I shall weave a suit of leaves. At once. With acorns for buttons.
("We Have Always Lived in the Castle")
More Quotes from Shirley Jackson:My name is Mary Katherine Blackwood. I am eighteen years old, and I live with my sister Constance. I have often thought that with any luck at all, I could have been born a werewolf, because the two middle fingers on both my hands are the same length, but I have had to be content with what I had. I dislike washing myself, and dogs, and noise. I like my sister Constance, and Richard Plantagenet, and Amanita phalloides, the death-cup mushroom. Everyone else in our family is dead.
Hill House, she thought, You're as hard to get into as heaven.
Let him be wise, or let me be blind; don't let me, she hoped concretely, don't let me know too surely what he thinks of me.
All I could think of when I got a look at the place from the outside was what fun it would be to stand out there and watch it burn down.
Life Among the Savages is a disrespectful memoir of my children.
Let my reader who is puzzled by my awkward explanations close his eyes for no more than two minutes, and see if he does not find himself suddenly not a compact human being at all, but only a consciousness on a sea of sound and touch . . .
Readers Who Like This Quotation Also Like:Do you know why language manifests itself the way it does in my work? It's because I understand short attention spans.
The nation was awakened by that deafening shot.
All I've got against golf is it takes you so far from the clubhouse.