Quotes

11 November 2014
I have nothing against the Queen of England. Even in my heart I never resented her for not being Jackie Kennedy. She is, to my mind, a very gallant lady, victimized by whoever it is who designs the tops of her uniforms.
11 November 2014
Raise a million filters and the rain will not be clean, until the longing for it be refined in deep confession. And still we hear, If only this nation had a soul, or, Let us change the way we trade, or, Let us be proud of our region.
11 November 2014
To every people the land is given on condition. Perceived or not, there is a Covenant, beyond the constitution, beyond sovereign guarantee, beyond the nation's sweetest dreams of itself.
11 November 2014
Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered.
11 November 2014
The last refuge of the insomniac is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.
11 November 2014
It is painful to recall a past intensity, to estimate your distance from the Belsen heap, to make your peace with numbers. Just to get up each morning is to make a kind of peace.
11 November 2014
Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true.
11 November 2014
Some say that no one ever leaves Montreal, for that city, like Canada itself, is designed to preserve the past, a past that happened somewhere else.
11 November 2014
A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.
11 November 2014
In dreams the truth is learned that all good works are done in the absence of a caress.

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