Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria – Kapka Kassabova – Quotes

And now our Rorschach blur spills into the building of the world's worst-named airport, Vrajdebna. It means 'hostile'. At around that point, I began to suspect that something was wrong with us, or with where we lived. It was the mud. I watched my mother wash the pram from top to bottom every time we …

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The Solace of Open Spaces – Gretel Ehrlich – Quotes

Space represents sanity, not a life purified, dull, or "spaced out" but one that might accommodate intelligently any idea of situation. From the clayey soil of northern Wyoming is mined bentonite, which is used as a filler in candy, gum, and lipstick. We Americans are great on fillers, as if what we have, what we …

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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit – Jeanette Winterson – Quotes

Quotes from the introduction by Winterson: Reading is an adventure. Adventures are about the unknown. When I started to read seriously I was excited and comforted all at the same time. Literature was a mix of unfamiliarity and recognition. The situation can take us anywhere - across time and space, the globe, through lives of …

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White Teeth – Zadie Smith – Quotes

This is what divorce is: taking things you no longer want from people you no longer love. ...traditionally the Dickinson-Smith were insatiable in their desire to see Dickinson-Smith blood spilled on foreign soil. And on the occasions when there wasn't a war the Dickinson-Smiths busied themselves with the Irish Situation, a kind of Dickinson-Smith holiday …

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Cain – José Saramago – Quotes

This episode, which gave rise to the first definition of a hitherto unknown concept, original sin, has never been satisfactorily explained. Firstly, even the most rudimentary of intelligences would have no difficulty in grasping that being properly informed about something is always preferable to being ignorant, especially in such delicate matters as good and evil, …

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We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver – Quotes

Like most people who did not answer a particular calling from an early age, you placed work beside yourself; any occupation would fill up your day but not your heart. I liked that about you. ...the orgy of eternal adolescence characteristic of the childless in the middle age. Rather, it [the list of downsides of parenthood] might …

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