“Posing the question: does the god of love use underarm deodorant, vaginal spray and fluoride toothpaste?”
“We talked across each other, our conversation at right angles, only meeting in the intersections of silence at story’s end.”
“In love, there is always one who kisses and one who offers the cheek.” –French proverb”
“Men rarely (if ever) manage to dream up a god superior to themselves. Most gods have the manners and morals of a spoiled child.” –ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, 1973”
“If one is unable to buy Courvoisier, one should forcibly restrain oneself from serving strawberries Romanoff for dessert.”
“We had reached the moment of final nightness.”
“There is only one real evil in the world: mediocrity.”
“for a people with a heritage of enslavement, evil is a concept of those who forged the shackles, not those who wore them.”
“―Viipuri vallattu, kähisi hän eteenpäin, huomaamatta muuttaa äänensävyään, niin että edelläkulkeva mies sai ilmoituksen vihan pakahduttamalla äänellä, ikään kuin pahinta, mitä Lehto tiesi maailmassa olevan, olisi ollut Viipurin valtaus.”
“Weary looked at him and shook his head and put the tailgate up and drove down the gravel towards the bivouac, carrying two drunks, who both fatuously imagined, that once in a dream somewhere, sometime, someplace, they had managed for a moment to touch another human soul and understand it.”
“You know the old saying,” said Nick. “Keep your friends close and your enemies dead and buried in the basement.”
“Why - what the name - began her father. I thought you went out to get the parsley!”
“I remember walking across Sixty-second Street one twilight that first spring, or the second spring, they were all alike for a while. I was late to meet someone but I stopped at Lexington Avenue and bought a peach and stood on the corner eating it and knew that I had come out out of the West and reached the mirage. I could taste the peach and feel the soft air blowing from a subway grating on my legs and I could smell lilac and garbage and expensive perfume and I knew that it would cost something sooner or later—because I did not belong there, did not come from there—but when you are twenty-two or twenty-three, you figure that later you will have a high emotional balance, and be able to pay whatever it costs. I still believed in possibilities then, still had the sense, so peculiar to New York, that something extraordinary would happen any minute, any day, any month.”
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