Random Quote #29

“‘When there is only God to blame, we forgive him. When it’s our fellow man, we destroy him.'”

H. Howey, Shift Omibus Edition

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Random Quote #24

“Those of us left behind search for dignity in order not to think ill of ourselves. We try to atone for our dying friend’s inability to achieve a measure of dignity, perhaps by forcing it on him. It’s our one possible victory over the awful process of this kind of death.”

S. B. Nuland, in How we die: reflections on life’s final chapter

Random Quote #23

“I cannot help but wonder how many of us walk through our lives day after day, feeling slightly broken and alone, surrounded all the time by others who feel exactly the same way.”

S. B. Nuland, in How we die: reflections on life’s final chapter

Random Quote #20

“… each victim of dementia inflicts his own unique form of pain on those who love him (…) the memories and the dreadful toll drag on, and from these the release can only be partial. A life that as been well lived and a shared sense of happiness and accomplishment are ever after seen through the smudged glass of its last few years. For the survivors, the concourse of existence has forever become less bright and less direct.”

S. B. Nuland, in How we die: reflections on life’s final chapter

Random Quote #19

“There is no way to deter old age from its grim duty, but a life of accomplishment makes up in quality for what it cannot add in quantity.”

S. B. Nuland, in How we die: reflections on life’s final chapter

Random Quote #18

“In recent generations we have added something new: We have created the method of modern dying. Modern dying takes place in the modern hospital, where it can be hidden, cleansed of its organic blight, and finally packaged for modern burial. We can now deny the power not only of death but of nature itself. We hide our faces from its face, but still we spread our fingers just a bit, because there is something in us that cannot resist a peek.”

S. B. Nuland, in How we die: reflections on life’s final chapter

Random Quote #8

“I will remain a set of impressions porous and open to combination with all of the other vitreous squares floating about in whoever else’s frames, because there is always the space left in reserve for the rest of their own time, and to my great-grandchildren, with more space than tiles, I will be no more than the smoky arrangement of a set of rumours, and to their great-grandchildren I will be no more than a tint of some obscure color, and to their great grandchildren nothing they ever know about, and so what army of strangers and ghosts has shaped and coloured me until back to Adam”

P. Harding, in Tinkers