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“'He is well behaved, señora,' the old man said when he sold it to me. 'He is not vulgar. He will never embarrass you.' The parrot eyed me slyly and malevolently, like a wrongdoer who hears his lawyer praising him in court.”
“It was she who always greeted me with 'How did the dawn find you?' — the melancholy greeting of an invalid, for whom each dawn must be a stock-taking of pains.”
“... the first step in understanding a people is to know the extent of their mortality, the things from which they suffer and die.”
“... it is my belief that one should learn patience in a foreign land, for I take it that this is the true measure of travel. If one does not suffer some frustration of the ordinary reflexes, how can one be sure one is really traveling?”
“... I like weather better than climate. The dry season is a gold vacuum; but the rainy season has change, which is weather. And while climate may create a race, weather creates the temper and sensibility of the individual.”
“For order represents our fear and nervousness. We create ordered interiors as a protest over the passing of things, to define our mortal lives against the void of time.”
Gertrude Diamant, U.S. writer
(1901 - 1969)