Michael Paterniti Quotes.

1. "All of these people, it was as if they were all turning to gold, all marked with an invisible X on their foreheads, as of course we are, too, the place and time yet to be determined. Yes, we are burning down; time is disintegrating."
- Quote by Michael Paterniti

2. "Eu as prefera sa beau vin facut de omul care mi-l serveste, fiindca beau persoana insasi. Ma impregnez de fiinta ei, de iubirea ei."
- Quote by Michael Paterniti

3. "Here's how you think about it: Together you constructed many things throughout your life. Then her body disappeared, but the constructions still remain. Human beings die: That's natural. But to accept her death is to lose all hope."
- Quote by Michael Paterniti

4. "In our national parlance, what's usually meant by the word "maverick" is someone who skirts the edge of sanity--or is so insane as to appear sane--who then does something absolutely insane and yet, after the passage of time, and especially if the maverick's creation yields a profit of any kind, is deemed less and less insane until the maverick worms his or her way into the fibers of history. Then generations grow to envy the ingenuity and courage of the maverick while glossing over the maverick's genetic kookiness. On such shoulders, a country rises."
- Michael Paterniti, Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain

5. "At first, you fall in love. You wake in the morning woozy and your twilight is lit with astral violet light. You spelunk down into each other until you come to possess some inner vision of each other that becomes one thing. Us. Together. And time passes. Like the forming of Earth itself, volcanoes rise and spew lava. Oceans appear. Rock plates shift. Sea turtles swim half the ocean to lay eggs on the mother island; songbirds migrate over continents for berries from a tree. You evolve--cosmically and geologically. You lose each other and find each other again. Every day. Until love gathers the turtles and the birds of your world and encompasses them, too."
- Michael Paterniti, Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain

6. "Only occasionally can you glimpse through the embrasures of an otherwise perfectly polite person to see the cannons aimed out, only in a certain glint of light do the eyeteeth become fangs. We are driven by desire and fear. Only in our solitary hungers do we find ourselves capable of the most magnificently unexpected sins."
- Michael Paterniti, Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain

7. "Take your hallowed halls of Congress or the littered floor of the Stock Exchange, America is built on its pancake houses!"
- Michael Paterniti, Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain

8. "Even now, when I imagine Einstein’s dendrites and neurons firing as his brain lit upon relativity, I picture Baghdad, with its minarets and modern-antennaed buildings sparkling beneath thousands of phantasmagorical tracers, under Allied attack on a very dark night."
- Michael Paterniti, Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain

9. "In the end, it wasn't so much that there was an alternative narrative--there always was--but it came down to belief: Which one did you want to believe. Which one suited you best? Or, perhaps more to the point: Which one told the story you were already telling yourself?"
- Michael Paterniti, The Telling Room: A Tale of Love

10. "After the cafes of Paris with their exquisite wines and creamy fromages, crepes and steak tartare-- screaming Adore me!-- Madrid was these store-bought hunks of unyielding cheese and brick-hard baguettes, consumed in leafless Buen Retiro Park.ll Madrid, dressed as it was, tasting as it did, prideful as hell, didn't care what you thought about it on your junior-year backpacking trip. That was your problem."
- Michael Paterniti, The Telling Room: A Tale of Love

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