Enduring Love Quotes.

1. "When it's gone, you'll know what a gift love was. You'll suffer like this. So go back and fight to keep it."
- Ian McEwan, Enduring Love

2. "Who you get, and how it works out- there's so much luck involved, as well as the million branching consequences of your conscious choice of a mate, that no one and no amount of talking can untangle it if it turns out unhappily."
- Ian McEwan, Enduring Love

3. "I'm holding back, delaying the information. I'm lingering in the prior moment because it was a time when other outcomes were still possible."
- Ian McEwan, Enduring Love

4. "It marked the beginning and, of course, an end. At that moment a chapter, no, a whole stage of my closed. Had I known, and had there been a spare second or two, I might have allowed myself a little nostalgia."
- Ian McEwan, Enduring Love

5. "Perhaps I'd been a slow developer, but I was well into my forties before I realized that you don't have to comply with a request just because it's reasonable or reasonably put. Age is the great dis-obliger. You can be yourself and say no."
- Ian McEwan, Enduring Love

6. "I squeezed her hand and said nothing. I knew little about Keats or his poetry, but I thought it possible that in his hopeless situation he would not have wanted to write precisely because he loved her so much. Lately I'd had the idea that Clarissa's interest in these hypothetical letters had something to do with our own situation, and with her conviction that love that did not find its expression in a letter was not perfect. In the months after we'd met, and before we'd bought the apartment, she had written me some beauties, passionately abstract in the ways our love was different from and superior to any that had ever existed. Perhaps that's the essence of a love letter, to celebrate the unique. I had tried to match her, but all that sincerity would permit me were the facts, and they seemed miraculous enough to me: a beautiful woman loved and wanted to be loved by a large, clumsy, balding fellow who could hardly believe his luck."
- Ian McEwan, Enduring Love

7. "Twenty years ago I might have hired a professional listener, but somewhere along the way I had lost faith in the talking cure. A genteel fraud in my view."
- Ian McEwan, Enduring Love

8. "Self-consciousness is the destroyer of erotic joy."
- Ian McEwan, Enduring Love

9. "I watched our friends' wary, intelligent faces droop at our tale. Their shock was a mere shadow of our own, resembling more the goodwilled imitation of that emotion, and for this reason it was a temptation to exaggerate, to throw a rope of superlatives across the abyss that divided experience from its representation by anecdote."
- Ian McEwan, Enduring Love

10. "No emergency was ever dealt with effectively by democratic process."
- Ian McEwan, Enduring Love

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