The Human Stain

by Philip Roth
United States
Born on 19 Mar 1933
Writer

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You take off your clothes and you're in bed with somebody, and that is indeed where whatever you've concealed, your particularity, whatever it may be, however encrypted, is going to be found out, and that's what all the shyness is all about and what everybody fears.

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The danger with hatred is, once you start in on it, you get a hundred times more than you bargained for. Once you start, you can't stop.

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There is truth and then again there is truth. For all that the world is full of people who go around believing they've got you or your neighbor figured out, there really is no bottom to what is not known. The truth about us is endless. As are the lies.

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We leave a stain, we leave a trail, we leave our imprint. Impurity, cruelty, abuse, error, excrement, semen - thereís no other way to be here. Nothing to do with disobedience. Nothing to do with grace or salvation or redemption. Itís in everyone. Indwelling. Inherent. Defining. The stain that is there before its mark.

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The pleasure isn't in owning the person. The pleasure is this. Having another contender in the room with you.

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Because that is when you love somebody - when you see them being game in the face of the worst. Not courageous. Not heroic. Just game.

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