Maria Semple

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The first stop on this crazy train is Kindergarten Junction, and nobody gets off until it pulls into Harvard Station.
- Maria Semple
Collection: Crazy
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When I'm creatively solving problems, I'm in my sweet spot, and nothing can take me out of that joyful present.
- Maria Semple
Collection: Sweet
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Can you believe the weather?'...'Actually, I CAN believe the weather. What I can't believe is that I'm actually having a conversation about the weather.
- Maria Semple
Collection: Believe
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Those East Coast rich kids are a different breed, on a fast track to nowhere. Your friends in Seattle are downright Canadian in their niceness. None of you has a cell phone. The girls wear hoodies and big cotton underpants and walk around with tangled hair and smiling, adorned backpacks. Do you know how absolutely exotic it is that you haven’t been corrupted by fashion and pop culture? A month ago I mentioned Ben Stiller, and do you remember how you responded? ‘Who’s that?’ I loved you all over again.
- Maria Semple
Collection: Girl
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You bet your bindi that’s how big I want it.
- Maria Semple
Collection: Want
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I think one of the good things about writing novels is that you always start from scratch.
- Maria Semple
Collection: Writing
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What's this?" She pulled out a card and held it away from her face. "I can't read what it says." I took it from her and read it aloud. 1. Beeber Bifocal 2. Twenty Mile House 3. Bee 4. Your escape Fourteen miracles to go.
- Maria Semple
Collection: House
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When I'm writing a book, I draw from my immediate experience, and my books are therefore almost a snapshot of where I am at that moment in my life.
- Maria Semple
Collection: Book
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When "Here Comes the Sun" started, what happened? No, the sun didn't come out, but Mom opened up like the sun breaking through the clouds. You know how in the first few notes of that song, there's something about George's guitar that's just so hopeful? It was like when Mom sang, she was full of hope, too. She even got the irregular clapping right during the guitar solo. When the song was over, she paused. "Oh Bee," she said. "This song reminds me of you." She had tears in her eyes.
- Maria Semple
Collection: Mom