Arta de a călători – Alain de Botton

1. „Suntem copleșiti de sfaturi unde să călătorim; auzim puține despre cum și de ce ar trebui să o facem – deși arta de a călători pare să dea naștere în mod natural unui număr de interogații, nici simple, nici triviale, al căror studiu ar putea, în feluri modeste, să contribuie la înțelegerea a ceea ce filozofii greci frumos numeau eudaimonia sau împlinirea umană.” 2. „Urma să descopăr o neașteptată continuitate între sinele meu melancolic...

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The Guinea Pig Diaries – A. J. Jacobs

1. The suggestions come with the territory. For the last fifteen years, I’ve attempted to live my life as a human guinea pig. I’ve engaged in a series of experiments on my mind and body, some of which have been fruitful, some humiliating failures. I’ve tried to understand the world by immersing myself in extraordinary circumstances. I’ve also grown a tremendously unattractive beard. 2. My ordinary life doesn’t merit a book. So I put myself into...

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Jurnal intim – Marin Preda

1. „De ce ne îndrăgostim pentru ca pe urmă să ne silim a uita, a smulge din noi fiinţa iubită?” 2. „Ea nu e o femeie obişnuită, e o femeie în primul rând complicată, cum complicat e oricine creează sau vrea să creeze artă. (Ori ea e roasă de o devorantă ambiţie de a crea, atât de devorantă încât, în această fază a vieţii, ar fi în stare să treacă peste cadavre, dacă asta i-ar aduce cel mai mic avantaj artistic; despărţirea de mine şi momentul...

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The First True Lie – Marina Mader

1. “It’s not pretty seeing your mama cry because you don’t know how to help her, and also because you’d like to be the only one to cry at home whenever you feel like it.” 2. “And we don’t have a dad to save us, a fireman like one of those who after the terrorist attacks takes you in his arms and carries you far away from danger, a dad like the dads in commercials. We’re always in a little bit of danger.” 3. “Orphan...

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Cabaretul cuvintelor – Matei Vișniec

1. „- Lasă că o scoatem noi la capăt, spune cuvântul rău ori de câte ori pleacă la drum cu cuvântul bine. Măcar de bine de rău, nu vom fi singuri. – Asta e, tot e bine că încercăm, spune și cuvântul bine. În viața trebuie încercat imposibilul, nu e nimic rău în asta, dimpotrivă. Tot răul spre bine.” 2. „Un poem este un loc de perdiție unde cuvintele acceptă să-și trădeze natura lor cea mai intimă, să uite ceea ce sunt, să îmbrățișeze...

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The History of Love – Nicole Krauss

1. “There was a certain satisfaction in bitterness. I courted it. It was standing outside, and I invited it in. I scowled at the world. And the world scowled back.” 2. “Holding hands, for example, is a way to remember how it feels to say nothing together.” 3. “A man should buy a suit for life, not for death.” 4. ““It’s better when it’s a secret.” “Why?” “So no one can take it from us.”” 5....

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And The Mountains Echoed, Khaled Hosseini

1. “For courage, there must be something at stake. I come here with nothing to lose.” 2. „A story is like a moving train: no matter where you hop onboard, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.” 3. „I suspect the truth is that we are waiting, all of us, against insurmountable odds, for something extraordinary to happen to us.” 4. „They say, Find a purpose in your life and live it. But, sometimes, it is only after you have...

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Coraline, Neil Gaiman

Recenzie Coraline 1. “No,” said the cat.”Now, you people have names. That’s because you don’t know who you are. We know who we are, so we don’t need names.” 2. “It wasn’t brave because he wasn’t scared: it was the only thing he could do. But going back again to get his glasses, when he knew the wasps were there, when he was really scared. That was brave. When you’re scared but you still do it anyway,...

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The Fault in Our Stars

Recenzie Sub aceeași stea 1. “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.” 2. “So of...

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Someday, Someday, Maybe

1. “There wasn’t any one day where it came to me. My mother died and I started pretending it didn’t happen to me, started imagining what it would be like to have someone else’s life story, and pretending became a relief. It wasn’t a conscious decision. Moving to New York was a decision, but wanting to be an actor was always more of a given.” 2. ‘I can walk at a leisurely pace down Fifth Avenue and imagine that someday, maybe,...

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The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

1. “Within minutes, mounds of concrete and earth were stacked and piled. The streets were ruptured veins. Blood streamed till it was dried on the road, and the bodies were stuck there, like driftwood after the flood. They were glued down, every last one of them. A packet of souls. Was it fate? Misfortune? Is that what glued them down like that? Of course not. Let’s not be stupid. It probably had more to do with the hurled bombs, thrown...

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Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

Recenzie Middlesex 1. „To the extent that fetal hormones affect brain chemistry and histology, I’ve got a male brain. But I was raised as a girl.” 2. „In any genetic history. I’m the final clause in a periodic sentence, and that sentence begins a long time ago, in another language, and you have to read it from the beginning to get to the end, which is my arrival.” 3. „In other words, I operate in society as a man. I use the men’s room. Never...

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Minunata Lume Nouă – Aldous Huxley

1. „Bărbaţi standardizaţi, femei standardizate; în loturi uniforme, întregul personal al unei fabrici alcătuit din produsele unui singur ovul bokanovskificat.” 2. „Nouăzeci şi şase de gemeni identici lucrând la nouăzeci şi şase de maşini identice! Glasul îi vibra de entuziasm: acuma ştiţi cum stăm. Pentru prima dată în istorie avem Comunitate, Identitate, Stabilitate.” 3. „Dar tehnica lui Podsnap accelerase extraordinar procesul de coacere. Se...

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