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53 Adam Haslett Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Adam Haslett Sayings: We live among the dead until we join them, We live among the dead until we join them,
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Adam Haslett Sayings: What he had said to me a moment ago was true. I hadn't been listening What he had said to me a moment ago was true. I hadn't been listening to him, not for years. I'd wanted him to be better for so long that I had stopped hearing him tell me he was sick. For the first time I saw him now as a man, not a member of a family. A separate person, who had been trying as hard as he could for most of his life simply to get by.
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Adam Haslett Sayings: There is no getting better. There is love I cannot bear, which has kept me There is no getting better. There is love I cannot bear, which has kept me from drifting entirely loose. There are the medicines I can take that flood my mind without discrimination, slowing the monster, moving the struggle underwater, where I then must live in the murk. But there is no killing the beast. Since I was a young man, it has haunted me. And it will hunt me until I am dead. The older I become, the closer it gets.
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Adam Haslett Sayings: The members of Joy Division likely weren't meditating on Frank Lloyd Wright when they took The members of Joy Division likely weren't meditating on Frank Lloyd Wright when they took the stage in Manchester but those flat-fronted black cotton trousers and narrow cut shirts didn't come from nowhere. Peter Saville, who designed all of Factory's records, understood in perfectly well: the iconic weight of black and white balanced against the release of splendour, in this case the dark magnificence of the music itself. Which might describe the tension of Protestant affect more generally: all guardedness and restraint until the eruption of an unextirpated beauty wakes us for a moment from the dream of efficiency.
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Adam Haslett Sayings: It's easy to make too much of fathers, I want to say. A It's easy to make too much of fathers, I want to say. A
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Adam Haslett Sayings: He experienced a familiar comfort being in the presence of another person's unknowable pain. More He experienced a familiar comfort being in the presence of another person's unknowable pain. More than any landscape, this place felt like home.
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Adam Haslett Sayings: We live in a bureaucratic, atomized world, but the system is still run by human We live in a bureaucratic, atomized world, but the system is still run by human beings. If as a writer, you want to capture the world we live in, I think you have some responsibility to at least try to get at some of the ways we've chosen to govern ourselves.
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Adam Haslett Sayings: But holding Michael had always been like holding a little person, who knew that his But holding Michael had always been like holding a little person, who knew that his feeding would end, who knew that if you were picked up you would be put down, that the comfort came but also went.
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Adam Haslett Sayings: Against the monster, I've always wanted meaning. Not for its own sake, because in the Against the monster, I've always wanted meaning. Not for its own sake, because in the usual course of things, who needs the self-consciousness of it? Let meaning be immanent, noted in passing, if at all. But that won't do when the monster has its funnel driven into the back of your head and is sucking the light coming through your eyes straight out of you into the mouth of oblivion. So like a cripple I long for what others don't notice they have: ordinary meaning. Instead, I have words. The monster doesn't take words. It may take speech, but not words in the head, which are its minions. The army of the tiny, invisible dead wielding their tiny, spinning scythes, cutting at the flesh of the mind. Unlike ordinary blades, they sharpen with use. They're keenest in repetition. Self-accusation being nothing if not repetitive. There is nothing deep about this. It is merely endless.
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Adam Haslett Sayings: I hadn't expected much from the place, but I hadn't realized how ugly it would I hadn't expected much from the place, but I hadn't realized how ugly it would be, either. We
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Adam Haslett Sayings: he'd use both hands to try to pry my thumb he'd use both hands to try to pry my thumb
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Adam Haslett Sayings: That is much of what I think the writer's job is - to slow people That is much of what I think the writer's job is - to slow people down. To give them the chance to notice the passage of time as experienced by others as a reminder of what it is like to be alive. Because we are most often distracted from that. Massively distracted.
