“I think you can do whatever you want. In the end, we all live the life we choose for ourselves.”
“In the end, the only one you can ever really please is yourself. How others feel is up to them.”
“See me just as I see you.”
“Experience was the most painful of teachers.”
“... with every passing year she found herself wondering more and more where all the good guys had gone. Or even if there really was such a thing anymore. Where were the guys who didn’t expect you to sleep with them after only a date or two? Or guys who believed that picking up the check on a first date was a classy thing to do? Or even a guy with a somewhat decent job and plans for the future?”
“That’s why they say ‘falling in love’ and not something like ‘floating toward love.’ Falling is scary.”
“It takes over—fear, I mean. No matter how hard you try to fight it, it takes over, crushing the life out of you.”
“Why study or try to change the world on a Friday afternoon when you could be out enjoying the sun?”
“College was a bubble that kept the rest of the world at bay. There was an abundance of free time, friends who lived either with you or right next door, and an overwhelming sense of optimism about the future, even if you had no idea as to the specifics of what that might mean. In college, everyone accepted the fact that their lives would turn out exactly as planned, buoying them from one good memory to the next in a cascade of carefree three-day weekends.”
“Isn't that the tie Lily bought for your birthday?"
Evan looked down to examine it. It was paisley, a kaleidoscope of color. "Yes it is, as a matter of fact. Good memory. What do you think? Too much?"
"It doesn't matter what I think."
"But you don't like it."
"I think that if you want to wear it, you should wear it."
Evan seemed momentarily undecided. "Why do you do that?"
"Refuse to answer a simple question."
"Because my opinion is irrelevant. You should wear what you want."
"Just tell me, okay?"
"I don't like your tie."
"Really? Why not?"
"Because it's ugly."
"It's not ugly."
Colin nodded. "Okay."
"You don't know what you're talking about."
"You don't even wear ties."
"So why do I care what you think?"
"I don't know."
Evan scowled. "Talking to you can be infuriating, you know."
"I know. You've said that before."
"Of course I've said it before! Because it's true! Didn't we just talk about this the other night? You don't have to say whatever pops into your head."
"But you asked."
"Just ... Oh, forget it." He turned and started back toward the house. "I'll talk to you later, okay?"
"Where are you going?"
Evan walked a couple of steps before answering without turning around. "To change my damn tie. And by the way Margolis was right. Your face still looks like it was run through a meat grinder."
Colin smiled. "Hey, Evan!"
Evan stopped and turned. "What?"
"Yeah, yeah. You're just lucky I won't tell Lily what you said."
"You can if you'd like. I already told her."
Evan starred. "Of course you did.”
“April never ceased to surprise....there were always a few glorious days, perfect days, when it seemed as thought anything were possible.”
“the only one you can ever really please is yourself. How others feel is up to them.”
“I don't know what "normal" really means. I think everyone has his own definition, and it's shaped by culture, by family and friends, by character and experience, by events and a thousand other things. What's normal for one person isn't normal for another”
“I want balance. Work is important because I have to support myself, but so are friends, health, rest. Having the time to do things that I enjoy, and sometimes doing nothing at all.”
“you think I go to college”
“The rain blew in soft sheets, making the oncoming headlights shimmer.”
“Love makes everything complicated, and emotions always go wild in the beginning. But when it's real, you should hold on tight, because we're both old enough to know that true love doesn't come along all that often.”
“—Creo que puedes hacer lo que quieras. Al final, cada uno vive la vida que ha elegido vivir.”
“door and she starts on the EEOC paperwork. Frankly, she’s asking for far less than”
“But if you’re going to make a judgment about me, then you need to know who I really am, not just the part I decide to tell you. I’d rather be honest about all of it and let you make the call as to whether you want to keep talking to me or not.” “Have”
“Because people don’t always want the truth. Like when your girlfriend asks if a particular outfit makes her look fat, you should tell her she looks beautiful.”
“Because that’s what normal people do. That’s the way society works. You can’t just tell people whatever pops into your mind. It makes them uncomfortable or hurts their feelings. And just so you know, employers hate it.”
“you can do whatever you want. In the end, we all live the life we choose for ourselves.”
“My point is that first loves always make sense because you don’t know any better. Everything is a first and any warning bells are drowned out by the sheer novelty of it all.”
“He mumbled through a few more sentences and slowed at, “‘However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.’” He looked at her. “This is where shit gets fucked up in the lifestyle. It’s too one-sided. People are using the lifestyle to serve their selfishness, not their partners. So much of it is based on pleasure only, rather than love.”
“I’m asking for you to save my life because with every breath in my body, I love you. I’ll love you until my last. Without you, I am no longer someone with a reason to live.”
“I guess we don't always know what other people are thinking, even if they seem to have everything figured out.”
“Have you ever loved a rose, and bled against her thorns; and swear each night to let her go, then love her more by dawn.”
“Let heaven exist, though my own place be in hell. Let me be tortured and battered and annihilated, but let there be one instant, one creature, wherein thy enormous Library may find its justification.”
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