The tennis challenger starts strong but soon loses confidence in his playing. The champion racks up the games. But in the final set, when the challenger has nothing left to lose, he becomes relaxed again, insouciant, daring. Suddenly he's playing like the devil and the champion must work hard to get those last points.
("Life of Pi")
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That's what fiction is about, isn't it, the selective transforming of reality? The twisting of it to bring out its essence?
As for hearing, the sloth is not so much deaf as uninterested in sound.
When you've suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.
The individual soul touches upon the world soul like a well reaches for the water table. That which sustains the universe beyond thought and language, and that which is at the core of us and struggles for expression, is the same thing. The finite within the infinite, the infinite within the finite.
My life is like a memento mori painting from European art: there is always a grinning skull at my side to remind me of the folly of human ambition.
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I certainly love doing comedy and feel most comfortable near it.
Writers want to summarize: What does this mean? What did we learn from this? That's a very 19th-century way of thinking about art, because it assumes that it should make our lives better or teach us something.
From Watergate we learned what generations before us have known; our Constitution works. And during Watergate years it was interpreted again so as to reaffirm that no one - absolutely no one - is above the law.