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“I wondered if all a person could hope for was illusion and luck, for I was forced to conclude that the world was fundamentally and appallingly dangerous. It is a lesson I will never forget.”
Charlotte Rogan, The Lifeboat
“I had been allowed to believe in man's innate goodness for the twenty-two years of my life, and I had hoped to carry the belief with me to my grave. I wanted to think that all people could have what they wanted, that there was no inherent conflict between competing interests, and that, if tragedies had to happen, they were not something mere human beings could control.”
Charlotte Rogan, The Lifeboat
“When we are babies...we need an authoritative figure to guide and take care of us. We ask no questions about that authority and imagine that the small circumference of family life is the limit of the universe...As we mature, our horizon expands and we begin to question. This continues until we either throw over our creators--our parents--for good and take their place as the creative force in our lives or find replacements for them because the terror and responsibility are too great. People go one way or the other, and this accounts for all of the great personal and political divides throughout history.”
Charlotte Rogan, The Lifeboat
“It was not the sea that was cruel, but the people”
Charlotte Rogan, The Lifeboat
“I had been allowed to believe in man's innate goodness for the twenty-two years of my life, and I had hoped to carry the belief with me to my grave.”
Charlotte Rogan, The Lifeboat
“...Mr. Hardie had little patience with that sort of conversation."Ye're born, ye suffer, and ye die. What made ye think ye deserved different?" he wondered aloud when the deacon's gentle answers failed to quiet them.”
Charlotte Rogan, The Lifeboat
“.. All this talk of being rescued, as if everything depends on it. On someone else. I say we plot a course and set about trying to rescue ourselves.”
Charlotte Rogan, The Lifeboat
“Am I to be blamed for this? We do not ask certain ideas to enter our heads and demand that others stay away. I believe that a person is accountable for his actions but not for the contents of his mind, so perhaps I am culpable for occasionally letting those thoughts turn themselves into words.”
Charlotte Rogan, The Lifeboat
“But the sleep of the saved is the same as the sleep of the Damned.”
Charlotte Rogan, The Lifeboat
“I said, "You will have to find your answers without me," which made him tap his fountain pen so hard in frustration that it left a large blot of ink on his compulsive little page of notes. If I had not felt so sorry for him, I would have laughed out loud at his desire to pin everything down, at his naïveté, at his childish desire to know.”
Charlotte Rogan, The Lifeboat
“got into the next one?” “What little”
Charlotte Rogan, The Lifeboat

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