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Long Black Veil Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan
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“I have a different theory, which is even more harebrained. It goes like this: Maybe we should all just love one another, even if we don't completely understand the things that people bear in their dark, strange hearts, even if the stars that other men and women are following seem invisible to us. If we make ourselves open to the humanity of others first, maybe understanding will follow. An incomprehensible theory of the universe isn't necessary if your only ambition is to embrace another soul. What you need, maybe all you need, in fact, is the willingness to love.”
Jennifer Finney Boylan, Long Black Veil
“Maybe we should just love one another, even if we don't completely understand the things that people bear in their dark, strange hearts, even if the stars that other men and women are following seem invisible to us. If we make ourselves open to the humanity of others first, maybe understanding will follow. An incomprehensible theory of the universal isn't necessary if your only ambition is to embrace another soul. What you need, maybe all you need, in fact, is the willingness to love.”
Jennifer Finney Boylan, Long Black Veil
tags: love
“How much could the person you love change, and still remain the same person to whom you'd made your promise? We don't expect our lovers to remain the same over the course of a long relationship. In fact, if you're married at sixty-five to the same person you married when you were twenty, your marriage has probably failed. But there are changes, over time, that spell doom for a marriage, although exactly what these are, and to what degree, varies from couple to couple. For some people, vast changes over time make no difference to the fundamental sense of devotion one soul has for another. But for others, relatively small changes can push things to the breaking point: gaining or losing weight, gaining or losing faith, gaining or losing wealth. How does any relationship survive in the end, when change is the only constant?”
Jennifer Finney Boylan, Long Black Veil
“It's funny how you can know a person, think of him as your closest friend, and still never gain access to the secret chambers in his heart.”
Jennifer Finney Boylan, Long Black Veil
“I think it's very human, the hope that an all-encompassing love will change us into someone else, someone better. That this hope usually turns out to be false makes it no less human; the world is full of hopes far more unlikely than being transformed by love.”
Jennifer Finney Boylan, Long Black Veil
tags: love
“You carry the past with you. Even if there's a before, and an after, in your life. It's still the same life. The trick is to build a bridge between that and what comes later.”
Jennifer Finney Boylan, Long Black Veil
“Is there anything more fundamentally human than the desire to live in another world, as someone other than our own earthbound selves?”
Jennifer Finney Boylan, Long Black Veil
“There are times when I think it's impossible to know another soul. I don't know, maybe we're lucky that way. If we knew what really went on inside other people's private hearts it would make our eyeballs bleed.”
Jennifer Finney Boylan, Long Black Veil
“It makes me wonder just how many supposedly brave people in the world are just men and women trying to imitate someone more courageous than themselves.”
Jennifer Finney Boylan, Long Black Veil
“I wondered ...if meeting people with creativity and passion when you were at an impressionable enough age actually kind of ruined you for life among normal people.

For a long time, I'd searched the world, thinking I could start up new friendships like the ones I'd had before. But I never met people like that again. I know people will think that's what everyone believes about their college friends, but it's true. Maybe we're like flowers that open up at that brief moment in our lives, and after that, we close up again, one by one.”
Jennifer Finney Boylan, Long Black Veil
“Straight women love a feminine sensibility in a man, but that love only goes up to, and unfortunately does not quite pass, the fact of his being an actual woman.”
Jennifer Finney Boylan, Long Black Veil
“That's what I learned. Everybody's black and blue, somewhere. I never met anybody who wasn't."

"Not like me."

"No," said Shannon. "Everybody gets broken all their own way." She smiled bitterly. "That's what makes you, you: the pieces you're smashed into aren't like anybody else's. They're all yours.”
Jennifer Finney Boylan, Long Black Veil
“But surely the idea that one might slip away unseen and take up another life is nearly universal. Is there anything more fundamentally human than the desire to live in another world, as someone other than our own earthbound selves?”
Jennifer Finney Boylan, Long Black Veil
“Maybe we should all just love one another, even if we don’t completely understand the things that people bear in their dark, strange hearts, even if the stars that other men and women are following seem invisible to us. If we make ourselves open to the humanity of others first, maybe understanding will follow. An incomprehensible theory of the universe isn’t necessary if your only ambition is to embrace another soul. What you need, maybe all you need, in fact, is the willingness to love.”
Jennifer Finney Boylan, Long Black Veil