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100 Paul Russell Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Paul Russell Sayings: The miracle," Claire said, "is that anybody stays together. The miracle," Claire said, "is that anybody stays together.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Anarchy raised its seductive head. He could do anything; there was nothing that was not Anarchy raised its seductive head. He could do anything; there was nothing that was not allowed.
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Paul Russell Sayings: If I've learned one thing, it's that the unfortunate thing about life is that everything's If I've learned one thing, it's that the unfortunate thing about life is that everything's mixed. There's no absolute good and there's no absolute evil. There's just a lot of confusion.
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Paul Russell Sayings: He had had an inkling, even then, that only by losing himself, the well-behaved Connecticut He had had an inkling, even then, that only by losing himself, the well-behaved Connecticut boy he'd always been, might he ever hope to find his other, truer self.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Was there anything quite so painful, so fraught with the possibilities of hurt, as gift Was there anything quite so painful, so fraught with the possibilities of hurt, as gift giving within a family?
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Paul Russell Sayings: Then it comes to him - how you can't return to a place you've never Then it comes to him - how you can't return to a place you've never been to, can't recapture what you never had. The chances you miss stay missed forever.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Why not simply surrender to one's doom, since one was so clearly, so spectacularly, doomed? Why not simply surrender to one's doom, since one was so clearly, so spectacularly, doomed?
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Paul Russell Sayings: Sometimes Anatole wonders just where the elusive point is, where you stop being sane. Sometimes Anatole wonders just where the elusive point is, where you stop being sane.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Haven't you ever gotten carried away and done something totally spur of the moment like Haven't you ever gotten carried away and done something totally spur of the moment like that?"
"Everybody gets carried away from time to time," Tracy told the boy who had carried him away.
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Paul Russell Sayings: It is Halloween," he explains coyly. "I wanted to come out as something beautiful. None It is Halloween," he explains coyly. "I wanted to come out as something beautiful. None of this witch stuff for me. My God, don't we spend our whole life as witches?
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Paul Russell Sayings: People always had one kind of animal or another inside them. People always had one kind of animal or another inside them.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Fuck it. All she thinks about these days is whether something'll get her into trouble. Fuck it. All she thinks about these days is whether something'll get her into trouble. Who cares? There was certainly a time when she didn't: and she was a better person then.
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Paul Russell Sayings: She simply could not imagine lives ending so soon. Oh, you poor young men, she She simply could not imagine lives ending so soon. Oh, you poor young men, she thought wildly.
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Paul Russell Sayings: It was a failure of pedagogical nerve, she reminded herself, to give up on a It was a failure of pedagogical nerve, she reminded herself, to give up on a student.
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Paul Russell Sayings: If it was to be a time of momentous changes, then why not allow oneself If it was to be a time of momentous changes, then why not allow oneself to be swept along?
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Paul Russell Sayings: If you're going to fall for men, or boys, then deal with the fact that If you're going to fall for men, or boys, then deal with the fact that you're going to be an outcast. It's not for the faint of heart, it's not for anybody hoping to be liked or respected or accepted or any of that bullshit.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Getting drunk or high every night. Being hungover every morning. You run out of options Getting drunk or high every night. Being hungover every morning. You run out of options at a certain point. You come to understand why everybody else is living the boring life. And it doesn't look so boring anymore.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Still, the illusion of love had, in its time, led to stranger depravities. Still, the illusion of love had, in its time, led to stranger depravities.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Our students didn't used to come from such damaged families," Louis mused. "It's true what Our students didn't used to come from such damaged families," Louis mused. "It's true what they say. This country really is coming apart at the seams.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Whose fine idea had it been, on the Olympian heights or deep in the bowel-dark Whose fine idea had it been, on the Olympian heights or deep in the bowel-dark underworld, to condemn us to the messy, intractable burden of bodies, the sheer tedium of our confinement in the flesh?
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Paul Russell Sayings: Just because you pretend the universe doesn't have teeth doesn't mean you won't get eaten Just because you pretend the universe doesn't have teeth doesn't mean you won't get eaten in the end.
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Paul Russell Sayings: You know you've got my support", Reid told him. "Whatever difficult decisions you need to You know you've got my support", Reid told him. "Whatever difficult decisions you need to make. All I would ask is that you be alert to ... " For a moment he seemed at a loss.
"To what?" Louis said impatiently.
Reid picked up a votive candle from the dresser top and observed its flickering light. "The shimmer of things," he said. "The spirit and not the letter.
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Paul Russell Sayings: I'm talking about other kinds of hunger. Desire. I'm talking about other kinds of hunger. Desire.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Waiting, he thought, was the most miserable condition a man could find himself in. His Waiting, he thought, was the most miserable condition a man could find himself in. His whole life, he had been waiting for one thing or another.
