Towns are like people. Old ones often have character, the new ones are interchangeable.
("Angle of Repose")
More Quotes from Wallace Stegner:I had only made the sign of the cross. How many times lately has the future perfect been framed in geodesic domes?
I know no way of discounting the doctrine that when you take something you want, and damn the consequences, then you had better be ready to accept whatever consequences ensue.
There must be some other possibility than death or lifelong penance ... some meeting, some intersection of lines; and some cowardly, hopeful geometer in my brain tells me it is the angle at which two lines prop each other up, the leaning-together from the vertical which produces the false arch. For lack of a keystone, the false arch may be as much as one can expect in this life. Only the very lucky discover the keystone.
You can't retire to weakness -- you've got to learn to control strength.
No life goes past so swiftly as an eventless one, no clock spins like a clock whose days are all alike.
Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus.
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