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Pew

Catherine Lacey

Top 10 Best Quotes

“It’s always seemed to me—and as I get older, I feel this even more intensely—that kindness to other people comes with its own reward. It can be immediately felt. And the only thing I can see that a belief in divinity makes possible in this world is a right toward cruelty—the belief in an afterlife being the real life … not here. People need a sense of righteousness to take things from others … to carry out violence. Divinity gives them that. It creates the reins for cruelty …”

“Why did living feel so invisibly brief and unbearably long at once?”

“What a terror a body must live through. It’s a wonder there are people at all.”

“The human mind is so easily bent, and so uneasily smoothed.”

“A moment only happens once but some of them take so much longer than a moment to understand, to see.”

“Whatever else I may have been, I was, I knew, not theirs.”

“I felt so sure then. ‘Course, I was younger. It’s easier to be certain of things then. The older you get the more you see how certainty depends on one blindness or another.”

“When someone says they heard something you did not hear, and they know you did not hear it, then you cannot tell them they did not hear what they believe they heard. They have heard their desire to hear something, and desire always speaks the loudest. It is the loudest and most confounding emotion - wanting.”

“A word is put down as a placeholder for something that cannot be communicated, no matter what anyone tries, no matter how many words accumulate, there is always that absence.”

“(...) lost in the idea of a disembodied world, one where ideas could hold other ideas, where thoughts could see other thoughts and death couldn’t end thoughts, where one remained alive by thinking, and was not alive if not thinking. Somehow our bodies wouldn’t hold us back the way they do here. Somehow our bodies wouldn’t determine our lives, the lives of others, the ways in which one life could or could not meet the life of another. We would not have to sleep or slam doors or exist in these cells that eat other cells and die anyway, these cells we live in.”

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Book Keywords:

physicality, life, human-suffering, age, substance, uncertainty, reflection, body, cells, thoughts, memory, mind, wisdom, living

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