• Think of it! We could have gone on longing for one another and pretending not to notice forever. This obsession with dignity can ruin your life if you let it

    Mary Ann Shaffer
  • I kept trying to explain and he kept shouting until I began to cry from frustration. Then he felt remorseful, which was so unlike him and endearing that I almost changed my mind and said yes. But then I imagined a lifetime of having to cry to get him to be kind, and I went back to no again

    Mary Ann Shaffer
  • But the truth is that I'm gloomy - gloomier than I ever was during the war. Everything is so broken, Sophie: the roads, the buildings, the people. Especially the people

    Mary Ann Shaffer
  • Boredom is a powerful reason, and the prospect of fun is a powerful draw - especially when you are young

    Mary Ann Shaffer
  • He's got that way of believing his opinion is the truth, but he's not disagreeable about it. He's too sure he's right to bother being disagreeable

    Mary Ann Shaffer
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