Black Dogs, by Ian McEwan

26 Oct

“The habits of a lifetime could not instantly be erased. Somewhat to Jenny’s annoyance, i persisted in a friendship with June and Bernard. In conversations with them over several years, i discovered that the emotional void, the feeling of belonging nowhere and to no one that had afflicted me between the ages of eight and thirty-seven had an important intellectual consequence: I had not attachments, i believed in nothing. It was not that is was a doubter, or that i had armed myself with the useful scepticism of a rational curiosity, or that i saw all arguments from all sides; there was simply no good cause, no enduring principle, no fundamental idea with which i could identify, no transcendent entity whose existence i could truthfully, passionately or quietly assert.”


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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Books, Quotes


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