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War of the Foxes

Richard Siken

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Someone has to leave first. This is a very old story. There is no other version of this story.”

“How much can you change and get away with it, before you turn into someone else, before it's some kind of murder?”

“I wanted to explain myself to myself in an understandable way. I gave shape to my fears and made excuses. I varied my velocities, watched myselves sleep. Something's not right about what I'm doing but I'm still doing it-- living in the worst parts, ruining myself. My inner life is a sheet of black glass. If I fell through the floor I would keep falling. The enormity of my desire disgusts me.”

“I clawed my way into the light but the light is just as scary. I’d rather quit. I’d rather be sad. It’s too much work.”

“What can you know about a person? They shift in the light. You can’t light up all sides at once. Add a second light and you get a second darkness, it’s only fair.”

“You'd break your heart to make it bigger, so why not crack your skull when the mind swells.”

“Because people die. The fear: that nothing survives. The greater fear: that something does.”

“Paint ghosts over everything, the sadness of everything. We made ourselves cold. We made ourselves snow. We smuggled ourselves into ourselves. Haunted by each other’s knowledge. To hide somewhere is not surrender, it is trickery. All day the snow falls down, all night the snow. I try to guess your trajectory and end up telling my own story. We left footprints in the slush of ourselves, getting out of there.”

“The enormity of my desire disgusts me.”

“I hope it’s love. I’m trying really hard to make it love.”

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Book Keywords:

survival, existentialism, hiding, life, disgust, the-worm-king-s-lullaby, desire, ghosts

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