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  • #1
    Siri Hustvedt
    “I don't want the words to be naked the way they are in faxes or in the computer. I want them to be covered by an envelope that you have to rip open in order to get at. I want there to be a waiting time -a pause between the writing and the reading. I want us to be careful about what we say to each other. I want the miles between us to be real and long. This will be our law -that we write our dailiness and our suffering very, very carefully.”
    Siri Hustvedt, What I Loved

  • #2
    Lewis Carroll
    “When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

    ’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

    ’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”
    Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

  • #3
    Siri Hustvedt
    “Memory is essential to who we are, and memories can be both implicit and explicit - unconscious and conscious.”
    Siri Hustvedt, The Shaking Woman, or A History of My Nerves

  • #4
    Siri Hustvedt
    “I've always thought of wholeness and integration as necessary myths. We're fragmented beings who cement ourselves together, but there are always cracks. Living with the cracks is part of being, well, reasonably healthy”
    Siri Hustvedt, The Sorrows of an American

  • #5
    Lewis Carroll
    “It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

  • #6
    Lewis Carroll
    “But I don’t want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
    "Oh, you can’t help that," said the Cat: "we’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad."
    "How do you know I’m mad?" said Alice.
    "You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn’t have come here.”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

  • #7
    Lewis Carroll
    “Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop.”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

  • #8
    Lewis Carroll
    “Curiouser and curiouser.”
    Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

  • #9
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • #10
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “I like to see people reunited, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the crying, I like the impatience, the stories that the mouth can't tell fast enough, the ears that aren't big enough, the eyes that can't take in all of the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • #11
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “I regret that it takes a life to learn how to live.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • #12
    Jonathan Safran Foer
    “I hope that one day you will have the experience of doing something you do not understand for someone you love.”
    Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

  • #13
    Nicole Krauss
    “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
    Nicole Krauss, The History of Love



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