Sorry this is a day late. Posting on Friday’s is hard.
I keep a little jar of book quotes that I’ve collected over the years. Because I have midterms coming up and am short on time, I decided to dip into the jar and pull out a few quotes to share.
1. “So it goes” –Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
Of course, possibly one of the most well-known literary quotes ever. People get this tattooed on their body (I’ve been thinking about it, actually), but I think for good reasons! It’s a statement of being alive, of the constant battle against our human perceptions and the ways of the universe.
2. “But the sparrow still falls” –Mary Doria Russell, The Sparrow
Admittedly, I haven’t read this novel yet, but it’s high on my TBR list. My sister read it three years ago, and she read aloud from it often. This is the tail end of a larger quote: “There’s an old Jewish story that says in the beginning God was everywhere and everything, a totality. But to make creation, God had to remove Himself from some part of the universe, so something besides Himself could exist. So He breathed in, and in the places where God withdrew, there creation exists.”
So God just leaves?”
No. He watches. He rejoices. He weeps. He observes the moral drama of human life and gives meaning to it by caring passionately about us, and remembering.”
Matthew ten, verse twenty-nine: Not one sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.”
3. “Each time is true, but the truths are not the same” –Alan Lightman, Einstein’s Dreams
Einstein’s Dreams is a lovely, tiny novel, a series of vignettes and fictional account of the dreams Einstein has while working in a patent office and coming up with the theory of relativity. I can not emphasize how easy a read this is: each vignette is at most four pages long. I read almost the entire thing on a plane from Boston to Baltimore. In each vignette there is a different world where time (and truth) is displayed differently.