…most human lives were unfair, brutal, full of loss and grief and confusion. Most human lives were and are too short. Most people have lived out their days hungry and barefoot, on the run from this war and that famine, a plague here and a flood there. But people have to sing anyway.

… all acts of altruism were secretly acts of selfishness, that you were really only doing for others to please yourself.

When you gave your happiness away, it came back twofold. It kept coming and coming, like the loaves and fishes.

In her experience it was very difficult to offer a man affection and kindness without giving him the impression you were also offering a lay.

“A thousand prayers every minute everywhere and what does God ever say back? Nothing! Because silence never lies. Silence is God’s final advantage. Silence is the purest form of harmony.

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