First off, I didn’t like the book so much. It seemed to me like nothing more than a barely credible fairy tale tied with a bunch of religious rants. However, I did notice some interesting phrases:
- Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it…
- Life will defend itself no matter how small it is.
- People move because of the wear and tear of anxiety. Because of the gnawing feeling that no matter how hard they work their efforts will yield nothing, that what they build up in one year will be torn down in one day by others. Because of the impression that the future is blocked up, that they might do all right but not their children. Because of the feeling that nothing will change, that happiness and prosperity are possible only somewhere else.
(Note: He wrote about India but that’s exactly how I feel about Moldova)
- He’s a shy man. Life has taught him not to show off what is most precious to him.
- … for added authenticity.
- Only fear can defeat life.
- Time is an illusion that only makes us pant.
- Only death consistently excites your emotions…
- I concluded that I had gone mad. Sad but true. Misery loves company, and madness calls it forth.
(Note: Could this be a Metallica reference?)
- The lower you are, the higher your mind will want to soar.
- “… Everything was normal and then…?”
“Then normal sank.”