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The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
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Quotes from the book..

Macon's sister Rose speaking on love.

"You want to drive him off! You three wasted your chances and now you want me to waste mine, but I won't do it. I can see what's what. Just listen to any song on the radio; look at any soap opera. Love is what it's all about. On a soap opera everything revolves around love. A new person comes to town and right away the question is who's he going to love? Who's going to love him back? Who'll lose her mind with jealousy? Who's going to ruin her life? And you want to make me miss it!"

Macon's niece Susan talking about US government.

"It it weren't for what was decided in this building," Macon told her, "you and I might very well be living under a dictatorship."

"We are anyhow," she said.


"You really think that you and me have any power?"

"You and I, honey."

"It's just free speech, that's all we've got. We can say whatever we like, then the government goes on and does exactly what it please. You call that democracy? It's like we're on a ship, headed somplace terrible and somebody else is steering and the passengers can't jump off."

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