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Adam Haslett Sayings: What do you fear when you fear everything? Time passing and not passing. Death and What do you fear when you fear everything? Time passing and not passing. Death and life. I could say my lungs never filled with enough air, no matter how many puffs of my inhaler I took. Or that my thoughts moved too quickly to complete, severed by a perpetual vigilance. But even to say this would abet the lie that terror can be described, when anyone who's ever known it knows that it has no components but its instead everywhere inside you all the time, until you recognize yourself only by the tensions that string one minute to the next. And yet I keep lying, by describing, because how else can I avoid this second, and the one after it? This being the condition itself: the relentless need to escape a moment that never ends.
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Adam Haslett Sayings: There was just the sensation of it. A There was just the sensation of it. A
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Adam Haslett Sayings: The fact is that when I read the story of the Joaquin, I feel understood. The fact is that when I read the story of the Joaquin, I feel understood. Not in any literal sense - the comparison of my dread to theirs would be grotesque - but in the unrelenting terror, in that schism of the mind. Which is how I know now that the dead generations don't haunt down tidy racial lines, as if there were such a thing. The psychosis is shared. I was born into the fantasy of its supremacy. Others are born into the fantasy's cost. But the source of the violence is the same. The work I do is for no one's sake but my own.
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Adam Haslett Sayings: We ward off love because it presents itself to us as a demand: to acknowledge We ward off love because it presents itself to us as a demand: to acknowledge another person's needs, and thus our own; to glimpse their mortality, and thus ours. We each have our own means of achieving this avoidance.
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Adam Haslett Sayings: That's what Proust calls it. On those rare occasions when the miracle of an analogy That's what Proust calls it. On those rare occasions when the miracle of an analogy had made me escape from the present. That's the only real life, the only thing that makes you know you're alive - the backward ache. That's what music is.
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Adam Haslett Sayings: ...even Michael, who never stopped trying to want what we wanted for him. How could ...even Michael, who never stopped trying to want what we wanted for him. How could he? We're not individuals. We're haunted by the living as well as the dead.
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Adam Haslett Sayings: Beyond the few boats still on their moorings, a bank of fog was moving in Beyond the few boats still on their moorings, a bank of fog was moving in off the sea. I watched it slowly cover the spit of land at the mouth of the inlet, shrouding the fir trees and the granite shore, and then the whole end of the bay, covering the barnacled outcroppings where the cormorants landed and seals basked in summer, rolling slowly toward me over the water until I saw that it wasn't fog but snow, the flakes tumbling thick and silent out of the encompassing cloud, and I remembered that was how it had been up here when we were kids, seeing weather approach from a distance, a thunderstorm on the horizon, rain sweeping toward us like a curtain across the water, and how it had thrilled me, that enormity and power, how oblivious it was of us. I had an inkling of that again now, of that state of being wide open to time, not as a thing to use or waste, but as a motion of its own, an invisible wholeness made apparent by the motion of the world.
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Adam Haslett Sayings: ...I did what most kids do when their world feels destroyed. I tried to care ...I did what most kids do when their world feels destroyed. I tried to care less about what remained...It was untrue, of course.
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Adam Haslett Sayings: Boredom is easy. Which is why sadness hides there so readily. But don't be fooled Boredom is easy. Which is why sadness hides there so readily. But don't be fooled for long. Dying of boredom. There's reason behind that idiom. It'll kill you sure enough.
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Adam Haslett Sayings: This street-this whole town-was so familiar that I looked straight through it, as if it This street-this whole town-was so familiar that I looked straight through it, as if it were no longer a place unto itself but merely an opening onto the past.
Adam Haslett Sayings: He's in that larva stage, the damp, pained shedding of the child's body. This is He's in that larva stage, the damp, pained shedding of the child's body. This is what boarding school is for. To store them away during years like this, so they can suffer without the embarrassment of their parents watching.
Adam Haslett Sayings: My interest is always to get as deeply as I can into the minds and My interest is always to get as deeply as I can into the minds and spirits of the characters and let the readers empathize or judge as they will.
Adam Haslett Sayings: Only the luckless, the petty or the deranged [end] up in court. Only the luckless, the petty or the deranged [end] up in court.
