“If you don’t know what you want, the doorman said, you end up with a lot you don’t.”
“How much gratitude for a little sherbet, thought Maneck, how starved they seemed for ordinary kindness.”
“What happens but once might as well not have happened at all.”
“Though I cannot tell why it was exactly that those stage managers, the fates, put me down for this shabby part of a whaling voyage, when others were set down for magnificent parts in high tragedies, and short and easy parts in genteel comedies, and jolly parts in farces- though I cannot tell why this was exactly; yet, now that I recall all the circumstances, I think I can see a little into the springs and motives which being cunningly presented to me under various disguises, induced me to set about performing the part I did, besides cajoling me into the delusion that it was a choice resulting from my own unbiased freewill and discriminated judgment.”
“Listen to what your anger is telling you. Anger is telling you that something is wrong. Stop and ask what it’s pointing at.”
“Happiness is a by-product of the things you do.”
“Sweet cakes and milkshakes.”
“Leaving is another form of arriving, running is another way of finding. Sometimes we have to lose in order to gain- and so turn the street into your runway and walk away sometimes.”
“The heaviest of burdens is therefore simultaneously an image of life’s most intense fulfilment. The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become.
Conversely, the absolute absence of a burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into the heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant.
What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?”