"I was interested in transcendence from a very early age. I was interested in what was over there, what was behind life. So when I had my first communion I was very disappointed. I had expected something amazing and surprising and spiritual. Instead all I got was a bicycle. That wasn't what I was after at all."
"Political consultants are pugilists, masters in the dark art of negativity. Which is why it's surprising to hear Democrats such as Steve McMahon and Republicans like Rich Galen urging their presidential candidates to be more, well, positive."
"The surprising thing about fatherhood was finding my inner mush. Now I want to share it with the world."
"We're learning how important it is both to preserve sibling relationships if they work and repair them if they're broken. We're also learning a lot about nonliteral siblings - stepsiblings, half-siblings - and the surprising power they can have."
"I couldn't have foreseen all the good things that have followed my mother's death. The renewed energy, the surprising sweetness of grief. The tenderness I feel for strangers on walkers. The deeper love I have for my siblings and friends. The desire to play the mandolin. The gift of a visitation."
"One of the interesting things about having little musical knowledge is that you generate surprising results sometimes you move to places you wouldn't if you knew better."
"We've got fuel prices coming down and good travel numbers coming out, so it's not surprising airline stocks are going up."
"End-of-the-world stories tend to ring true. I've always been drawn to them, but as I wrote my own, I found surprising pleasure in creating a world that is so radically changed, yet where there's so much meaning and value in every small and ordinary thing we have, and take for granted: hot showers, enough food, friends, routines."
"I know it may seem surprising to people, but learning dialog that has a conversational flow to it is not that difficult."
"It's surprising to me how many of my friends send Christmas cards, or holiday cards, including my atheist and secular friends."