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The Cat's Table

Michael Ondaatje

Top 10 Best Quotes

“We all have an old knot in the heart we wish to untie.”

“What is interesting and important happens mostly in secret, in places where there is no power.”

“There is a story, always ahead of you. Barely existing. Only gradually do you attach yourself to it and feed it. You discover the carapace that will contain and test your character. You will find in this way the path of your life.”

“she had a laugh that hinted it had rolled around once or twice in the mud.”

“We are expanded by tears, we are told, not reduced by them.”

“What is interesting and important happens mostly in secret, in places where there is no power. Nothing much of lasting value ever happens at the head table, held together by a familiar rhetoric. Those who already have power continue to glide along the familiar rut they have made for themselves.”

“I am someone who has a cold heart. If I am beside a great grief I throw barriers up so the loss cannot go too deep or too far. There is a wall instantly in place, and it will not fall.”

“Sleep is a prison for a boy who has friends to meet.”

“So we came to understand that small and important thing, that our lives could be large with interesting strangers who would pass us without any personal involvement.”

“Over the years, confusing fragments, lost corners of stories, have a clearer meaning when seen in a new light, a different place.”

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Book Keywords:

power, reflective, loss, love, longing, character, life, thoughtful, pensive, heart, memory

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