Jeffrey Eugenides quote

"You went out with a girl at first because the sheer sight of her made you weak in the knees. You fell in love and were desperate not to let her get away. And yet the more you thought about her, the less you knew who she was. The hope was that love transcended all differences. That was the hope."

Jeffrey Eugenides

Born: March 8, 1960

Occupation: Novelist

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All wisdom ends in paradox.

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Sourmelina's secret (as Aunt Zo put it): 'Lina was one of those women they named the island after.

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Emotions, in my experience, aren't covered by single words. I don't believe in "sadness", "joy", or "regret". Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that is oversimplifies feeling. I'd...

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Emotions, in my experience aren't covered by single words. I don't believe in "sadness," "joy," or "regret." I'd like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic traincar constructions...

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Added to their loveliness was a new mysterious suffering, perfectly silent, visible in the blue puffiness beneath their eyes or the way they would sometimes stop in mid-stride, look down, and shake their...

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Don't waste your time on life.

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This can't be true but I remember it.

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During a warm winter rain ... the basins of her collarbones collected water.

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Virgin suicide What was that she cried? No use in stayin' On this holocaust ride She gave me her cherry She's my virgin suicide

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I was unemployable when I got out of college.

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I think, especially when you're in college, each book that you're reading tends to tell you who you are.

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We knew, finally, that the girls were really women in disguise, that they understood love and even death, and that our job was merely to create the noise that seemed to fascinate them.

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She held herself very straight, like Audrey Hepburn, whom all women idolize and men never think about.

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I hadn't gotten old enough yet to realize that living sends a person not into the future but back into the past, to childhood and before birth, finally, to commune with the dead. You get older, you puff...

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My family suffered. My hair turned up in every corner, every drawer, every meal. Even in the rice puddings Tessie made, covering each little bowl with wax paper before putting it away in the fridge--even...

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Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling.

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Jerome was sliding and climbing on top of me and it felt like it had the night before, like a crushing weight. So do boys and men announce their intentions. They cover you like a sarcophagus lid. And call...

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We're all made up of many parts, other halves. Not just me.

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You never get over it, but you get to where it doesn't bother you so much.

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On their best days, writers all over the world are winning Pulitzers, all alone in their studios, with no one watching.

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In the end we had the pieces of the puzzle, but no matter how we put them together, gaps remained, oddly shaped emptinesses mapped by what surrounded them, like countries we couldn't name.

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We're all well-acquainted with depression, we all know what the low moods are, but the mania was not something I knew much about. I didn't know that it would make someone dress extravagantly or start to...

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Pregnancy humbles husbands. After an initial rush of male pride they quickly recognise the minor role that nature had assigned them in the drama of reproduction.

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Basically what we have here is a dreamer. Somebody out of touch with reality. When she jumped, she probably thought she'd fly

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The zipper opened all the way down our spines.

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We couldn't imagine the emptiness of a creature who put a razor to her wrists and opened her veins, the emptiness and the calm.

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Three times a day Petrovich showed up at the nurse's office for his injections, always using the hypodermic needle himself like the most craven of junkies, though after shooting up he would play the concert...

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I saw the movie, he said. I know what it's about. Listen to this. When girls get to be about twelve or so - he leaned toward us - their tits bleed.

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We realized that the version of the world they rendered for us was not the version of the world they really believed in...

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They had killed themselves over our dying forests, over manatees maimed by propellers as they surfaced to drink from garden hoses; they had killed themselves at the sight of used tires stacked higher than...

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She may have looked normal on the outside, but once you'd seen her handwriting you knew she was deliciously complicated inside.

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If Mitchell was ever going to become a good Christian, he would have to stop disliking people so intensely.

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But maybe the Charm Bracelets understood more about life than I did. From an early age they knew what little value the world placed in books, and so didn't waste their time with them. Whereas I, even now,...

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The girls took into their own hands decisions better left to God. They became too powerful to live among us, too self-concerned, too visionary, too blind.

