Time's Arrow Quotes.

1. "It seems to me that you need a lot of courage, or a lot of something, to enter into others, into other people. We all think that everyone else lives in fortresses, in fastnesses: behind moats, behind sheer walls studded with spikes and broken glass. But in fact we inhabit much punier structures. We are, as it turns out, all jerry-built. Or not even. You can just stick your head under the flap of the tent and crawl right in. If you get the okay."
- Martin Amis, Time's Arrow

2. "Probably human cruelty is fixed and eternal. Only styles change."
- Martin Amis, Time's Arrow

3. "They're always looking forward to going places they're just coming back from, or regretting doing things they haven't yet done. They say hello when they mean goodbye."
- Martin Amis, Time's Arrow

4. "So I am lonely, but not alone, like everybody else."
- Martin Amis, Time's Arrow

5. "Maybe love will be like driving. When people move—when they travel—they look where they’ve come from, not where they’re going."
- Martin Amis, Time's Arrow

6. "Time, the human dimension, which makes us everything we are."
- Martin Amis, Time's Arrow

7. "Is it a war we are fighting, a war against health, against life and love? My condition is a torn condition. Every day, the dispensing of existence. I see the face of suffering. Its face is fierce and distant and ancient. There's probably a straightforward explanation for the impossible weariness I feel. A perfectly straightforward explanation. It is a mortal weariness. Maybe I'm tired of being human, if human is what I am. I'm tired of being human."
- Martin Amis, Time's Arrow

8. "To remember a day would take a day. To remember a year would take a year."
- Martin Amis, Time's Arrow

9. "It’s all strange to me. I know I live on a fierce and magical planet, which sheds or surrenders rain or even flings it off in whipstroke after whipstroke, which fires out bolts of electric gold into the firmament at 186,000 miles per second, which with a single shrug of its tectonic plates can erect a city in half an hour. Creation … is easy, is quick. There’s also a universe, apparently. But I cannot bear to see the stars, even though I know they’re there all right, and I do see them, because Tod looks upward at night, as everybody does, and coos and points. The Plough. Sirius, the dog. The stars, to me, are like pins and needles, are like the routemap of a nightmare. Don’t join the dots.… Of the stars, one alone can I contemplate without pain. And that’s a planet. The planet they call the evening star, the morning star. Intense Venus."
- Martin Amis, Time's Arrow

10. "He turns the pages from right to left. He begins at the beginning and ends at the end. This makes a quirky sense to me—but Mikio and I are definitely in the minority here. And how can we two be right? It would make so many others wrong. Water moves upward. It seeks the highest level. What did you expect? Smoke falls. Things are created in the violence of fire. But that’s all right. Gravity still pins us to the planet."
- Martin Amis, Time's Arrow

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