everything is illuminated

Books are for those without real lives, he thought. And they are no real replacement.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

You will remember when a bird crashed through the window and fell to the floor. You will remember, those of you who were there, how it jerked its wings before dying, and left a spot of blood on the floor after it was removed. But who among you was first to notice the negative bird it left in the window? Who first saw the shadow that the bird left behind, the shadow that drew blood from any finger that dared to trace it, the shadow that was better proof of the bird’s existence than the bird ever was?

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

The animals are those things that God likes but doesn’t love.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

In the water I saw my father’s face, and that face saw the face of its father, and so on, and so on, reflecting backward to the beginning of time, to the face of God, in whose image we were created.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

The Eskimos have four hundred words for snow, and the Jews have four hundred for schmuck.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

We are being very nomadic with the truth, yes?

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

Well, let me leave it at this: if God does exist, He would have a great deal be sad about. And if He doesn’t exist, then that too would make Him quite sad, I imagine. So to answer your question, God must be sad.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

What do babies dream of? She must be dreaming of the before-life, just as I dream of the afterlife.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

For how long could we fail until we surrendered?

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

Memories are small prayers to God, if we believed in that sort of thing.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

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