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We knew that Cecilia had killed herself because she was a misfit, because the beyond called to her, and we knew that her sisters, once abandoned, felt her calling from that place, too.

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All sixteen mentioned her jutting ribs, the insubstantiality of her thighs, and one, who went up to the roof with Lux during a warm winter rain, told us how the basins of her collarbones collected water.

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She understood that her heart operated on its own instructions, that she had no control over it or, indeed, anything else.

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girls forbidden to dance would only attract husbands with bad complexions and sunken chests.

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And in some of the houses, people were getting old and sick and were dying, leaving others to grieve. It was happening all the time, unnoticed, and it was the thing that really mattered. What really mattered...

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Historical fact: People stopped being people in 1913. That was the year Henry Ford put his cars on rollers and made his workers adopt the speed of the assembly line. At first, workers rebelled. They quit...

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So do boys and men announce their intentions. They cover you like a sarcophagus lid. And call it love.

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That’s how people live, by telling stories. What’s the first thing a kid says when he learns how to talk? “Tell me a story.” That’s how we understand who we are, where we come from. Stories are...

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If you think of even Tolstoy or a book like 'Anna Karenina,' you go from character to character, and each section is from the third person perspective of a different character, so you get to see the whole...

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Lux spent the ride dialing the radio for her favorite song. "It makes me crazy," she said. "You know they're playing it somewhere, but you have to find it.

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Her eyes watered and she was a foot taller than any of her sisters, mostly because of the length of her neck which would one day hang from the end of a rope

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In Madeleine's face was a stupidity Mitchell had never seen before. It was the stupidity of all normal people. It was the stupidity of the fortunate and the beautiful, of everybody who got what they wanted...

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Words, words, word. Once, I had the gift. I could make love out of words as a potter makes cups of clay. Love that overthrows empire. Love that binds two hearts together, come hellfire & brimstone....

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She wanted out of the decorating scheme.

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and she had succeeded, on the second try, in hurling herself out of the world

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I don’t know what you’re feeling, I won’t even pretend

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that since Cecilia’s suicide, the Lisbon’s could hardly wait for the night to forget themselves in sleep

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The window was still open.” Mr Lisbon said. “I don’t think we’d ever remembered to shut it. It was all clear to me. I knew I had to close it or else she’d go on jumping out of it forever

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Lux’s frequent forged excuses from phys. Ed. She always used the same method, faking the rigid t’s and b’s of her mother’s signature and then, to distinguish her own handwriting, penning her signature,...

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Scars crossed her welded wrists.

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The following doodle: a girl with pigtails is bent under the weight of a gigantic boulder. Her cheeks puff out, and her rounded lips expel steam. One widening steam cloud contains the word Pressure, darkly...

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To start with, look at all the books.

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There are some books that reached through the noise of life to grab you by the collar and speak only of the truest things.

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Everyone struggles against despair, but it always wins in the end. It has to. It's the thing that lets us say goodbye.

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I was beginning to understand something about normality. Normality wasn't normal. It couldn't be. If normality were normal, everybody could leave it alone. They could sit back and let normality manifest...

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it's amazing what you can get used to.

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She had given birth to me and nursed me and brought me up. She had known me before I knew myself and now she had no say in the matter. Life started out one thing and then suddenly turned a corner and became...

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I was thinking how amazing it was that the world contained so many lives. Out in these streets people were embroiled in a thousand different matters, money problems, love problems, school problems. People...

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Now all the mute objects of my life seem to tell my story, to stretch back in time, if I look closely enough.

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It was one of those humid days when the atmosphere gets confused. Sitting on the porch, you could feel it: the air wishing it was water.

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Regret, already sogging me down, burst its dam. It seeped into my legs, it pooled in my heart.

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The humming of my parents' voices from behind my bedroom wall, which throughout my childhood had filled me with a sense of security, had now become a source of anxiety and panic.

