The Spectator Bird Quotes.

1. "Most things break, including hearts. The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus."
- Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird

2. "The lessons of life amount not to wisdom, but to scar tissue and callus."
- Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird

3. "Some people, I am told, have memories like computers, nothing to do but punch the button and wait for the print-out. Mine is more like a Japanese library of the old style, without a card file or an indexing system or any systematic shelf plan. Nobody knows where anything is except the old geezer in felt slippers who has been shuffling up and down those stacks for sixty-nine years. When you hand him a problem he doesn't come back with a cartful and dump it before you, a jackpot of instant retrieval. He finds one thing, which reminds him of another, which leads him off to the annex, which directs him to the east wing, which sends him back two tiers from where he started. Bit by bit he finds you what you want, but like his boss who seems to be under pressure to examine his life, he takes his time."
- Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird

4. "It reminds me too much of how little life changes: how, without dramatic events or high resolves, without tragedy, without even pathos, a reasonably endowed, reasonable well-intentioned man can walk through the world's great kitchen from end to end and arrive at the back door hungry."
- Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird

5. "I can't see that Danish episode as an adventure, or a crisis survived, or a serious quest for anything definable. It was just another happening like today's luncheon, something I got into and got out of. And it reminds me too much of how little life changes: how, without dramatic events or high resolves, without tragedy, without even pathos, a reasonably endowed, reasonably well-intentioned man can walk through the world's great kitchen from end to end and arrive at the back door hungry."
- Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird

6. "She was so old, she would have had to be dated by carbon 14."
- Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird

7. "Ruth tells me at least once a day that old people, or people getting old, tend to disengage, back away, turn inward, listen only to themselves, and get self-righteous and censorious. And they mustn't. (I mustn't.)"
- Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird

8. "He says that when asked if he feels like an old man he replies that he does not, he feels like a young man"
- Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird

9. "Getting old is like standing in a long, slow line. You wake up out of the shuffle and torpor only at those moments when the line moves you one step closer to the window."
- Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird

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