Maybe that's what being alive is about: so we can track down those movments that are dying.
("The Elegance of the Hedgehog")
More Quotes from Muriel Barbery:Levin delights in the forgetfulness that movement brings, where the pleasure of doing is marvellously foreign to the striving of the will.
People think that children don't know anything. It's enough to make you wonder if grownups were ever children once upon a time.
When someone that you love dies..it's like fireworks suddenly burning out in the sky and everything going black.
Madame Michel has the elegance of the hedgehog: on the outside she is covered in quills, a real fortress, but my gut feeling is that on the inside, she has the same simple refinement as the hedgehog: a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary--and terrible elegant.
Do you know that it is in your company that I have had my finest thoughts?
Just by observing the adults around me I understood very early on that life goes by in no time at all, yet they're always in such a hurry, so stressed out by deadlines, so eager for now that they needn't think about tomorrow...But if you dread tomorrow, it's because you don't know how to build the present, and when you don't know how to build the present, you tell yourself you can deal with it tomorrow, and it's a lost cause anyway because tomorrow always ends up becoming today, don't you see?
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We can scarcely hate anyone that we know.