“The conversations rests uneasily; one doesn't expect good-byes to be burdened by such trivialities. This is not how it is in the books, he thinks, or in the theater, and he feels the need to speak of mission, of duty, of love. They reach home and close the door and he doesn't drop her hand. Where speech fails, touch compensates.”
“White. Like a clean piece of paper, like uncarved ivory, all is white when the story begins.”
“At times I wonder if the reason I have lost track of time is that I will know when to return not by a date, but when an emptiness is filled.”
“being needed was not the same as being accepted.”
“good piano tuner must have knowledge not only of his instrument but of “Physics, Philosophy, and Poetics,” so that Edgar, although he never attended university, reached his twentieth birthday with more education than many who had.”
“that being needed was not the same as being accepted.”
“One learns a lot if others assume you are deaf to their tongue.”
“war. A balanced peace is a poor fertilizer for promotion.”
“Shy, insecure, afraid to speak up? “Act as if,” they say. Act as if you’re not. Stand tall when you walk. Project your voice when you talk. Raise your hand in class. Act as if. Speak your mind. Cut your hair. Be the part. Look the part. You can do this. Just act as if. If you really knew me, If you could see inside, You’d find shy and insecure and afraid. Acting as if. Ironic, isn’t it? The only time I’m not Acting “as if”? When I’m on a stage.”
“Now Elisabeth would be home from nursing school”
“You sound defensive. Do you think everybody is accusing you? Does your guilt demand everybody accuse you?” She looked down. “I don’t even need to see your eyes to know they’re loaded with shame.” She”
“No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation , an unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude on another man.
There can be no such thing as " the right to enslave .”
“It is necessary ... to yield to the storm, purchase a peace, and wait patiently for better times.”
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