• Only sometimes when we pick and choose among the rules we discover later that we have set aside something precious in the process

    Helen Simonson
  • as I get older, I find myself insisting on my right to be philosophically sloppy

    Helen Simonson
  • He cursed himself for having assumed the weather would be sunny. Perhaps it was the result of evolution, he thought--some adaptive gene that allowed the English to go on making blithe outdoor plans in the face of almost certain rain

    Helen Simonson
  • The human race is all the same when it comes to romantic relations,' said the Major. 'A startling absence of impulse control combined with complete myopia

    Helen Simonson
  • We are all small-minded people, creeping about the earth grubbing for our own advantage and making the very mistakes for which we want to humiliate our neighbors

    Helen Simonson
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