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“How inevitable it is; we step into an ordinary moment and never come out again.”
Colum McCann, Zoli
“Even if people laughed at the notion of goodness, if they found it sentimental, or nostalgic, it didn't matter -- it was none of those things, he said, and it had to be fought for.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
“I know already that I will return to this day whenever I want to. I can bid it alive. Preserve it. There is a still point where the present, the now, winds around itself, and nothing is tangled. The river is not where it begins or ends, but right in the middle point, anchored by what has happened and what is to arrive.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
“He told me once that there was no better faith than a wounded faith and sometimes I wonder if that is what he was doing all along --trying to wound his faith in order to test it--and I was just another stone in the way of his God.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
“It was a silence that heard itself, awful and beautiful.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
“So much of her time spent like this: dreaming up things to say and never quite saying them.”
Colum McCann
“He looks like the sort of man who can't afford to leave, and doesn't want to stay, and so he is doing both at once.”
Colum McCann, Zoli
“The tunnels of our lives connect, coming to daylight at the oddest moments, and then plunge us into the dark again. We return to the lives of those who have gone before us, a perplexing möbius strip until we come home, eventually, to ourselves.”
Colum McCann, TransAtlantic
“He said to me once that most of the time people use the word love as just another way to show off they're hungry. The way he said it went something like: Glorify their appetites.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
“The luxury of age was the giving up of vanity.”
Colum McCann, TransAtlantic
“C'è chi pensa che l'amore sia la fine della strada, e che se si è abbastanza fortunati da trovarlo ci si ferma lì. Altri dicono che è come un burrone nel quale si precipita. Ma chiunque abbia vissuto almeno un po' sa che muta con il passare dei giorni, e secondo l'energia che gli si dedica, lo si conserva o ci si aggrappa, oppure lo si perde, ma a volte capita che non sia nemmeno mai stato lì, sin dall'inizio."( Questo bacio vada al mondo intero)”
Colum McCann
tags: amore
“We stumble on, thinks Jaslyn, bring a little noise into the silence, find in others the ongoing of ourselves. It is almost enough.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
“The city was bigger than its buildings, bigger than its inhabitants too. It had its own nuances. It accepted whatever came its way, the crime and the violence and the little shocks of good that crawled out from underneath the everyday.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
“You can count the dead, but you can't count the cost. We've got no math for Heaven...”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
“One of those out-of-the-ordinary days that made sense of the slew of ordinary days. New York had a way of doing that. Every now and then the city shook its soul out. It assailed you with an image, or a day, or a crime, or a terror, or a beauty so difficult to wrap your mind around that you had to shake your head in disbelief.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
“The war was about vanity, he said. It was about old men who couldn't look in the mirror anymore and so they sent the young out to die. Was was a get-together of the vain. They wanted it simple--hate your enemy, know nothing of him.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
“The world does not turn without moments of grace. Who cares how small.”
Colum McCann, TransAtlantic
“I’m not interested in blind optimism, but I’m very interested in optimism that is hard-won, that takes on darkness and then says, ‘This is not enough.’ But it takes time, more time than we can sometimes imagine, to get there. And sometimes we don’t.”
Colum McCann
“We seldom know what we're hearing when we hear something for the first time, but one thing is certain: we hear it as we will never hear it again. We return to the moment to experience it, I suppose, but we can never really find it, only its memory, the faintest imprint of what really was, what it meant.”
Colum McCann
“Pain is not wat you get, it is wat you give.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
“...most people who've been around awhile know [love's] just a thing that changes day by day, and depending on how much you fight for it, you get it, or you hold on to it, or you lost it, but sometimes it's never even there in the first place.”
Colum McCann
“...and it strikes her, as she walks, that borders, like hatred, are exaggerated precisely because otherwise they would cease to exist altogether. ”
Colum McCann, Zoli
“Even if you're going to die, you might as well die pretty.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
“wash your dress in running water. dry it on the southern side of a rock. let them have four guesses and make them all wrong. take a fistful of snow in the summer heat. cook haluski in hot sweet butter. drink cold milk to clean your insides. be careful when you wake: breathing lets them know how asleep you are. don't hang your coat from a hook in the door. ignore curfew. remember weather by the voice of the wheel. do not become the fool they need you to become. change your name. lose your shoes. practice doubt. dress in oiled cloth around sickness. adore darkness. turn sideways in the wind. the changing of stories is a cheerful affair. give the impression of not having known.”
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“You're manic-depressive and you're manic-depressive too and you, you're definitely manic-depressive, girl. And you over there in the corner, you're just plain fucking depressive.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
“We seldom know what echo our actions will find, but our stories will most certainly outlast us.”
Colum McCann, TransAtlantic
“Sometimes thinking back on things is a mistake arising out of pride, but I guess you live inside a moment for years, move with it and feel it grow, and it sends out roots until it touches everything in sight.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin
“A book is completed only when it is finished by a reader.”
Colum McCann
“What was life anyway? An accumulation of small shelves if incident. Stacked at odd angles to each other.”
Colum McCann, TransAtlantic
tags: life
“But being rational about it didn't cure it.”
Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin


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