April 18th, 2014
She needed her own species, not to talk to, necessarily, but just to be among,as a bystander in a crowd or an anonymous witness.
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
April 13th, 2014
What’s depressing is when everyone is trying too hard, and the most depressing thing of all is when they’re trying too hard and actually thinking they’re making it.
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
March 25th, 2014
What you see is what you see, but that is never everything. Sarajevo is Sarajevo whatever you see or don’t see. America is America. The past and the future exist without you. And what you don’t know about me is still my life. What I don’t know about you is still your life. Nothing at all depends on you seeing it or not seeing it. I mean, who are you? You don’t have to see or know everything.
The Lazarus Project
What I like about America, I said, is that there is no space left for useless metaphysical questions. There are no parallel universes there. Everything is what it is, it’s easy to see and understand everything.
The Lazarus Project
Home is where someone might notice your absence.
The Lazarus Project
The baggage I dragged around the eastern lands contained the tortured corpses of our good intentions.
The Lazarus Project
February 17th, 2014
Moreover, my little bit of knowledge has been added to all the other accumulated knowledge of history—added to the great library, as it were. That is no small feat, sir. Anyone who can say such a thing has lived a fortunate life.
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
She could not slow her pace; she was not interested in slowing her pace. Like a besotted drunk—who can run without falling, but who cannot walk without falling—Alma could only propel herself through her idea with blind speed.
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
February 16th, 2014
If a man wants a dunking in the river, I shall give him a dunking in the river! If a man is ever to come to the Lord, you see, it shall be through the will of the Lord—not through anything that I do or do not do. So what is the harm of a baptism? The man comes out of the river a bit cleaner than he went in, and perhaps a bit closer to heaven, too.
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
Human Time was a short and horizontal mechanism. It stretched out straight and narrow, from the fairly recent past to the barely imaginable future. The most striking characteristic of Human Time, however, was that it moved with such amazing quickness. It was a snap of the finger across the universe. Most unfortunately for Alma, her mortal days—like everyone else’s mortal days—fell within the purview of Human Time. Thus, she would not be here long, as she was most painfully aware. She was a mere blink of existence, as was everyone else.
The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert