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#1. One room is always enough for one person. Two rooms is not enough for two people. That is one of the conundrums in life. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#2. You have to engage with people who are different from you and try to work with their thinking and their mind. That's a real challenge. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#3. I would eat my way into perdition to taste you. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#4. ... only a poet could frame a language that could frame a world. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#5. I hate the word lesbian; it tells you nothing; its only purpose is to inflame. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#6. There are valleys that lead to the bottom of the world, so it seems, but what world is that? The universe has no sides, no end, can't be mapped. Enough to make a man talk about God, make a man superstitious and worship an idol. The science never gets as far as the strangeness. The more sophisticated my equipment, the stranger the worlds it detects. I sometimes think I'm sailing through a vast thought. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#7. The rebellion of art is a daily rebellion against the state of living death routinely called real life. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#8. In this little night-covered world with you, I hope to find what I long for; a clue, a map, a bird flying south, and when the light comes we will get dressed together and go. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#9. He hates for hate's sake. There are people like that. People who have everything. Money, power, sex. When they have everything they play for more sophisticated stakes than the rest of us. There are no thrills left to that man. The sun will never rise and delight him. he will never be lost in a strange town and forced to ask his way. I can't buy him. I can't tempt him. He wants a life for a life. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#10. I hated historical novels with fluttering cloaks. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#11. Sometimes we forget that if we do not encourage new work now, we will lose all touch with the work of the past we claim to love. If art is not living in a continuous present, it is living in a museum, only those working now can complete the circuit between the past, present and future energies we call art. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#12. In the antiseptic world we try to purge ourselves of difficult things. Don't dwell on it, switch off the light and go home. But this is home. I have to be a home to myself. I am the place I come back to and I can't keep hiding difficult things in trunks. Soon the house will be full of trunks and I perched on top with the phone saying 'Yes, I'm fine, of course, I'm fine, everything's fine.' The trunks shudder - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#13. Age is information failure. The body loses fluency. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#14. For fate may hang on any moment and at any moment be changed. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#15. There's something about the authenticity rather than the autobiography that makes my story and my pain move across and become your story and your pain. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#16. Book collecting is an obsession, an occupation, a disease, an addiction, a fascination, an absurdity, a fate. It is not a hobby. Those who do it must do it. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#17. Congratulations on your Engagement'.
But I am not engaged I am deeply distracted. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#18. I think now that being free is not being powerful or rich or well regarded or without obligation but being able to love. To love someone else enough to forget about yourself even for one moment is to be free. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#19. Rights begin where love ends. Shall we argue over who is the most to blame? - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#20. I have found that I am not a space where people want to live, at least not without decorating first. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#21. As he turned inwards she turned outwards, but while he wore his intensity like a garment, she slept in hers. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#22. At my most precarious, I balanced on a book, and the books rafted me over the tides of feelings that left me soaked and shattered. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#23. Words like passion and ecstasy, we learn them but they stay flat on the page. Sometimes we try to turn them over, find out what's on the other side, and everyone has a story to tell os a woman or a brothel or an opium night or a war. We fear it. We fear passion and laugh at too much love and those who love too much. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#24. In the presence of love, hearth and quest become one. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#25. Memory loss is one way of coping with damage. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#26. The inside and the outside of our lives are each the shell where we learn to live. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#27. Tell me the story, Pew ... It was a woman. You always say that. There's always a woman somewhere, child; a princess, a witch, a stepmother, a mermaid, a fairy godmother, or one as wicked as she is beautiful, or as beautiful as she is good. Is that the complete list? Then there is the woman you love. Who's she? That's another story. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#28. Walls protect and walls limit. It is in the nature of walls that they should fall. That walls should fall is the consequence of blowing your own trumpet. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#29. Choosing to be alive and consciously committing to life, in all its exuberant chaos- and it's pain. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#30. Humans have given away all their power to a "they". You aren't able to fight the system because without the system none of you can survive. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#31. I think we still believe that ambition is for boys. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#32. Unmoor the boat, we could go ... downriver ...
History is a collection of found objects washed up through time. Goods, ideas, personalities surface towards us and then sink away and some we hook out and others we ignore. And as the pattern changes so does the meaning. We cannot rely on the facts. Time that returns everything, changes everything..a bundle of abandoned clothes. The end of one identity and the beginning of another. ... History is a madman's museum. I think I understand some of this, But it's all subject to the tide. Unmoor the boat. Part miracle part madness. My life is a series of set sails and shipwrecks. I run aground I cut loose, the rim is dangerously near the waterline. I feel like a saint in a coracle. Head thrown back, sun on my throat. Unmoor the boat. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#33. I can hold you up with one hand, but you can balance me on your fingertips. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#34. Our broken society is not born out of the triumph of the individual, but out of his effacement. He vanishes, she vanishes, ask them who they are and they will offer you a wallet or a child. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#35. I am not a fan of supermarkets and I hate shopping there, even for things I can't get elsewhere, like cat food and bin bags. A big part of my dislike of them is the loss of vivid life. The dull apathy of existence now isn't just boring jobs and boring TV; it is the loss of vivid life on the streets; the gossip, the encounters, the heaving messy noise that made room for everyone, money or not. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#36. In the library I felt better, words you could trust and look at till you understood them, they couldn't change half way through a sentence like people, so it was easier to spot a lie. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#37. As a writer, if you're prepared to work from your own wound, you're allowing people into the most vulnerable parts of yourself. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#38. Live in the space between chaos and shape. I walk the line that continually threatens to lose its tautness under me, dropping me into the dark pit where there is no meaning. At other times the line is so wired that it lights up the soles of my feet, gradually my whole body, until I am my own beacon, and I see then the beauty of newly created worlds, a form that is not random. A new beginning. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#39. The dead are on their way to work, grey limbs rubbing together in an open grave, stack on stack in the metal containers of car, tube and train. The grisly carriages are painted bright colors, guillotine colors of tumbril and blade, execution-bright. Each man and woman goes to their particular scaffold, kneels, and is killed day after day. Each collects their severed head and catches the train home. Some say that they enjoy their work. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#40. It's hard to remember that this day will never come again. That the time is now and the place is here and that there are no second chances at a single moment. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#41. If I want to say no, I will, but for the right reasons. If I want to say yes, I will, but for the right reasons. Leave the consequences. Leave the finale. Leave the grand statements. The simplicity of feeling should not be taxed. I can't work out what this will cost or what either of us owe. The admission charge is never on the door, but you are open and I want to enter.
Let me in.
You do. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#42. Literature offers us all, writers and readers, the best method of discovering and retelling the changing story of ourselves. The story is both journey and surprise. And as everyone knows, even the past is altered, depending on, not the facts, but the interpretation. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#43. She said she'd often wondered why she wanted to do some things and not do other things at all. Well, it was obvious with some things, but for others, there was no reason there. She'd spent a long time puzzling it out, then she thought that what you'd done in a past life you didn't need to do again, and what you had to do in the future, you wouldn't be ready to do now. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#44. I am not tempted by God but I love his trappings. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#45. The truth is that I've spent all my life with my binoculars trained on the Maybe Islands, a pristine place of fantasy that is really no better than the razor-rocks of misery. Maybe if I had stayed on the farm ... maybe if I hadn't gone with Spike ... maybe if I could have lived more peaceably ... maybe if I'd met the right person years ago, maybe if I hadn't done this, or that or, its cousin, the other. Maybe, baby, the promised land was there and I missed it. Look at it glittering in the light. But the truth is I am inventing the maybe. I can only make the choices I make, so why torture myself with what I might have done, when all I can handle is what I have done. The Maybe Islands are hostile to human life. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#46. Mankind, I hazard, wherever found, Civilized or Savage, cannot keep to any purpose for much length of time, except the purpose of destroying himself. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#47. Myths hook and bind the mind because at the same time they set the mind free: they explain the universe while allowing the universe to go on being unexplained; and we seem to need this even now, in our twentieth-century grandeur. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#48. If art, all art, is concerned with truth, then a society in denial will not find much use for it. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#49. What is it about intimacy that makes it so very disturbing? - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#50. Poor me. There's nothing so sweet as wallowing in it is there? Wallowing is sex for depressives. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#51. There are two questions: where have you come from, and where are you going? But the brain doesn't have separate regions for the past and future; only the present is differentiated by the brain.
