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There is love in holding and there is love in letting go. Elizabeth Berg, The Year of Pleasures

- Madelon Phillips

This is one rule about mixing boys and girls: that a date always comes first.

- Elizabeth Berg, Joy School

When you take the small roads you see the life that goes on there, and this makes your own life larger.

- Elizabeth Berg

If I could just have him until the day was over. Just a few more hours. But he was gone. I clasped my hand tightly over my mouth and felt a trembling that started deep inside move out to make all of me shake. I had a mighty impulse, it truly was mighty, to rise to my feet and howl. To overturn the chair and nightstand, to rip at my clothes, to bring down the very walls around us. But of course I did not do that. I pulled an elemental sense of outrage back inside and smoothed it down. I forced something far too big into something far too small, and this made for a surprising and unreasonable weight, as mercury does. I noticed sounds coming from my throat, little unladylike grunts. I saw that everything I’d ever imagined about what it would feel like when was pale. Was wrong. Was the shadow and not the mountain. And then, “It’s all right,” I said, quickly. “It’s all right.” To whom? I wondered later.

- Elizabeth Berg

I would make an anonymous call and say, this is someone who cares, do you know what kind of children you have?

- Elizabeth Berg, Joy School

It seems like all the time people are making themselves themselves, but they don't really know it. You can only have true visions when you look behind. A person can slide so fast into being something they never really intended. I wonder if you can truly resurrect your own self.

- Elizabeth Berg

The light is amber, the air still; the daylilies have folded in on themselves. Soon, the hooded blue of dusk will fall, followed by the darkness of night and the sky writing of the stars, indecipherable to us mortals, despite our attempts to force narrative upon them.

- Elizabeth Berg

If I were to draw on a paper what gym does for me, I would make one dot and then I would erase it.

- Elizabeth Berg, Joy School

Are these real diamonds?" I once asked, and she said, "Why have them if they're not?

- Elizabeth Berg

I turn off the radio, listen to the quiet. Which has its own, rich sound. Which I knew, but had forgotten. And it is good to remember.

- Elizabeth Berg

You focus on telling stories,
we do everything else.