Jonathan Safran Foer Quotes

American novelist

I love you also means I love you more than anyone loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that no one loves you, or has loved you, or will love you, and also, I love you in a way that I love no one else, and never have loved anyone else, and never will love anyone else.
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I am always sad, I think. Perhaps this signifies that I am not sad at all, because sadness is something lower than your normal disposition, and I am always the same thing. Perhaps I am the only person in the world, then, who never becomes sad. Perhaps I am lucky.
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You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.
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There were things I wanted to tell him. But I knew they would hurt him. So I buried them, and let them hurt me.
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Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.
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I’m so afraid of losing something I love that I refuse to love anything.
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So many people enter and leave your life! Hundreds of thousands of people! You have to keep the door open so they can come in! But it also means you have to let them go!
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When I looked at you, my life made sense. Even the bad things made sense. They were necessary to make you possible.
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It’s hard to say goodbye to the place you’ve lived. It can be as hard as saying goodbye to a person.
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I’m sorry for my inability to let unimportant things go, for my inability to hold on to the important things.
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One day you will do things for me that you hate. That is what it means to be family.
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I felt suddenly shy. I was not used to shy. I was used to shame. Shyness is when you turn your head away from something you want. Shame is when you turn your head away from something you do not want.
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Love me, because love doesn’t exist, and I have tried everything that does.
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I was more alone than if I had been alone.
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Being with him made my brain quiet. I didn’t have to invent a thing.
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I wanted to tell her everything, maybe if I’d been able to, we could have lived differently, maybe I’d be there with you now instead of here. Maybe… if I’d said, ‘I’m so afraid of losing something I love that I refuse to love anything,’ maybe that would have made the impossible possible. Maybe, but I couldn’t do it, I had buried too much too deeply inside me. And here I am, instead of there.
– Jonathan Safran Foer

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I regret that it takes a life to learn how to live.
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The only way to overcome sadness is to consume it.
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If nothing matters, there’s nothing to save.
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It’s true, I am afraid of dying. I am afraid of the world moving forward without me, of my absence going unnoticed, or worse, being some natural force propelling life on. Is it selfish? Am I such a bad person for dreaming of a world that ends when I do? I don’t mean the world ending with respect to me, but every set of eyes closing with mine.
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