We split time into three parts. The brain, it seems, splits it twice only: now, and not now. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#52. When I say 'I will be true to you' I am drawing a quiet space beyond the reach of other desires. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#53. There is a spontaneous round of applause in the hall... Victor looks unhappy. He wouldn't call it unhappy, he would call it misunderstood. He waits... Then he does one of the things he does so well -- heads out of the sciences and into the arts:

To name things wrongly is to add to the misfortune of the world. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#54. One day, tens of millions of years from now, someone will find me rusted into the mud of a world they have never seen, and when they crumble me between their fingers, it will be you they find. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#55. We gamble with the thought of winning. But it's the thought of what we might lose that excites us. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#56. Perhaps it is worse when love has flowed freely to find it one day dammed. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#57. The Future is Now. That annoys me because if the future is now, where is the present? - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#58. It is only habit and routine that makes the void look like purpose. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#59. Isn't content also contest? I ask him. Your experiences, your circumstances, the time you live in? Consciousness isn't free-floating, it's enmeshed.
That's true, he says, but you know, I believe that the modern diaspora--that so many of us find ourselves somewhere else, migrants of some kind--global, multicultural, less rooted, less dependent on our immediate history of family or country to shape ourselves--all of that is preparing us for a looser and freer understanding of ourselves as content whose context can change.
Nationalism is on the rise, I say.
He nods. That's a throwback. A fear. A refusal of the future. But the future cannot be refused. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#60. We're humans, not machines. We have bad days. We have mental difficulties. We are inspired, yet we fail. We are not linear. We have hearts that break and souls we don't know what to do with. We kill and destroy but we build and make possible too. We've been to the moon and invented computers. We outsource most things but we still have to live with ourselves. We're pessimists who believe it's too late so what the hell? We're the comeback kids in love with second chances. And every New Year is another chance. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#61. One of the problems with watching TV is that you've got a fairly low level of language operating all the time. Quite a small vocabulary and really no conceptual or abstract thinking. That's an issue. If you've got a wide vocabulary, you can learn. The complexities of grammar, in themselves, force you to think about time in a particular way. Force you to widen your outlook on the world. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#62. My mother had painted the white roses red and now she claimed they grew that way. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#63. The Bible writers didn't care that they were bunching together sequences some of which were historical, some preposterous, and some downright manipulative. Faithful recording was not their business; faith was. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#64. To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#65. What art does is to coax us away from the mechanical and towards the miraculous. The so-called uselessness of art is a clue to its transforming power. Art is not part of the machine. Art asks us to think differently, see differently, hear differently, and ultimately to act differently, which is why art has moral force. Ruskin was right, though for the wrong reasons, when he talked about art as a moral force. Art is not about good behaviour, when did you last see a miracle behave well? Art makes us better people because it asks for our full humanity, and humanity is, or should be, the polar opposite of the merely mechanical. We are not part of the machine either, but we have forgotten that. Art is memory - which is quite different [from] history. Art asks that we remember who we are, and usually that asking has to come as provocation - which is why art breaks the rules and the taboos, and at the same time is a moral force. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#66. The mind will not believe in death, perhaps because, as far as the mind is concerned, death never happens. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#67. The power of a text is not time-bound. The words go on doing their work. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#68. Trust your creativity. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#69. And our madness-measure is always changing. Probably we are less tolerant of madness now than at any period in history. There is no place for it. Crucially, there is no time for it.

Going mad takes time. Getting sane takes time. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#70. The trouble with books is that you don't know what's in them 'till is too late - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#71. It is the duty of every generation of writers and artists to find fresh ways of expressing the habitual circumstances of the human condition. To serve up the lukewarm remains of yesterdays dinner is easy, profitable and popular, (for a while). It is also wrong. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#72. We get somewhere we couldn't go otherwise and we profit from the trip, but we can't stay there, it isn't our world, and we shouldn't let that world come crashing down into the one we can inhabit. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#73. I kissed her and forgot death. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#74. O change something you do not understand is the true nature of evil. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#75. Slightest accidents open up new worlds. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#76. When it is time to get to work, I go away completely and don't do anything except the work. And that can be 16 hours a day. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#77. Whelks are strange and comforting.
They have no notion of community life and they breed very quietly.
But they have a strong sense of personal dignity.
Even lying face down in a tray of vinegar there is something noble about a whelk.
