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“Only a blind man could have lived through these last years without seeing what was bearing down upon us; so I made myself blind as I could manage. I wanted to believe the worst was behind me, and I found an easy way to make it so. I simply turned my back on what was coming.”
John Wray
“If you don't like the place where you find yourself, Waldemar, it pays to remember that you'll be somewhere else in just a moment. The place itself will be a different place.”
John Wray, The Lost Time Accidents
“The world is a loony bin [...]. Luckily for us, our front door happens to be one of its exits.”
John Wray
tags: humor
“Papír prášky papír knihy léků papír recepty. Moje postel jako obálka a uvnitř milostný dopis lehce pokropený parfémem. Někdo mu říkal eau de bažant. Mohl jsem se ti poslat poštou Emily ale ty bys mě vrátila, adresát nezastižen. Ne? Jestli ne tak mi řekni ještě jednu věc četla jsi ten dopis pořádně věnovala jsi mu veškerou pozornost Emily pochopila jsi ho? Všimla sis toho o tunelu je to legrační věc jediný a jedinečný Tunel lásky. Porozuměla jsi tomu dopisu Emily posloucháš mě vůbec? Slyším jak posloucháš slyším jak dýcháš nemusím se ptát jestli jsi vypuštěná nebo vyschlá nebo žívá. Jsem zamilovaný Emily! Pomohla bys mi trošku? Pomohla bys mi a svlékla se a roztáhla nohy?”
John Wray, Lowboy
“What then, is time?" asks the saint. "If no one asks me, I know; if I wish to explain to him who asks, I know not." Neither the past nor the future, argues Augustine, truly exists - and the present is merely an instant. "The present of things past is memory," he writes; "the present of things present is perception; and the present of things future is expectation." Augustine's conclusion - never fully stated, but unmistakably implied - is that time is subjective. It exists in the mind alone, and nowhere else.”
John Wray, The Lost Time Accidents
“V říjnu mi někdo začal říkat Spodek. Velmi nemocný muž co mluvil měkce on věřil že je zdravý. Víš co je spodek? ptal se mě. Nikdy se na mě nepodíval a mluvil smutným nóbl hlasem. Slyšel jsi o něm někdy? Řekl jsem že ne a on přikývl a zatvářil se smutně. Spodek je karta řekl. Vypadá skoro jako filek jen je nižší. Ale zase je vyšší než desítka. Spodek filek král a eso. Nic jsem neřekl a on po chvíli zapomněl že tam jsem a začal plivat na sestry. Když jsem ho viděl druhý den zeptal jsem se ho proč mi říkal Spodek. Zastavil se a chvíli o tom přemýšlel. Spodek je karta k ničemu řekl. Filek, to je jiná.”
John Wray, Lowboy
“Harder still was the pretense her studies demanded: the need to dissemble, to parrot her professors' orthodoxies, to feign interest in theories that were of no use to her.”
John Wray, The Lost Time Accidents
“Something about Van has always brought late-night nature programming to mind.”
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“Practically from birth - or so it seemed to him - he had been aware that the elegant, filigreed, eminently reasonable world around him was destined to collapse under its own weight, like some elaborate architectural folly; the obvious response, to any sensible observer, was to have as little to do with such a world as possible.”
John Wray, The Lost Time Accidents
“My mother and I looked at each other then, full in the face, more frankly than we'd done since I was small. I realized with a jolt that I was taller than she was by at least half a foot. When on earth had that happened? The realization made me want to sit down on the stairs and cry. It seemed to signify something terrible about the world: something that couldn't - or mustn't- be put into words. And I could see, looking down into her startled, anxious face, that my mother felt exactly the same way.”
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“If God had commanded Noah to build an ark for consumer goods instead of animals—and if Noah had been a drunken paranoiac—his ark might have resembled this apartment.”
John Wray, The Lost Time Accidents
“Regardless of what he was doing, no matter how candid or innocuous the photo, Haven always looked as though he'd just stopped screaming.”
John Wray, The Lost Time Accidents
“His crimped hair was subtly frosted, making him look like a preacher in some California church - the kind with acoustic guitars and headset microphones and not much use for the actual Bible.”
John Wray, The Lost Time Accidents
“Trying to write, or talk—or think—without invoking time is like trying to make pancakes underwater. Time”
John Wray, The Lost Time Accidents
“Perhaps the dead forget their lives in the calm of the Garden of Heaven. Perhaps that forgetting is itself what Heaven is.”
John Wray, Godsend: A Novel
“ARE YOU LIVING THE LIFE THAT YOUR MAKER INTENDED?
Does your life lack the flavor, the crackle, the intensity you've hoped for?
Daily, we find ourselves bombarded by a thousand recommendations for extending the duration of our lives - exercise three times weekly! smoke in moderation! exchange sugar for saccharine! - but the truth is that time does not gain value by accruing. Time acquires value by being "spent," and spent freely. The longest life is not always the best one; in the marjority of cases, just the opposite.
If you are, in fact, living the life that your maker intended - it may be time to seek another maker.”
John Wray, The Lost Time Accidents


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