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Paul Russell Sayings: All desire, Tracy had had occasion since to think, is to some degree monstrous. All desire, Tracy had had occasion since to think, is to some degree monstrous.
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Paul Russell Sayings: God gave us orifices, God gave us wounds. God gave us orifices, God gave us wounds.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Tracy had never been so conscious of the sky above the earth, the dangerous clouds Tracy had never been so conscious of the sky above the earth, the dangerous clouds that gathered there, the way humans lived beneath such grandeur and threat every moment of their lives.
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Paul Russell Sayings: God answers every prayer, Rabbi Schumann once told him, years ago. Mostly His answer is God answers every prayer, Rabbi Schumann once told him, years ago. Mostly His answer is 'no'.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Does everybody always have to be on the prowl for love? Does everybody always have to be on the prowl for love?
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Paul Russell Sayings: I think good conversation is really the best form of sex. I think good conversation is really the best form of sex.
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Paul Russell Sayings: If certain places you came to in life felt right, then how many others were If certain places you came to in life felt right, then how many others were just as clearly the wrong place to be?
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Paul Russell Sayings: There must have been a time, before Internet porn, when there wasn't a script. Nowadays, There must have been a time, before Internet porn, when there wasn't a script. Nowadays, everybody knows exactly how sex is supposed to go.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Class, she reminded herself, was the real marker in America. Class, she reminded herself, was the real marker in America.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Absolutely, love matters," she reiterated. "We forget that at our own risk. Absolutely, love matters," she reiterated. "We forget that at our own risk.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Okay, he thinks, perhaps it's time for everybody to move on; nothing lasts forever, it's Okay, he thinks, perhaps it's time for everybody to move on; nothing lasts forever, it's part of the physics of friendships, alliances, whatever it might be they perpetrated for a while among themselves.
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Paul Russell Sayings: That's the way Chris lives, warning everyone who gets close of the lightning that may That's the way Chris lives, warning everyone who gets close of the lightning that may strike. Never touch anything, never make a mark. But Anatole can't live that way. The world's too lonely a place: he has to touch things, he has to put his arms around them.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Dresden, which I am told presents no military or industrial targets whatsoever for the RAF. Dresden, which I am told presents no military or industrial targets whatsoever for the RAF.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Love loves anarchy. It loves to wreak havoc. It loves to dance atop the ruins. Love loves anarchy. It loves to wreak havoc. It loves to dance atop the ruins.
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Paul Russell Sayings: But it's not real life. It's just America. But it's not real life. It's just America.
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Paul Russell Sayings: Everything I say is right.Everything I say is wrong.There are many conflicting opinions in this Everything I say is right.
Everything I say is wrong.
There are many conflicting opinions in this industry.
Don't take one person's word as gospel, including mine.
Take what works for you.
Paul Russell Sayings: People always knew more than you gave them credit for. Perhaps, in the end, no People always knew more than you gave them credit for. Perhaps, in the end, no one had any secrets at all.
Paul Russell Sayings: Leigh stands there, not so much a figure to scare crows as to beckon doves. Leigh stands there, not so much a figure to scare crows as to beckon doves.
Paul Russell Sayings: TO MY MIND, PUSHKIN BEST SUMS UP THE SEASON: Lovely summer, how I could cherish TO MY MIND, PUSHKIN BEST SUMS UP THE SEASON: Lovely summer, how I could cherish you / If heat and dust and gnats and flies were banished.
Paul Russell Sayings: But men are such strange creatures, really. I think most of them would rather we But men are such strange creatures, really. I think most of them would rather we weren't around at all, so they could just spend time mooning over each other. Hero worship and all that stuff.
Paul Russell Sayings: To speak a language that was as intimate and free as certain dreams, saying darkly, To speak a language that was as intimate and free as certain dreams, saying darkly, thrillingly, My cock inside of you. Your come in my mouth ... He focused on the boy's slim, tight hips; with the tip of his tongue he tasted an asshole's bitter, forbidden mystery.
Paul Russell Sayings: You're the enemy. You're the one who's going to defeat yourself. You're the enemy. You're the one who's going to defeat yourself.
Paul Russell Sayings: Despite his care, Reid was still playing with fire, the kind that could without warning Despite his care, Reid was still playing with fire, the kind that could without warning sheathe one's whole life in irreversible conflagration.
Paul Russell Sayings: Do you even know what gay stands for? Well, let me tell you. G-A-Y. Got Do you even know what gay stands for? Well, let me tell you. G-A-Y. Got Aids yet?
Paul Russell Sayings: Still, for all that, her life had lacked passion. The demons had never come for Still, for all that, her life had lacked passion. The demons had never come for her.
