everything is illuminated

To feel alone is to be alone.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

I was of the opinion that the past is past, and like all that is not now it should remain buried along the side of our memories.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

And so it was when anyone tried to speak: their minds would become tangled in remembrance. Words became floods of thought with no beginning or end, and would drown the speaker before he could reach the life raft of the point he was trying to make. It was impossible to remember what one meant, what, after all of the words, was intended.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

Love itself became the object of her love. She loved herself in love, she loved loving love, as love loves loving, and was able, in that way, to reconcile herself with a world that fell so short of what she would have hoped for.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

Art is that thing having to do only with itself – the product of a successful attempt to make a work of art. Unfortunately, there are no examples of art, nor good reasons to think that it will ever exist. (Everything that has been made has been made with a purpose, everything with an end that exists outside that thing, i.e., I want to sell this, or I want this to make me famous and loved, or I want this to make me whole, or worse, I want this to make others whole.) And yet we continue to write, paint, sculpt and compose. Is this foolish of us?

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

I used to think that humor was the only way to appreciate how wonderful and terrible the world is, to celebrate how big life is. But now I think the opposite. Humor is a way of shrinking from that wonderful and terrible world.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

They say that people who live next to waterfalls don’t hear the water.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

Once you hear something, you can never return to the time before you heard it.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

He knew that I love you also means I love you in a way that no one loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that I love no one else, and never have loved anyone else, and never will love anyone else.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

Try to live so that you can always tell the truth.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

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