November 3, 2010

Favorite Books Part II - Quotes

The History of Love
Here is how one character describes just going to the movies. I think it is a beautiful description and makes me want to live life a little larger.

I like to sit up front, I like for the screen to fill my whole view so that there is nothing to distract me from the moment. And then I want the moment to last forever. I can't tell you how happy it makes me to watch it up there, blown up. I would say larger than life, but I've never understood that expression. What is larger than life? To sit in the front row and look up at a beautiful girl's face two stories high and have the vibrations of her voice massaging your legs is to be reminded of the size of life.

One of the most interesting takes on vulnerability I have read.

During the Age of Glass, everyone believed some part of him or her to be extremely fragile. For some it was a hand, for others a femur, yet others believed it was their noses that were made of glass. The Age of Glass followed the Stone Age as an evolutionary corrective, introducing into human relations a new sense of fragility that fostered compassion. This period lasted a relatively short time in the history of love - about a century - until a doctor hit on the treatment of inviting people to recline on a couch and giving them a bracing smack on the body part in question, proving to them the truth. The anatomical illusion that had seemed so real slowly disappeared and - like so much we no longer need but can't give up - became vestigial. But from time to time, for reasons that can't always be understood, it surfaces again, suggesting that the Age of Glass never entirely ended.

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