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  • #1
    Jennifer Egan
    “Yet each disappointment Ted felt in his wife, each incremental deflation, was accompanied by a seizure of guilt; many years ago, he had taken the passion he felt for Susan and folded it in half, so he no longer had a drowning, helpless feeling when he glimpsed her beside him in bed: her ropy arms and soft, generous ass. Then he’d folded it in half again, so when he felt desire for Susan, it no longer brought with it an edgy terror of never being satisfied. Then in half again, so that feeling desire entailed no immediate need to act. Then in half again, so he hardly felt it. His desire was so small in the end that Ted could slip it inside his desk or a pocket and forget about it, and this gave him a feeling of safety and accomplishment, of having dismantled a perilous apparatus that might have crushed them both. Susan was baffled at first, then distraught; she’d hit him twice across the face; she’d run from the house in a thunderstorm and slept at a motel; she’d wrestled Ted to the bedroom floor in a pair of black crotchless underpants. But eventually a sort of amnesia had overtaken Susan; her rebellion and hurt had melted away, deliquesced into a sweet, eternal sunniness that was terrible in the way that life would be terrible, Ted supposed, without death to give it gravitas and shape. He’d presumed at first that her relentless cheer was mocking, another phase in her rebellion, until it came to him that Susan had forgotten how things were between them before Ted began to fold up his desire; she’d forgotten and was happy — had never not been happy — and while all of this bolstered his awe at the gymnastic adaptability of the human mind, it also made him feel that his wife had been brainwashed. By him.”
    Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

  • #2
    John Green
    “Books are the ultimate Dumpees: put them down and they’ll wait for you forever; pay attention to them and they always love you back.”
    John Green, An Abundance of Katherines

  • #3
    George Eliot
    “A friend is one to whom one may pour out the contents of one's heart, chaff and grain together, knowing that gentle hands will take and sift it, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness, blow the rest away.”
    George Eliot

  • #4
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • #5
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Music is the universal language of mankind.”
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • #6
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “For after all, the best thing one can do when it is raining is let it rain.”
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • #7
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.”
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • #8
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Let us labor for an inward stillness--
    An inward stillness and an inward healing.
    That perfect silence where the lips and heart
    Are still, and we no longer entertain
    Our own imperfect thoughts and vain opinions,
    But God alone speaks to us and we wait
    In singleness of heart that we may know
    His will, and in the silence of our spirits,
    That we may do His will and do that only”
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • #9
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “There are moments in life, when the heart is so full of emotion
    that if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like a pebble
    Drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret,
    Spilled on the ground like water, can never be gathered together.”
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • #10
    John Green
    “What a slut time is. She screws everybody.”
    John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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