In his forty-third year William Stoner learned what others, much younger, had learned before him: that the person one loves at first is not the person one loves at last, and that love is not an end but a process through which one person attempts to know another.
Den var ganske slitsom og jeg tenkte å kutte ut mange ganger , men den tok seg opp på slutten . Mye ensomhet og selvmedlidenhet , mye om Østtyskland og elendighet der og et plott som var rimelig greit innimello
Politilegen erklærte hjertesvikt som dødsårsak, men William Stoner tenkte alltid at Sloane, i et anfall av raseri og fortvilelse, hadde tvunget hjertet til å slutte og slå som et siste taust tegn på kjærlighet til, og forakt for, en verden som hadde sviktet han så grunnleggende at det ikke var til å holde ut.
A war doesn't merely kill off a few thousand or a few hundred thousand young men. It kills off something in a people that can never be brought back.
He found himself understanding the wearisomeness of this life, where every path was an improvisation and a considerable part of one's walking life was spent watching one's feet.
But before I can live with other folks I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
Språk er mot: evnen til å tenke seg en tanke, uttrykke den, og dermed la den bli virkelighet.
At the end, all that's left of you are your possessions. Perhaps that's why I've never been able to throw anything away. Perhaps that's why I hoarded the world: with the hope that when I died, the sum total of my things would suggest a life larger than the one I lived.
Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.
Lunatics are similar to designated hitters. Often an entire family is crazy, but since an entire family can't go into the hospital, one person is designated as crazy and goes inside.
And it is easy to slip into an parallel universe. There are so many of them: worlds of the insane, the criminal, the cripled, the dying, perhaps the dead as well. These worlds exist alongside this world and resemble it, but are not in it.