“That's not a bad word...hate and war are bad words, but fuck isn't.”
“Like my mother said, you can't go back to holding hands”
“I love you, Michael Wagner.”
“Forever?” he asked.
“Forever,” I said.”
“Suddenly question number four popped into my mind. Have you thought about how this relationship will end?”
“I made promises to you that I'm not sure I can keep. None of it has anything to do with you. It's just that I don't know what to do now. You must be thinking what a rotten person I am. Well, believe me, I'm thinking the same thing. I don't know how this happened or why. Maybe I can get over it. Do you think you can wait—because I don't want you to stop loving me. I keep remembering us and how it was. I don't want to hurt you … not ever …”
“I wanted to tell him that I will never be sorry for loving him. That in a way I still do - that maybe I always will. I'll never regret one single thing we did together because what we had was very special. Maybe if we were ten years older it would have worked out differently. Maybe. I think it's just that I'm not ready for forever.”
“It's strange, but when it comes right down to it I never do fall apart--even when I'm sure I will.”
“I want you to know it was no big deal...those movies showing women screaming in labor are plain bullshit....there's nothing to it...you just push and push and finally the baby pops out...to tell you the truth I don't even rember that much about it except there was a very nice guy standing over me and every time a strong contraction started he gave me a whiff of gas...”
“Do you think you can wait - because I don't want you to stop loving me. I keep remembering us and how it was. I don't want to hurt you...not ever...”
“I still get angry when older people assume that everyone in my generation, screws around. They're probably the same ones who think all kids use dope. It's true that we are more open than our parents but that just means we accept sex and talk about it. It doesn't mean we are all jumping into bed together.”
“It's true that we are more open than our parents but that just means we accept sex and talk about it. It doesn't mean we are all jumping in bed together.”
“Sex is a commitment...Once you're there you can't go back to holding hands...and when you give yourself both mentally and physically...well, you're completely vulnerable.”
“You better get used to it. You're going to be on the ground a lot today, but cheer up... tomorrow you'll be an expert.”
“Nights are the worst. You just don't know what it's like for me, trying not to think of [him]...knowing that we're going to be apart for so long. It's pure torture.”
“You've got to enjoy whatever you can and forget about the rest.”
“...love at thirteen is nothing like love at eighteen.”
“I made promises to you that I'm not sure I can keep.”
“It's funny how you can grow away from your friends, when just a few years ago they were the most important people in your life.”
“...Sometimes spending a lot of time together can end a romance faster than anything else.”
“I love to watch to him while he sleeps. Besides everything else he is really my best friend now. It's a different kind of friendship...It makes me wish I could share every day with him.”
“...I used to think if you read enough books you'd automatically know how to do everything the right way. But reading and doing are not the same at all.”
“You’re going to love it.”
I nodded and tried to smile back.
“We’re getting off at the beginners’ slope so you don’t have to worry.”
“I’m not worried.”
“You look scared to death.”
“Don’t be silly…I can’t wait to learn to ski.” But I was thinking, we’re going up so high…how will I ever get down? My father was right…I am going to break a leg…I am going to fall off this chairlift and break a leg…maybe even two…probably two legs and an arm…possibly more than that even.”
“But you have to be sure you can handle the situation before you jump into it...sex is a commitment...once you're there you can't go back to holding hands.”
“But you have to be sure you can handle the situation before you jump into it.”
“Keep your paws off my fiancèe, you flea-ridden stray!”
“But this is the kind of thing that fiction is: it's the unlivable life, the strange room tacked onto the house, the extra moon that is circling the earth unbeknownst to science.”
“All the while moving the idea of home three more modulations deeper into unspinning space”
I started reading the third act of Hamlet, and I got about two pages in when I realized there's no point.
I am never going back to school.
I am never going to the university.
I am never going to watch wolves stalk through the northern forests or elephants graze on the savanna. I am never going to have sex or get married or raise a family. I'm never going to have a first apartment, a first house, a first car. I'm never”
“She likes playing the saxophone, Romero, not the piccolo Pete.”
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