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Near misses

“If Denny had been killed by a falling air conditioner, everyone would have said it was destiny. People would have to say that, just to give meaning to something seemingly meaningless. But he didn’t die, and so the incident became irrelevant and remains largely undiscussed, which is regrettable, because of all the remarkable things about life, the most remarkable are the near misses.” – Anthropology of an American Girl

A man’s heart is a wretched, wretched thing. It isn’t like a mother’s womb. It won’t bleed. It won’t stretch to make room for you. – A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
The only obsession everyone wants: ‘love.’ People think that in falling in love they make themselves whole? The Platonic union of souls? I think otherwise. I think you’re whole before you begin. And the love fractures you. You’re whole, and then you’re cracked open. – The Dying Animal, Philip Roth
Feelings can be like wild animals—we underrate how fierce they are until we’ve opened their cage. – The Sunflower: A Novel, Richard Paul Evans

About writehandedgirl

Sarah is a writer who is passionate about social justice, feminism, politics, and cats. She is a columnist and poet and currently lives in Nelson. You can follow Sarah on Twitter (@_writehanded_) or read more of her writing at


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