Which cannot be said for everybody. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#78. My favourite authors are Milan Kundera and Jeanette Winterson. - Author: Paloma Faith
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#79. Freud, one of the grand masters of narrative, knew that the past is not fixed in the way that linear time suggests. We can return. We can pick up what we dropped. We can mend what others broke. We can talk with the dead. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#80. You'll get over it…" It's the clichés that cause the trouble. To lose someone you love is to alter your life for ever. You don't get over it because 'it" is the person you loved. The pain stops, there are new people, but the gap never closes. How could it? The particularness of someone who mattered enough to grieve over is not made anodyne by death. This hole in my heart is in the shape of you and no-one else can fit it. Why would I want them to? - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#81. It's only a story, you say. So it is, and the rest of life with it - creation story, love story, horror, crime, the strange story of you and I. The alphabet of my DNA shapes certain words, but the story is not told. I have to tell it myself. What is it that I have to tell myself again and again? That there is always a new beginning, a different end. I can change the story. I am the story. Begin. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#82. When we say we can pull resources away from libraries, from culture, from those parts of the education system that are not about utility, what we are really saying is that the life of the mind is unnecessary. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#83. When she bleeds the smells I know change colour. There is iron in her soul on those days. She smells like a gun. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#84. What to say? That the end of love is a haunting. A haunting of dreams. A haunting of silence. Haunted by ghosts it is easy to become a ghost. Life ebbs. The pulse is too faint. Nothing stirs you. Some people approve of this and call it healing. It is not healing. A dead body feels no pain. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#85. Human beings often display emotions they do not feel. And they often feel emotions they do not display. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#86. Not much touches us, but we long to be touched. We lie awake at night willing the darkness to part and show us a vision. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#87. There's a planet,' said Spike, 'made of water, entirely of water, where every solid thing is its watery equivalent. There are no seas because there is no land. There are no rivers because there are no banks. There is no thirst because there is no dry.
'The planet is like a bowl of water except that there is no bowl. It hangs in space as a drop of water hangs from a leaf, except that there is no leaf. It cannot exist, and yet it does. I tell you this so you know that what is impossible sometimes happens. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#88. Walk with me, memory to memory, the shared path, the mutual view. Walk with me. The past lies in wait. It is not behind. It seems to be in front. How else could it trip me as as I start to run? - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#89. You had once asked me if I was afraid of death. I said I was afraid of not living. I don't want to eke out my life like a resource in short supply. The only selfish life is a timid one. To hold back, to withdraw, to keep the best in reserve, both overvalues the self, and undervalued what the self is. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#90. And if the road leads nowhere?' He shrugged. 'Turn your Nowhere into Somewhere. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#91. It is not possible to control the outside of yourself until you have mastered your breathing space. It is not possible to change anything until you understand the substance you wish to change. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#92. I have sometimes sacrificed freedom in order to belong, but more often I have given up all hope of belonging. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#93. And myself? Observe me. There is something to be gained from my surface uses, and perhaps a little more from my lower depths, but my very bottom? That's where I am alone, the observer and the observed. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#94. Reading things that are relevant to the facts of your life is of limited value. The facts are, after all, only the facts, and the yearning passionate part of you will not be met there. That is why reading ourselves as a fiction as well as fact is so liberating. The wider we read the freer we become. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#95. We're a lukewarm people for all our feast days and hard work. Not much touches us, but we long to be touched. We lie awake at night willing the darkness to part and show us a vision. Our children frighten us in their intimacy, but we make sure they grow up like us. Lukewarm like us. On a night like this, hands and faces hot, we can believe that tomorrow will show us angels in jars and that the well-known woods will suddenly reveal another path. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#96. Although wherever you are going is always in front of you, there is no such thing as straight ahead. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#97. When was the last time you looked at anything, solely, and concentratedly, and for its own sake? Ordinary life passes in a near blur. If we go to the theatre or the cinema, the images before us change constantly, and there is the distraction of language. Our loved ones are so well known to us that there is no need to look at them, and one of the gentle jokes of married life is that we do not. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#98. The hard-bound space hides the vulnerable self. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#99. Language is what stops the heart exploding. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#100. But where was God now, with heaven full of astronauts, and the Lord overthrown? I miss God. I miss the company of someone utterly loyal. I still don't think of God as my betrayer. The servants of God, yes, but servants by their very nature betray. I miss God who was my friend. I don't even know if God exists, but I do know that if God is your emotional role model, very few human relationships will match up to it. I have an idea that one day it might be possible, I thought once it had become possible, and that glimpse has set me wandering, trying to find the balance between earth and sky. If the servants hadn't rushed in and parted us, I might have been disappointed, might have snatched off the white samite to find a bowl of soup.

