Quotes

23 September 2016
“Winds shake the leaves and for a moment I smell smoke. I concentrate on the scent, but it vanishes into the aroma of rain and tree bark, the way one life can collapse into another and different people can stir within the same body, like bats thrashing inside a secret hollow.”
23 September 2016
“Is there any greater mystery than the separateness of each person?”
23 September 2016
“I like having a job where I get to wear a mask all day.”
23 September 2016
“Over time, we became less sure we were something the other wanted to hold on to.”
23 September 2016
“If your unconscious mind wishes you to be well, you are well. If it wishes you to be sick, you become sick. If it wishes you to die, you die.”
23 September 2016
“I would whisper in the back row. Just run away. He never did, of course, and it wouldn’t have changed anything if he had.”
23 September 2016
“Hope is a seductive thing," he says. "Hope can make people lose all sense.”
23 September 2016
“If you have no way to mark the hours, no variance in the days, time will open its mouth and swallow you.”
23 September 2016
“I asked why we kept trying for so long, why we even came to Paris, if we both knew we never really stood a chance. “Because that’s what you’re supposed to do,” he said. “You’re supposed to keep working on your marriage.” It was awful to me, this idea that keeping a marriage together was like laying pipe or digging a ditch. But he was right: it was what people had told us we were supposed to do. We had listened to sentences containing words like “salvage” and “repair” and nodded dumbly, pretending we didn’t know any better. It was an affront to everyone involved.”
23 September 2016
“You look hard at all the wrongness in this new face, you look hard at the ways that wrongness has shaped it, and you have to decide if this new face is something you can live with.”

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