Paul Russell Sayings: For eventually one gets over reality's affront to one's innocence. One grows accustomed to the For eventually one gets over reality's affront to one's innocence. One grows accustomed to the melancholy fact that we all sell ourselves at one time or another, that whoring is the dirty little secret of our success as human beings.
Paul Russell Sayings: Louis had learned to be suspicious of the word educational. It covered, after all, a Louis had learned to be suspicious of the word educational. It covered, after all, a multitude of sins.
Paul Russell Sayings: And now none of it could be undone. That was the exquisite irony: the act And now none of it could be undone. That was the exquisite irony: the act that had undone everything could not itself be undone.
Paul Russell Sayings: A long-simmering resentment against the world can burn off more calories than you might imagine. A long-simmering resentment against the world can burn off more calories than you might imagine.
Paul Russell Sayings: Sometimes what you depend on is other people being even more wacked than you are. Sometimes what you depend on is other people being even more wacked than you are.
Paul Russell Sayings: Love was like death that way. Love was like death that way.
Paul Russell Sayings: Better to burn than to rot. Better to burn than to rot.
Paul Russell Sayings: There are a few scattered moments in one's life when everything seems possible. There are a few scattered moments in one's life when everything seems possible.
Paul Russell Sayings: The universe loves irony even more than it loves futility. The universe loves irony even more than it loves futility.
Paul Russell Sayings: I'll put it to you simply: love is the enemy. That's my conclusion. We should I'll put it to you simply: love is the enemy. That's my conclusion. We should all live in our little monk cells and never venture out ...
Paul Russell Sayings: Nobody disappears completely anymore. The only thing that's disappeared is privacy, which is never coming Nobody disappears completely anymore. The only thing that's disappeared is privacy, which is never coming back. And which is probably a good thing. Why should anything be private? No hiding, no guilt, no shame. Just a completely transparent world.
Paul Russell Sayings: He wanted to toast mad idealism, forbidden desires, the dreams that drove one to criminal He wanted to toast mad idealism, forbidden desires, the dreams that drove one to criminal acts. He wanted, quite starkly, oblivion.
Paul Russell Sayings: What was inside him would never go away. What had happened would never not have What was inside him would never go away. What had happened would never not have happened.
Paul Russell Sayings: That milky splatter on the sheets makes him unbearably sad, and he wonders, not for That milky splatter on the sheets makes him unbearably sad, and he wonders, not for the first time, whether the whole point of orgasm isn't, somehow, unbearable sadness.
Paul Russell Sayings: The former East Germany hardly had a monopoly on complicity. Life's every moment caught one The former East Germany hardly had a monopoly on complicity. Life's every moment caught one out in one form or another.
Paul Russell Sayings: The body was an organic machine, period, and God was a figment of its fitful The body was an organic machine, period, and God was a figment of its fitful imagination.
Paul Russell Sayings: Shirtless, they'd stretch out in the long grass and take the healing brunt of a Shirtless, they'd stretch out in the long grass and take the healing brunt of a noontime sun that gave no clue of the thunderheads it already, in secret, had begun to breed.
Paul Russell Sayings: The past is the past. It's the present we should worry about. The past is the past. It's the present we should worry about.
Paul Russell Sayings: Her heart, she had discovered in the last half year, was of durable stuff. You Her heart, she had discovered in the last half year, was of durable stuff. You could test its mettle with a hammer.
Paul Russell Sayings: We should all be merely animals. As humans, there are miseries nothing can put us We should all be merely animals. As humans, there are miseries nothing can put us out of.
Paul Russell Sayings: There's always people looking the other way when the miracles take place, people who want There's always people looking the other way when the miracles take place, people who want only a good night's sleep when the stars are dancing, comets falling, the angels leaning low out of midnight with their trumpets, their cantatas of longing.
Paul Russell Sayings: The slippery slope was everywhere. The slippery slope was everywhere.
Paul Russell Sayings: What bound people together was so fragile. What bound people together was so fragile.
Paul Russell Sayings: What did beauty matter, anyway? What did beauty matter, anyway?
Paul Russell Sayings: Homo sapiens, which as far as I can tell is only another way of saying Homo sapiens, which as far as I can tell is only another way of saying weaponised chimpanzees who are hellbent on tearing their cage apart without realising it's not a cage, it's their fucking life support they're shredding.
Paul Russell Sayings: You get exactly what you want, Anatole's always suspected, only when you get it it's You get exactly what you want, Anatole's always suspected, only when you get it it's no longer what you want, you need something else.
Paul Russell Sayings: She thinks about the salt point, that mysterious, elusive moment of change. She thinks about the salt point, that mysterious, elusive moment of change.
