I feel the same way about solitude as some people feel about the blessing of the church. It's the light of grace for me. I never close my door behind me without the awareness that I am carrying out an act of mercy toward myself.
("Smilla's Sense of Snow")
More Quotes from Peter Høeg:On closer examination, we are simply a banal tragedy spread over two generations.
To want to understand is an attempt to recapture something we have lost.
When my mother didn't come back I realized that any moment could be the last. Nothing in life should simply be a passage from one place to another. Each walk should be taken as if it is the only thing you have left. You can demand something like this of yourself as an unattainable ideal. After that, you have to remind yourself about it every time you're sloppy about something. For me that means 250 times a day.
I've always enjoyed cleaning. Even though they tried to teach us laziness in school.
Confronted with people who have power, and who enjoy using it, I turn into a different person, a baser and meaner one.
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Making money is a hobby that will complement any other hobbies you have, beautifully.
An unused life is an early death.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Pessimists are not boring. Pessimists are right. Pessimists are superfluous.