To remind ourselves why Annie Proulx is so absolutely brilliant, a collection of her most moving quotes:
“You know, one of the tragedies of real life is that there is no background music.”
“I wish I knew how to quit you.” – Brokeback Mountain
“If you can’t fix it, you have to stand it.”
“We’re all strange inside. We learn how to disguise our differences as we grow up.” – The Shipping News
“A spinning coin, still balanced on its rim, may fall in either direction.” – The Shipping News
“It takes a year, nephew… a full turn of the calendar, to get over losing someone.” – Brokeback Mountain
“Anyway, there’s something wrong with everybody and it’s up to you to know what you can handle.” – Close Range
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