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“You want to play house, you got to have a job. You want to play very nice house, very sweet house, then you got to have a job you don't like. Great. This is the way ninety-eight-point-nine per cent of the people work things out, so believe me, buddy, you've got nothing to apologize for.”

— Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road

Though mind that there's a bit more nuance to that scene, and the character saying that mostly seems put out that the novel's lead character isn't enlightened enough to realize he's complaining about/apologizing for choices that he made, his (the lead character's) fundamental struggle being with choices having necessary trade-offs, i.e. you can't have everything, and also with failing to work towards or make the necessary sacrifices to achieve the things he agonizes over not having/being. Basically he's talented enough to easily live a good, ordinary life, but is constantly frustrated that he's not living the life of his dreams (while also being afraid to actually try) and sees his current situation as both temporary and contemptible.




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