Stone of stumbling and rock of offense (wordweaverlynn) wrote,
Stone of stumbling and rock of offense

QOTD: Muriel Spark

"I think it awful to contemplate a world in which there are only two supreme and luminously self-evident beings, yourself and your Creator.... For my part [a defrocked priest] is a self-evident and luminous being.... So are you, so is my lousy landlord, and the same goes for everyone I know. You can't live with an I-and-thou relationship to God and doubt the reality of the rest of life." -- Muriel Spark, Loitering with Intent

Quotation encountered while reading The Receptionist by Janet Groth, an uneven memoir of a girl's journey to strength and self-possession and a career as a college professor after 21 years as a receptionist at the New Yorker.

Another good quote I found in the book:

"We are all of us searching for a perfect family. Sometimes we substitute material things, but often in the friendships we form, the lovers we take, the mates we marry, we are arranging for ourselves the understanding mother, the good father, the loving brother and sister we yearn for, the things we missed in our own." -- Jane Groth's therapist's mentor

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