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The Pilot's Wife

Anita Shreve

Top 10 Best Quotes

“To leave, after all, was not the same as being left.”

“Sometimes, she thought, courage was simply a matter of putting one foot in front of another and not stopping.”

“To be relieved of love, she thought, was to give up a terrible burden.”

“Odd, she thought, how intensely you knew a person, or thought you did, when you were in love - soaked, drenched in love - only to discover later that perhaps you didn't know that person quite as well as you had imagined. Or weren't quite as well known as you had hoped to be. In the beginning, a lover drank in every word and gesture and then tried to hold on to that intensity for as long as possible. But inevitable, if two people were together long enough, that intensity had to wane.”

“But how do you ever know that you know a person?”

“I loved him," Muire said. "We were in love." As if that were enough.”

“Among other things, Kathryn knew, grief was physically exhausting.”

“And then she moved from shock to grief the way she might enter another room.”

“And she thought then how strange it was that disaster—the sort of disaster that drained the blood from your body and took the air out of your lungs and hit you again and again in the face—could be at times, such a thing of beauty.”

“The difficulty lay with the mind accommodating itself to the notion of the plane, with all its weight, defying gravity, staying aloft. She understood the aerodynamics of flight, could comprehend the laws of physics that made flight possible, but her heart, at the moment, would have none of it. Her heart knew the plane could fall out of the sky.”

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