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Where else would she feel more comfortable than in this subterranean realm where people wrote down what they couldn't say, where they gave voice to their most shameful longings and knowledge?

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All of a sudden America wasn't about hamburgers and hot rods anymore. It was about the Mayflower and Plymouth Rock. It was about something that had happened for two minutes four hundred years ago, instead...

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Chunks of his life fell away, so that while we were moving ahead in time, he was moving back.

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Can you see me? All of me? Probably not. No one ever really has.

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The television replaced the sound of conversation that was missing from my grandparents' lives.

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Is there anything as incredible as the love story of your own parents? Anything as hard to grasp as the fact that those two over-the-hill players, permanently on the disabled list, were once in the starting...

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I'm the final clause in a periodic sentence, and that sentence begins a long time ago, in another language, and you to read it from the beginning to get to the end, which is my arrival.

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No matter how long your've been at it, you always start from scratch.

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Every letter was a love letter.

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She was a large, disordered woman, like a child's drawing that didn't stay within the lines.

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Winter is the season of alcoholism and despair.

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They're just memories now. Time to write them off.

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You don't understand me. I'm a teenager. I've got problems!

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Dieting fooled you into thinking you could control your life.

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Remember that day you said you loved me? Remember that? See, you could do that because you're basically a sane person, who grew up in a loving, sane family. You could take a risk like that. But in my family...

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The window gave onto a view of dove-gray roofs and balconies, each one containing the same cracked flowerpot and sleeping feline. It was as if the entire city of Paris had agreed to abide by a single understated...

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But, like anyone in love, Madeleine believed that her own relationship was different from every other relationship, immune from typical problems.

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Depending on the year or the therapist he was seeing, he'd learned to ascribe just about every facet of his character as a psychological reaction to his parents' fighting: his laziness, his overachieving,...

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That was when Leonard realized something crucial about depression. The smarter you were, the worse it was. The sharper your brain, the more it cut you up.

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When you stood between somebody you loved and death, it was hard to be awake and it was hard to sleep.

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Mitchell had answered that, as far as he understood them, mystical experiences were significant only to the extent that they changed a person's conception of reality, and if that changed conception led...

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One of the reasons that art is important to me is sometimes it actually feels more coherent than life. It orders the chaos.

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Planning is for the world's great cities, for Paris, London, and Rome, for cities dedicated, at some level, to culture. Detroit, on the other hand, was an American city and therefore dedicated to money,...

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That was the deal basically: catatonia without; frenzy within

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The more she thought about it, the more Madeleine understood that extreme solitude didn't just describe the way she was feeling about Leonard. It explained how she'd always felt when she was in love. It...

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The trees like lungs filling with air My sister, the mean one, pulling my hair

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The mind self-edits. The mind airbrushes. It's a different thing to be inside a body than outside. From outside, you can look, inspect, compare. From inside there is no comparison.

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To be inclusive you must accommodate different levels of sophistication.

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-Who are you, anyway? -Just someone who knows, from personal experience, how attractive it can be to think you can save somebody else by loving them.

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College wasn't like the real world. In the real world people dropped names based on their renown. In college, people dropped names based on their obscurity.

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People don't save other people. People save themselves.

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Every letter was a love letter. Of course, as love letters went, this one could have been better. It was not very promising, for instance, that Madeleine claimed not to want to see him for the next half-century.

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There have been hermaphrodites around forever, Cal. Forever. Plato said that the original human being was a hermaphrodite. Did you know that? The original person was two halves, one male, one female. Then...

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She could become a spinster, like Emily Dickinson, writing poems full of dashes and brilliance, and never gaining weight.

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She'd become an English major for the purest and dullest of reasons: because she loved to read.

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She wanted a book to take her places she couldn't get to herself.

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She thought a writer should work harder writing a book than she did reading it.

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My house fly theory is related to my theory about why time seems to go faster as you get older." "Why's that?" the girl asked. "It's proportional," Leonard explained. "When you're five, you've only been...

