Quote of the Day 6/26/08

“It’s easy, K. On one side of the page you got your costs and on the other side your benefits. All you do is mark which one is which, then you weigh one side against the other and you get your decision just like that. That’s all you ever have to do. I live by this.”

Sometimes it was comforting to be around someone who looked at life like this. And I would’ve told my brother months ago about Nick if I’d known he wouldn’t tell his wife, who I knew would tell my mother. “But what if you don’t know the difference between a benefit and a cost?” I would always ask him. “What if you’ve never been very good at telling a plus from a minus?”

in Andre Dubus’s The House of Sand and Fog

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