The Corrections

by Jonathan Franzen
United States
Born on 17 Aug 1959
Novelist/Essayist

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"You see a person with kids", she said, "and you see how happy they are to be a parent, and you’re attracted to their happiness. Impossibility is attractive. You know, the safety of dead-ended things".

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Sleep was the ideally work-compatible girl he ought to have married in the first place. Perfectly submissive, infinitely forgiving, and so respectable you could take her to church.

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The only guaranteed result of having an affair would be to add yet another disapproving woman to his life.

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Whether anybody was home meant everything to a house. It was more than a major fact: it was the only fact. The family was the house's soul.

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Elective ignorance was a great survival skill, perhaps the greatest.

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Being dead's only a problem if you know you're dead, which you never do because you're dead!

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Nothing got inside the head without becoming pictures.

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What you discovered about yourself in raising children wasn't always agreeable or attractive.

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Fiction is a solution, the best solution, to the problem of existential solitude.

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And meanwhile the sad truth was that not everyone could be extraordinary, not everyone could be extremely cool; because whom would this leave to be ordinary?

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The Corrections

Jonathan Franzen

 

On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
Essays
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
Essays