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Paris was a museum displaying exactly itself.

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There comes a moment, when you get lost in the woods, when the woods begin to feel like home.

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Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind. You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts. It's always there, though.

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He remained heartbroken, which meant one of two things: either his love was pure and true and earthshakingly significant; or he was addicted to feeling forlorn, he liked being heartbroken.

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It was as if, before she`d met him, her blood had circulated grayly around her body, and now ir was all oxygenated and red. She was petrified of becoming the half-alive person she`d been before.

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It was morning by the clock but deepest nighttime in his body.

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It was possible to feel superior to other people and feel like a misfit at the same time.

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She lost much of her appetite. At night, an invisible hand kept shaking her awake every few hours. Grief was physiological, a disturbance of the blood. Sometimes a whole minute would pass in nameless dread...

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The lover`s discourse was of an extreme solitude. The solitude was extreme because it wasn`t physical. It was extreme because you felt it while in the company of the person you loved. It was extreme because...

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What if you had faith and performed good works, what if you died and went to heaven, and what if all the people you met there were people you didn't like?

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When I think back about my immediate reaction to that redheads girl, it seems to spring from an appreciation of natural beauty. I mean the heart pleasure you get from looking at speckled leaves or the...

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Yes, you need a passport to prove to the world that you exist. The people at passport control, they cannot look at you and see you are a person. No! They have to look at a little photograph of you. Then...

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You can tell when something's not moving forward anymore. When the doubts you have about it don't go away.

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The daily act of writing remains as demanding and maddening as it was before, and the pleasure you get from writing - rare but profound - remains at the true heart of the enterprise. On their best days,...

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He knew a lot about his grandparents - and perhaps he feels he's been endowed with abilities to go into people's heads who are long dead - but, to a certain extent, he's making it up.

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If you talk to geneticists they are constantly finding that your genes are being switched on and off because of the environment. Genes alone do not determine an exact path in your life.

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Jacques Derrida is a very important thinker and philosopher who has made serious contributions to both philosophy and literary criticism. Roland Barthes is the one I feel most affinity for, and Michel...

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Capitalism has resulted in material well-being but spiritual bankruptcy.

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It was amazing how it worked: the tiniest bit of truth made credible the greatest lies.

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What are you doing here, honey? You're not even old enough to know how bad life gets." (...) "Obviously, Doctor," she said, "you've never been a thirteen-year-old girl.

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Their desire was silent yet magnificent, like a thousand daisies attuning their faces toward the path of the sun.

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A girl's not a watermelon you plug a hole in to see if it's sweet.

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They made us participate in their own madness, because we couldn't help but retrace their steps, rethink their thoughts, and see that none of them led to us.

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It was something every child knew how to do, maintain a direct and full connection with the world. Somehow you forgot about it as you grew up, and had to learn it again.

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Some cities have fallen into ruin and some are built upon ruins but others contain their own ruins while still growing.

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The only way we know it's true is that we both dreamed it. That's what reality is. It's a dream everyone has together.

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Whenever we got a glimpse, their faces looked indecently revealed, as though we were used to seeing women in veils.

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They were bound for college, husbands, child-rearing, unhappiness only dimly perceived- bound, in other words, for life.

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In the midst of my skeptical, cynical, often pessimistic nature exists a slender capacity to believe, if only temporarily, in a guiding, unseen power, and whenever this happens, I go with it. That's what...

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It took courage to let things fall apart so beautifully.

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They thought depression was like bieng 'depressed'. They thought it was like being in a bad mood, only worse. Therefore, they tried to get him to snap out of it.

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Grief is natural,' she said. 'Overcoming it is a matter of choice.

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our job was merely to create the noise that seemed to fascinate them.

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Though at this moment she felt abused, abandoned, and ashamed of herself, Madeleine knew that she was still young, that she had her whole life ahead of her--a life in which, if she persevered, she might...

