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Like Life

Lorrie Moore

Top 10 Best Quotes

“This is what happened in love. One of you cried a lot and then both of you grew sarcastic.”

“One had to build shelters. One had to make pockets and live inside them.”

“She was not good on the phone. She needed the face, the pattern of eyes, nose, trembling mouth... People talking were meant to look at a face, the disastrous cupcake of it, the hide-and-seek of the heart dashing across. With a phone, you said words, but you never watched them go in. You saw them off at the airport but never knew whether there was anyone there to greet them when they got off the plane. ”

“Usually she ordered a cup of coffee and a cup of tea, as well as a brownie, propping up her sadness with chocolate and caffeine so that it became an anxiety.”

“She was afraid, and the afraid, she realized, sought opportunities for bravery in love.”

“For love to last, you had to have illusions or have no illusions at all. But you had to stick to one or the other. It was the switching back and forth that endangered things.”

“Pleasantness was the machismo of the Midwest. There was something athletic about it. You flexed your face into a smile and let it hover there like the dare of a cat.”

“She knew there were only small joys in life--the big ones were too complicated to be joys when you got all through--and once you realized that, it took a lot of the pressure off.”

“Nothing is a joke with me. It just all comes out like one.”

“This is what happened in love. One of you cried a lot and then both of you grow sarcastic.”

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