Citati iz knjige „The Ocean at the End of the Lane“ autora Neil Gaiman

‘You can’t,’ said Lettie. ‘It would destroy you.’
I opened my mouth to tell her that nothing could kill me, not now, but she said, ‘Not kill you. Destroy you. Dissolve you. You wouldn’t die in here, nothing ever dies in here, but if you stayed here for too long, just a little of you would exist everywhere, all spread out. And that’s not a good thing. Never enough of you all together in one place, so there wouldn’t be anything left that would think of itself as an “I”. No point of view any longer, because you’d be an infinite sequence of views and of points …’
“I’m going to tell you something important. Grown-ups don’t look like grown-ups on the inside either. Outside, they’re big and thoughtless and they always know what they’re doing. Inside, they look just like they always have. Like they did when they were your age. The truth is, there aren’t any grown-ups. Not one, in the whole wide world.”
Different people remember things differently, and you’ll not get any two people to remember anything the same, whether they were there or not. You stand two of you lot next to each other, and you could be continents away for all it means anything.
I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I found joy in the things that made me happy.
And it wasn’t the sea. It was the ocean.
Lettie Hempstock’s ocean.
I remembered that, and, remembering that, I remembered everything.
On my left the younger woman said, “You don’t pass or fail at being a person, dear.”
. I could not actually remember the last time I had done more than glance at the moon.
e here, like you always do.”
“You don’t pass or fail at being a person, dear.”
A story only matters, I suspect, to the extent that the people in the story change.
She had such unusual eyes. They made me think of the seaside, and so I called her Ocean, and could not have told you why.
Different people remember things differently, and you’ll not get any two people to remember anything the same, whether they were there or not.
“You get on with your own life. Lettie gave it to you. You just have to grow up and try and be worth it.”
He did not ask for a child with a book, off in its own world. He wanted a son who did what he had done
No, love. We never went in for that sort of thing. You only need men if you want to breed more men.”

That is really gay

And people change as much as oceans.”
“Lots of things you don’t know,” said Mrs. Hempstock, tartly. Then she glanced at me more gently and said, “You can’t know everything.”
She’s been given to her ocean. One day, in its own time, the ocean will give her back.”
. I could taste the water’s wetness on my lips, and it was salt.
I understood it then, at the last, and felt foolish for not understanding it sooner. The girl beside me, on her mother’s lap, at her mother’s breast, had given her life for mine.
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