Friday, March 30, 2007


This is an excerpt from a book by Jonathan Carroll called White Apples:

"Patience never wants Wonder to enter the house: because Wonder is a wretched guest. It uses all of you but is not careful with what is most fragile or irreplaceable. If it breaks you, it shrugs and moves on. Without asking, Wonder often brings along dubious friends: doubt, jealousy, greed. Together they take over; rearrange the furniture in every one of your rooms for their own comfort. They speak odd languages but make no attempt to translate for you. They cook strange meals in your heart that leave odd tastes and smells. When they finally go are you happy or miserable? Patience is always left holding the broom."

I read this book several years ago, but am re-reading it now as I wait in the lobbies of Aiden's therapy appointments. His way with words is interesting, and I am enjoying the journey through his pages again. Here's a few more favorite parts:

"If you are a success in life, there are places you must go and pay to be humiliated. It is an unwritten law that human beings must be tormented throughout their lives in one way or another. If you are fortunate enough to have risen to a social level where no one does it to you for free, then you must pay for the service. Trendy restaurants, exclusive boutiques, any Mercedes-Benz dealer, or your very own personal trainer saying how fat and out of shape you are being a few examples."


"His mother had said if you can read a face then you can read a soul and he believed that."

"Isabelle never ate on a plane because she said she was wary of food that came in rectangles."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Jonathan Carroll also writes a wonderful daily blog on his website:

Ella D.