Bătrânul care citea romane de dragoste – Luis Sepulveda

1. „Dobitocul ăla de străin a omorât puii şi mai mult ca sigur l-a rănit pe mascul. Ia uitaţi-vă la cer. Începe să plouă. Încercaţi să vă imaginaţi scena. Femela ieşise la vânat ca să-şi umple burta şi să-i poată alăpta în primele săptămâni de ploaie. Puişorii nu erau înţărcaţi şi masculul a rămas să-i îngrijească. Aşa se întâmplă cu fiarele sălbatice şi aşa i-a surprins străinul. În momentul ăla, femela bântuia pe-acolo înnebunită de durere....

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An Unnecessary Woman – Rabih Alameddine

1. “Yet only in Arabic class were we constantly told that we could not master this most difficult of languages, that no matter how much we studied and practiced, we could not possibly hope to write as well as al-Mutanabbi or, heaven forbid, the apex of the language, the Quran itself. Teachers indoctrinated students, just as they had been indoctrinated when younger. None of us can rise above being a failure as an Arab, our original...

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Adam și Eva – Liviu Rebreanu

1. “Fericirea adevărată e totdeauna o clipă. Mai multă n-ar putea îndura firea omului care, deseori, într-o viaţa de mulţi ani, nu are norocul sa întîlnească nici clipa aceasta, nici măcar să se apropie de ea.” 2. “Moartea e taina tainelor şi totodată cheia necunoscutului.” 3. “Cele doua principii se diferenţiază îndată în doua suflete, bărbat şi femeie, sortite de-acum vieţii materiale. Urmează căi diferite spre...

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Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain

1. “Of course, there’s every possibility this book could finish me in the business. There will be horror stories. Heavy drinking, drugs, screwing in the dry-goods area, unappetizing revelations about bad food-handling and unsavory industry-wide practices. Talking about why you probably shouldn’t order fish on a Monday, why those who favor well-done get the scrapings from the bottom of the barrel, and why seafood frittata is...

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Every Man Dies Alone – Hans Fallada

1. „Old proverb: “A good conscience is a soft pillow.” 2. „Quangel admitted to himself that he never loved the boy the way a father is supposed to love his son. From the time Ottochen was born, he had never seen anything in him but a nuisance and a distraction in his relationship with Anna. If he felt grief now, it was because he was thinking worriedly about Anna, how she would take the loss, what would now change between them. He had the first...

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Open – Andre Agassi

1. “I’m a young man, relatively speaking. Thirty-six. But I wake as if ninety-six. After three decades of sprinting, stopping on a dime, jumping high and landing hard, my body no longer feels like my body, especially in the morning. Consequently my mind doesn’t feel like my mind. Upon opening my eyes I’m a stranger to myself, and while, again, this isn’t new, in the mornings it’s more pronounced.” 2. “I’m playing in the 2006...

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Împărăteasa Orhidee – Anchee Min

1. „Mama a fost deprinsa cu conceptul ch’an de fericire, care presupune sa gasesti mul­tumire în lucrurile marunte. Eu am fost învățată să apreciez aerul curat al diminetii, culoarea frunzelor care ruginesc toamna si atingerea plăcută a apei când îmi înmuiam mâinile în lighean.” 2. „Soarele nu straluceste numai pentru unii”, obisnuieste ea sa spuna. Ea crede ca toata lumea are o sansa.” 3. „Să renunți înseamnă să îți accepți soarta. Sa...

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Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh

1. “‘I’m ashamed of myself,’ said Sebastian gravely. ‘I’m not going to have you get mixed up with my family. They’re so madly charming. All my life they’ve been taking things away from me. If they once got hold of you with their charm, they’d make you their friend not mine, and I won’t let them.'” 2. “instead, fear worked like yeast in my thoughts, and the fermentation...

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Twelve years a slave – Solomon Northup

1. ” I expected to die. Though there was little in the prospect before me worth living for, the near approach of death appalled me. I thought I could have been resigned to yield up my life in the bosom of my family, but to expire in the midst of strangers, under such circumstances, was a bitter reflection.” 2. “I have seen mothers kissing for the last time the faces of their dead offspring; I have seen them looking down into...

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The Paris Wife – Paula McLain

1. “No is the easiest word there is. Children learn to talk by saying no.” 2. “Let’s always tell each other the truth. We can choose that, can’t we?” 3. “After I was shot, when my head was still in pretty bad shape, a very wise Italian officer told me the only thing to really do for that kind of fear was get married.” “So your wife would take care of you? That’s an interesting way to think about marriage.” “I actually took it to mean that if I...

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Middlemarch – George Eliot

1. “The really delightful marriage must be that where your husband was a sort of father, and could teach you even Hebrew, if you wished it.” 2. “I cannot imagine myself living without some opinions, but I should wish to have good reasons for them, and a wise man could help me to see which opinions had the best foundation, and would help me to live according to them.” 3. “He would never have contradicted her, and...

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South of the Border, West of the Sun – Haruki Murakami

1. “Parents who don’t get along very well end up having only one child. It made me so sad when I heard that.” 2. “The me that’s here now has been brought up without any brothers or sisters. If I did have brothers or sisters I wouldn’t be the me I am. So it’s unnatural for the me that’s here before you to think about what it’d be like to have brothers or sisters…” 3. “After a certain length of time has passed,...

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Toate numele – Jose Saramago

1. “E absolut sigur şi prea bine ştiut că moartea, fie dintr-o incompetenţă originară, fie dintr-o rea-credinţă dobândită prin experienţă, nu-şi alege victimele în funcţie de durata vieţilor pe care le-au trăit, de altfel un comportament, o spunem între paranteze, care, dacă ne încredem în cuvintele nenumăratelor autorităţi filosofice şi religioase care s-au pronunţat în această privinţă, a ajuns să producă în fiinţa umană, ca reflex, pe...

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