People did change, and a change could be a bloom as well as a withering...
More Quotes from Richard Yates:In avoiding specific goals he had avoided specific limitations. For the time being the world, life itself, could be his chosen field.
She cried because she'd had such high, high hopes about the Wheelers tonight and now she was terribly, terribly, terribly disappointed. She cried because she was fifty six years old and her feet were ugly and swollen and horrible; she cried because none of the girls had liked her at school and none of the boys had liked her later; she cried because Howard Givings was the only man who'd ever asked her to marry him, and because she'd done it, and because her only child was insane.
Are artists and writers the only people entitled to lives of their own?
Our ability to measure and apportion time affords an almost endless source of comfort.
He took each fact as it came and let it slip painlessly into the back of his mind, thinking, Okay, okay, I'll think about that one later; and that one; and that one; so that the alert, front part of his mind could remain free enough to keep him in command of the situation.
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