Jeanette Winterson

After a very long time, I have found one more author who can weave magic with words. Who could just speak to you. Whose words flow as a river creating soothing sound of flowing water but hitting the rocks with all its might at the same time. I haven’t read her books yet, but just her quotes have got me hooked.

1) Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence.

2) “What you risk reveals what you value.” – Written on the body

3) “I seem to have run in a great circle, and met myself again on the starting line.” -OrangesAre Not the Only Fruit

4) I don’t read reviews because by then it’s too late – whatever anyone says, the book won’t change. It is written.

5) Naked is the best disguise.

6) You never give away your heart; you lend it from time to time. If it were not so, how could we take it back without asking?

7) You play. You win. You play. You lose. You play.

8) Your weak point is the open, vulnerable place where you can always be hurt. Love, in all its aspects, opens the self so fully.

9) “Why is the measure of love loss?” – Written on the Body

10) “The Buddhists say there are 149 ways to God. I’m not looking for God, only for myself, and that is far more complicated. God has had a great deal written about Him; nothing has been written about me. God is bigger, like my mother, easier to find, even in the dark. I could be anywhere, and since I can’t describe myself I can’t ask for help.” – Sexing the Cherry

11) “Do you fall in love often?”

Yes often. With a view, with a book, with a dog, a cat, with numbers, with friends, with complete strangers, with nothing at all.” ― Gut Symmetries

12) The body can endure compromise and the mind can be seduced by it. Only the heart protests. The heart. Carbon-based primitive in a silicon world.” – The Powerbook

13) “What should I do about the wild and the tame? The wild heart that wants to be free, and the tame heart that wants to come home. I want to be held. I don’t want you to come too close. I want you to scoop me up and bring me home at nights. I don’t want to tell you where I am. I want to keep a place among the rocks where no one can find me. I want to be with you.”

14) “He: What’s the matter with you?
Me: Nothing.
Nothing was slowly clotting my arteries. Nothing slowly numbing my soul. Caught by nothing, saying nothing, nothingness becomes me. When I am nothing they will say surprised in the way that they are forever surprised, “but there was nothing the matter with her.” ― Gut Symmetries

15) “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 loses. 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?”

16) “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.”

17) “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.” ― Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

18) “Yes, we are [friends] and I do like to pass the day with you in serious and inconsequentialchatter. I wouldn’t mind washing up beside you, dusting beside you, reading the back half of the paper while you read the front. We are friends and I would miss you, do miss you andthink of you very often. I don’t want to lose this happy space where I have found someone who is smart and easy and doesn’t bother to check their diary when we arrange to meet.

19) “On more than one occasion I have been ready to abandon my whole life for love. To alter everything that makes sense to me and to move into a different world where the only known will be the beloved. Such a sacrifice must be the result of love… or is it that the life itself wasalready worn out? I had finished with that life, perhaps, and could not admit it, being stubborn or afraid, or perhaps did not known it, habit being a great binder. I think it is often so that those most in need of change choose to fall in love and then throw up their hands and blame it all on fate. But it is not fate, at least, not if fate is something outside of us; it is achoice made in secret after nights of longing.”

20) “I was happy but happy is an adult word. You don’t have to ask a child about happy, you see it. They are or they are not. Adults talk about being happy because largely they are not.Talking about it is the same as trying to catch the wind. Much easier to let it blow all over you”

21) “While I can’t have you, I long for you. I am the kind of person who would miss a train or a plane to meet you for coffee. I’d take a taxi across town to see you for ten minutes. I’d wait outside all night if I thought you would open the door in the morning. If you call me and say ‘Will you…’ my answer is ‘Yes’, before your sentence is out. I spin worlds where we could be together. I dream you. For me, imagination and desire are very close.”

22) “I have a theory that every time you make an important choice, the part of you left behind continues the other life you could have had.” ― Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

23) “Whoever it is you fall in love with for the first time, not just love but be in love with, is the one who will always make you angry, the one you can’t be logical about.” – The Passion

24) “Cheating is easy. There’s no swank to infidelity. To borrow against the trust someone has placed in you costs nothing at first. You get away with it, you take a little more and a little more until there is no more to draw on. Oddly, your hands should be full with all that taking but when you open them there’s nothing there.” — Written on the Body

25) “..to change something you do not understand is the true nature of evil.” – Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

26) “I didn’t know what hate felt like, not the hate that comes after love. It’s huge and desperate and it longs to be proved wrong. And every day it’s proved right it grows a little more monstrous. If the love was passion, the hate will be obsession. A need to see the once-loved weak and cowed beneath pity. Disgust is close and dignity is far away. The hate is not only for the once loved, it’s for yourself too; how could you ever have loved this?”
― The Passion

27) “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.”
― Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

