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We Were the Mulvaneys

Joyce Carol Oates

Top 10 Best Quotes

“In a family, what isn't spoken is what you listen for. But the noise of a family is to drown it out.”

“For what are the words with which to summarize a lifetime, so much crowded confused happiness terminated by such stark slow-motion pain?”

“Strange: how when a light is extinguished, it's immediately as if it has never been. Darkness fills in again, complete.”

“Because nothing between human beings is uncomplicated and there's no way to speak of human beings without simplifying and misrepresenting them.”

“Did you know, Marianne: how by breaking the code that day, you broke it forever? For us all?”

“Oh, it’s a terrible, cruel thing—first you’re young, and that takes up such a long time you think it’s forever, then suddenly you’re not young, and you never get used to it—and, oh dear, there’s just the one way out.”

“Memory blurs, that’s the point. If memory didn’t blur you wouldn’t have the fool’s courage to do things again, again, again that tear you apart.”

“In that way you recall, suddenly, sharply, in daylight, a trace of a dream of the previous night--but even as you recall it, it begins to fade.”

“P.J. said, "That's true about any statement we make, isn't it? We never tell as much as we know." "Right! So We're lying. So almost every statement is a lie, we can't help it." "Yeah. But some statements are more lies than others.”

“I believe in uttering the truth, even if it hurts. Particularly if it hurts.”

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Book Keywords:

happiness, family, relationships, communication

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