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  • A map such as that one is worth many hundreds, and as luck will have it, thousands of dollars. But more than this, it is a remembrance of that time before our planet was so small. When this map was made, I thought, you could live without knowing where you were not living.
    (Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated")

  • He knew that I love you also means I love you in a way that no one loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that I love no one else, and never have loved anyone else, and never will love anyone else.
    (Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated")

  • In the water I saw my father's face, and that face saw the face of its father, and so on, and so on, reflecting backward to the beginning of time, to the face of God, in whose image we were created.
    (Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated")

  • She felt as if she were brimming, always producing and hoarding more love inside her. But there was no release.
    (Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated")

  • The sky slowly pulled up its blue dress to reveal night.
    (Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated")


  • A powerful wind swept through the shtetl, making it whistle. Those studying obscure texts in dimly lit rooms looked up. Lovers making amends and promises, amendments and excuses, fell silent.
    (Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated")

  • He removed several pages of death certificates, which were picked up by another breeze and sent into the trees. Some would fall with the leaves that September. Some would fall with the trees generations later.
    (Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated")

  • In truth I was manufacturing a brick wall of shits.
    (Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated")

  • She is deranged, but so so playful.
    (Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated")

  • There has yet to be a human to survive a span of history without at least one end of the world.
    (Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated")

  • A Seeing Eye bitch is not only for blind people but for people who pine for the negative of loneliness.
    (Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated")

  • He was not such a special person. He loved to read very much, and also to write. He was a poet, and he exhibited me many of his poems. I remember many of them. They were silly, you could say, and about love. He was always in his room writing those things, and never with people. I used to tell him, What good is all that love doing on paper? I said, Let love write on you for a little. But he was so stubborn. Or perhaps he was only timid.
    (Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated")

  • It feels like a moment I've lived a thousand times before, as if everything is familiar, right up to the moment of my death, that it will happen again an infinite number of times, that we will meet, marry, have our children, succeed in the ways we have, fail in the ways we have, all exactly the same, always unable to change a thing. I am again at the bottom of an unstoppable wheel, and when I feel my eyes close for death, as they have and will a thousand times, I awake.
    (Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated")

  • She maintained a careful balance by her window, never allowing the men to come too close, never allowing them to stray too far.
    (Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated")

  • They reciprocated the great and saving lie--that our love for things is greater than our lover for our love for things--willfully playing the parts they wrote for themselves, willfully creating and believing fictions necessary for life.
    (Jonathan Safran Foer, "Everything is Illuminated")


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