Hahnji, mister, you must be patient. Before you can name that corner, our future must become past.
("A Fine Balance")
More Quotes from Rohinton Mistry:Flirting with madness was one thing; when madness started flirting back, it was time to call the whole thing off.
Lately you are brooding too much about rights. Give up this dangerous habit.
But nobody ever forgot anything, not really, though sometimes they pretended, when it suited them. Memories were permanent. Sorrowful ones remained sad even with the passing of time, yet happy ones could never be recreated - not with the same joy. Remembering bred its own peculiar sorrow. It seemed so unfair: that time should render both sadness and happiness into a source of pain.
What sense did the world make? Where was God, the Bloody Fool? Did He have no notion of fair and unfair? Couldn't He read a simple balance sheet? He would have been sacked long ago if He were managing a corporation, the things he allowed to happen...
If there was an abundance of misery in the world, there was also sufficient joy, yes - as long as one knew where to look for it.
Birth and death - what could be more monstrous than that? We like to deceive ourselves and call it wondrous and beautiful and majestic, but it's freakish, let's face it.
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If you call on God to improve the results of a shot while it is still in motion, you are using 'an outside agency' and subject to appropriate penalties under the rules of golf.
Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.
E. L. Doctorow
To them though, not to us, we were just a catalyst for their imagination.