Brideshead Revisited

Brideshead Revisited

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“Here at the age of thirty-nine I began to be old. I felt stiff and weary in the evenings and reluctant to go out of camp; I developed proprietary claims to certain chairs and newspapers; I regularly drank three glasses of gin before dinner, never more or less, and went to bed immediatley after the nine o’clock news. I was always awake and fretful an hour before reveille.”

  • Evelyn Waugh – Brideshead Revisited

The Dinner

Angerichtet

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“Wenn ich Glück definieren müsste, dann bestimmt so: Glück genügt sich selbst, es braucht keine Zeugen. “Alle glücklichen Familien gleichen einander, jede unglückliche Familie ist auf ihre eigene Weise unglücklich”, so lautet der erste Satz von Tolstois Anna Karenina. Ich könnte dem höchstens noch hinzufügen, dass die unglücklichen Familien – und bei diesen Familien insbesondere die unglücklichen Ehepaare – nie allein damit fertigwerden. Je mehr Zeugen, desto besser. Unglück ist immer auf der Suche nach Gesellschaft. Unglück erträgt keine Stille – vor allem nicht dieses unangenehme Schweigen, das aufkommt, wenn es alleine ist.”

  • Herman Koch – Angerichtet

Juliet, Naked

Juliet, Naked

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“One thing about great art: it made you love people more, forgive them their petty transgressions. It worked in the way that religion was supposed to, if you thought about it. What did it matter that Annie had heard the album before he’d had his chance? Imagine all the people who’d heard the original album before he’d discovered it! Imagine all the people who’d seen Taxi Driver before him, come to that! Did that deaden its impact? Did it make it less his? He wanted to go home, hug her and talk about a morning that he would never forget.”

  • Nick Hornby – Juliet, Naked