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The Fox Woman

Kij Johnson

Top 10 Best Quotes

“I feel strangely free at such times. To behave properly is to be always courteous, always clever, and subtle and elegant. But now, when I am so alone, I do not have to be any of these things. For this moment, I am wholly myself, unshaped by the needs of others, by their dreams or expectations or sensibilities. But I am also lonely. With no one to shape me, who stands here, watching the moon, or the stars, or the clouds?”

“Happiness is the pleasantest of emotions; because of this, it is the most dangerous. Having once felt happiness, one will do anything to maintain it, and losing it, one will grieve.”

“Adventures are what happens when an event is flawed, a mark of imperfection.”

“Love and memory and thought and dream ~ My favorite poems have never been written in words.”

“Waiting required a future to wait for: a falsehood. I know now that there is only now. I remember things that happened months (or what is years?) ago: old -worn-out nows. The future happens, but it is always shaped from a series of nows.”

“This is the gift of humanity: that it is claimed by the self. None of us...are human unless and until we claim it for ourselves. But nothing can stop that claiming - not the eight million gods nor the spirits nor ghosts. Nothing but ourselves, anyway. And our lives become the poems we were born to tell.”

“Love is curiosity sometimes. Concentrated wondering about the other one.”

“I say this and it is short and sharp, without elegance, like a bark; but I have no idea how else to start. I am only a fox: I have no elegances of language.”

“Humans assign words to things and pretend the words are adequate.”

“Jealousy, like poetry, is incomprehensible to me.”

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Book Keywords:

emotions, adventure, curiosity, happiness, love, truth, life, others, expectations, lonely

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