Notes & Quotes: Now Go Out There by Mary Karr

The following are my favorite quotes from Mary Karr's Now Go Out There: (And Get Curious).
  1. Rodney longs to date a tattooed girl, because he wants a woman willing to do stuff she’ll regret.
  2. That’s how fear works, isn’t it? Getting what you want often scares you more than not getting it.
  3. As deep as a wound is, that’s how deep the healing can be.
  4. Bad things are gonna happen to you, because they happen to us all. And worrying won’t stave the really bad things off.
  5. Don’t make the mistake of comparing your twisted-up insides to other people’s blow-dried outsides.
  6. A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.
  7. The opposite of love isn’t hate. It isn’t even indifference. It’s fear—often fear of the very pain and suffering which we all know are inevitable.
  8. The same inner voice you use to bash others eventually lands back on you.
  9. I’d like to install a button you could push that could say to you during the bad times, in a really convincing voice: “This hard spell might be the start of something truly great I can’t foresee right now because I’m scared shitless.”
  10. If you can get curious about what scares or infuriates you—especially if it’s part of yourself—you can grow less scared. And fast—in the flick of a lash. You can open your eyes onto a completely different world, because you can see it from a less terrified consciousness.
  11. And Walt [Mink] said a sentence I’ll never forget that has informed my life as a professor. “Because it’s my job to put information into his head, and unless I know what’s in there already, I can’t do my job.” He’d shown me how to replace revulsion with curiosity. How to wonder.
  12. There’s an unexpected power coming from care that I choose to interpret as divine.
  13. Being smart and rich are lucky, but being curious and compassionate will save your ass. Being curious and compassionate can take you out of your ego and edge your soul towards wonder.
This book is teeny-tiny! Before purchasing, consider borrowing from the library or even standing in the bookstore for 30 minutes and reading it from cover-to-cover.