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Reading a novel after reading semiotic theory was like jogging empty-handed after jogging with hand weights. What exquisite guilt she felt, wickedly enjoying narrative! Madeleine felt safe with a nineteenth...

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I went into the desert to forget about you. But the sand was the color of your hair. The desert sku was the color of your eyes. There was nowhere I could go that wouldn't be you.

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It was like autumn, looking at her. it was like driving up north to see the colors.

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Bubble gum angels swooped from top margins or scraped their wings between teeming paragraphs, maidens with golden hair dripped sea blue tears into the books spine, grape-colored whales spouted blood around...

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We felt the imprisonment of being a girl, the way it made your mind active and dreamy, and how you ended up knowing which colors went together. We knew that the girls were our twins, that we all existed...

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It didn't matter in the end how old they had been, or that they were girls, but only that we had loved them, and that they hadn't heard us calling, still do not hear us, up here in the tree house with...

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But what humans forget, cells remember. The body, that elephant

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A changeableness, too, as if beneath my visible face there was another, having second thoughts.

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He had the feeling that there was something physically behind his eyes, blocking the light.

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Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind.

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The essential matrimonial facts: that to be happy you have to find variety in repetition; that to go forward you have to come back to where you begin.

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The Statue of Liberty's gender changed nothing. It was the same here as anywhere: men and their wars.

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I live my own life and nurse my own wounds. It's not the best way to live. But it's the way I am.

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My goal in life is to become an adjective,

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My change from girl to boy was far less dramatic than the distance anybody travels from infancy to adulthood.

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I tell my students that when you write, you should pretend you’re writing the best letter you ever wrote to the smartest friend you have. That way, you’ll never dumb things down. You won’t have to...

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But that was in the days when they expected perils to come from without, and nothing made less sense by that time than a survival room buried in a house itself becoming one big coffin.

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The world, a tired performer, offers us another half-assed season.

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There was nowhere I could go that wouldn't be you.

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Heartbreak is funny to everyone but the heartbroken.

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You went out with a girl at first because the sheer sight of her made you weak in the knees. You fell in love and were desperate not to let her get away. And yet the more you thought about her, the less...

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We Greeks are a moody people. Suicide makes sense to us. Putting up Christmas lights after your own daughter does it--that makes no sense. What my yia yia could never understand about America was why everyone...

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On the morning the last Lisbon daughter took her turn at suicide- it was Mary this time, and sleeping pills, like Therese- the two paramedics arrived at the house knowing exactly where the knife drawer...

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I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.

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Dr. Armonson stitched up her wrist wounds. Withen 5 minutes of the transfusion he declared her out of danger. Chucking her under the chin, he said, "What are you doing here, honey? Your not even old enough...

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The seeds of death get lost in the mess that God made us.

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In the end, it wasn't death that surprised her but the stubbornness of life.

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We knew the pain of winter rushing up your skirt, and the ache of keeping your knees together in class, and how drab and infuriating it was to jump rope while the boys played baseball. We could never understand...

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We listened to them, but it was clear they'd received too much therapy to know the truth.

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The worst thing about religion was religious people.

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For the eternity that Lux Lisbon looked at him, Trip Fontaine looked back, and the love he felt at that moment, truer than all subsequent loves because it never had to survive real life, still plagued...

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It's often said that a traumatic experience early in life marks a person forever, pulls her out of line, saying, "Stay there. Don't move.

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no reason to mention my peculiarities, my wandering in the maze these many years, shut away from sight. and from love, too.

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The time has to be right and the heart willing.

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It was the combination of many factors... With most people, suicide is like Russian roulette. Only one chamber has a bullet. With the Lisbon girls, the gun was loaded. A bullet for family abuse. A bullet...

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In the end, the tortures tearing the Lisbon girls pointed to a simple reasoned refusal to accept the world as it was handed down to them, so full of flaws.

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Normality wasn't normal. It couldn't be. If normality were normal, everybody could leave it alone. They could sit back and let normality manifest itself.

