my reply in [bracket]
“For most immigrants, moving to the new country is an act of faith. Even if you’ve heard stories of safety, opportunity, and prosperity, it’s still a leap to remove yourself from your own language, people, and country.”
[Not true. They move not IN SPITE OF but BECAUSE OF the stories of safety, …
It’s NOT a leap of faith, but an act of desperation. No one will move if their own country is better. Faith or no faith.]
“What if the stories weren’t true? What if you couldn’t adapt? What if you weren’t wanted in the new country?”
[face between certain misery and uncertain prosperity, people will desert the misery. That’s why people divorce, anyway. Because the misery is certain. Not because old age single-hood is better. Of course it’s better if the alimony is huge, by the way.]
“A meter is a meter is a meter.”
[I. Hate. Gertrude Stein!]
“Who decides that the meaning has changed, and when?”
[the words users.]
“Is there an in-between time when the word means both things?”
[there is and there are many words that have more than one meaning.
It depends upon what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.
~ Bill Clinton]
“a perfect and beautiful misery”
[exists only when it’s others’]
“If the person who’s meant to love you forever can suddenly stop, then what is there to believe in?”
[2+2=4. and many more.]
“But how can you trust something that can end as suddenly as it begins”
[I trust the rain. I trust the rain will come again. Sometimes with rainbow.]
“The half-life of a substance…In love, it’s the amount of time it takes for lovers to feel half of what they once did….And when it’s gone, it’s like it was never there at all”
[what did the author drink?]
“all your future histories can be destroyed in a single moment”
[history belongs to the past. Depends on who you are. If you’re Hitler, people are still writing your history many years when there’s no more future for you.]
Can’t finish reading those quotes.
It’s dangerous to take philosophical or life lessons from fiction.