June 15, 2009

Page 33

"I thought about life, about my life, the embarrassments, the little coincidences, the shadows of alarm clocks on bedside tables.  I thought about my small victories and everything I'd seen destroyed, I'd swum through mink coats on my parents' bed while they hosted downstairs, I'd lost the only person I could have spent my only life with, I'd left behind a thousand tons of marble, I could have released sculptures, I could have released myself from the marble of myself.  I'd experience joy, but not nearly enough, could there be enough?  The end of suffering does not justify the suffering, and so there is no end to suffering, what a mess I am, I thought, what a fool, how foolish and narrow, how worthless, how pinched and pathetic, how helpless."

- Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

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