Richard Ford
Quotations


Itís interesting to leave a place, interesting even to think about it. Leaving reminds us of what we can part with and what we canít, then offers us something new to look forward to, to dream about.

Construed . . . as turf, home just seems a provisional claim, a designation you make upon a place, not one it makes on you. A certain set of buildings, a glimpsed, smudged window-view across a schoolyard, a musty aroma sniffed behind a garage when you were a child, all of which come crowding in upon your latter-day senses -- those are pungent things and vivid, even consoling. But to me they are also inert and nostalgic and unlikely to connect you to the real, to that essence art can sometimes achieve, which is permanence.

Married life requires shared mystery even when all the facts are known.



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