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Last Night in Twisted River

John Irving

Top 10 Best Quotes

“We don't always have a choice how we get to know one another. Sometimes, people fall into our lives cleanly--as if out of the sky, or as if there were a direct flight from Heaven to Earth--the same sudden way we lose people, who once seemed they would always be part of our lives”

“If we live long enough, we become caricatures of ourselves.”

“Everyone has a right to be a little happy, asshole.”

“Just because you're sober, don't think you're a good driver, Cookie.”

“Don't get your balls crossed about it.”

“Thus we try to keep our heroes alive; hence we remember them.”

“The one critisism the author of Slaugherhouse-Five would make of the young writer was what he called a punctuation problem. Mr. Vonnegut didn't like all the semicolons. 'People will probably figure out that you went to college -- you don't have to try to prove it to them,' he told Danny.”

“He was too young to know that, in any novel with a reasonable amount of forethought, there were no coincidences.”

“Moreover, there was what Amy called “the cocksuckers’ contingent of the country”—what Danny knew as the dumber-than-dog-shit element, those bully patriots—and they were too set in their ways or too poorly educated (or both) to see beyond the ceaseless flag-waving and nationalistic bluster.”

“As for the river, it just kept moving,as river do--as rivers do. Under the logs, the body of the young Canadian moved with the river, which jostled him to and fro--to and fro. If, at this moment in time Twisted River also appeared restless, even impatient, maybe the river itself wanted the boy's body to move on, too, move on, too.”

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relax, worrying, happiness, fretting, arrogance, old-age, life, anxious, patriotism, self-importance, driving, memory, drunk, characters, sober

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