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  • The camels were thunderstruck at the sight of that ocean. They had never seen so much water. Globs of foam raced up the beach and tickled their feet so that they jumped along on all fours — Bub nearly sent me flying. They would stop, turn to stare at it, leap sideways, look at one another with their noses all pointed and ridiculous, then stare at it again, then leap forward again.

  • ... cowardice more than any other failing demands a ruthless paying of the price from those who give it hospitality.

  • I realized he would not make the first move to leave; it was instinctive with him to make a woman feel she was too important to be treated lightly — an instinct totally unrelated to the degree of his interest, but it had the effect of a pint of vodka, taken neat.

  • He could fling words across the room like knives.

  • He'd quit going to class reunions because at his twenty-fifth he couldn't recognize half the people there. It was like reminiscing with a bunch of strangers. Some looked so unlike their former selves that fingerprints or dental records would have been the only way to identify them.


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  • Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.

  • Recollect that to a woman who gets her living by her pen, 'time is money,' as it is to an artist. Therefore, encroaching on her time is lessening her income. And yet how often is this done (either heedlessly or selfishly) by persons professing to be her friends, and who are habitually in the practice of interrupting her in her writing hours ...

  • What has been done in small things can be done in large.