"I want a chainsaw very badly, because I think cutting down a tree would be unbelievably satisfying. I have asked for a chainsaw for my birthday, but I think I'll probably be given jewelry instead."
"God gave us the gift of life it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well."Susan Orlean on Voltaire
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."Susan Orlean on Oprah Winfrey
"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."Susan Orlean on Jim Valvano
"I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity."Susan Orlean on Eleanor Roosevelt
"The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance."Susan Orlean on Brian Tracy
"I once had a boyfriend who couldn't write unless he was wearing a necktie and a dress shirt, which I thought was really weird, because this was a long time ago, and no one I knew ever wore dress shirts, let alone neckties it was like he was a grown-up reenacter or something."
"One of my favorite activities as a teen-ager was to watch television over the phone with my best friend."
"My ace in the hole as a human being used to be my capacity for remembering birthdays. I worked at it. Whenever I made a new friend, I made a point of finding out his or her birthday early on, and I would record it in my Filofax calendar."
"I want to let my friend Buster know that I would like to have dinner with him tonight. Does Buster work at home? Then how likely is he to have his cell phone on? Is he one of those people who only turns on his cell when he's in his car? I hate that."
"You can find out anything you want about a car now, and especially every bit of information about the price, without relying on the dealers."