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You used to be able to tell a person's nationality by the face. Immigration ended that. Next you discerned nationality via the footwear. Globalization ended that.

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What lingered after them was not life, which always overcomes natural death, but the most trivial list of mundane facts: a clock ticking on a wall, a room dim at noon, and the outrageousness of a human...

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I think it is important to remind people of the extent of our free will.

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But in the end it wasn't up to me. The bigs things never are. Birth, I mean, and death. And love. And what love bequeaths to us before we're born.

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Neil Gaiman

I think I fell in love with her, a little bit. Isn't that dumb? But it was like I knew her. Like she was my oldest, dearest friend. The kind of person you can tell anything to, no matter how bad, and they'll...

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Ally Carter

Kat looked down at her lemonade. 'Do you think he betrayed the love of his life...because of us?' 'She used the name Romani, Kat,' was Gabrielle's answer. 'And besides...' She let the words draw out. Her...

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K.J. Parker

He turned away, and suddenly she thought about the old children's story, where the stupid girl opens the box that God gave her, and all the evils of the world fly out, except Hope, which stays at the bottom;...

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Nicole Krauss

Maybe the first time you saw her you were ten. She was standing in the sun scratching her legs. Or tracing letters in the dirt with a stick. Her hair was being pulled. Or she was pulling someone's hair....

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Jonathan Safran Foer

Her life was a slow realization that the world was not for her and that for whatever reason she would never be happy and honest at the same time. She felt as if she were brimming always producing and hoarding...

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Sherwood Anderson

Her thoughts ran away to her girlhood with its passionate longing for adventure and she remembered the arms of men that had held her when adventure was a possible thing for her. Particularly she remembered...

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Nicholas Sparks

I saw the way she was looking at you, and I knew that she still loved you. More than that, I know she always will. It breaks my heart, but you know what? I'm still in love with her, and to me that means...

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Cassandra Clare

You had every right to be. He raised his eyes to look at her and she was suddenly and strangely reminded of being four years old at the beach, crying when the wind came up and blew away the castle she...

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Ayn Rand

It was beautiful and rare, and you have every right to despise me." She stood pressed to the wall, not moving. "When you came in, I thought 'Send her away.' But I knew that if you went away, I'd run after...

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Claudia Gray

I didn’t tell him. He found out. Basically, he caught me coming in after the last time you and I saw each other. But he won’t give us away, Lucas. He’s even willing to help us see each other, as...

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Rainbow Rowell

Lincoln?” she (Beth) asked. “Yes?” “Do you believe in love at first sight?” He made himself look at her face, at her wide-open eyes and earnest forehead. At her unbearably sweet mouth. “I don’t...

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Cassandra Clare

The moment the door closed behind him, Tessa was in Will's arms, her hands locked about his neck. "Oh, by the Angel," she said. "That was mortifying." Will slid his hands into her hair and was kissing...

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Gary D. Schmidt

I think he became a man who brought peace and wisdom to hi world, because he knew about war and folly. I think that he loved greatly, because he had seen what lost love is. And I think he came to know,...

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Holly Black

There are no words for how much I will miss her, but I try to kiss her so that she'll know. I try to kiss her to tell her the whole story of my love, the way I dreamed of her when she was dead, the way...

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Randy Pausch

But I want her to grow up knowing that I was the first man ever to fall in love with her. I'd always thought the father/daughter thing was overstated. But I can tell you, sometimes, she looks at me and...

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Toni Morrison

It hit her like a sledgehammer, and it was then that she knew what to feel. A liquid trail of hate flooded her chest. Knowing that she would hate him long and well filled her with pleasant anticipation,...

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Junot Diaz

Do you remember? When the fights seemed to go on and on, and always ended with us in bed, tearing at each other like maybe that could change everything. In a couple of months you'd be seeing somebody else...

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Martine Leavitt

...the girl longed for a love that could not be ended by death. From the time she was young, she knew that her true love was there, somewhere, living a life that would one day intersect her own. Knowing...

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