We made the zero, through great pain and struggle.
—The Housekeeper and The Professor, Yoko Ogawa (via intoazure)
If Mother is so intent on paying me compliments, it might be because she doesn’t really love me very much. In fact, the more she tells me how pretty I am, the uglier I feel. To be honest, I have never once thought of myself as pretty.
—Yoko Ogawa (Hotel Iris)
He was always delighted when Root asked a question, no matter what the subject; and he seemed convinced that children’s questions were much more important than those of an adult. He preferred smart questions to smart answers.
—Yoko Ogawa, The Housekeeper and the Professor (via alcoholiques)