Jeffery Eugenides

A Quote by Jeffery Eugenides on emotion, words, and feeling

Emotions, in my experience aren't covered by single words. I don't believe in "sadness," "joy," or "regret." I'd like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic traincar constructions like, say, "the happiness that attends disaster." Or: "the disappointment of sleeping with one's fantasy." ... I'd like to have a word for "the sadness inspired by failing restaurants" as well as for "the excitement of getting a room with a minibar." I've never had the right words to describe my life...

Jeffery Eugenides

Source: Middlesex: A Novel

Contributed by: Justin

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