"What does the happiest man in the world want most? He wants, of course, to carry on being the most happiest man in the world.
This is why he knows how important it is to do the same things every time. And that's what we do, always the same things." pp.034
"first there's a world she enters and explores everyday, and then there's a world we two share. when i watch her, and she turns around and watch me, we keep our world going. but then she breaks into a run and enters a new life where my eyes cannot go." pp.041
"as with all intimate relationships, ours is a power struggle. who will decide: (a) which channel to watch on television; (b) what time is bed time;
(c) what game will be played or not played, and how this decision, and many other similar decisions, discussions, disputes, tricks, sweet deceptions, bouts of tears, rebulks, sulks, reconciliations, and acts of contrition will be resolved after long political negotiations. all this effort makes us tired and happy, but in the end it accumulates and becomes the history of the relationship, the friendship. you come to an understanding because you're not going
to give up on each other. you think about each other, and when you're parted you remember each other's smell. when she's gone i miss her smell of her hair terribly. when i'm gone, she smells my pajamas." pp.042