The truth is the thing I invented so I could live.

“He learned to live with the truth. Not to accept it, but to live with it. It was like living with an elephant. His room was tiny, and every morning he had  to squeeze around the truth just to get to the bathroom.  To reach the armoire to get a pair of underpants he had to crawl under the truth, praying it wouldn’t choose that moment to sit on his face.”

The History of Love – Nicole Krauss

 

“Aprendió a vivir con la verdad. No a aceptarla, sino a vivir con ella. Era como vivir con un elefante. Pero su habitación era muy pequeña, y cada mañana tenía que batallar para abrirse paso hasta el cuarto de baño. Si quería sacar unos calzoncillos del armario, había de arrastrarse por debajo de la verdad, rezando para que a ella no se le ocurriera sentarse en aquel momento.”

La Historia del Amor – Nicole Krauss


simile
sim·i·le   \ˈsi-mə-(ˌ)lē\

from Latin simile (“comparison, likeness”, “parallel”),
originally from simile the neuter form of similis (“like, similar, resembling”).

A figure of speech in which one thing is compared to another,
in the case of English generally using like or as.

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