I think Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy are pretty much the most awesome characters on TV right now.
You've offered a very provocative theory. What it lacks in substance, it makes up for in pretty colors.
~Alex Cabot, SVU: Tortured
Once I had everything, I gave it up for the shoulder of your driveway and the words I've never felt. And so for you, I came this far across the tracks, ten miles above the limit, and with no seatbelt, and I'd do it again, For tonight I went running through the screendoors of discretion, For I woke up from a nightmare that I could not stand to see, You were a-wandering out on the hills of Iowa, and you were not thinking of me.
~Dar Williams, Iowa What I need is perspective. The illusion of depth, created by a frame, the arrangement of shapes on a flat surface. Perspective is necessary. Otherwise there are only two dimmensions. Otherwise you live with your face squashed against a wall, everything a huge foreground of details, close-ups, hairs, the weave of the bedsheet, the molecules of the face. Your own skin like a map, a diagram of futility, crisscrossed with tiny roads that lead nowhere. Otherwise you live in the moment. Which is not where I want to be.
~Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale I have sometimes thought that there are moments when you can see it all -- and if not the future, then all that has gone before. They say this is true of the dying -- that one can see a life -- that the brain can perceive in an instant, or at most a few seconds, all that has gone before. Beginning at birth and ending with the moment of total knowledge so that the moment itself becomes a kind of infinite mirror, reflecting the life again and again and again.
~Anita Shreve, The Weight of Water
For it is not inertia alone that is responsible for human relationships repeating themselves from case to case, indescribably monotonous and unrenewed: it is shyness before any sort of new, unforeseeable experience with which one does not think oneself able to cope. But only someone who is ready for everything, who excludes nothing, not even the most enigmatical, will live the relation to another as something alive and will himself draw exhaustively from his own existence.
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