“I respect you," he murmured. "and your views. I think of you as an equal. I respect your brains, and all those big words you like to use. But I also want to rip your clothes off and have sex with you until you scream and cry and see God." -Jack Travis (Smooth Talking Stranger)”
“I'm a big believer in putting things off, In fact, I even put off procrastinating.
“Sometimes when we're not paying attention, relationships happen.
There is no rule that requires two people in love to be exactly alike.
In fact, there is some scientific evidence to suggest that on a genetic level, the people who are the most opposite are the most likely to have a healthy and long-lasting pairing.
But really, who can explain the mysteries of attraction?
Blame it on Cupid.
The shape of a smile.
Both of you can thrive on your differences, as long as you respect them.
You say tomato, he says tomahto .
Let it happen,
Dive in head first.
We usually learn the most about ourselves from people who are different from us.
—Miss Independent (ella varner)”
“You think I'd cheat on you?" I demanded with all the innocent outrage I could muster.
"With another guy, no. With a cheeseburger . . . in a heartbeat.”
“I was just thinking if the sex with you is one-tenth as fun as arguing with you. I'll be one happy bastard."
"You'll never find out. You--------"
He kissed me.
~ Jack Travis & Ella Varner”
“Dear Miss Independent,
I've decided that of all the women I've ever known, you are the only one I will ever love more than hunting, fishing, football, and power tools.
You may not know this, but the other time I asked you to marry me, the night I put the crib together, I meant it. Even though I knew you weren't ready.
God, I hope you're ready now.
Marry me, Ella. Because no matter where you go or what you do, I'll love you every day for the rest of my life.
“I've got about ten things to say to you right now. But at least nine of them would make me sound like a psycho.”
In spite of the seriousness of the situation, I nearly smiled. “What’s the tenth thing?” I asked his shirtfront.
He paused, considering it. “Never mind,” he grumbled. “That one would make me sound like a psycho, too.”
“One glance and I knew exactly who and what he was. The classic alpha male, the kind who had spurred evolution forward about five million years ago by nailing every female in sight. They charmed, seduced, and behaved like bastards, and yet women were biologically incapable of resisting their magic DNA.”
“No more Dane,” he eventually said with unnerving finality.
I tried to be funny. “I can't decide if that means you don't want me to see him again or if you're planning to kill him.”
“It means if the first thing happens, the second thing is likely to follow.”
“... I think I know the secret to a long and happy marriage - just choose someone you can't live without.”
“He wasn't mine anywhere except in my heart.”
“I think the busiest people are often the loneliest.”
“If the feeling is there, you might as
well admit it. Saying the words, or not saying
them, doesn't change a damn thing”
I love you, too.
And I think I know the secret to a long and happy marriage— just choose someone you can't live without.
For me, that would be you.
So if you insist on being traditional . . .
“Well, you missed out on some important protocol, Ella. You can't stand between a Texan and his power tools. We like them. Big ones that drain the national grid. We also like truck-stop breakfasts, large moving objects, Monday night football, and the missionary position. We don't drink light beer, drive Smart cars, or admit to knowing the names of more than about five or six colors. And we don't wax our chests, ever.”
“Men are like dogs," Stacy was fond of saying. And she usually went on to add that, like dogs, they all took up too much space on the bed, and they always went for the crotch.”
“I wish you were a mind-reader. I want you
to know everything but I don't want to have
to tell you. Because there are some things I
don't want to say out loud.”
“I reflected that for all the people you lost touch with or couldn't hold on to, life occasionally made up for it by giving you the right person at the right time.”
“Back to what? A guy who bails on you when you need him? What's Dane doing now that's more important than helping you? Fighting for the rights of endangered ferns?"
I stiffened and pushed away from him, irritation jolting me out of my fugue-state. "You have no right to judge Dane or my relationship with him."
Jack made a scoffing sound. "That half-assed excuse for a relationship was over the moment Dane told you not to bring the baby to Austin. You know what he should have said?...'Hell, yes, Ella, I'll stand by you no matter what you do. Shit happens. We'll make it work. Come home now and get in bed.”
“I forced myself to take another bite of bread, chewing casually. But inside I felt stricken, filled with unexpected yearning. And I realized the problem: no one I knew would have come up with that day for me.
This is a man, I thought, who could break my heart.”
“Getting to a higher spiritual level is like increasing your credit score. You get a lot more points for sinning and repenting than if you have no credit history at all.”
“He was unbelievably hard. Everywhere. He was in control, infinitely stronger, and he wanted me to know it.
“... no matter where you go or what you do, I'll love every day for the rest of my life.”
“I want you," he muttered. "Get rid of him and take me. The only risk is losing someone you don't have anyway. He's not what you need, Ella. I am"
"Unbelievable," I said in disgust.
"Your ego. It's surrounded by its own cloud of antimatter. You're a black hole of...of hubris!”
“Babies were dangerous . . .
they made you fall in love before you knew
what was happening.”
“I had learned this lesson so many times
before. It was the great inner truth that
didn't require the support of logic. Every
time I loved, I lost, and I was diminished.
I wondered how much of me would be left
“I understood finally that the thing I
should have feared most was not loss, but
never loving. The price for safety was the regret
I felt at this moment. And yet I would
have to live with it for the rest of my life”
“How much do you have in common with
"Not much. Basically we're polar opposites.
But do you want to know the main attraction,
the weird part? . . . It's the talking."
"Talking about what?"
"About anything," I said earnestly. "We
get started and it's like sex, this back-andforth,
and we're both so there, do you know
what I mean? We rattle each other. And
some conversations seem to be happening on
a few different levels at once. But even when
we're disagreeing on something, there's a
weird kind of harmony in it. A connection.”
“You told me you believed marriage was for other people."
"You're the only man who could make me believe that it's for me, too. Although when you get down to it, love is what's real. I still say marriage is just a piece of paper."
Jack smiled. "Let's find out," he said, and he pulled me down to the bed with him.
Jack & Ella”
“Can't you just tell me now?"
"No, I need someone to eat with."
A slight smile rose to my lips. "Am I supposed
to believe that I'm your only option?"
"No. But you're my favorite option.”
“His voice was soft as his pet name for me rolled off his gorgeous lips. And the way he looked at me… I could ask for the Hope diamond on a silver platter and I had little doubt he would figure out a way to bring it to me.”
“Every woman who makes a permanent impression on a man is afterwards recalled to his mind's eye as she appeared in one particular scene, which seems ordained to be her special medium of manifestation throughout all the pages of his memory.”
“We have a saying in Tibet: If a problem can be solved there is no use worrying about it. If it can't be solved, worrying will do no good.”
“Miró a Gertrudis en busca de ayuda, pero ésta seguía callada, replegada en sí misma como uno de esos moluscos de nombres raros que ofrecían en el Mercado Central las vendedoras de pescado.”
“There is no small irony here: An administration which flaunted its intellectual superiority and its superior academic credentials made the most critical of decisions with virtually no input from anyone who had any expertise on the recent history of that part of the world, and it in no way factored in the entire experience of the French Indochina War. Part of the reason for this were the upheavals of the McCarthy period, but in part it was also the arrogance of men of the Atlantic; it was as if these men did not need to know about such a distant and somewhat less worthy part of the world. Lesser parts of the world attracted lesser men; years later I came upon a story which illustrated this theory perfectly. Jack Langguth, a writer and college classmate of mine, mentioned to a member of that Administration that he was thinking of going on to study Latin American history. The man had turned to him, his contempt barely concealed, and said, “Second-rate parts of the world for second-rate minds.”
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