Miriam Toews Quotes.

1. "She was becoming sad. There is no joy involved in following others' expectations of yourself."
- Quote by Miriam Toews

2. "Even a Menno sheltered from the world knows not to stick her tongue into the mouth of a boy who owns an Air Supply record. You might stick your tongue into the mouth of a boy who owned some Emerson, Lake and Palmer, but you would not date him on a regular basis, or openly."
- Quote by Miriam Toews

3. "My words aren't only words. They're pictures and tears and imperfect offerings of love and self-inflicted shots to my brain."
- Quote by Miriam Toews

4. "Main Street is as dead as ever. There's a blinding white light at the water-tower end of it and Jesus standing in the centre of it in a pale blue robe with his arms out, palms up, like he's saying how the hell would I know? I'm just a carpenter."
- Quote by Miriam Toews

5. "Imagine a psychiatrist sitting down with a broken human being saying, I am here for you, I am committed to your care, I want to make you feel better, I want to return your joy to you, I don't know how I will do it but I will find out and then I will apply one hundred percent of my abilities, my training, my compassion and my curiosity to your health -- to your well-being, to your joy. I am here for you and I will work very hard to help you. I promise. If I fail it will me my failure, not yours. I am the professional. I am the expert. You are experiencing great pain right now and it is my job and my mission to cure you from your pain. I am absolutely committed to your care... I know you are suffering. I know you are afraid, I love you. I want to cure you and I won't stop trying to help you. You are my patient. I am your doctor. You are my patient. Imagine a doctor phoning you at all hours of the day and night to tell you that he or she had been reading some new stuff on the subject of whatever and was really excited about how it might help you. Imagine a doctor calling you in an important meeting and saying listen, I'm so sorry to bother you but I"ve been thinking really hard about your problems and I'd like to try something completely new. I need to see you immediately! I"m absolutely committed to your care! I think this might help you. I won't give up on you."
- Quote by Miriam Toews

6. "Where are they going to get a camera? I asked. I don't know, said Noehmi. They'll probably get sidetracked along the way. Or they'll come back with paint instead, or beer, or some new idea for a circus or something. They're social anarchists."
- Quote by Miriam Toews

7. "For a few seconds I thought about my little brothers who loved connecting things with rope. I wondered if I'd ever see them again and a torpedo of sadness struck me and moved straight trough my body."
- Quote by Miriam Toews

8. "When I put the poncho on to show Elf she said farewell to arms."
- Quote by Miriam Toews

9. "We stopped talking for a long, long time. A long time. Nurses came and went attaching and detaching things. Hundreds of thousands of babies were born while we weren't talking. The continents continued to separate at the same page as fingernails growing."
- Quote by Miriam Toews

10. "Nic loves Elf's odd requests, each one is like a holiday for him...and he's not a Mennonite, which is important--in a man-- for Elf. Mennonite men have wasted too much of her time already, trying to harvest her soul and shackle her to shame."
- Quote by Miriam Toews

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