Adam Haslett Sayings: What I want to say is that we still don't know each other, that we're What I want to say is that we still don't know each other, that we're still discovering each other, and of course because it's no longer the beginning it isn't always, or even mostly, a romantic proposition--the not knowing, the wanting to know--but there is the wanting. Certainly there are times when I think maybe it's one-sided, that he knows just about all of me that he cares to, and that I'm the one who's still deciphering, which can be its own source of resentment.
Adam Haslett Sayings: You have to expose part of yourself to create a character deep enough for readers You have to expose part of yourself to create a character deep enough for readers to care about. You try not to because it's hard and at times shameful, but then when you read those pages over and you see they have no life to them so you throw them away and force yourself to be more honest. So I suppose the answer is I see myself in all my characters, in their best moments and in their worst.
Adam Haslett Sayings: A shield. That's what the memories were, the ones that had risen in her with A shield. That's what the memories were, the ones that had risen in her with such force of late. A barricade thrown up against the depredations of the present.
Adam Haslett Sayings: The monster you lie with is your own. The struggle is endlessly private. I thought The monster you lie with is your own. The struggle is endlessly private. I thought it was over. That one night the beast at my back would squeeze more tightly and I would cease breathing. What remained of me hoped for it.
Adam Haslett Sayings: Sound systems are what turn cars into escape vehicles, even if you've got nowhere to Sound systems are what turn cars into escape vehicles, even if you've got nowhere to go.
Adam Haslett Sayings: What I have always found most comforting about these forms is the trace of hope What I have always found most comforting about these forms is the trace of hope I get as I'm filling them out. How they break your life down into such tidy realms, making each seem tractable, because discrete, in a way they never are beyond the white noise of the waiting room. You get that fleeting sense that you're on the verge of being understood, truly and fully, and for the first time, if you could just get it all down in black and white before the receptionist calls your name.
Adam Haslett Sayings: When Paul drank more than a diabetic should or we argued about petty domestic things, When Paul drank more than a diabetic should or we argued about petty domestic things, I would employ a kind of preemptive nostalgia, filing the episodes away under the heading A Couple's Early Years. This general retrospective of the present leaped ahead to forgive our moments of anger and doubt, and the occasional day when the frustration and recriminations between us became grinding. It helped alleviate my sense of having been duped into believing Paul would be the person to deliver me from my family, rather than imitate it. And really it was okay, and most often better than that, being the object of his desire, sensing he would never leave me. That we were safe.
Adam Haslett Sayings: Kind of gay? I wanted to say. Do you have any notion how many homosexuals Kind of gay? I wanted to say. Do you have any notion how many homosexuals sweated their ass off on the dance floor to make this soaring bit of derivative trash possible? How many died of AIDS, OD'd, or went broke on the way to that girl from Texas cutting a deal...
Adam Haslett Sayings: As I see it, my job as a writer isn't to judge, but to take As I see it, my job as a writer isn't to judge, but to take a reader as far inside as I can and let them dwell there.
Adam Haslett Sayings: This is the thing I have discovered: Michael's being gone doesn't mean we stop trying This is the thing I have discovered: Michael's being gone doesn't mean we stop trying to save him. The strain is less but it doesn't vanish. It becomes part of our bewilderment, a kind of activity without motive, which provides its own strange continuity.
Adam Haslett Sayings: The present had somehow ceased to be an emergency. The present had somehow ceased to be an emergency.
Adam Haslett Sayings: This is the thing: He isn't calling about his exam. I don't want to know This is the thing: He isn't calling about his exam. I don't want to know that, but I do. He's calling to be reassured about something he can't put into words yet. I glimpsed it in him when he was young, but told myself, No, don't imagine that. Children have stages; he'll change. Then the words started running out of him in a torrent, and I knew they were being chased out by a force he couldn't see. What was I supposed to say to Margaret? That I see it in him?
Adam Haslett Sayings: I'm the only one who doesn't always want answers. I'm the only one who doesn't always want answers.
Adam Haslett Sayings: You don't want to think about it, but there's an ethical limit to what anyone You don't want to think about it, but there's an ethical limit to what anyone should have to endure. You can't just negate that with sentimentality. With the idea of some indomitable spirit. That's a fairy tale. It's what people say about other people, to avoid the wretchedness. It's just cruelty by other means. Requiring a person to stay alive. For you.
