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When You Are Engulfed in Flames

 Author: David Sedaris  Category: Essay  Publisher: Little Brown and Company  Published: June 3, 2008  Language: English  File Size: 1.14 MB  Tags: anthologyautobiographyBiographycomedyessayHumorMemoirNonfictionshort stories |  Download PDF


When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris,  is a collection of essays that explore the absurdities of everyday life, travel mishaps, cultural differences, and the quirks of human behavior.

Famous Quotes:

I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life.

The pleasure lies not in the cookies, but in the pattern the crumbs make when the cookies crumble.

Sometimes it’s not enough to know what things mean, sometimes you have to know what things don’t mean.

You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need.

Hope for the best, plan for the worst.

The only way out is through.

We’re all fools in love.

The more I know, the more I realize how little I know.

There are some experiences in life they haven’t invented the right words for yet.

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

It always pays to be considerate, even to enemies.

Life is too short to be anything but happy.

True friendship is like sound health; the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.

Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.

Beautiful lines:

To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.

The only way to deal with diversity is to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.

The best way to predict your future is to create it.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

A single thread of hope is still a very powerful thing.

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Every artist was first an amateur.

There is no substitute for hard work.

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.

Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.

When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.

Literary awards:

  • Audie Award for Narration by the Author or Authors (2009)
  • Grammy Award Nominee for Best Spoken Word Album (2009)