Any Human Heart (William Boyd)

Two passages from the book that resonate with me:

That’s all your life amounts to in the end: the aggregate of all the good luck and the bad luck you experience.  Everything is explained by that simple formula.  Tot it up — look at the respective piles.  There’s nothing you can do about it: nobody shares it out, allocates it to this one or that, it just happens.  We must quietly suffer the laws of man’s condition, as Montaigne says.

Here’s a dark thought for a dark night: we all want a sudden death but we know we’re not all going to be provided with one.  So our end will be our ultimate bit of good luck or bad luck — the final addition to the respective piles.

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