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“This was the skin that protected you from the world—this loving of another person you shared your life with.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“the sense of apology did not go away; it was a tiring thing to carry. —”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“To listen to a person is not passive.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“Annie, who up until this very day had always felt like a child--which is why she could not marry, she could not be a wife--now felt quietly ancient. She thought how for years onstage she had used the image of walking up the dirt road holding her father's hand, the snow-covered fields spread around them, the woods in the distance, joy spilling through her--how she had used this scene to have tears immediately come to her eyes, for the happiness of it, and the loss of it. And now she wondered if it had even happened, if the road had ever been narrow and dirt, if her father had ever held her hand and said that his family was the most important thing to him.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“society's been drugging its women for years”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“And for a moment Annie wondered at this, that her brother and sister, good, responsible, decent, fair-minded, had never known the passion that caused a person to risk everything they had, everything they held dear heedlessly put in danger—simply to be near the white dazzle of the sun that somehow for those moments seemed to leave the earth behind.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“This was the skin that protected you from the world—this loving of another person you shared your life with. A”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything is Possible
“the tall white windmills that came to her mind. How their skinny long arms all turned, but never together, except for just once in a while two of them would be turning the same way, their arms poised at the same place in the sky.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“Angelina said, "Mom. I don't want you to die. That's the whole thing. You took from me the ability to care for you in your old age, and I wanted to be with you when you died, when you die. Mom. I wanted that.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“And if such a gift could come to him at such a time, then anything—dear girl from Rockford dressed up for her meeting, rushing above the Rock River—he opened his eyes, and yes, there it was, the perfect knowledge: Anything was possible for anyone.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“But Lucy loved them, she loved her mother, and her mother loved her! We’re all just a mess, Angelina, trying as hard as we can, we love imperfectly, Angelina, but it’s okay.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“And so there’s a struggle, or a contest, I guess you could say, all the time, it seems to me. And remorse, well, to be able to show remorse—to be able to be sorry about what we’ve done that’s hurt other people—that keeps us human.” Tommy”
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“he had the house wired for Wi-Fi,”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything is Possible
“People always kept moving, her mother had said, it's the American way. Moving west, moving south, marrying up, marrying down, getting divorced - but moving...”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“And then later, as the ambulance went faster, Abel felt not fear but a strange exquisite joy, the bliss of things finally and irretrievably out of his control, unpeeled, unpeeling now. Yet there was a streak of something else, as though just outside his reach was the twinkle of a light, as though a Christmas window was there; this puzzled him and pleased him, and in his state of tired ecstasy it seemed almost to come to him.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“People could surprise you. Not just their kindness, but also their sudden ability to express things the right way.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“Annie wondered at this, that her brother and sister, good, responsible, decent, fair-minded, had never known the passion that caused a person to risk everything they had, everything they held dear heedlessly put in danger -- simply to be near the white dazzle of the sun that somehow for those moments seemed to leave the earth behind.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“as he saw this happen he had felt—undeniably—what he could only think was the presence of God, and he understood why angels had always been portrayed as having wings, because there had been a sensation of that—of a rushing sound, or not even a sound, and then it was as though God, who had no face, but was God, pressed up against him and conveyed to him without words—so briefly, so fleetingly—some message that Tommy understood to be: It’s all right, Tommy. And then Tommy had understood that it was all right. It was beyond his understanding, but it was all right. And it had been. He often thought that his children had become more compassionate as a result of having to go to school with kids who were poor, and not from homes like the one they had first known. He had felt the presence of God since, at times, as though a golden color was very near to him, but he never again felt visited by God as he had felt that night, and he knew too well what people would make of it, and this is why he would keep it to himself until his dying day—the sign from God. Still,”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“What puzzled Abel about life was how much one forgot but then lived with anyway - like phantom limbs, he supposed.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“Her grandmother said, “Don’t come back. Don’t get married. Don’t have children. All those things will bring you heartache”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“people had to decide, really, how they were going to live.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“How did you ever know? You never knew anything, and anyone who thought they knew anything - well, they were in for a great big surprise.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“He hated dishonesty-- or lack of courage-- more than anything.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“She came to understand that people had to decide, really, how they were going to live.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“To listen to a person is not passive. To really listen is active, and Dottie had really listened.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“They had grown up on shame; it was the nutrient of their soil.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
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“They had grown up on shame; it was the nutrient of their soil. Yet, oddly, it was her father she felt she understood the best. And for a moment Annie wondered at this, that her brother and sister, good, responsible, decent, fair-minded, had never known the passion that caused a person to risk everything they had, everything they held dear heedlessly put in danger—simply to be near the white dazzle of the sun that somehow for those moments seemed to leave the earth behind.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“When word came that Keith had died of cancer, Abel was astonished. That astonishment had to do with death, with the wiping out of a person, with the puzzlement that the man was simply gone.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“She had recently, though, had fantasies of what they called “going normal.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible
“It seemed the older he grew - and he had grown old - the more he understood that he could not understand this confusing contest between good and evil, and that maybe people were not meant to understand things here on earth.”
Elizabeth Strout, Anything Is Possible

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