“It was like that all the time, in those years: an endless trip, a gaudy voyage. But powers decay. Time leaches the colors from the best of visions. The world becomes grayer. Entropy beats us down. Everything fades. Everything goes. Everything dies.”
“I'm an urban New Yorker to the last molecule.”
“I don't understand why anybody old enough to know the score ever gets married, anyway. Why should love require a contract? Why put yourself into the clutches of the state and give it power over you? Why invite lawyers to fuck around with your assets? Marriage is for the immature and the insecure and the ignorant. We who see through such institutions should be content to live together without legal coercion”
“Kafamda bir sessizlik yuvarı büyüyor, genişledikçe genişleyip bütün kafatasımı kaplayarak kocaman, bomboş bir alan yaratıyor. Yavaş ilerleyen bir gerçeklik sızıntısından muzdaribim. Şeylerin sadece sınırlarını görüyorum, özlerini değil, üstelik sınırlar bile belirsizleşiyor artık.”
“I tried to be good to Judith, I tried to be kind and loving, but our hatred kept coming between us.”
“He often has followed current fads and modes in an attempt to affiliate himself more firmly with the structures of contemporary existence.”
“The truth is that when one is still a child-or even if one is grown up- and has been well fed, and has slept long and softly and warm; when one has gone to sleep in the midst of a fairy story, and has wakened to find it real, one cannot be unhappy or even look as if one were; and one could not, if one tried, keep a glow of joy out of one's eyes.”
“The world was not wheeling anymore. It was just very clear and bright and inclined to blur at the edges.”
“Is my paranoia getting completely out of hand, or are you mongoloids really talking about me?”
“Well, you've finally got a license to kill. It's about time.”
“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby.
But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
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