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Nov. 17th, 2008 | 07:25 am
posted by: aureacherub in quotes

These are quotes from my favorite book, Story People, by Brian Andreas. He is brilliant.

Story People

"You have to remember to make it all over again every day, the angel said to me. Otherwise it all goes to hell."

"He carried a ladder almost everywhere he went, and after awhile people left all the high places to him."

"I will always remember the day when the sun shone dark on your hair and I forgot where we were and kissed you lightly on the nose and suddenly there was no more secret."

"I like Geography best, he said, because your mountains and rivers know the secret. Pay no attention to boundaries."

"I used to believe my father about everything but then I had children myself and now I see how much stuff you make up just to keep yourself from going crazy."

"The secret is not in your hand or your eye or your voice, my aunt once told me. The secret is in your heart. Of course, she said, knowing that doesn't make it any easier."

"She left pieces of her life behind her everywhere she went. It's easier to feel the sunlight without them, she said."

"My grandmother used to say life was so much easier when you were simple minded. It's taken me almost my whole life to understand what she meant."

"I'm not so good at taking my own advice, she said. But that doesn't mean I don't know what's right."

"They came to sit and dangle their feet off the edge of the world and after awhile they forgot everything but the good and true things they would do someday."

"Don't you hear it? she asked and I shook my head no and then she started to dance and suddenly there was music everywhere and it went on for a very long time and when I finally found words all I could say was thank you."

"As long as the sun shall rise goes the old lover's vow. But we are children of a scientific age and have no time for poetry. Still, I offer a quiet prayer of thanks for the sunlight each time I see your face."

"When she wore the hat, even many years later, she could always smell her mother's perfume and it was hard to remember she was supposed to be alone."

"There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling leaves and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself."

"for a long time, she flew only when she thought no one else was watching."

"How old do you have to be to die? he said and I said I didn't think anybody was ever old enough and that made sense to him since he was still new to the world and remembered how forever had been."

"every time I looked at the picture I thought how I should have kissed her, so finally I hid it in the attic and I wonder if it's still there with both of us so young and her waiting to be kissed."

"She kept asking if the stories were true. I kept asking her if it mattered. We finally gave up. She was looking for a place to stand, and I wanted a place to fly."

"She always camouflaged herself as a crowd. I've never been lonely, she said, but sometimes it's hard to think above the noise."

"I was never good at hide and seek because I'd always make enough noise so my friends would be sure to find me. I don't have anyone to play those games with any more, but now and then I make enough noise just in case someone is still looking and hasn't found me yet."

"Most people don't know there are angels whose only job is to make sure you don't get too comfortable and fall asleep and miss your life."

"He told me that once he forgot himself and his heart opened up like a door with a loose latch and everything fell out and he tried for days to put it all back in the proper order, but finally he gave up and left it there in a pile and loved everything equally."

"we had gone far enough together to listen easily in the quiet spaces."

"The day he first told me he was starting to disappear I didn't believe him and so he stopped and held his hand up to the sun and it was like thin paper in the light and finally I said, you seem very calm for a man who is disappearing and he said it was a relief after all those years of trying to keep the pieces of his life in one place. Later on, I went to see him again and as I was leaving, he put a package in my hand. This is the last piece of my life, he said, take good care of it and then he smiled and was gone and the room filled with the sound of wind and when I opened the package there was nothing there and I thought there must be some mistake or maybe I dropped it and I got down on my hands and knees and looked until the light began to fade and then slowly I felt pieces of my life fall away and suddenly I understood what he meant and I lay there for a long time crying and laughing at the same time."

"Older doesn't always mean wiser, my grandfather once said. Sometimes it just means older."

"I once had a garden filled with flowers that grew only on dark thoughts but they needed constant attention and one day I decided I had better things to do."

"I have too much to lose, she said, if I cross that line. Like what? I said. She could not think of anything that day so she said she'd get back to me. Since then I've been thinking what I would lose if I crossed my line and I haven't come up with anything either. There's always another line somewhere."

"The first time her laughter unfurled its wings in the wind, we knew that the world would never be the same."

"There was a single blue line of crayon drawn across every wall in the house. What does it mean? I asked. A pirate needs the sight of the sea, he said and then he pulled his eye patch down and turned and sailed away."

"In my dream, the angel shrugged and said, If we fail this time, it will be a failure of imagination and then she placed the world gently in the palm of my hand."

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from: xtellmebaby
date: Nov. 17th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)

i have the abbreviated version of this - "mostly true stories & collections" or something liek that and i ABSOLUTELY love it! thanks for posting all of these, i didnt even know he had another book :)

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from: aureacherub
date: Nov. 17th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I have that one too but, in my opinion, Story People is MUCH better. But they are SOOOOO hard to find. Glad you enjoyed.

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