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  • #1
    Nancy Mitford
    “The charm of your writing,” Evelyn Waugh once wrote to Mitford, “depends on your refusal to recognize a distinction between girlish chatter and literary language.”
    Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love

  • #2
    E.M. Forster
    “Oh, poor, poor fellow!' said Mrs. Elliot with a remorse that was sincere, though her congratulations would not have been.”
    E. M. Forster, The Longest Journey

  • #3
    “Maybe we really are made of the same clay, maybe we really are condemned, blameless, to the same, identical mediocrity.”
    Elena Ferrante, The Story of a New Name

  • #4
    E.M. Forster
    “He educated Maurice, or rather his spirit educated Maurice's spirit, for they themselves became equal. Neither thought "Am I led; am I leading?" Love had caught him out of triviality and Maurice out of bewilderment in order that two imperfect souls might touch perfection.”
    E.M. Forster, Maurice

  • #5
    E.M. Forster
    “A trouble — nothing as beautiful as a sorrow — rose to the surface of his mind, displayed its ungainliness and sank.”
    E.M. Forster

  • #6
    E.M. Forster
    “He lived on, miserable and misunderstood, as before, and increasingly lonely. One cannot write those words too often: Maurice’s loneliness: it increased.”
    E.M. Forster, Maurice

  • #7
    E.M. Forster
    “Love was an emotion through which you occasionally enjoyed yourself. It could not do things.”
    E.M. Forster, Maurice

  • #8
    Evelyn Waugh
    “I took you out to dinner to warn you of charm. I warned you expressly and in great details of the Flyte family. Charm is the great English blight. It does not exist outside these damp islands. It spots and kills anything it touches. It kills love; it kills art; I greatly fear, Charles, it has killed you. Anthony Blanche to Charles”
    Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

  • #9
    Evelyn Waugh
    “She was daily surprised by the things he knew and the things he did not know; both, at the time, added to his attraction.”
    Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

  • #10
    George Saunders
    “What I mean to say is, we had been considerable. Had been loved. Not lonely, not lost, not freakish, but wise, each in his or her own way. Our departures caused pain. Those who had loved us sat upon their beds, heads in hand; lowered their faces to tabletops, making animal noises. We had been loved, I say, and remembering us, even many years later, people would smile, briefly gladdened at the memory.”
    George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo

  • #11
    George Saunders
    “The thousand dresses, laid out so reverently that afternoon, flecks of dust brushed off carefully in doorways, hems gathered up for the carriage trip: where are they now? Is a single one museum-displayed? Are some few yet saved in attics? Most are dust. As are the women who wore them so proudly in that transient moment of radiance.”
    George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo

  • #12
    George Saunders
    “I was in error when I saw him as fixed and stable and thought I would have him forever. He was never fixed, nor stable, but always just a passing, temporary energy-burst.”
    George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo

  • #13
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “She hated people who thought too much. At that moment, she struck me as an appropriate representative for almost all mankind.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #14
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Round and round we spin, with feet of lead and wings of tin.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #15
    Kurt Vonnegut
    “Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly;
    Man got to sit and wonder 'why, why, why?'
    Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land;
    Man got to tell himself he understand.”
    Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle

  • #16
    Jane Gardam
    “The astounding thing about Paula is that she looks like Tess of the D´Urbervilles, and she sounds like Tess of the D´Urbervilles, and she thinks like Tess of the D´Urbervilles and yet she is so different from Tess of the D´Urbervilles. I expect she comes from a different part of Dorset.”
    Jane Gardam, Bilgewater

  • #17
    Jane Gardam
    “He has not the faintest idea that I am ugly and we are very happy together.”
    Jane Gardam, Bilgewater

  • #18
    Jane Gardam
    “I was seeing something I didn’t understand and did not want to.

    No I wasn’t. I was seeing something I had always understood and wanted to understand better.”
    Jane Gardam, Bilgewater

  • #19
    Jane Gardam
    “Christianity is supposed to be all about love but it’s utterly useless when you’re in love.”
    Jane Gardam, Bilgewater

  • #20
    Jane Gardam
    “I was quite enchanted with myself. I had always thought I had very strong views on sexual morality. I found I had nothing of the kind.”
    Jane Gardam, Bilgewater



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