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Quotes From Harlan Coben’s Novel “Live Wire” (Myron Bolitar #10)

Quotes from Harlan Coben‘s Novel Live Wire (Myron Bolitar #10):

About “Dedication”:

“What we so admire and call “single minded dedication” was really “obsessive self-involvement”. What in that exactly is admirable?”

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About “Parenting”:

“Well, either way, let me tell you something about parenting, something none of these self-help books or parenting magazines will tell you.” Dad turned and leaned in closer. “We parents grossly overestimate our importance.”

“You’re being modest.”

“No I’m not. I know that you think that your mother and I are the most amazing parents. I’m glad. I really am. Maybe for you, we were, though you’ve blocked out a lot of the bad.”

“like what?”

“I’m not going to rehash my mistakes right now. That’s not the point anyway. We were good parents, I guess. Most are. Most are trying their best and if they make mistakes, it’s from trying too hard. But the truth is, we parents are at the most, say, auto mechanics. We can tune up the car and make sure it has the proper fluids. We can keep it running, check the oil, make sure it is road ready. But the car is still the car. When the car comes in, it’s already a Jaguar or Toyota or Prius. You cant turn a Toyota into a Jaguar.”

Myron made a face. ” A Toyota into a Jaguar?”

“you know what I mean. I know the analogy isn’t the best and now that I think about it, it doesn’t really hold because it sounds like a judgment, like the Jaguar is better than the Toyota or something. It is not. It’s just different with different needs. Some kids come out shy, some are outgoing, some are bookish, some are jocks, whatever. The way we raise you doesn’t really have much to do with it. Sure we can instill values and all that, but we usually mess up when we try to change what is already there.”

“When you try,” Myron added, “to turn the Toyota into the Jaguar?”

“Don’t be the wise guy.”

Not long ago before running off to Angola and under very different circumstances, Terese had made the exact same argument to him. Nature over nurture, she insisted. Her argument was both a comfort and a chill, but in this case, with his father sitting on the deck with him, Myron wasn’t really buying it. (Pages 80-81).

Another quote from Harlan Coben’s Novel “Live Wire” (Myron Bolitar #10)


Live Wire (Myron Bolitar #10) by Harlan Coben

Live Wire (Myron Bolitar #10)
by Harlan Coben


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