The Noise of Time Quotes

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Destiny. It was just a grand term for something you could do nothing about. When life said to you, 'And so,' you nodded, and called it destiny.
-- Narration (chapter 1)

Importance: This quote, which appears near the opening of the book, establishes an important philosophical framework by acknowledging that lives are largely shaped by uncontrollable events. This is further explored throughout the book as Shostakovich succumbs to things he cannot change and exercises power in the spheres of his life where he can do so.

[Shostakovich] had replied that his father 'was an entirely normal human being.' This was not a patronising phrase: it was an enviable skill to be a normal human being, and to wake up every morning with a smile on your face.
-- Narration (chapter 1)

Importance: Shostakovich’s envy of his father’s ability to remain generally content and positive is indicative of the tone and mindset that shapes Shostakovich and the...

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