[QUOTES] Where’d You Go, Bernadette – Maria Semple

1. “I ignored her and threw my head back. Maybe that’s what religion is, hurling yourself off a cliff and trusting that something bigger will take care of you and carry you to the right place.”

2. “You need to be prepared for novel experiences because often they signal danger. If you live in a jungle full of fragrant flowers, you have to stop being so overwhelmed by the lovely smell because otherwise you couldn’t smell a predator. That’s why your brain is considered a discounting mechanism. It’s literally a matter of survival.”

3. “I had to go. If for no other reason than to be able to put my hand on the South Pole marker and declare that the world literally revolved around me.”

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