As it is, I can't settle, I want someone who is fierce and will love me until death and know that love is as strong as death, and be on my side for ever and ever. I want someone who will destroy and be destroyed by me. There are many forms of love and affection, some people can spend their whole lives together without knowing each other's names. Naming is a difficult and time-consuming process; it concerns essences, and it means power. But on the wild nights who can call you home? Only the one who knows your name. Romantic love has been diluted into paperback form and has sold thousands and millions of copies. Somewhere it is still in the original, written on tablets of stone. I would cross seas and suffer sunstroke and give away all I ha - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#101. True stories are the ones that lie open at the border, allowing a crossing, a further frontier. The final frontier is just science fiction – don't believe it. Like the universe, there is no end. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#102. My own heart, like this wild place, has never been visited, and I do not know whether it could sustain life. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#103. gifts - that strange word, a signifier meaning disappointment you can hold in your hands. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#104. I used to think marriage was a plate-glass window just begging for a brick. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#105. It was very bad for me that my deafness happened at around the same time as I discovered my clitoris. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#106. There is no greater grief than to find no happiness, but happiness in what is past. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#107. There's this world,' she banged the wall graphically, 'and there's this world,' she thumped her chest. 'If you want to make sense of either, you have to take notice of both. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#108. And I thought of us, years and years later, you and I, in Paris, and how you seemed to be saying we had every choice, every chance. You acted as though you were free, but you were a ransom note. I paid to watch. I watched your fingers, your red mouth. I watched you undress. I didn't see you go.
Later I was still paying and I never counted the cost. You were worth it. Again and again you were worth it. My heart has unlimited funds. Draw on them. Draw them down. Draw me down on top of you. How much? Everything? All right. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#109. Uncertainty to me was like Aardvaark to other people. A curious thing I had no notion of, but recongnised through secondhand illustrations. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#110. I have come so far so fast that I haven't had time to ask whether or not this is where I want to be - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#111. Do you wake up as I do, having forgotten what it is that hurts or where, until you move? There is a second of consciousness that is clean again. A second that is you, without memory or experience, the animal warm and waking into a brand new world. There is the sun dissolving the dark, and light as clear as music, filling the room where you sleep and the other rooms behind your eyes. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#112. A homosexual is further away from a woman than a rhinoceros. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#113. My friends and the people who are close to me know what I am. And that is enough. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
Winterson quotes by Jeanette Winterson
#114. We were to be the lightest of things, he and I, lifting each other up above the heaviness of life. If was because we knew that gravity is always part of the equation that we tried to defeat it. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#115. …when the dying sun bled the blue sky orange. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#116. I drove to Oxford with my van full of petrol and tin cans, as I didn't know there were service stations on the motorway. I pulled up on the hard shoulder and got my cans out. Then I filled up and set off again. That's how naive I was - so much not a cosmopolitan girl. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#117. In the Torah, the Hebrew 'to know', often used in a sexual context, is not about facts but about connections. Knowledge, not as accumulation but as charge and discharge. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#118. What is it that you contain?
The Dead. Time. Light patterns of millennia. The expanding universe opening in your gut. Are your twenty-three feet of intestines loaded with stars? - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#119. We are lucky, even the worst of us, because daylight comes. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#120. In the economy of the body, the limbic highway takes precedence over the neural pathways. We were designed and built to feel, and there is no thought, no state of mind, that is not also a feeling state.
Nobody can feel too much, though many of us work very hard at feeling too little.
Feeling is frightening. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#121. What is there to say about love ? You could sweep up all the words and stack them in the gutter and love wouldn't be any different, wouldn't feel any different, the hurt in the heart, the headachy desire that hardly submits to language. What we can't tame we talk about. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#122. Trust me, I'm telling you stories. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#123. Writers have to have a knack for listening. I need to be able to hear what is being said to me by the voices I create. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#124. We don't go to Shakespeare to find out about life in Elizabethan England; we go to Shakespeare to find out about ourselves now. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#125. There's no such thing as effortless beauty - you should know that.