Adam Haslett Sayings: That's the only real life, the only thing that makes you know you're alive - That's the only real life, the only thing that makes you know you're alive - the backward ache. That's what music is. The trouble - for me - is that at some stage I realized those miracles, those aches, they have a history. They're not private. The music's always about what someone's lost. That's what you hear, when it's good: the worlds people lost, the ones they want back. And once you hear it that way, you can't avoid it - that it's somehow about justice.
Adam Haslett Sayings: I don't know what most people mean when they use the word love. If they I don't know what most people mean when they use the word love. If they haven't contorted their lives around a hope sharp enough to bleed them empty, then I think they're just kidding. A hope undoes what tiny pride you have, and makes you thankful for the undoing, so long as it promises another hour with the person who is now the world. Maybe people mean attractiveness, or affection, or pleasantness, or security. Like the nonbelievers in church who enjoy the hymns or go for the sens of community, but avert their eyes from the cross. I feel sorry for them. They are dead before their time.
Adam Haslett Sayings: If the history of the American sentence were a John Ford movie, its second act If the history of the American sentence were a John Ford movie, its second act would conclude with the young Ernest Hemingway walking into a saloon, finding an etiolated Henry James slumped at the bar in a haze of indecision, and shooting him dead.
Adam Haslett Sayings: I disappear for twenty minutes into Ford Maddox Ford's The Good Soldier while John does I disappear for twenty minutes into Ford Maddox Ford's The Good Soldier while John does the dishes, fighting past my initial irritation all the class nonsense and how no one will say anything of significance because it's simply not done to be explicit. Like in James or Wharton. Those novels where you're screaming at characters to go ahead already and blurt it out, save us a hundred pages of prevarication.
Adam Haslett Sayings: I had never understood before the invisibility of a human. How what we take to I had never understood before the invisibility of a human. How what we take to be a person is in fact a spirit we can never see.
Adam Haslett Sayings: The light in that room was a kind of malpractice. The light in that room was a kind of malpractice.
Adam Haslett Sayings: If you think of memory not just as looking back but as being aware of If you think of memory not just as looking back but as being aware of time and how it passes and what the passage of it feels like, then there is something about being in motion that does cause it. Through some sleight of mind, physical forward motion makes time seem visible. Which causes me to think that maybe the unnatural speed of cars and jets actually creates nostalgia. Because the simplest way to block out the strangeness of time passing before your eyes is to fix it in place, to edit it down to monuments or potted plants. Like,
Adam Haslett Sayings: It was one of those youthful promises that you make to yourself and keep long It was one of those youthful promises that you make to yourself and keep long after you stop recognizing what you are doing, or how it is distorting your life.
Adam Haslett Sayings: It's not until she sits up and wipes her eyes that I realize she's crying. It's not until she sits up and wipes her eyes that I realize she's crying. My words are like knives; they cut into the people I love. It will be worse if you touch her, I think, a worse lie. But I ignore this thought, shifting down the bench to put my arm around her - my daughter - and as I do, she weeps openly, pressing her face against my damp shirt.
Adam Haslett Sayings: It is a negative sort of achievement, she thinks, to have spent a life warding It is a negative sort of achievement, she thinks, to have spent a life warding something off.
Adam Haslett Sayings: It struck me then, for the first time, how unethical anxiety is, how it voids It struck me then, for the first time, how unethical anxiety is, how it voids the reality of other people by conscripting them as palliatives for your own fear.
Adam Haslett Sayings: Anywhere people lived memory collected like sediment on the bed of a river, dropping from Anywhere people lived memory collected like sediment on the bed of a river, dropping from the flow of time to become fixed in the places time ran over
Adam Haslett Sayings: There's something illiberal about the way infants are thrust into the hands of people who There's something illiberal about the way infants are thrust into the hands of people who have no idea what they're doing, who can only experiment.
Adam Haslett Sayings: Discovery is the joy. Discovery is the joy.