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Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “Biology gives you a brain. Life turns it into a mind.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “Don’t waste your time on life.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “Can you see me? All of me? Probably not. No one ever really has.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “Basically what we have here is a dreamer. Somebody out of touch with reality. When she jumped, she probably thought she’d fly.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “Depression is like a bruise that never goes away. A bruise in your mind. You just got to be careful not to touch it where it hurts. It’s always there, though.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “In the end we had the pieces of the puzzle, but no matter how we put them together, gaps remained, oddly shaped emptinesses mapped by what surrounded them, like countries we couldn’t name.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “I live my own life and nurse my own wounds. It’s not the best way to live. But it’s the way I am.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “All wisdom ends in paradox.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “Everyone struggles against despair, but it always wins in the end. It has to. It’s the thing that lets us say goodbye.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “She’d become an English major for the purest and dullest of reasons: because she loved to read.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “I think it is important to remind people of the extent of our free will.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “I’ve never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I’ve entered my story, I need them more than ever.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “There comes a moment, when you get lost in the woods, when the woods begin to feel like home.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “Heartbreak is funny to everyone but the heartbroken.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “It took courage to let things fall apart so beautifully.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “We’re all made up of many parts, other halves. Not just me.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “You never get over it, but you get to where it doesn’t bother you so much.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “People don’t save other people. People save themselves.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “The seeds of death get lost in the mess that God made us.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “That was when Leonard realized something crucial about depression. The smarter you were, the worse it was. The sharper your brain, the more it cut you up.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “Every novelist should possess a hermaphroditic imagination.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “At night the cries of cats making love or fighting, their caterwauling in the dark, told us that the world was pure emotion, flung back and forth among its creatures, the agony of the one-eyed Siamese no different from that of the Lisbon girls, and even the trees plunged in feeling.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “Winter is the season of alcoholism and despair.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “A girl’s not a watermelon you plug a hole in to see if it’s sweet.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “The Statue of Liberty’s gender changed nothing. It was the same here as anywhere: men and their wars.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “If you talk to geneticists they are constantly finding that your genes are being switched on and off because of the environment. Genes alone do not determine an exact path in your life.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “A changeableness, too, as if beneath my visible face there was another, having second thoughts.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “She may have looked normal on the outside, but once you’d seen her handwriting you knew she was deliciously complicated inside.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “In the end, it wasn’t death that surprised her but the stubbornness of life.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “But in the end it wasn’t up to me. The bigs things never are. Birth, I mean, and death. And love. And what love bequeaths to us before we’re born.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “The trees like lungs filling with air My sister, the mean one, pulling my hair.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “She held herself very straight, like Audrey Hepburn, whom all women idolize and men never think about.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “We couldn’t imagine the emptiness of a creature who put a razor to her wrists and opened her veins, the emptiness and the calm.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “They’re just memories now. Time to write them off.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “He remained heartbroken, which meant one of two things: either his love was pure and true and earthshakingly significant; or he was addicted to feeling forlorn, he liked being heartbroken.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “When I wrote The Virgin Suicides, I gave myself very strict rules about the narrative voice: the boys would only be able to report what they had seen or found or what had been told to them.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “I have a good memory for early life. My visual memory is good about childhood and adolescence, and less good in the last 10 years. I could probably tell you less what happened in the last 10 years. I remember what houses looked like, sometimes they just pop into my head.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “She understood that her heart operated on its own instructions, that she had no control over it or, indeed, anything else.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “The perishable nature of love is what gives love its profound importance in our lives. If it were endless, if it were on tap, love wouldn’t hit us the way it does.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “On the morning the last Lisbon daughter took her turn at suicide- it was Mary this time, and sleeping pills, like Therese- the two paramedics arrived at the house knowing exactly where the knife drawer was, and the gas oven, and the beam in the basement from which it was possible to tie a rope.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “It was like autumn, looking at her. it was like driving up north to see the colors.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “The lover’s discourse was of an extreme solitude. The solitude was extreme because it wasn’t physical. It was extreme because you felt it while in the company of the person you loved. It was extreme because it was in your head, the most solitary of places.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “Now all the mute objects of my life seem to tell my story, to stretch back in time, if I look closely enough.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “Paris was a museum displaying exactly itself.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “Parents are supposed to pass down physical traits to their children, but it’s my belief that all sorts of other things get passed down, too: motifs, scenarios, even fates.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “But what humans forget, cells remember. The body, that elephant.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “Normality wasn’t normal. It couldn’t be. If normality were normal, everybody could leave it alone. They could sit back and let normality manifest itself.”
Jeffrey Eugenides Quote: “The girls took into their own hands decisions better left to God. They became too powerful to live among us, too self-concerned, too visionary, too blind.”
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