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“It makes you wonder. All the brilliant things we might have done with our lives if only we suspected we knew how.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“Some people are born to make great art and others are born to appreciate it. Don't you think? It is a kind of talent in itself, to be an audience, whether you are the spectator in the gallery or you are listening to the voice of the world's greatest soprano. Not everyone can be the artist. There have to be those who witness the art, who love and appreciate what they have been privileged to see.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
tags: art
“Love was action. It came to you. It was not a choice.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
tags: love
“There was such an incredible logic to kissing, such a metal-to-magnet pull between two people that it was a wonder that they found the strength to prevent themselves from succumbing every second. Rightfully, the world should be a whirlpool of kissing into which we sank and never found the strength to rise up again.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“It was never the right time or it was always the right time, depending on how you looked at it.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“There was no time for kissing but she wanted him to know that in the future there would be. A kiss in so much loneliness was like a hand pulling you up out of the water, scooping you up from a place of drowning and into the reckless abundance of air. A kiss, another kiss.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“He believed that life, true life, was something that was stored in music. True life was kept safe in the lines of Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin while you went out in the world and met the obligations required of you. Certainly he knew (though did not completely understand) that opera wasn't for everyone, but for everyone he hoped there was something. The records he cherished, the rare opportunities to see a live performance, those were the marks by which he gauged his ability to love.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“She sang as if she was saving the life of every person in the room.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“He doesn’t know to want for more because nothing in his life has been as much as this...on that night he thinks that no one has ever had so much and only later will he know he should have asked for more.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“It was too much work to remember things you might not have again, and so one by one they opened up their hands and let them go.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“For a man to know what he has when he had it, that is what makes him a fortunate man.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“If what a person wants is his life, he tends to be quiet about wanting anything else. Once the life begins to seem secure, one feels the freedom to complain.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“Maybe the private life wasn't forever. Maybe everyone got it for a little while and then spent the rest of their lives remembering.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“Most of the time, we're loved for what we can do rather than for who we are. It's not such a bad thing, being loved for what you can do.'
'But the other is better.'
'Better. I hate to say better, but it is. If someone loves you for what you can do then it's flattering, but why do you love them? If someone loves you for who you are then they have to know you, which means you have to know them.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
tags: love
“He realized now he was only just beginning to see the full extent to which it was his destiny to follow, to walk blindly into fates he could never understand. In fate there was reward, in turning over one's heart to God there was a magnificence that lay beyond description. At the moment one is sure that all is lost, look at what is gained!”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
tags: god
“The kind of love that offers its life so easily, so stupidly, is always the love that is not returned.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
tags: love
“Carmen prayed hard. She prayed while standing near the priest in hopes it would give her request extra credibility. What she prayed for was nothing. She prayed that God would look on them and see the beauty of their existence and leave them alone.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“The quality of gifts depends on the sincerity of the giver.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
tags: gifts
“Sleep was a country for which he could not obtain a visa.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
tags: sleep
“Love is a rebellious bird that no one can tame”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“The timing of the electrical failure seemed dramatic and perfectly correct, as if the lights had said, "You have no need for sight. Listen.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“Maybe there would be a bad outcome for some of the others, but no one was going to shoot a soprano.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“It's easier to love a woman when you can't understand a word she's saying.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“But together they moved through the world quite easily, two small halves of courage making a brave whole.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“The light was cut to lace by the trees that had grown so thick with leaves in the last few months.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“If someone loves you for what you can do then it's flattering, but why do you love them? If someone loves you for who you are then they have to know you, which means you have to know them.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
tags: love
“...it was a miraculous thing to be able to watch the person you love undetected,”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“When you think of love you think as an American. You must think like a Russian. It is a more expansive view.'

'Americans havea bad habbit of thinking like Americans,' Roxane said kindly.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“The Swedish he knew was mostly from Bergman films. He had learned it as a college student, matching the subtitles to the sounds. In Swedish, he could only converse on the darkest of subjects.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto
“Wearing shoes in the house was barbaric. There was almost as much indignity in wearing shoes in the house as there was in being kidnapped.”
Ann Patchett, Bel Canto

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