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Eileen Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
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“People truly engaged in life have messy houses.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“Here is how I spend my days now. I live in a beautiful place. I sleep in a beautiful bed. I eat beautiful food. I go for walks through beautiful places. I care for people deeply. At night my bed is full of love, because I alone am in it. I cry easily, from pain and pleasure, and I don’t apologize for that. In the mornings I step outside and I’m thankful for another day. It took me many years to arrive at such a life.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“You can see wealth in people no matter what they're wearing. It's in the cut of their chins, a certain gloss to the skin, a drag and pause to their responsiveness. When poor people hear a loud noise, they whip their heads around. Wealthy people finish their sentences, then just glance back.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“I couldn't be bothered to deal with fixing things. I preferred to wallow in the problem, dream of better days.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“Furthermore, as is typical for any isolated, intelligent young person, I thought I was the only one with any consciousness, any awareness of how odd it was to be alive, to be a creature on this strange planet Earth.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“Anyway, I don't trust those people who poke around sad people's minds and tell them how interesting it all is up there. It's not interesting.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“Idealism without consequences is the pathetic dream of every spoiled brat, I suppose.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“I didn’t like dogs. Not because they scared me—they didn’t—but because their deaths were so much harder to take than people’s.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“A grown woman is like a coyote--she can get by on very little. Men are more like house cats. Leave them alone for too long and they'll die of sadness”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“It’s easy to tell the dirtiest minds—look for the cleanest fingernails.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“The idea that my brains could be untangled, straightened out, and thus refashioned into a state of peace and sanity was a comforting fantasy.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“Some families are so sick, so twisted, the only way out is for someone to die.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“That is what I imagined life to be—one long sentence of waiting out the clock.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“I didn’t believe in heaven, but I did believe in hell.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“I've lived with many alcoholic men over the years, and each has taught me that it is useless to worry, fruitless to ask why, suicide to try to help them. They are who they are for better and worse.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“Thus, I lived in perpetual fantasy. And like all intelligent young women, I hid my shameful perversions under a facade of prudishness. Of course I did. It's easy to tell the dirtiest minds-look for the cleanest fingernails.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“Those people with perfect houses are simply obsessed with death. A house that is so well maintained, furnished with good-looking furniture of high quality, decorated tastefully, everything in its place, becomes a living tomb. People truly engaged in life have messy houses.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“You can always tell something when a woman is overdressed---either she's an outsider, or she's insane.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“I can imagine myself saying at the time that life itself was like a book borrowed from the library—something that did not belong to me and was due to expire. How silly.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“A grown woman is like a coyote - she can get by on very little.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“A grown woman is like a coyote—she can get by on very little. Men are more like house cats. Leave them alone for too long and they’ll die of sadness.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“The second hand on the clock shook and bolted forward like someone at first terrified with anxiety, then, bolstered by desperation, jumping off a cliff only to get stuck in midair.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“There is nobody watching you when you’re alone. You decide for yourself what’s right and wrong. There are no prizes for good little girls. If you want something, fight for it. Don’t be a fool.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“Violence was just another function of the body, no less unusual than sweating or vomiting. It sat on the same shelf as sexual intercourse. The two got mixed up quite often, it seemed. For”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“I was nervous. It had been a long time since I’d gone any place I wanted to be.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“It's remarkable what people become blind to when they're in such darkness.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“I had the vague notion that bearing arms was in poor taste. Unless you were terribly wealthy, hunting was for the brutish lower class, uncivilized country folk, primitive types, people who were dumb and callous and ugly. Violence was just another function of the body, no less unusual than sweating or vomiting. It sat on the same shelf as sexual intercourse. The two got mixed up quite often, it seemed.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“Fashion’s for the fools, I know now, but I’ve learned that it’s good to be foolish from time to time. It keeps your spirit young.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“I felt happy. I hardly felt like myself.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen
“It also concerned me that my demise would have no great impact, that I could blow my head off and people would say, “That’s all right. Let’s get something to eat.” That”
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