#The my-constant -state-of-being quote
All you have to do, I tell myself, is keep your mouth shut and look stupid. It shouldn’t be that hard.
– Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale
#The me-too quote
Now that I’d started crying in public more often, it seemed that I would do it at the drop of a hat.
– Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.
#The surreal one
Under the orange glow of a streetlight, a fox was drinking a cup of coffee. He wasn’t holding it in his paws—as has been clearly established, I’m not insane—but, rather, had dipped his head to the ground and was lapping from a Starbucks cup. The fox sensed me watching, looked up and stared assertively into my eyes. “What of it?” he seemed to be saying. “A morning cup of coffee, big deal!”
-Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.
He kissed her and it was a kiss of utter certainty, the kind of kiss during which monarchs die and whole continents fall without you even noticing.
-Jojo Moyes, The One Plus One
#For friends-and-foes-alike quote:
[As they say in the old legends]Before a man goes to the devil himself, he sends plenty of other souls thither.”
― William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair
#The so-empathetic-it-may-bring-world-peace one
Be me a little.
― John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In
#The parenting-done-right quote :
More children suffer from interference than from noninterference.
― Agatha Christie, Crooked House
#The super-woman-cape-on quote :
“Thinking has, many a time, made me sad, darling; but doing never did in all my life… My precept is, “Do something, my sister, do good if you can; but, at any rate, do something”.”
― Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
#The so-good-it-has-to-be-a-constant-reminder quote
“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”
― John Steinbeck, East of Eden
Now, I have liked Marjane Satrapi’s “Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood” so much that I had to fish out as many as three quotes from my favorite graphic novel-
#The I-can-relate-to-it-sistah one
Once again, I arrived at my usual conclusion: one must educate oneself.
#The ultimate-truth one
Life is absolutely unbearable. And we’re going to die.
#The i-wish-i-could-have- followed quote
I realized then that I didn’t understand anything. I read all the books I could.
#The present-state-of-my-motherland quote
The regime had understood that one person leaving her house while asking herself:
Are my trousers long enough?
Is my veil in place?
Can my make-up be seen?
Are they going to whip me?
No longer asks herself:
Where is my freedom of thought?
Where is my freedom of speech?
My life, is it liveable?
What’s going on in the political prisons?
#The promise-to-self one
In a state of chaos, self-preservation is the supreme duty.
– Train To Pakistan, Khushwant Singh