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(My dad has always paid my mom’s bills, and no one calls her a parasite.)
Most days? I think I want the wild-haired music man. The guy who wakes you up at 2 a.m. to read you the poem he just wrote on your stomach. I want the boy with kaleidoscope eyes.
giving employees Internet access was like giving them the option to work if they felt like it, look at porn if they didn’t.
Free-speech warrior. I see. What are you fighting for? The right to give Billy Madison five stars?
He couldn’t think of a time he’d argued with her and won.
“There’s no pleasing you, is there, Lincoln? This is why you don’t have a woman.”
She was too pretty to look at.
He wasn’t scared, exactly, to start dating again. He just couldn’t visualize it.
He hadn’t made Sam fall in love with him. She just did. And he’d loved her back.
It was rings that big that made our grandmothers think Elizabeth Taylor was a whore.
a turkey sandwich that smelled so good he was having a hard time thinking about anything else.
Why would you want to see a movie when you have the night off from seeing movies?
Lincoln didn’t get why a hospital needed a marketing department; who did it market to, sick people?
The girls all looked like they were listening to the same sad story. “Yes, yes, yes, that’s awful. Yes, yes, yes.”
“I’m mad at you. But I love you. And I have to go to work. Good-bye.”
It was destiny. “He was a magnet and I was steel.”
Wow, what a cucumber. (Cool, I mean.)
He always kept me just on the edge of crazy. Feeling like I wanted him too much, which just made me want him more.
You’re very cute.
Manly. Kind of square. Harrison Fordish. The kind of guy you can picture negotiating for hostages and also jumping away from an explosion.
would be so easy to love Christine, to be in love with her. You’d never raise your voice. She’d never be mean.
Love. Purpose. Those are the things that you can’t plan for. Those are the things that just happen. And what if they don’t happen? Do you spend your whole life pining for them? Waiting to be happy?
Superman works at a newspaper because he’s trying to get with Lois Lane.
seat, and squeezed the steering wheel. “It would have to be. I already love you so much. I already feel like something in my chest is going to pop when I see you. I couldn’t love anyone more than I do you, it would kill me. And I couldn’t love anyone less because it would always feel like less. Even if I loved some other girl, that’s all I would ever think about, the difference between loving her and loving you.”
He told himself it was like having a crush on a girl in a soap opera, a radio soap opera. Not anything to be proud of, but harmless. Something to make the nights go faster.
It wasn’t like he was mad; it was more like I was a piece of debris in the middle of the road that he was driving around.
“Dude. Let it go. Good riddance to bad rubbers.”
“These things end,” she said. “They always end. Nobody marries their first love. First love is just that. First. It’s implied that something else will follow.”
“You don’t get to choose,” Lincoln said. “It’s just happening.”
SHE’D DUMPED HIM. That’s all.
Okay, I can see him now. Harrison Ford plus John Wayne plus the Hulk plus the Brawny guy.
NO, NO, NO, Lincoln thought.
He leaned his forehead against the mirror and closed his eyes. It was embarrassing to see himself smile like that.
When you fell in love with Mitch, he changed your whole life, right? He didn’t destroy it.
Kind of …I never had a date to any dance. I never took it for granted that any guy would ever fall in love with me. Let alone, the right guy.
I don’t know if I even believe in that anymore. The right guy. The perfect guy. The one. I’ve lost faith in “the.”
“It won’t be the first time a man has left me for a younger woman.”
Whenever I see a really tall guy with a really short girl, I always want to take him aside and say, “You realize your sons will never play basketball, right?”
Beth had a boyfriend; that was a problem.
(Lincoln and Justin spent more weekend nights with her boyfriend than she did.)
Every woman wants a man who’ll fall in love with her soul as well as her body. But what if you meet her, and you don’t think she’s attractive?”
“It’s still romantic,” Christine said, “falling in love with someone for who she is and what she says and what she believes in. It’s actually much more romantic than her crush on you, which would have to be almost completely physical. You might be nothing like she thinks you are.”
“Remember,” she said, “not all those who wander are lost.”
Your umbilical cord begs to differ.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting
I knew your maternal instinct would kick in eventually.
You are a complicated woman.
When the computers all stopped, she asked, would the vending machines be affected? Lincoln had told her he didn’t think that anything was going to stop.
“She’s a nice girl …and about your size, too. You wouldn’t have to break your back kissing her good night.”