mainstream Christian world, it was not really common for a woman - especially a married woman and a mother - to be a pastor. "
" The most successful Subway customers, of course, are the ones who can't keep their hands off their sandwich. Join your artist in the sandwich assembling process. That sneeze guard is a suggestion. That sneeze guard is trying to intimidate you into staying on the customer's side of the partition. "
" There's no specific mission statement for the 'Toast.' "
" The Toast's audience is about 30-35 percent male, which shocked me because I would say that we actively try to discourage men from reading our site. Apparently, there's not insignificant number of dudes out there who think that what we are doing is okay. "
" Usually my writing is very over the top and bombastic and very, like, 'I'm amazing! Look at me!' "
" Weirdly, often the more I write, the more ideas I have. "
" When I think of Emily Dickinson, there's not one particular poem of hers that jumps out, but I do have a very vivid image of an ill woman with giant eyes who wants to write about the sun exploding. "
" When I was twenty years old, I had gum grafts put in. "
" With a few exceptions, birds are not to be trusted; it is not normal to have such soft, vulnerable bodies bookended with slashing beaks and razor-sharp claws. It is as unnatural as an armed marshmallow. "
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