Paul Russell Sayings: On rooftops overlooking each crossing, Cossacks had begun setting up machine guns. On rooftops overlooking each crossing, Cossacks had begun setting up machine guns.
Paul Russell Sayings: When he got a story urge, there was nothing to do but grab a pen When he got a story urge, there was nothing to do but grab a pen and write. Otherwise it was too much like getting a hard-on and not jerking off.
Paul Russell Sayings: And anyway, never, never apologise the morning after for what your hormones were telling you And anyway, never, never apologise the morning after for what your hormones were telling you last night.
Paul Russell Sayings: Was this what was called falling in love, this wayward glimpse of another person's soul? Was this what was called falling in love, this wayward glimpse of another person's soul?
Paul Russell Sayings: Was it a form of madness, no longer to be able to trust your sense Was it a form of madness, no longer to be able to trust your sense of things? To be betrayed by decisions apparently arrived at carefully and through reason, but really no more than marauding appetites cunningly tricked out as reasonable choices?
Paul Russell Sayings: Having without having: it's possible, isn't it, that that's worse than not having at all? Having without having: it's possible, isn't it, that that's worse than not having at all?
Paul Russell Sayings: There was always something sly about any act of education. Eve had learned that in There was always something sly about any act of education. Eve had learned that in the garden.
Paul Russell Sayings: As long as we do violence to other animals, we'll keep on doing violence to As long as we do violence to other animals, we'll keep on doing violence to ourselves.
Paul Russell Sayings: Had she allowed the flame to burn so low it was now in danger of Had she allowed the flame to burn so low it was now in danger of complete extinction?
Paul Russell Sayings: When you get right down to it, we don't ever want to know one another When you get right down to it, we don't ever want to know one another too well. We want there to be that mystery. Where there's mystery, there's hope.
Paul Russell Sayings: This whole fucking country's got it great and doesn't even know it. Why? Because the This whole fucking country's got it great and doesn't even know it. Why? Because the price for having it so great gets paid somewhere else, by somebody else, where you don't have to see it. Out of sight, out of mind. That's the fucking key to the whole shit system. Stay blind, stay deaf.
Paul Russell Sayings: Did one learn or was one shaped? Did one learn or was one shaped?
Paul Russell Sayings: Romance always involved a bit of deceit. Romance always involved a bit of deceit.
Paul Russell Sayings: Chris is a little ashamed of having once fallen for him: it makes him sad Chris is a little ashamed of having once fallen for him: it makes him sad how everything changes, how ruthless the heart can be.
Paul Russell Sayings: And Chris remembers: what they used to talk about was desire. Impossible, longing dreams. Delirious, And Chris remembers: what they used to talk about was desire. Impossible, longing dreams. Delirious, aching confusion. That was the vital element they lived off ... because it was the one thing that mattered. Not things, or achievements, or politics, or fracking or anything else: just sweet naked blameless unending desire.
Paul Russell Sayings: Anybody can be anybody, he told himself as he eased his body down onto Devin's, Anybody can be anybody, he told himself as he eased his body down onto Devin's, the blunt pain of a beautiful pleasure wedging him open.
Paul Russell Sayings: My darlings! You can hardly expect an aged crone like me to mar such a My darlings! You can hardly expect an aged crone like me to mar such a lovely event. No, I shall remain here and knit shadows. Now go forth and shine bravely, and think of nothing but love.
Paul Russell Sayings: The world is what it is. The world is what it is.
Paul Russell Sayings: Were archaeologists really such a sex-starved lot as all that? Did pigs really sweat? Were archaeologists really such a sex-starved lot as all that? Did pigs really sweat?
Paul Russell Sayings: Louis could never shake the suspicion that some people, whether consciously or not, called the Louis could never shake the suspicion that some people, whether consciously or not, called the storm to themselves.
Paul Russell Sayings: The damage love does when love goes astray. And did it ever, given half a The damage love does when love goes astray. And did it ever, given half a chance, fail to wander?
Paul Russell Sayings: Louis thought he would be all for a back-to-the-basics drive in education: a teacher, an Louis thought he would be all for a back-to-the-basics drive in education: a teacher, an olive tree, a bit of midday wine (the Greeks had watered theirs down to keep their heads lucid), and, last but not least, six or seven eager and receptive youths seated at one's feet.
Paul Russell Sayings: The presence of the policeman around the corner is the only thing that keeps us The presence of the policeman around the corner is the only thing that keeps us civilised.
Paul Russell Sayings: There was no denying it. Boys grabbed him. Their loveliness tore him apart. The world There was no denying it. Boys grabbed him. Their loveliness tore him apart. The world was a wonder after all.