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But I do not do these things because we are a family. I do them because they are common decencies. That is an idiom that the hero taught me. I do them because I am not a big fucking asshole.


Johnathan Safran Foer

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Darling,
You asked me to write you a letter, so I am writing you a letter. I do not know why I ...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I think and think and think, I‘ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never onc...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I got tired, I told him. Not worn out, but worn through. Like one of those wives who wakes up one mo...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Why are you leaving me?
He wrote, I do not know how to live.
I do not know either but I am...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I wanted to build walls around him, I wanted to separate inside from outside, I wanted to give him a...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I am not a bad person," he said. "I am good person who has lived un a bad time.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
People around the world were moving from one place to another. No one was staying.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Not responding is a response - we are equally responsible for what we don't do.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Only a few months into our marriage, we started marking off areas in the apartment as "Nothing Place...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
My dream went all the way back to the beginning. The rain rose into the clouds, and the animals desc...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Memory was supposed to fill the time, but it made time a hole to be filled.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Love me, because love doesn't exist, and I have tried everything that does.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
The bruises go away, and so does how you hate, and so does the feeling that everything you receive f...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I am always sad, I think. Perhaps this signifies that I am not sad at all, because sadness is someth...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
It has shown me that everything is illuminated in the light of the past. It is always along the side...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Anyone who believes that a second is faster than a decade did not live life.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
E allora quanta sofferenza è accettabile? È questa la base di tutto, ed è questo che ognuno di no...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
The kind of funny irony is that a lot of people talk about ethical meat eating as if it's a way ...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
It made me start to wonder if there were other people so lonely so close. I thought about “Eleanor...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
If limousines were extremely long, they wouldn't need drivers. You could just get in the back seat, ...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Thomas! What are you doing!" and I gestured, "I thought this was Nothing," covering myself with one ...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
So many people enter and leave your life! Hundreds of thousands of people! You have to keep the door...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I thought, it's a shame that we have to live, but it's a tragedy that we get to live only one life, ...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Every moment before this one depends on this one.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
What did thinking ever do for me, to what great place did thinking ever bring me? I think and think ...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I hope that one day you will have the experience of doing something you do not understand for someon...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
If there is no love in the world, we will make a new world, and we will give it walls, and we will f...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
THE PROBLEM OF GOOD: WHY UNCONDITIONALLY GOOD THINGS HAPPEN TO UNCONDITIONALLY BAD PEOPLE
(SEE ...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
He awoke each morning with the desire to do right, to be a good and meaningful person, to be, as sim...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
They do not desire anything more than everything they have known.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
To feel alone is to be alone.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
What is being awake if not interpreting our dreams, or dreaming if not interpreting our wake?
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I will describe my eyes and then begin the story. My eyes are blue and resplendent. Now I will begin...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
...only someone who'd never been an animal would put up a sign saying not to feed them....
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
This isn't animal experimentation, where you an imagine some proportionate good at the other end of ...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I imagine a line, a white line, painted on the sand and on the ocean, from me to you.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I see bad stuff on the street all the time that I don't do anything about. I do bad stuff myself...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Kids are a great analogy. You want your kids to grow up, and you don't want your kids to grow up...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
There is an overabundance of rational reasons to say no to factory-farmed meat: It is the No. 1 caus...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Books are slow, books are quiet. The Internet is fast and loud.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
When we talk about protecting our right to have guns, we are talking about protecting our right to s...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
(What are your ghosts like?)
(They are on the insides of the lids of my eyes.)
(This is al...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Songs are as sad as the listener.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
She was a genius of sadness, immersing herself in it, separating its numerous strands, appreciating ...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I thought about all of the things that everyone ever says to each other, and how everyone is going t...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Look, taste is clearly the crudest of our senses: this is scientifically, objectively factual. It is...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
It's so hard to express yourself.'
I understand this.'
I want to express myself.'
Th...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I could not believe in a God that would challenge faith like this.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
The secret was a hole in the middle of me that every happy thing fell into.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
We need enormous pockets, pockets big enough for our families and our friends, and even the people w...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
We had everything to say to each other, but no ways to say it
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I missed you even when I was with you. That’s been my problem. I miss what I already have, and I s...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I like to see people reunited, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the cr...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I'm sorry for my inability to let unimportant things go, for my inability to hold on to the importan...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Every widow wakes one morning, perhaps after years of pure and unwavering grieving, to realize she s...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
She was like a drowning person, flailing, reaching for anything that might save her. Her life was an...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
People care about animals. I believe that. They just don’t want to know or to pay. A fourth of all...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I tried the key in all the doors, even though he said he didn't recognize it. It's not that I didn't...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
There are only so many times that you can utter ‘It does not hurt’ before it begins to hurt even...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
She let out a laugh, and then she put her hand over her mouth, like she was angry at herself for for...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Words never mean what we want them to mean.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
We slept in the same bed.
There was never a right time to say it.
It was always unnecessar...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
It's the tragedy of loving, you can't love anything more than something you miss.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
The end of the world has come often, and continues to come.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
If we communicated with something like music, we would never be misunderstood, because there is noth...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
She has become an expert at confusing what is with what was with what should be...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER