Let The Great World Spin Quotes
“You ever have the feeling there’s a stray something or other inside you?” he said. “You don’t know what it is, like a ball, or a stone, could be iron or cotton or grass or anything, but it’s inside you. It’s not a fire or a rage or anything. Just a big ball. And there’s no way to get at it?” He cut himself short, looked away, tapped the left side of his chest. “Well, here it is. Right here.” We seldom know what we’re hearing when we hear something for the first time, but one thing is certain: we hear it as we will never hear it again.”
"And when you go around in circles, brother, the world is very big, but if you plow straight ahead it’s small enough. I wanted to fall along the spokes to the center of the circle, where there was no movement."
"Family is like water—it has a memory of what it once filled, always trying to get back to the original stream."
"It struck me that distant cities are designed precisely so you can know where you came from. We bring home with us when we leave."
"This is not my life. These are not my cobwebs. This is not the darkness I was designed for."
"There are rocks deep enough in this earth that no matter what the rupture, they will never see the surface. There is, I think, a fear of love."
"It happened, and re-happened, because it was a city uninterested in history. Strange things occurred precisely because there was no necessary regard for the past. The city lived in a sort of everyday present. It had no need to believe in itself as a London, or an Athens, or even a signifier of the New World, like a Sydney, or a Los Angeles. No, the city couldn’t care less about where it stood. He had seen a T-shirt once that said: NEW YORK FUCKIN’ CITY. As if it were the only place that ever existed and the only one that ever would."
"The thing about love is that we come alive in bodies not our own."
"I used to think it was difficult for children of folks who really loved each other, hard to get out from under that skin because sometimes it’s just so comfortable you don’t want to have to develop your own."
"Some people think love is the end of the road, and if you’re lucky enough to find it, you stay there. Other people say it just becomes a cliff you drive off, but most people who’ve been around awhile know it’s just a thing that changes day by day, and depending on how much you fight for it, you get it, or you hold on to it, or you lose it, but sometimes it’s never even there in the first place."
"The only thing worth grieving over, she said, was that sometimes there was more beauty in this life than the world could bear."