Sally Rooney

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Arina Koriandrhas quoted2 years ago
I had also never tasted fresh avocado before, though I didn’t tell Nick about that.
Valeriyahas quoted3 days ago
It was easy to write to Nick, but also competitive and thrilling, like a game of table tennis. We were always being flippant with each other.
Valeriyahas quoted3 days ago
Finally Nick appeared, out of a door on stage left, buttoning up a shirt. I felt a sting of self-consciousness, as if the audience had all turned at this moment to observe my reaction.
Artem Zaikovhas quoted9 days ago
withdrew my hand and pocketed
Artem Zaikovhas quoted9 days ago
don’t get cocky
Artem Zaikovhas quoted9 days ago
hostile toward her
Artem Zaikovhas quoted9 days ago
I sat staring at my laptop screen until it went black. Things matter to me more than they do to normal people, I thought
Artem Zaikovhas quoted9 days ago
To an almost off-putting extent
Artem Zaikovhas quoted9 days ago
leafed straight to the actor bios
Artem Zaikovhas quoted20 days ago
affirmative and non-committal
Artem Zaikovhas quoted20 days ago
I lacked the courage to confront how ugly it was
Artem Zaikovhas quoted20 days ago
I’d checked what the average yearly income would be if the gross world product were divided evenly among everyone, and according to Wikipedia it would be $16,100. I saw no reason, political or financial, ever to make more money than that
vasiilkahas quoted24 days ago
You underestimate your own power so you don’t have to blame yourself for treating other people badly. You tell yourself stories about it. Oh well, Bobbi’s rich, Nick’s a man, I can’t hurt these people. If anything they’re out to hurt me and I’m defending myself.
vasiilkahas quoted25 days ago
distracting tasks undertaken while the thing you are waiting for continues not to happen.
vasiilkahas quoted25 days ago
was like an empty cup, which Nick had emptied out, and now I had to look at what had spilled out of me: all my delusional beliefs about my own value and my pretensions to being a kind of person I wasn’t. While I was full of these things I couldn’t see them. Now that I was nothing, only an empty glass, I could see everything about myself.
vasiilkahas quoted2 months ago
seemed as though what he was really saying was: there’s something beautiful about the way you think and feel, or the way that you experience the world is beautiful in some way. This remark returned to me repeatedly for days after the email arrived. I
Marina Marinahas quoted2 months ago
fend off interlopers
Ivan Phas quoted3 months ago
Instead of thinking gigantic thoughts, I tried to focus on something small, the smallest thing I could think of. Someone once made this pew I’m sitting on, I thought. Someone sanded the wood and varnished it. Someone carried it into the church. Someone laid the tiles on the floor, someone fitted the windows. Each brick was placed by human hands, each hinge fitted on each door, every road surface outside, every bulb in every streetlight. And even things built by machines were really built by human beings, who built the machines initially. And human beings themselves, made by other humans, struggling to create happy children and families. Me, all the clothing I wear, all the language I know. Who put me here in this church, thinking these thoughts? Other people, some I know very well and others I have never met. Am I myself, or am I them? Is this me, Frances? No, it is not me. It is the others. Do I sometimes hurt and harm myself, do I abuse the unearned cultural privilege of whiteness, do I take the labour of others for granted, have I sometimes exploited a reductive iteration of gender theory to avoid serious moral engagement, do I have a troubled relationship with my body, yes. Do I want to be free of pain and therefore demand that others also live free of pain, the pain which is mine and therefore also theirs, yes, yes.
Ivan Phas quoted3 months ago
Maybe niceness is the wrong metric, I said.
Of course it’s really about power, Bobbi agreed. But it’s harder to work out who has the power, so instead we rely on ‘niceness’ as a kind of stand-in.
Ivan Phas quoted3 months ago
You underestimate your own power so you don’t have to blame yourself for treating other people badly.
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