28) “Time that withers you will wither me. We will fall like ripe fruit and roll down the grass together. Dear friend, let me lie beside you watching the clouds until the earth covers us and we are gone.” – Written on the Body

29) “She looked at me like I was crazy. Most of my lovers do, and that’s partly why they love me, and partly why they leave”

30) “What is more humiliating than finding the object of your love unworthy?” – The Passion

31) “I don’t know how to answer. I know what I think, but words in the head are like voices underwater. They are distorted.” – Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

32) “There is no sense in loving someone you can never wake up to except by chance.” – The Passion

33) “I am good at walking away. Rejection teaches you how to reject.” – Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles

34) “He wrote on a piece of paper with his pencil.
Psychosis: out of touch with reality.
Since then, I have been trying to find out what reality is, so that I can touch it.”

35) “What kills love? Only this: Neglect. Not to see you when you stand before me. Not to think of you in the little things. Not to make the road wide for you, the table spread for you. To choose you out of habit not desire, to pass the flower seller without a thought. To leave the dishes unwashed, the bed unmade, to ignore you in the mornings, make use of you at night. To crave another while pecking your cheek. To say your name without hearing it, to assume it is mine to call.”
― Written on the Body

36) “She must find a boat and sail in it. No guarantee of shore. Only a conviction that what she wanted could exist, if she dared to find it.” ― Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
37) “It may be that you are settled in another place it may be that you are happy but the one who took your heart wields final power.” ― The Passion

38) “Don’t lie. You know you like to view but not to buy. I have found that I am not a space where people want to live, at least not without decorating first. And that is the stubbornness in me: I do not want to be someone’s little home.” ― Gut Symmetries

39) “You said, ‘I love you.’ Why is it that the most unoriginal thing we can say to one another is still the thing we long to hear? ‘I love you’ is always a quotation. You did not say it first and neither did I, yet when you say it and when I say it we speak like savages who have found three words and worship them. I did worship them but now I am alone on a rock hewn out of my own body.” ― Written on the Body

40) “Walk with me, hand in hand through the neon and styrofoam. Walk the razor blades and the broken hearts. Walk the fortune and the fortune hunted. Walk the chop suey bars and the tract of stars.
I know I am a fool, hoping dirt and glory are both a kind of luminous paint; the humiliations and exaltations that light us up. I see like a bug, everything too large, the pressure of infinity hammering at my head. But how else to live, vertical that I am, pressed down and pressing up simultaneously? I cannot assume you will understand me. It is just as likely that as I invent what I want to say, you will invent what you want to hear. Some story we must have. Stray words on crumpled paper. A weak signal into the outer space of each other.
The probability of separate worlds meeting is very small. The lure of it is immense. We send starships. We fall in love.” ― Gut Symmetries

41) All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own particular way.’ In fact it’s the other way around. Happiness is a specific. Misery is a generalisation. People usually know exactly why they are happy. They very rarely know why they are miserable.” ― Written on the Body

42) “I fell in love once, if love be that cruelty which takes us straight to the gates of Paradise only to remind us they are closed for ever.” ― Sexing the Cherry

43) “Now that I have lost you I cannot allow you to develop, you must be a photograph not a poem.” ― Written on the Body

44) “I had no one to help me, but the T. S. Eliot helped me. So when people say that poetry is a luxury, or an option, or for the educated middle classes, or that it shouldn’t be read at school because it is irrelevant, or any of the strange stupid things that are said about poetry and its place in our lives, I suspect that the people doing the saying have had things pretty easy. A tough life needs a tough language – and that is what poetry is. That is what literature offers – a language powerful enough to say how it is. It isn’t a hiding place. It is a finding place.” ― Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

45) “Are we all living like this? Two lives, the ideal outer life and the inner imaginative life where we keep our secrets?” ― Sexing the Cherry

46) “There is a certain seductiveness about dead things. You can ill treat, alter and recolour what’s dead. It won’t complain. ” ― Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

47) “I’ve lived my life like a serial killer; finish with one part, strangle it and move on to the next. Life in neat little boxes is life in neat little coffins, the dead bodies of the past laid out side by side. I am discovering, now, in the late afternoon of the day, that the dead still speak.” ― Gut Symmetries

48) “I feel in colour, strong tones that I hue down for the comfort of the pastelly inclined. Beige and magnolia and a hint of pink are what the well-decorated heart is wearing; who wants my blood red and vein-blue?” ― Gut Symmetries

49) “The human heart is my territory. I write about love because it’s the most important thing in the world. I write about sex because often it feels like the most important thing in the world.” ― Gut Symmetries

50) “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.” – the Powerbook

51) “She had made him possible. In that sense she was his god. Like God, she was neglected.” ― The Passion

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