The Book of Illusions

Meaningful lines from

Picador, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2002

  • … when a man has nothing to look forward to, he might as well be dead.
  • What matters is not how well you can avoid trouble, but how you cope with trouble when it comes.
  • Whenever there is a choice between love and money, love always has the last word.
  • When every card in the deck is stacked against you, the only way to win a hand is to break the rules. You beg, borrow, and steal, as the old adage goes, and if you happen to get caught in the act, at least you’ve gone down fighting the good fight.
  • … when guilt and desire are mixed up equally in a man’s heart, that man is apt to do strange things.
  • Men don’t begin to live fully until their backs are against the wall.
  • Nothing that happens to us is ever lost.
  • … whoever lives too long dies alive.

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