"It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.The thing about it as a game, is that in the end it reveals a lot more about the person doing the imagining than it does about the person being imagined."
"We can hear others, and we can travel to them without moving, and we can imagine them, and we are all connected one to the other by a crazy root system like so many leaves of grass—but the game makes me wonder whether we can really ever fully become another."
"That’s why I had to leave. As much as life can suck, it always beats the alternative."
"Because it’s kind of great, being an idea that everybody likes. But I could never be the idea to myself, not all the way."
"Forever is composed of nows."
"The pleasure for me wasn’t planning or doing or leaving; the pleasure was in seeing our strings cross and separate and then come back together—but that seemed too cheesy to say."
"“Nothing ever happens like you imagine it will… but then again, if you don’t imagine, nothing ever happens at all.” Imagining isn’t perfect. You can’t get all the way inside someone else. I could bever have imagined Margo’s anger at being found, or the story she was writing over. But imagining being someone else, or the world being something else, is the only way in. it is the machine that kills the fascists."
"Did you know that for pretty much the entire history of the human species, the average life span was less than thirty years? You could count on ten years or so of real adulthood, right? There was planning for retirement. There was no planning for a career. There was no planning. No time for planning. No time for a future. But then the life spans started getting longer, and people started having more and more future, and so they spent more time thinking about it. About the future. And now life has become the future. Every moment of your life is lived for the future—you go to high school so you can go to college so you can get a good job so you can get a nice house so you can afford to send your kids to college so they can get a good job so they can get a nice house so they can afford to send their kids to college."
"Light the visible reminder of invisible light." T.S. Eliot
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