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“I am not, as you will have observed, a man greatly enamored of his fellow human beings. I do not enter lightly into the foibles and whimsicalities of others, I do not suffer fools gladly, I seem able, in conversation, only to needle or be needled. My relationships, as a result, are few, and those few are tenuous, prickly sorts of arrangements, altogether lacking in the spontaneity and intimacy for which humans, I'm told, have an instinctive need. I am aware of no such instincts myself. ”
Patrick McGrath
“All was strange in a fog, buildings grew vague, human beings groped and became lost, the landmarks, the compass points, by which they navigated melted into nothingness and the world was transfigured into a country of the blind. But if the sighted became blind, then the blind - and for some odd reason I have always regarded myself as one of the blind - the blind became sighted, and I remember felling at home in the fog, happily at ease in the murk and gloom that so confused my neighbors.”
Patrick McGrath, Spider
“Stella realized then that Charlie's unhappiness had locked him out of this community as effectively as hers had, and she felt a dull sense of confirmation, she felt she might have known, this is the nature of people, they unerringly select as their victim the one who most needs their warmth.”
Patrick McGrath, Asylum
“Люблю сырость таких дней, сырость, сумрак и густые серые тучи, потому что лишь в такую погоду чувствую себя в ладу с миром.”
Patrick McGrath, Spider
“Aveva perso il controllo. Non si controlla un innamoramento, mi disse, non è possibile. E la divertiva che fosse potuto accadere in questo modo, con quest'uomo. Un paziente. Un paziente che lavorava nell'orto. Stella, le dissi, non potevi fare una scelta più scriteriata. La verità, mi rispose, è che non ho scelto affatto.”
Patrick McGrath, Asylum
“As we shook hands I wondered idly what her urine looked like.”
Patrick McGrath, Dr. Haggard's Disease
tags: urine
“Être éveillé, c’est souffrir; voila le sens profond de la vie.”
Patrick McGrath, Spider
“A tissue of small sounds filled the room, a bird, a clock, a voice from another garden. What we call silence.”
Patrick McGrath, Dr. Haggard's Disease
“The uncanny first impression was again one of private hells coexisting in public space.”
Patrick McGrath, Asylum
“Houses, I have come to believe, like love, like nature herself, should not reassure, should not attempt to soothe, or give comfort, but should, rather, excite.”
Patrick McGrath, Dr. Haggard's Disease
“Aucune folie n’est assez profonde pour vous exclure de la communauté des fumeurs.”
Patrick McGrath, Spider
“these are precisely the conditions that killed love, after first blighting its growth: squalor, fear, uncertainty, overfamiliarity.”
Patrick McGrath, Asylum
“Various pieces of huge dark furniture constricted the passage, and the place smelled of boiled fish. I was shown into the parlor, where the gloom of that overcast day was filtered through windows curtained in dingy lace.”
Patrick McGrath, The Grotesque
“There is something I have learned since being paralyzed, and that is that in the absence of sensory information, the imagination always tends to the grotesque.
Patrick McGrath, The Grotesque
“For despite his confidence, and his apparent maturity, I suspected that there was in him a deep and childish need to elevate, and idealize, the love object. This is not uncommon in artists. The very nature of their work, the long periods of isolation followed by public self-display, and the associated risk of rejection all conspire to create unnaturally intense relationships with their sexual partners. Then, when disillusion occurs, as of course it must, the sense of betrayal is profound...”
Patrick McGrath, Asylum
“Hugo," she said, in a certain hurt tone that I knew well and enjoyed provoking, "you can be most horribly rude when you choose. Why do you choose?”
Patrick McGrath, The Grotesque
“Strange how reluctant I was to acknowledge that control of my fate lay beyond my own conscious will. Habit of a lifetime, I suppose.”
Patrick McGrath, The Grotesque
“... he stripped his clothes off and flung himself into a heavy sea, for the sheer pleasure of getting out safe again.”
Patrick McGrath, Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution
“... Harry Peake's spine disturbed the people's confidence in the proper shape and form of things, a confidence they had not known they possessed, it was stitched so deep in their sense of the order of the world.”
Patrick McGrath, Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution
“Soon enough the tears came but of course nobody came down to see if she was all right, it was just the slut in the kitchen who'd ruined their lives, getting drunk of neat gin and howling for her lost lunatic offer.”
Patrick McGrath
“Harry's voice had matured like old port wine, it was deep and rich and liquid.”
Patrick McGrath, Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution
“He wished only to live as a free man upon the fruits of his labor, and grow old in the natural rhythms of the earth; instead of which he was cursed, so he felt, always to be an object of disgust, or horror, which is only disgust with a portion of fear superadded- always to be in the eyes of the world a monster.”
Patrick McGrath, Martha Peake: A Novel of the Revolution
“Perhaps that's the whole point about infidelity, I suggested, not that one has sex but that by doing so one puts at risk someone else's happiness?”
Patrick McGrath


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