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Quotes About Miss Emily

You see, because [Norfolk is] stuck out here on the east, on this hump jutting into the sea, its not on the way to anywhere. People going north and south, they bypass it altogether. For that reason, its a peaceful corner of England, rather nice. But its also something of a lost corner. Someone claimed after the lesson that Miss Emily had said Norfolk was Englands lost corner because that was were all the lost property found in the country ended up. Ruth said one evening, looking out at the sunset, that when we lost something precious, and wed looked and looked and still couldnt find it, then we didnt have to be completely heartbroken. We still had that last bit of comfort, thinking one day, when we were grown up, and we were free to travel the country, we could always go and find it again in Norfolk.
— Kazuo Ishiguro —

Then Tommy said: "So there's definitely nothing. No deferral, nothing like that."
"Tommy," I murmured, and glared at him.
But Miss Emily said gently: "No, Tommy. There's nothing like that. Your life must now run the
course that's been set for it.

— Kazuo Ishiguro

If I dismiss the ordinary - waiting for the special, the extreme, the extraordinary to happen - I may just miss my life ... To allow ourselves to spend afternoons watching dancers rehearse, or sit on a stone wall and watch the sunset, or spend the whole weekend rereading Chekhov stories-to know that we are doing what we're supposed to be doing - is the deepest form of permission in our creative lives. The British author and psychologist Adam Phillips has noted, 'When we are inspired, rather like when we are in love, we can feel both unintelligible to ourselves and most truly ourselves.' This is the feeling I think we all yearn for, a kind of hyperreal dream state. We read Emily Dickinson. We watch the dancers. We research a little known piece of history obsessively. We fall in love. We don't know why, and yet these moments form the source from which all our words will spring.

— Dani Shapiro

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