There's no effort which is not beautiful - lifting a heavy stone or loving you.
Loving you is like lifting a heavy stone. It would be easier not to do it and I'm not quite sure why I am doing it. It takes all my strength and all my determination, and I said I wouldn't love someone again like this. Is there any sense in loving someone you can only wake up to by chance? - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#126. When I look at my life I realise that the mistakes I have made, the things I really regret, were not errors of judgement but failures of feeling. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#127. He had the dog on a lead and he was still managing to be a boy with a dog and the dog was still managing to be a dog with a boy because not even a bomb gets to wipe out everything, - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#128. Trust me, I'm telling you stories ... I can change the story. I am the story. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#129. There is so little life, and it is fraught with chance. We meet, we don't meet, we take the wrong turning, and still bump into each other. We conscientiously choose the 'right road' and it leads nowhere. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#130. A curse on this game. How can you stick at a game when the rules keep on changing? I shall call myself Alice and play croquet with the flamingos. In Wonderland everyone cheats and love is Wonderland, isn't it? - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#131. Loneliness isn't about being by yourself. That's fine, right and good, desirable in many ways. Loneliness is about finding a landing-place, or not, and knowing that, whatever you do, you can go back there. The opposite of loneliness isn't company, it's return. A place to return. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#132. The devil had attacked me at my weakest point: my inability to realise the limitations of my sex. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#133. It is a true saying, that what you fear you find. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#134. I stretched out my hands, holding the falling sun in one hand, and the climbing moon in the other, my silver and gold, my gift from life. My gift of life. My life is a hesitation in time. An opening in a cave. A gap for a word. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#135. I'm telling you stories. Trust me. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#136. I think heterosexuality and homosexuality are a kind of psychosis, and the truth is somewhere in the middle. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#137. However it is debased or misinterpreted, love is a redemptive feature. To focus on one individual so that their desires become superior to yours is a very cleansing experience. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#138. The trouble with babies is that they are made like a safe- no way to see what's inside and no guarantee that the effort will be worth the trouble. spin the numbers, crack the code, but the door won't swing open. Babies are safes on time-delay. It takes years for the door to swing open, and even when it does, the best minds are undecided as to the value of the contents - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#139. Analogies fail, but I am capable of behaving like an eight-armed cephalopod while protesting the innocence of my two hands on the table. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#140. Gertrude drives on. She says, 'Right or wrong, this is the road and we are on it, - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#141. I love life. Life is too precious to me not to live it fully. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#142. I had huge ambition for literature. I don't see the point of doing anything if you don't have ambition for it. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#143. I had relationships with men as well as women. I wasn't choosing; I didn't think I had to. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#144. Take two people. Slice lengthways. Boil with the lid on. Add a marriage, a past, another woman. Sugar to taste. Pass through a chance meeting. Lubricate sparingly. Serve on a bed of – or is it in a bed of –? Use fresh and top with raw emotion. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#145. I know now, after fifty years, that the finding/losing, forgetting/remembering, leaving/returning, never stops. The whole of life is about another chance, and while we are alive, till the very end, there is always another chance. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#146. Oxford was not a conspiracy of silence as far as women were concerned; it was a conspiracy of ignorance. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#147. There was a man here, lashed himself to a spar as his ship went down, and for seven days and seven nights he was on the sea, and what kept him alive while others drowned was telling himself stories like a madman, so that as one ended another began. On the seventh day he had told all the stories he knew and that was when he began to tell himself as if he were a story, from the earliest beginnings to his green and deep misfortune. The story he told was of a man lost and found, not once, but many times, as he choked his way out of the waves. And the night fell, he saw the Cape Wrath light, only lit a week it was, but it was, and he knew that if he became the story of the light, he might be saved. With his last strength he began to paddle towards it, arms on either side of the spar, and in his mind the light became a shining rope, pulling him in. He took hold of it, tied it round his waist, and at that moment, the keeper saw him, and ran for the rescue boat. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#148. In the space between chaos and shape there was another chance. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#149. Perhaps all romance is like that; not a contract between equal parties but an explosion of dreams and desires that can find no outlet in everyday life. Only a drama will do and while the fireworks last the sky is a different colour. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#150. Nothing is solid. Nothing is fixed. These are images that time changes and that change time, just as the sun and the rain play on the surface of things. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#151. I will come for you. Roll my strength into a ball for you. Throw myself across chance for you. I will be the bridge or the pulley because you are the dream. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#152. If we had the courage to love we would not so value these acts of war. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#153. Nothing can be forgotten. Nothing can be lost. The universe itself is one vast memory system. Look back and you will find the beginnings of the world. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#154. A meaningless life for a human being has none of the dignity of animal unselfconsciousness; we cannot simply eat, sleep, hunt and reproduce - we are meaning-seeking creatures. The Western world has done away with religion but not with religious impulses; we seem to need some higher purpose, some point to our lives - money and leisure, social progress, are just not enough. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#155. Dinginess is death to a writer. Filth, discomfort, hunger, cold, trauma and drama, don't matter a bit. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#156. I'm a woman. And I'm a man. That's how it is for me. I am in a body that I prefer. But the past, my past, is not subject to surgery. I didn't do it to distance myself from myself. I did it to get nearer to myself. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#157. Love ... Just Nature's way of getting one person to pay the bills for another person. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#158. It is the nature of walls that they should fall. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#159. Here's my life - I have to mine it, farm it, trade it, tenant it, and when the lease is up it cannot be renewed. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#160. Anything outside marriage seems like freedom and excitement. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#161. What is 'no'? Either you have asked the wrong question or you have asked the wrong person. Find a way to get the 'yes'. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#162. In this life you have to be your own hero.
By that I mean you have to win whatever it is that matters to you by your own strength and in your own way.
Like it or not, you are alone in a forest, just like all those fairy tales that begin with a hero who's usually stupid but somehow brave, or who might be clever, but weak as a straw, and away he goes (don't worry about the gender), cheered on by nobody, via the castles and the bears, and the old witch and the enchanted stream, and by and by (we hope) he'll find the treasure. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#163. After every 'victory' you have more enemies. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#164. Humans will be like decayed gentry. We'll have the glorious mansion called the past that is falling into disrepair. We'll have a piece of land that we didn't look after very well called the planet. And we'll have some nice clothes and a lot of stories. We'll be fading aristocracy. We'll be Blanche Dubois in a moth-eaten silk dress. We'll be Marie Antionette with no cake. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#165. She wanted to kiss the hesitation of his throat. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#166. our outside loo, known as the Betty, was a good loo; whitewashed and compact with a flashlight hanging behind the door. I smuggled books in there to read them in secret, claiming constipation. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#167. The poet will not be satisfied with recording, the poet will have to transform. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#168. I don't hate men, I just wish they'd try harder. Theyall want to be heroes and all we want is for them to stay at home and help with the housework and the kids. That's not the kind of heroism they enjoy. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#169. Books and doors are the same thing. You open them, and you go through into another world. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#170. I was in school for literature, and read so many 19th century and early 20th century novels that it was hard to break out of that and read an average Jeanette Winterson book or something. - Author: Colin Meloy
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#171. When you follow a star you know you will never reach that star; rather it will guide you to where you want to go ... So it is with the world. It will only ever lead you back to yourself. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#172. A bridge is a meeting place. A neutral place. A casual place. Enemies will choose to meet on a bridge and end their quarrel in that void. One will cross to the other side. The other will not return. For lovers, a bridge is a possibility, a metaphor of their chances. And - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#173. I fell into the books, and left myself there for safekeeping. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#174. I think people are often quite unaware of their inner selves, their other selves, their imaginative selves, the selves that aren't on show in the world. It's something you grow out of from childhood onwards, losing possession of yourself, really. I think literature is one of the best ways back into that. You are hypnotized as soon as you get into a book that particularly works for you, whether it's fiction or a poem. You find that your defenses drop, and as soon as that happens, an imaginative reality can take over because you are no longer censoring your own perceptions, your own awareness of the world. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#175. I think every work of art is an act of faith, or we wouldn't bother to do it. It is a message in a bottle, a shout in the dark. It's saying, 'I'm here and I believe that you are somewhere and that you will answer if necessary across time, not necessarily in my lifetime. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#176. I think people deceive themselves about themselves, particularly as they get older. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#177. I've always tried to make a home for myself, but I have not felt at home in myself. I've worked hard at being the hero of my own life. But every time I checked the register of displaced persons, I was still on it. I didn't know how to belong. Longing? Yes. Belonging? No. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#178. I spin worlds where we could be together. I dream you. For me, imagination and desire are very close. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#179. Hardship is a man-made device because man cannot exist without passion. Religion is somewhere between fear and sex. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#180. If the demons lie within they travel with you.
