Category: book quotes

I will spend my life traveling, laughing, d…

I will spend my life
traveling,
laughing,
drinking all kinds of tea,
meeting new people,
reading good books,
growing things,
creating beauty,
eating chocolate,
doing magic,
making love
and occasionally
I will write
something worth reading.

It is, I think, impossible to know any man. Hi…

It is, I think, impossible to know any man. His thoughts, his own secret emotions, the way his mind works upon the things he sees – those things are the man. All the outsider sees is the shell, the mask – you see?

Our hearts were drunk with a beauty our eyes c…

Our hearts were drunk with a beauty our eyes could never see.

Literature is a textually transmitted disease,…

Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.

…and her face became anxious, then blank, then…

…and her face became anxious, then blank, then nervous, then resigned, and then all the expressions of madness passed over it and after each she always smiled.

If you’re happy, if you’re feeling good, then …

If you’re happy, if you’re feeling good, then nothing else matters.

The only dream worth having is to dream that y…

The only dream worth having is to dream that you will live while you are alive, and die only when you are dead. To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never to forget.

Here’s why I will be a good person. Because I …

Here’s why I will be a good person. Because I listen. I cannot talk, so I listen very well. I never deflect the course of the conversation with a comment of my own. People, if you pay attention to them, change the direction of one another’s conversations constantly. It’s like being a passenger in your car who suddenly grabs the steering wheel and turns you down a side street. For instance, if we met at a party and I wanted to tell you a story about the time I needed to get a soccer ball in my neighbor’s yard but his dog chased me and I had to jump into a swimming pool to escape, and I began telling the story, you, hearing the words ‘soccer’ and ‘neighbor’ in the same sentence, might interrupt and mention that your childhood neighbor was Pele, the famous soccer player, and I might be courteous and say, Didn’t he play for the Cosmos of New York? Did you grow up in New York? And you might reply that, no, you grew up in Brazil on the streets of Tres Coracoes with Pele, and I might say, I thought you were from Tennessee, and you might say not originally, and then go on to outline your genealogy at length. So my initial conversational gambit – that I had a funny story about being chased by my neighbor’s dog – would be totally lost, and only because you had to tell me all about Pele. Learn to listen! I beg of you. Pretend you are a dog like me and listen to other people rather than steal their stories.

I love you because you are you, and because yo…

I love you because you are you, and because you taught me how to understand…Thus you increased me..My eyes need [you]…and my heart is happy about you.

The trouble with most of us is that we would r…

The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism.