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What survives the passing of time

[…] what most successfully survives the passing of time is a lie. You can embrace a lie and hold on to it without it ever deteriorating. Truth, on the other hand, is unstable, it rots, dilutes, slips away, escapes. The lie is like water, colorless, odorless, tasteless, and yet even though we can’t taste it on our palate, it nonetheless refreshes us.

Rafael Chirbes, On the Edge (2013), New Directions, 2016, p. 132

No small thing

If money serves any purpose at all, it at least buys innocence for your descendants. Which is no small thing. It removes you from the animal kingdom and places you in the moral kingdom.

Rafael Chirbes, On the Edge (2013), New Directions, 2016, p. 59

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