magical realism

If you want to know who protects you from the people that take without asking, it is the police. If you want to know who protects you from the police, it is the people who take without asking. And very often they are the same people.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

Objects that don’t exist don’t exist. If we were to imagine such a thing as an object that didn’t exist, it would be that thing that God hated. This is the strongest argument against the nonbeliever. If God didn’t exist, he would have to hate himself, and that is obviously nonsense.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

Death is the only thing in life that you absolutely have to be aware of as it’s happening.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

It’s just that sometimes we make things up just to talk.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

Everyone performs bad actions. I do. Father does. Even you do. A bad person is someone who does not lament his bad actions.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

‘Deep down, the young are lonelier than the old.’ I read that in a book somewhere and it’s stuck in my head. Maybe it’s true. Maybe it’s not true. More likely, the young and the old are lonely in different ways, in their own ways.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

It feels like a moment I’ve lived a thousand times before, as if everything is familiar, right up to the moment of my death, that it will happen again an infinite number of times, that we will meet, marry, have our children, succeed in the ways we have, fail in the ways we have, all exactly the same, always unable to change a thing. I am again at the bottom of an unstoppable wheel, and when I feel my eyes close for death, as they have and will a thousand times, I awake.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

God loves the plagiarist. And so it is written, ‘God created humankind in His image, in the image of God He created them.’ God is the original plagiarizer. With a lack of reasonable sources from which to filch – man created in the image of what? the animals? – the creation of man was an act of reflexive plagiarizing; God looted the mirror. When we plagiarize, we are likewise creating in the image and participating in the completion of Creation.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

She was so beautiful, like someone who you will never meet, but always dream of meeting, like someone who is too good for you.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

I wouldn’t want a boy to think I was pretty unless he was the kind of boy who thought I was pretty.

Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything is Illuminated

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