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Colum McCann

Top 10 Best Quotes

“I suppose one finally learns, after much searching, that we really only belong to ourselves.”

“He's at ease, his body sculpted to the music, his shoulder searching the other shoulder, his right toe knowing the left knee, the height, the depth, the form, the control, the twist of his wrist, the bend of his elbow, the tilt of his neck, notes digging into arteries, and he is in the air now, forcing the legs up beyond muscular memory, one last press of the thighs, an elongation of form, a loosening of human contour, he goes higher and is skyheld.”

“What monstrous things, our pasts, especially when they have been lovely.”

“Watching them together slipped a knife between my ribs and hit my heart exactly.”

“If you are wise you step through the darkness only one foot at a time.”

“You are a dancer for only a part of your life. The rest of the time you are walking around, thinking about it!”

“So you want to be a dancer? I asked. I want to dance better than I already do, he said.”

“Once we had filled each other with desire, not remembrance.”

“I could tell from Anna's face that she had already told him about dancing in Saint Petersburg and that the memory weighed on her heavily. What monstrous things, our pasts, especially when they have been lovely. She had told a secret and now had the sadness of wondering how much deeper she might dig in order to keep the first secret fed.”

“Truth: When criticized you go berserk, but in your defense remember that it is those who calmly listen who never change.”

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Book Keywords:

dance, sorrow, secrets, dancer

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