“I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.”
“It's a funny thing... but people mostly have it backward. They think they live by what they want. But really, what guides them is what they're afraid of. What they don't want.”
“They say, Find a purpose in your life and live it. But, sometimes, it is only after you have lived that you recognize your life had a purpose, and likely one you never had in mind.”
“I now know that some people feel unhappiness the way others love: privately, intensely, and without recourse.”
“Beauty is an enormous, unmerited gift given randomly, stupidly.”
“I learned that the world didn't see the inside of you, that it didn't care a whit about the hopes and dreams, and sorrows, that lay masked by skin and bone. It was as simple, as absurd, and as cruel as that.”
“Out beyond ideas
of wrongdoing and right doing,
there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.”
“J’aurais dû être plus gentille—I should have been more kind. That is something a person will never regret. You will never say to yourself when you are old, Ah, I wish I was not good to that person. You will never think that.”
“All good things in life are fragile and easily lost”
“A story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop onboard, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.”
“When you have lived as long as I have, the div replied, you find that cruelty and benevolence are but shades of the same color.”
“You say you felt a presence, but I only sensed an absence. A vague pain without a source. I was like a patient who cannot tell the doctor where it hurts, only that it does.”
“The rope that pulls you from the flood can become a noose around your neck.”
“It was the kind of love that, sooner or later, cornered you into a choice: either you tore free or you stayed and withstood its rigor even as it squeezed you into something smaller than yourself.”
“They tell me I must wade into waters, where I will soon drown. Before I march in, I leave this on the shore for you. I pray you find it, sister, so you will know what was in my heart as I went under.”
“For courage, there must be something at stake. I come here with nothing to lose.”
“Kabul is... a thousand tragedies per square mile.”
“But it is important to know this, to know your roots. To know where you started as a person. If not, your own life seems unreal to you. Like a puzzle. Vous comprenez? Like you have missed the beginning of a story and now you are in the middle of it, trying to understand.”
“The finger cut, to save the hand.”
“He said that if culture is a house, then language was the key to the front door; to all the rooms inside. Without it, he said, you ended up wayward, without a proper home or a legitimate identity.”
“Nothing good came free. Even love. You paid for all things. And if you were poor, suffering was your currency.”
“Human behavior is messy and unpredictable and unconcerned with convenient symmetries.”
“I found a sad little fairy
Beneath the shade of a paper tree.
I know a sad little fairy
Who was blown away by the wind one night.”
“I have lived a long time, and one thing I have come to see is that one is well served by a degree of both humility and charity when judging the inner workings of another person's heart”
“She is furious with herself for her own stupidity. Opening herself up like this, voluntarily, to a lifetime of worry and anguish. It was madness. Sheer lunacy. A spectacularly foolish and baseless faith, against enormous odds, that a world you do not control will not take from you the one thing you cannot bear to lose. Faith that the world will not destroy you.”
“I've read that if an avalanche buries you and you're lying there underneath all that snow, you can't tell which way is up or down. You want to dig yourself out but pick the wrong way, and you dig yourself to your own demise.”
“At last, she makes her choice. She turns around, drops her head, and walks toward a horizon she cannot see. After that, she does not look back anymore. She knows that if she does, she will weaken.”
“I have a theory about marriage, Monsieur Boustouler. And it's that nearly always you will know within two weeks if it's going to work. It's astonishing how many people remain shackled for years, decades even, in a protracted and mutual state of self-delusion and false hope when in fact they had their answer in those first two weeks.”
“i want to give up my bearings, slip out of who i am, shed everything, the way a snake discards old skin.”
“The cities, the roads, the countryside, the people I meet - they all begin to blur. I tell myself I am searching for something. But more and more, it feels like I am wandering, waiting for something to happen to me, something that will change everything, something that my whole life has been leading up to.”
“And drunk men take dares like they take breaths.”
“These days, people spent too much time striving to understand their feelings - and then ended up with none that were genuine.”
“You know, Sam, it’s beginning to piss me off how you figure me out. How the heck am I supposed to be intriguing and mysterious if you keep figuring me out?”
“Just as soon as I get this cast off," Fletcher said, "I'm going to kick your ass."
"You shouldn't speak to Dr Renwick like that, after all he's done for you," said Nat, with a grin.
"Why not?" asked Fletcher. "He filled me up with your blood, so now I'm half the man I was."
"Wrong again," said Nat. "You're twice the man you were, but still half the man I am.”
“It ain’t the dead things you gotta be mindful of around here … it’s the living.”
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