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Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

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“If you don’t try at anything, you can’t fail…it takes back bone to lead the life you want.”

“Being alone has nothing to do with how many people are around.”

“You want to play house, you got to have a job. You want to play very nice house, very sweet house, then you got to have a job you don’t like. Great. This is the way ninety-eight-point-nine per cent of the people work things out, so believe me, buddy, you’ve got nothing to apologize for.”

“People did change, and a change could be a bloom as well as a withering…”

“Intelligent, thinking people could take things like this in their stride, just as they took the larger absurdities of deadly dull jobs in the city and deadly dull homes in the suburbs. Economic circumstances might force you to live in this environment, but the important thing was to keep from being contaminated. The important thing, always, was to remember who you were.”