"When I came home for the summer after my first year of college, I told my mother that my best friend and I were driving to California. She laughed out loud - 2,000 miles in a what? Well, my best friend had an old Chevy. What could go wrong?"
"Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country."Jane Smiley on Margaret Thatcher
"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."Jane Smiley on Benjamin Franklin
"Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts."Jane Smiley on Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home."Jane Smiley on Bill Cosby
"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in."Jane Smiley on Robert Frost
"I learned why 'out riding alone' is an oxymoron: An equestrian is never alone, is always sensing the other being, the mysterious but also understandable living being that is the horse."
"I discovered that the horse is life itself, a metaphor but also an example of life's mystery and unpredictability, of life's generosity and beauty, a worthy object of repeated and ever changing contemplation."
"There are hundreds of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings around the United States and in other countries, too. Wright lived into his 90s, and one of his most famous buildings, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, was completed just before his death. Wright buildings look like Wright buildings - that is their paradox."
"Vets do what doctors used to - diagnose the injury or the condition, patch it up as best they can and remind you that these things happen and that in life we are also in the midst of death."
"Somehow, knowing that Alzheimer's is coming mocks all one's aspirations - to tell stories, to think through certain issues as only a novel can do, to be recognised for one's accomplishments and hard work - in a way that old familiar death does not."