BOOK QUOTES

  1. I saw the years of my life spaced along a road in the form of telephone poles, threaded together by wires. I counted one, two, three... nineteen telephone poles, and then the wires dangled into space, and try as I would, I couldn't see a single pole beyond the nineteenth. -The Bell Jar
  2. And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it. -The Alchemist
  3. "It's a book that says the same thing almost all the other books in the work say...It describes people's inability to choose their own Personal Legends. And it ends up saying that everyone believes the world's greatest lie...: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate."
  4. ...I saw myself sitting in the crotch of the fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black
  5. If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I'm neurotic as hell. I'll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days. -The Bell Jar
  6. The thing is that I rarely think; a crowd of small metamorphoses accumulate in me without my noticing it, and then, one fine day, a veritable revolution takes place. -Nausea
  7. I marvel at these young people: drinking their coffee, they tell clear, plausible stories. If they are asked what they did yesterday, they aren't embarrassed: they bring you up to date in a few words. If I were in their place, I'd fall over myself. -Nausea
  8. You let events flow past; suddenly you see people pop up who speak and who go away, you plunge into stories without beginning or end: you'd make a terrible witness. But in compensations, one misses nothing, no improbability or story too tall to be believed in cafes. -Nausea
  9. I am alone in the midst of these happy, reasonable voices. All these creatures spend their time explaining, realizing happily that they agree with each other. In heaven's name, why is it so important to think the same things all together. -Nausea
  10. for the most banal to become an adventure you must begin to recount it. This is what fools people: a man is always a teller of tales, he lives surrounded by his stories and the stories of others, he sees everything that happens to him through them and he tries to live his own life as if he were telling a story. But you have to choose: live or tell.
  11. Nothing happens while you live. The scenery changes, people come in and go out, that's all. There are no beginnings. Days are tacked on to days without rhyme or reason, an interminable, monotonous addition....
  12. We forget that the future was not yet there; the man walking in a night without forethought, a night which offered him a choice of dull rich prizes, and he did not make his choice. -Nausea
  13. I wanted the moments of my life to follow and order themselves like those of a life remembered. You might as well try and catch time by the tail.
  14. I know that I shall never again meet anything or anybody who will inspire me with passion. You know, it's quite a job starting to love somebody. You have to have energy, generosity, blindness. There is even a moment, in the very beginning, when you have to jump across a precipice: if you think about it you don't do it. I know I'll never jump again.
  15. Fate, to me, simply means that all the billions of microscopic actions we can't calculate lead to consequences that feel right because they are right. They fit, they follow. -One More Thing
  16. It wasn't the best time of his life; but it wasn't the worst time of his life anymore, either. It was a time of his life. -One More Thing
  17. Regret is Just Perfectionism Plus Time.
  18. If you love something, let it go. If you don't love something, definitely let it go. Basically, just drop everything, who cares. -One More Thing
  19. The fun isn't seeing whether love is going to win; the fun is seeing how.
  20. seems to me that if you place music(and books, probably, and anything that makes you feel) at the center of your being, than you can't afford to sort out your life, start to think of it as the finished product.You've got to pick at it, keep it alive and in turmoil, and unravel it until it all comes apart and you're compelled to start all over again
  21. Maybe we live life at too high a pitch, those of us who absorb emotional things all day, and as a consequence we can never feel merely content: we have to be unhappy, or ecstatically head over heels happy, and those states are difficult to achieve within a stable, solid relationship.
  22. Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time.
  23. It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.
  24. Sooner or later you'll discover that it is better to help someone plant a garden than it is to wait for someone to bring you flowers. Let it be sooner for you.