He can kill anything for need but he could not even hurt a feeling for pleasure.
If a man ordered a beer milkshake he'd better do it in a town where he wasn't known.
It is the hour of pearl-the interval between day and night when time stops and examines itself.
It was deeply a part of Lee's kindness and understanding that man's right to kill himself is inviolable, but sometimes a friend can make it unnecessary
Men all do about the same thing when they wake up.
The sale of souls to gain the whole world is completely voluntary and almost unanimous...but not quite.
When you collect marine animals there are certain flat worms so delicate that they are almost impossible to catch whole for they will break and tatter under the touch. You must let them ooze and crawl of their own will onto a knife blade and lift them gently into your bottle of sea water. And perhaps that might be the way to write this book-to open the page and let the stories crawl in by themselves.
Being at ease with himself put him at ease with the world.
Doc still loved true things but he knew that it was not a general love and it could be a very dangerous mistress.
Doc tips his hat to dogs as he drives by and the dogs look up and smile at him.
Doc would listen to any kind of nonsense and change it for you to a kind of wisdom.
For there are two possible reactions to social ostracism - either a man emerges determined to be better, purer, and kindlier or he goes bad, challenges the world and does even worse things. The last is by far the commonest reaction to stigma.
Hazel grew up - did four years in grammar school, four years in reform school, and didn't learn a thing in either place. Reform schools are supposed to teach viciousness and criminality but Hazel didn't pay enough attention.
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