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“But don't we often lie to people we love, or not tell them things, precisely because we love them?”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“You have to leave your heart to get on with it. It's rather like breathing. We don't have to remind ourselves to breathe.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“She was not sure if she would want him to have known; we do not always wish for those for whom we long to know that we long for them, especially if the longing is impossible, or inappropriate. . . to be loved by the unlovable was not something that most people could cope with.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“But that's exactly the problem, retorted Isabel. We're all stuck with the same tired and trusted ideas. If we refused to entertain the possibility of something radically different, then we'd never make any progress - ever. We'd still be thinking that the sun revolved round the earth.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“Do you realise that people die of boredom in London suburbs? It's the second biggest cause of death amongs the English in general. Sheer boredom...”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“People stuck by others for years and years, in the face of all odds, and it should be relief, not disbelief, that one felt on witnessing it. ”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“Many waters cannot quench love: the anthem's setting remained in her ears, repeating itself; a tune so powerful that it might gird one against the disappointments of life, rather than make one aware that our attempts to subdue the pain of unrequited love - of impossible love, of love that we are best to put away and not to think about - tended not to work, and only made the wounds of love more painful.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“Isabel had firm views on moral proximity and the obligations it created. WE cannot choose the situations in which we become involved in this life; we are caught up in them whether we like it or not. If one encounters the need for another, because of who one happens to be, or where one happens to find oneself, and one is in a position to help, then one should do so. It was as simple as that. ”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“Isabel saw the intimacy of the gestures and felt immediately empty, a sensation so physical and so overwhelming that she felt for a moment that she might stop breathing, being empty of air”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“Chance; pure chance. But chance was a dull explanation because it denied the possibility of the paranormal, and people were often disappointed by dull explanations. Mystery and the unknown were far more exciting because they suggested that our world was not quite as prosaic as we feared it might be. Yet we had to adjure those temptations because they lead to a world of darkness and fear. ”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“In an earlier age, it might have been possible to believe that goodness would prevail over pride, but not anymore. The proud could be proud with impunity, because there was nobody to contradict him in his pride and because narcissism was no longer considered a vice. That was what the whole cult of celebrity was about, she thought; and we fêted these people and fed their vanity.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“Brother Fox looked in. He saw two people. He saw them raise their glasses of wine to him, liquid that for him was suspended in the air, as if by a miracle.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“It just did not make sense; unless, of course, as she had suggested, we all have a weak point, an area of intellectual or emotional vulnerability that may be quite out of keeping with out character.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“The problem with being me, thought Isabel, as she walked along George IV Bridge, is that I keep thinking about the problem of being me.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“If we treated others with the consideration that one would give to those who only had a few days to live, then we would be kinder, at least.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“She had been seized with a sudden existential horror. The house had white carpets and white furniture and, most significantly, no books.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
tags: books
“And she, Isabel, had gone along with this and all the time what was happening was she was becoming increasingly possessive of Jamie without ever having to acknowledge it. Now there was another woman, a girl really, and there was an obvious intimacy between them, which would exclude her as it would have to do, and that would be the end of everything.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“It's how we read the face, said Ian. Remember that you're talking to a psychologist. We like to think about things like that. It's a question of numerous little signals that create the overall impression.
But how do internal states who themselves physically?
Very easily, said Ian. Think of anger. The knitted brow. Think of determination. The gritted teeth.
And intelligence?
Liveliness and engagement with the world.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“Ако човек, изчаквайки в нещо като предверие момента на своето раждане, можеше да си избере националността, не би ли било доста изкусително да поискаш да се родиш като италианец?”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“And here, she said to herself, is the victim of the witch hunt, or its modern equivalent. Not much has changed. Witchcraft or sexual harassment: the tactics of persecution were much the same - the loathed enemy was identified and then demonised.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“It was always a mistake, she thought, to dwell on the cause of one's anger.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
tags: anger
“And the difference was this, she mused: those who are twenty don’t know what it is like to be forty, whereas those who are forty know what it is like to be twenty. It was a bit like discussing a foreign country with somebody who has never been there. They are prepared to listen, but it’s not quite real for them.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“What is beauty, she thought, but the promise of happiness, as Stendhal said it was?”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“Resolution. Musicians know all about that, don’t they? Pieces of music seek resolution, have to end on a particular note, or it sounds all wrong. The same applies to our lives. It’s exactly the same.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate
“If we were all responsible for the misdeeds of the governments that represent us, thought Isabel, then the moral burden would be just too great.”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate: Book 2
“Perhaps one should expect to be attended to by philosophers in Edinburgh delicatessens, just as one might be waited upon by psychoanalysts in the restaurants of Buenos Aires. Is the braised beef really what you want?”
Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate: Book 2

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