Lionel Shriver Quotes.

1. "It's queer how the thing what attracted you to someone is the same as what you come to despise about them"
- Quote by Lionel Shriver

2. "The good life doesn't knock on the door. Joy is a job."
- Quote by Lionel Shriver

3. "But keeping secrets is a discipline. I never use to think of myself as a good liar, but after having had some practice I had adopted the prevaricator's credo that one doesn't so much fabricate a lie as marry it. A successful lie cannot be brought into this world and capriciously abandoned; like any committed relationship it must be maintained, and with far more devotion than the truth, which carries on being carelessly true without any help. By contrast, my lie needed me as much as I needed it, and so demanded the constancy of wedlock: Till death do us part."
- Quote by Lionel Shriver

4. "...never lie about my age because I want credit for every damned year."
- Quote by Lionel Shriver

5. "I think that's the biggest favor you can grant anyone, don't you? Permission to be dull. I know Henry will sometimes say something so utterly uninteresting that I could faint. And that's when you know you're in love; the tedium isn't unbearable, it's lovely."
- Quote by Lionel Shriver

6. "I am confessedly and unashamedly almost fifty years old and never lie about my age because I want credit for every damned year."
- Quote by Lionel Shriver

7. "The gap between most people’s capacity to conjure beauty from scratch and to merely recognize it when they see it is the width of the Atlantic Ocean."
- Quote by Lionel Shriver

8. "...violence is anything an airplane can do to a cloud"
- Quote by Lionel Shriver

9. "His weight makes him a social pariah. It reduces the likelihood he’ll remarry. It has grave implications for his health. But it isn’t evil. Just like all that exercise of yours has nothing to do with being good. I know you think it does. It makes you feel good, and feel good about yourself, and feel superior to people who slob around all day. But it’s mostly a waste of time that doesn’t do anything for anybody else but you."
- Quote by Lionel Shriver

10. "Still, I may have been glad to scratch the dry surface of our day-to-day peaceableness the way Violetta had clawed the sere crust on her limbs, anything to get something bright and liquid flowing again, out in the open and slippery between our fingers."
- Quote by Lionel Shriver

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