The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

★★★★★ (5/5)

  • a reply to the effect that those of our profession, although we did not see a great deal of the country in the sense of touring the countryside and visiting picturesque sites, did actually ‘see’ more of England than most, placed as we were in houses where the greatest ladies and gentlemen of the land gathered28921
  • By the very nature of a witticism, one is given very little time to assess its various possible repercussions before one is called to give voice to it, and one gravely risks uttering all manner of unsuitable things if one has not first acquired the necessary skill and experience
  • Any decent idea is amended to ineffectuality by the time it’s gone half-way through the various committees it’s obliged to pass through
  • One can’t be forever dwelling on what might have been. One should realize one has as good as most, perhaps better, and be grateful.’
  • Indeed – why should I not admit it? – at that moment, my heart was breaking
  • for a great many people, the evening is the most enjoyable part of the day. Perhaps, then, there is something to his advice that I should cease looking back so much, that I should adopt a more positive outlook and try to make the best of what remains of my day
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