The most beautiful Quotes from The Goldfinch

The most beautiful Quotes from The Goldfinch

We don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are.
Stay away from the ones you love too much. Those are the ones who will kill you.
I had the epiphany that laughter was light, and light was laughter, and that this was the secret of the universe.
Sometimes we want what we want even if we know it’s going to kill us.
That life - whatever else it is - is short. That fate is cruel but maybe not random. That Nature (meaning Death) always wins but that doesn’t mean we have to bow and grovel to it. That maybe even if we’re not always so glad to be here, it’s our task to immerse ourselves anyway: wade straight through it, right through the cesspool, while keeping eyes and hearts open. And in the midst of our dying, as we rise from the organic and sink back ignominiously into the organic, it is a glory and a privilege to love what Death doesn’t touch.

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Beauty is terror. Whatever we call beautiful, we quiver before it.
It is is better to know one book intimately than a hundred superficially.
There is nothing wrong with the love of Beauty. But Beauty - unless she is wed to something more meaningful - is always superficial.
When you feel homesick, just look up. Because the moon is the same wherever you go.
Beauty is rarely soft or consolatory. Quite the contrary. Genuine beauty is always quite alarming.
A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart.
Zeus in Hercules
It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.
You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see. But you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.
It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
Being different isn't a bad thing. It means you're brave enough to be yourself.
No bird soars too high, if he soars with his own wings.
Walk until the darkness is a memory, and you become the sun on the next traveler's horizon.
Kobe Bryant in Training Camp
Humans had always been better at killing than any other living thing.

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