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How to Make an American Quilt How to Make an American Quilt by Whitney Otto
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“Why are old lovers able to become friends? Two reasons. They never truly loved each other, or they love each other still.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
“The best men tell you the truth because they think you can take it; the worst men either try to preserve you in some innocent state with their false protection, or are ‘brutally honest.’ When someone tells, lets you think for yourself, experience your own emotions, he is treating you as a true equal, a friend…And the best men cook for you.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
“No one fights dirtier or more brutally than blood; only family knows it’s own weaknesses, the exact placement of the heart. The tragedy is that one can still live with the force of hatred, feel infuriated that once you are born to another, that kinship lasts through life and death, immutable, unchanging, no matter how great the misdeed or betrayal. Blood cannot be denied, and perhaps that’s why we fight tooth and claw, because we cannot—being only human—put asunder what God has joined together.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
“…she eventually forgave him, because she understood him.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
“she is admired from afar. These admirers court her in secret, in the safety of their dreams.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
“Once you love, you cannot take it back, cannot undo it; what you felt may have changed, shifted slightly, yet still remains love. You still feel-though very small-the not-altogether unpleasant shock of soul recognition for that person.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
tags: love
“No one knows how another person feels in private.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
“The worst dream of the night, when you are parted from someone you love and you do not know exactly where he is, but you know that he is in the presence of danger. You are tormented by a desire to keep the one you love safe.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
“You have to choose your combinations careful. The right choices will enhance your quilt. The wrong choices will dull the colors and hide their original beauty. There are no rules you can follow. You have to go by instinct and you have to be brave.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
“The truly terrible thing about this life, was not knowing what you want, but only able to recognize what you do not want. You have to spend so much time and energy trying to find it out, time that other people spent in pursuing of their desires.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
“All you have to go on is the faith of a kiss.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
“I have an affection for those transitional seasons, the way they take the edge off the intense cold of winter, or heat of summer.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
“Think about what binds you to your husband and he to you. Marvel at the strength of that bond, which is both abstract and concrete, spiritual and legal.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
“That is the true challenge--to work within a narrow confine. To accept what you cannot have; that from which you cannot deviate.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
“…brotherhood of the firstborn, which can be both a blessing and a curse: the overwhelming attention to the detail of their lives and development. The expectations that run too high: being the bridge between adults and children, one foot in either place and the accompanying hollow lonely feeling of being nowhere.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
“…that would be too much like running away, and that, she would not do. She does not run—they cannot make her—she walks.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
“Read "The Story of O." Convince yourself that it was in fact written by a woman or someone who thinks like a woman.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
“All this because one race did not have the decency to be ashamed of dealing in human flesh.”
Whitney Otto, How to Make an American Quilt
tags: life, race