Everyone thinks their own situation most tragic. I am no exception. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#181. When I was born I became the visible corner of a folded map.
The map has more than one route. More than one destination. The map that is the unfolding self is not exactly leading anywhere. The arrow that says YOU ARE HERE is your first coordinate. There is a lot that you can't change when you are a kid. But you can pack for the journey ... - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#182. It's the cliches that cause the trouble. A precise emotion seeks a precise expression. If what I feel is not precise than how should I call it love? - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#183. Writing has to have a great deal of certainty and self-assurance, but it's not arrogant. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#184. If I can't stay where I am, and I can't, then I will put all that I can into the going. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#185. I dreamed I was a single moment in a single day.
A note struck and vanished. A sounding. A reckoning. Gone. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#186. It is just as likely that as I invent what I want to say, you will invent what you want to hear. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#187. Sometimes I think of you and I feel giddy. Memory makes me lightheaded, drunk on champagne. All the things we did. And if anyone has said this was the price I would have agreed to pay it. That surprises me; that with the hurt and the mess comes a shift of recognition. It was worth it. Love is worth it. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#188. It's not progress to take books off shelves. If one more person says this [ebooks] is the new Gutenberg, I will probably commit homicide, because the whole point of Gutenberg was to put books on shelves, not to take them off. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#189. Reading is a rendezvous with your soul. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#190. I don't know how to answer. I know what I think, but words in the head are like voices underwater. They are distorted. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#191. The Anglo-American tradition is much more linear than the European tradition. If you think about writers like Borges, Calvino, Perec or Marquez, they're not bound in the same sort of way. They don't come out of the classic 19th-century novel, which is where all the problems start. 19th-century novels are fabulous and we should all read them, but we shouldn't write them. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#192. There is no sense in loving someone you can never wake up to except by chance. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#193. There are those who say that temptation can be barricaded beyond the door. The ones who think that stray desires can be driven out of the heart like the moneychangers from the temple. Maybe they can, if you patrol your weak points day and night, don't look, don't smell, don't dream. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#194. The curious are always in some danger. If you are curious you might never come home. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#195. Perceval spends twenty years wandering in the woods, looking for the thing he had found, that was given to him, that seemed so easy, that was not. Later, when things were difficult for me with my work and I felt that I had lost or turned away from something I couldn't even identify, it was the Perceval story that gave me hope. There might be a second chance ... in fact, there were more than two chances-many more. I know, after fifty years that the finding/losing, forgetting/remembering, leaving/returning never stops. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#196. Long looking at paintings is equivalent to being dropped into a foreign city, where gradually, out of desire and despair, a few key words, then a little syntax make a clearing in the silence. Art ... is a foreign city, and we deceive ourselves when we think it familiar ... We have to recognize that the language of art, all art, is not our mother-tongue. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#197. Why should literature be easy? Sometimes you can do what you want to do in a simple, direct way that is absolutely right. Sometimes you can't. Reading is not a passive act. Books are not TV. Art of all kinds is an interactive challenge. The person who makes the work and the person who comes to the work both have a job to do. I am never wilfully obscure, but I do ask for some effort. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#198. Singing is my pleasure, but not in church, for the parson said the gargoyles must remain on the outside, not seek room in the choir stalls. So I sing inside the mountain of my flesh, and my voice is as slender as a reed and my voice has no lard in it. When I sing the dogs sit quiet and people who pass in the night stop their jabbering and discontent and think of other times, when they were happy. And I sing of other times, when I was happy, though I know that these are figments of my mind and nowhere I have been. But does it matter if the place cannot be mapped as long as I can still describe it? - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#199. What a strange world it is where you can have as much sex as you like but love is taboo. I'm talking about the real thing, the grand passion, which may not allow affection or convenience or happiness. The truth is that love smashes into your life like an ice floe, and even if your heart is built like the Titanic you go down. That's the size of it, the immensity of it. It's not proper, it's not clean, it's not containable. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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#200. Hopeless heart that thrives on paradox; that longs for the beloved and is secretly relieved when the beloved is not there. - Author: Jeanette Winterson
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