Russell Hoban

Nothing to be done really about animals. Anything you do looks foolish. The answer isnít in us. Itís almost as if weíre put here on earth to show how silly they arenít.

After all, when you come right down to it, how many people speak the same language even when they speak the same language?

Sometimes I think that the biggest difference between men and women is that more men need to seek out some terrible lurking thing in existence and hurl themselves upon it. . . . Women know where it lives but they can let it alone.

If the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time.

Me, whatís that after all? An arbitrary limitation of being bounded by the people before and after and on either side. Where they leave off, I begin, and vice versa.

But when I donít smoke I scarcely feel as if Iím living. I donít feel as if Iím living unless Iím killing myself.

When you suffer an attack of nerves youíre being attacked by the nervous system. What chance has a man got against a system?

Sometimes thereís nothing but Sundays for weeks on end. Why canít they move Sunday to the middle of the week so you could put it in the OUT tray on your desk?

There are situations in life to which the only satisfactory response is a physically violent one. If you donít make that response, you continually relive the unresolved situation over and over in your life.

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