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“Without balance, a life is no longer worth the effort.”
Olen Steinhauer, The Tourist
“God in His infinite wisdom Did not make me very wise— So when my actions are stupid They hardly take God by surprise”
Olen Steinhauer, The Cairo Affair
“When he woke his conviction of failure was somehow less inevitable.”
Olen Steinhauer, The Bridge of Sighs
“Russian?" I asked dumbly. I do that sometimes.”
Olen Steinhauer, Victory Square
“Things happen. The only thing that matters is how we deal with the now. Either we face the difficult moral decisions with ever-stronger responses, or we do not. This is what separates the mensch from the asshole. Full stop.”
Olen Steinhauer, All the Old Knives
“There’s a delay taking off from San Francisco—caused, I’m guessing, by an overburdened airport, but no one will tell us for sure. At times like this, sitting stalled on the tarmac, it’s easy to think apocalyptically—airports at the bursting point, highways clogged with SUVs helmed by citizens in meltdown, smog alerts and gridlocked emergency rooms, corridors lined with the bleeding. When you’re in California this kind of vision explodes into grandiosity, and you imagine the earth ripping apart, spilling all this overconsumption, all the cell phones and seaside villas and hopeful young starlets noisily into the sea. It almost feels like a blessing.”
Olen Steinhauer, All the Old Knives
“The jacket,” Milo repeated, and Grainger gave him a sour look before stretching an arm into his blazer. They”
Olen Steinhauer, The Tourist
“Later, once they had returned to Boston and gained some perspective, she would see that this was part and parcel of extremist thought the world over: the heaping on of selective trivia that only a computer could fact-check in real time, the raw accumulation of unverifiable anecdote that could create a new reality.”
Olen Steinhauer, The Cairo Affair
“been waiting all my life to meet you? Well, it applies to children. First as babies, but particularly once they’ve gotten old enough to have well-defined characters. It’s completely true—you realize that you really have been waiting all your life to meet this person. There’s nothing to compare to it.”
Olen Steinhauer, All the Old Knives
“No. No risk, no failure. And without failure you’re not really human. You’re just skating on the surface of life.”
Olen Steinhauer, All the Old Knives
“If you don't answer my questions, I'll hurt you. I am authorized.”
Olen Steinhauer, The Tourist
“An image of an image, which is a perfect place to live if you want to be something other than what you once were.”
Olen Steinhauer, All the Old Knives
“What do you plan to do that others cannot do better?”
Olen Steinhauer, The Cairo Affair
“Perhaps it’s only those who don’t know us at all who are able to see us most clearly.”
Olen Steinhauer, All the Old Knives
“anywhere. There could be no new world, John”
Olen Steinhauer, The Cairo Affair
“While our expectations for the future are all that really keep us going, the failure of those expectations is the source of all our sadness.”
Olen Steinhauer, All the Old Knives
“Eighty percent of an Agency brain is devoted to repercussions and possible futures, even when you’re just thinking about moving in with your boyfriend.”
Olen Steinhauer, All the Old Knives
“Her hands stretch across the table and squeeze the fingers of my left hand. “I’ve got my bestest lover here, and we’re talking about things that no longer exist for me. It’s like discussing dreams we’ve had.”
Olen Steinhauer, All the Old Knives
“For once I was satisfied, which is really all anyone can ask for.”
Olen Steinhauer, All the Old Knives
“Sally is a bully of the worst sort, for she never lays a hand on Bill, never gives her bullying a properly physical manifestation. She beats him with words and body language and selectively brutal silences.”
Olen Steinhauer, All the Old Knives
“It can be because in each man’s life there are only a few women who can turn him inside out, who can cripple him with a smile. These are weaknesses, but they’re also a sign of humanity. Without these flaws, a man doesn’t really live.”
Olen Steinhauer, All the Old Knives
“Jasenovac concentration camp, which had been the largest “place of extermination” in fascist Croatia during the Second World War. “No one know exact number, but some say a million murdered there. They killing Jews and Gypsies, but most was Serbs.”
Olen Steinhauer, The Cairo Affair


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