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Kids are a great analogy. You want your kids to grow up, and you don't want your kids to grow up. You want your kids to become independent of you, but it's also a parent's worst nightmare: That they won't need you. It's like the real tragedy of parenting.


Jonathan Safran Foer

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I hated myself for going, why couldn't I be the kind of person who stays?
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
It's true, I am afraid of dying. I am afraid of the world moving forward without me, of my absence g...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I'm so afraid of losing something I love that I refuse to love anything
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
People who care about animals tend to care about people. They don't care about animals to the ex...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Just about every children's book in my local bookstore has an animal for its hero. But then, onl...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
What about little microphones? What if everyone swallowed them, and they played the sounds of our he...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
With writing, we have second chances.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
If we are not given the option to live without violence, we are given the choice to center our meals...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I went to a tattoo parlor and had YES written onto the palm of my left hand, and NO onto my right pa...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
But I do not do these things because we are family. I do them because they are common decencies. Tha...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
We are being very nomadic with the truth, yes?
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I shook my tambourine the whole time, because it helped me remember that even though I was going thr...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Just because you’re an atheist, that doesn’t mean you wouldn’t love for things to have reasons...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Or perhaps a widow found him and took him in: brought him an easy chair, changed his sweater every m...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I took the world into me, rearranged it, and sent it back out as a question: "Do you like me?
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
In bed that night I invented a special drain that would be underneath every pillow in New York, and ...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
My life story is the story of everyone I've ever met.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
There were things I wanted to tell him. But I knew they would hurt him. So I buried them, and let th...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Because sometimes people who seem good
end up being not as good as you might have hoped.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
There are two kinds of sculptures. There's the kind that subtracts: Michelangelo starts with a b...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I knew that our time together was almost over, I asked her if she liked sports, she asked me if I li...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
Are you an optimist or a pessimist?"
"I can't remember. Which?"
"Do you know what those ...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
SADNESS OF THE INTELLECT: Sadness of being misunderstood [sic]; Humor sadness; Sadness...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
When I was a girl, my life was music that was always getting louder.
Everything moved me. A do...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I am doing something I hate for you. This is what it means to be in love.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
You are the only one who has understood even a whisper of me, and I will tell you that I am the only...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I have made my own choice, which is vegetarianism, but it's not the choice I'm imposing on a...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
It's rarely talked about, but hunting for sport is just about as vile as we humans get.
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
What's so horrible about being dead forever, and not feeling anything, and not even dreaming? What's...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
The hardest part of writing is not to get the ideas but to remember, why it is important to get them...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
I have been waiting for you for so long.”
I pointed to the car. “We are searching for Trach...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
we laughed and laughed, together and separately, out loud and silently, we were determined to ignore...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
The disgraced Usurer Yankel D took the baby girl home that evening... He made a bed of crumpled news...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER
La biodiversità era stata rimpiazziata dall'uniformità genetica, nelle università i dipartimenti ...
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
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
The more you love someone, he came to think, the harder it is to tell them. It surpris...
JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER