Grace Paley

(11 December 1922 – 22 August 2007 / Bronx, New York)

Grace Paley Quotes

  • ''The word career is a divisive word. It's a word that divides the normal life from business or professional life.''
    Grace Paley (b. 1922), U.S. story writer, poet, and peace activist. As quoted in Listen to Their Voices, ch. 1, by Mickey Pearlman (1993).
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The Boy His Mother

she said
you were a wonderful boy this evening
at a dinner among friends so attentive so
grown up the boy's heart oh his ribs
may crack with happiness he runs dangerously
out into the street calling come come every-
body it's this way we're going this way he turns
wants to look up into her face come Mother she
laughs and follows but there's no help his eyes

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