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Can't and Won't Quotes

Lydia Davis
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We still find his white hairs here and there around the house and on our clothes. We pick them up. We should throw them away. But they are all we have left of him . We don’t throw them away.
-- Narrator (Section One paragraph page 4)

Importance: This quote is from the story, The Dog Hair, and discusses the significance of loss.

Now that I have been here for a little while, I can say with confidence that I have never been here before.
-- Narrator (Section One paragraph page 8)

Importance: This is the author's sarcastic way of saying that the place she visited was very bland.

I wonder if thoughts are fluid, and flow downward, from one person to another, within the same house.
-- Narrator/Flaubert (Section One paragraph page 31)

Importance: This happens when Flaubert has a dream and then finds out that his niece has had the same dream.

Oh, we writers may think we invent too much— but reality is worse every time!
-- Narrator (Section Two paragraph page 68)

Importance: This is the narrator's way...

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