“Love is like breathing. You take it in and let it out.”
“Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love.”
“I think... the secret is to just settle for the shape of your life takes...Instead of you know, always waiting and wishing for what might make you happy.”
“I know it's a crock of shit. I ain't offering you happily-ever-after. I'm offering you... happily-maybe-sometimes-ever-after. Sort of. You know, with warts and shit." -Thayer”
“If you want your prayers answered, get up off your knees and do something about them.”
“It was a matter of perspective, I began to see.
The whole world was crazy; I'd flattered myself by assuming I was a semifinalist."
-- Dolores Price”
“Life seemed nearest to acceptable at four A.M.”
“This was what could happen to you: you could end up this far from where you thought you were going.”
“I usually learn more from the situations I hate than the ones I love.”
“I thought about how love was always the thing that did that - smashed into you, left you raw. The deeper you loved, the deeper it hurt.”
“He's splitting me open, I thought. He'll break me and then I'll die.”
“Here is a girl who is pretty in a quiet way. I bet she's had a very sad life.”
“All the dead bolts, pulled shades and hidden knives in the world couldn't protect you from the truth.”
“He was right. And he was an insensitive shit.”
“That time we separated was my idea. I thought, well, I'm fifty years old and there might be someone else out there. People waste their happiness - that's what makes me sad. Everyone's so scared to be happy.”
“Getting a job scared her but she was determined not to shy away from risk. That’s what life’s all about. Climbing out onto the airplane wing and jumping off.”
“But I think this: that whatever prices I've paid, whatever sorrows I shoulder, well, I have blessings, too. Not just my family now, but the others-the ones who have died...They're with me still. They're here...”
“Who gets the change?" the clerk asked. "You or...your fella?"
Oh, he's not my boyfriend," I said. "He's my mother.”
“Fuck you, I said."
Uh-oh. There's that angry word.”
“If you risked love, it took you wherever you wanted to go. If you repressed it, you ended up unhappy.”
“Life's a shit sandwich, my ass. Life's a polka and don't you forget it!”
“She preferred to get high on life.”
“You're just catching me during one of my fallow periods, that's all. One of my compost years. I'm expecting a creative leap pretty soon now.”
“She's got a certain feisty charm for a racist. Not to mention all those great dead-animal stories.”
“What if I don’t like adventure?
Then cultivate a taste for it. Take a chance. That’s how you grow.”
“Well, get used to it, the whole world is nuts.”
“Only there's two sides to every story, you know. You just remember that.”
“Eventually, I reached the other side of the chasm and understood the differences between the two men. I no longer hated Daddy: he had been a shitty father and a shitty husband - a man who's made two bad choices based on lust and coveting and then been too weak either to live with them or undo them. But he had not been a rapist.”
“Just don't ever let it happen to you, Dolores. Let people just shit all over you. Don't you ever become some man's personal toilet that way I did.”
“She is madness,
sanity. She is hell, and
“The running pants were tolerable, Drustan decided, relieved. The blue trews had clearly been a torture device and would have strangled a man's seed. Mayhap men were fashioned differently in her time. He hadn't seen one other bulge out there on the street; mayhap they all had wee carrots in their trews.”
“With the exception of dessert, food is food.”
“from one thing, know ten thousand things”
“After a long, labored sigh, I said, “She was really happy when I got there. I’m pretty sure she was suicidal when I left.”
“You do have that effect on people.”
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