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Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Dani Shapiro

Top 10 Best Quotes

“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest. To live fully is to be always in no-man’s-land.”

“There is in each of us a fundamental split between what we think we know and what we know but may never be able to think.”

“The people who are with us by either happenstance or design during life-altering events become woven into the fabric of those events.”

“After listening to my entire story, he quietly said: "You can say, "This is impossible, terrible.' Or you can say, 'This is beautiful, wonderful.' You can imagine that you're in exile. Or you can imagine that you have more than one home.”

“Throughout history, great philosophical minds have grappled with the nature of identity. What makes a person a person? What combination of memory, history, imagination, experience, subjectivity, genetic substance, and that ineffable thing called the soul makes us who we are? Is who we are the same as who we believe ourselves to be?”

“I was beginning to see the danger in adhering to a single narrative, hewing to a story. The peril wasn't only in getting it wrong. It was a kind of calcification, a narrowing, a perversion of reality that hardened and stilled the spirit.”

“You carry the pain and you also carry the reward.”

“It is the nature of trauma that, when left untreated, it deepens over time.”

“Bessel van der Kolk: “The nature of trauma is that you have no recollection of it as a story.”

“It turns out that it is possible to live an entire life—even an examined life, to the degree that I had relentlessly examined mine—and still not know the truth of oneself.”

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Book Keywords:

story, narrative, reality, trauma, life-events, time

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