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A Line Made by Walking

Sara Baume

Top 10 Best Quotes

“This morning, the sun endures past dawn. I realise that it is August: the summer's last stand.”

“The old summer's-end melancholy nips at my heels. There's no school to go back to; no detail of my life will change come the onset of September; yet still, I feel the old trepidation.”

“People don't like it when you say real things.”

“I never went downstairs to join my housemates around the television. I cooked dinner later than everyone else and carried the plate up to my bedroom. I knew they must have thought me aloof, or a little bit eccentric, or maybe even unkind, but I didn't care. Once the kitchen door swung shut behind me, I was alone, and so everything was okay.”

“I know with unqualified certainty that I want to die. But I also know with equivalent certainty that I won't do anything about it. That I will only remain here and wait for death to indulge me.”

“I believe: I am less fearful of being alone than I am of not being able to be alone.”

“Why must I test myself? Because no one else will, not anymore. Now that I am no longer a student of any kind, I must take responsibility for the furniture inside my head. I must slide new drawers into chests and attach new rollers to armchairs. I must maintain the old highboys and sideboards and whatnots. Polish, patch, dust, buff.”

“Though I am naturally curious about people, I'm also naturally uneasy when they are right in front of me; when I am right in front of them.”

“The last time I went out at night in the city was almost a year ago. It began with anxiety, then I was pleasantly pissed for a couple of hours, and finally, around the point at which people started taking to the dance floor, I sobered and saddened and the old chant returned: I want to go home.”

“I don't want to say hello, nor do I want him to know that I've seen him and failed to say hello.”

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