The Cider House Rules — John Irving
(Long, but a very nice read)

“Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last.”
– Charlotte Bronte, 1847

“For practical purposes abortion may be defined as the interruption of gestation before viability of the child.”
– H.J. Boldt, 1906

AN ORPHAN

The start of real repentace was to accept yourself as vile. […] Where did “repentance” come from, then? Was there a guilt attached to feeling lucky?

Homer Wells felt his tears come silently; threre were more tears than he remembered crying the last time he has cried. He cried so much. He cried because he had received his first fatherly kisses.

ABOUT ABORTIONS

[To Homer] You can call it a fetus, or an embryo, or the products of conception, thought Homer Wells, but whatever you call it, it’s alive. And whatever you do to it, Homer thought — and whatever you call what you do — you’re killing it.

[To Larch] Always, in the background of his mind, there was a newborn baby crying; even when the orphanage was as silent as the few, remaining, abadoned buildings of St. Cloud’s — even when it was ghostly quiet — Wilbur Larch heard babies crying. And they were not crying to be born, he knew they were crying because they were born.

Wilbur Larch would have told him there was no such thing as playing a little God; when you were willing to play God — at all — you played a lot. He knew now that he couldn’t play God in the worst sense; if he could operate on Rose Rose, how could he refuse to help a stranger? How could he refuse anyone?

ABOUT FALLING IN LOVE

The thing about being in love, Wally said to Angel, is that you can’t force anyone. It’s natural to want someone you love to do what you want, or what you think would be good for them, but you have to let everything happen to them. You can’t interfere with people you love any more than you’re suppose to interfere with people you don’t even know. You can’t protect people, kiddo. All you can do is love them.

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