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Emily St. John Mandel Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Emily St. John Mandel
  1. #1
    “It was gorgeous and claustrophobic. I loved it and I always wanted to escape.”
  2. #2
    “We traveled so far and your friendship meant everything. It was very difficult, but there were moments of beauty. Everything ends. I am not afraid.”
  3. #3
    ″‘You don’t have to understand it,’ she said. ‘It’s mine.’”
  4. #4
    “Hell is the absence of the people you long for.”
  5. #5
    “The house is silent now and she feels like a stranger here. ‘This life was never ours,’ she whispers to the dog, who has been following her from room to room, and Luli wags her tail and stares at Miranda with wet brown eyes. ‘We were only ever borrowing it.’”
  6. #6
    “First we only want to be seen, but once we’re seen, that’s not enough anymore. After that, we want to be remembered.”
  1. #7
    “Some towns … want to talk about what happened, about the past. Other towns, discussion of the past is discouraged. We went to a place once where the children didn’t know the world had ever been different, although you’d think all the rusted-out automobiles and telephones wires would give them a clue.”
  2. #8
    “In the lobby, the people gathered at the bar clinked their glasses together. ‘To Arthur,’ they said. They drank for a few more minutes and then went their separate ways in the storm. Of all of them there at the bar that night, the bartender was the one who survived the longest. He died three weeks later on the road out of the city.”
  3. #9
    “I stood looking over my damaged home and tried to forget the sweetness of life on Earth.”
  4. #10
    “The corridor was silent. It was necessary to walk very slowly, her hand on the wall. A man was curled on his side near the elevators, shivering. She wanted to speak to him, but speaking would take too much strength, so she looked at him instead—I see you, I see you—and hoped this was enough.”
  5. #11
    “No more flight. No more towns glimpsed from the sky through airplane windows, points of glimmering light; no more looking down from thirty thousand feet and imagining the lives lit up by those lights at that moment. No more airplanes, no more requests to put your tray table in its upright and locked position—but no, this wasn’t true, there were still airplanes here and there. They stood dormant on runways and in hangars. They collected snow on their wings. In the cold months, they were ideal for food storage. In summer the ones near orchards were filled with trays of fruit that dehydrated in the heat.”

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  1. #13
    “I can’t remember the year we spent on the road, and I think that means I can’t remember the worst of it. But my point is, doesn’t it seem to you that the people who have the hardest time in this—this current era, whatever you want to call it, the world after the Georgia Flu—doesn’t it seem like the people who struggle the most with it are the people who remember the old world clearly?”
  2. #14
    “If you are the light, if your enemies are darkness, then there’s nothing that you cannot justify. There’s nothing you can’t survive, because there’s nothing that you will not do.”
  3. #15
    “What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is still such beauty.”
  4. #16
    ″‘I was in the hotel,’ he said finally. ‘I followed your footprints in the snow.’ There were tears on his face.
    ‘Okay,’ someone said, ‘but why are you crying?’
    ‘I’d thought I was the only one,’ he said.”
  5. #17
    “‘The flu,’ the prophet said, ‘the great cleansing that we suffered twenty years ago, that flu was our flood. The light we carry within us is the ark that carried Noah and his people over the face of the terrible waters, and I submit that we were saved’—his voice was rising—‘not only to bring the light, to spread the light, but to be the light. We were saved because we are the light. We are the pure.’”
  6. #18
    “On silent afternoons in his brother’s apartment, Jeevan found himself thinking about how human the city is, how human everything is. We bemoaned the impersonality of the modern world, but that was a lie, it seemed to him; it had never been impersonal at all. There had always been a massive delicate infrastructure of people, all of them working unnoticed around us, and when people stop going to work, the entire operation grinds to a halt.”
  7. #19
    “‘No one ever thinks they’re awful, even people who really actually are. It’s some sort of survival mechanism.’
    ‘I think this is happening because it was supposed to happen.’ Elizabeth speaks very softly.
    ‘I’d prefer not to think that I’m following a script,’ Miranda says.”
  8. #20
    “I think about my childhood, the life I lived on Delano Island, that place was so small. Everyone knew me, not because I was special or anything just because everyone knew everyone, and the claustrophobia of that, I can’t tell you. I just wanted some privacy. For as long as I could remember I just wanted to get out, and then I got to Toronto and no one knew me. Toronto felt like freedom.”
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