But I was beginning to intuit that full-blown maturity was not so very different from childhood. Both states in their extreme were all about following the rules.
("We Need to Talk About Kevin")
More Quotes from Lionel Shriver:It's an apathy so absolute that it's like a hole you might fall in.
Teachers were both blamed for everything that went wrong with kids and turned to for their every salvation. This dual role of scapegoat and savior was downright messianic but even Jesus was probably paid better.
Time itself made all things rare.
Wasn't there only one respectable memento of a man worth keeping, the kind that draws Valentines and learns to spell Mississippi?
In Kevin's book, unwitnessed disobedience is wasteful.
Time hangs off me like molting skin.
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