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“I want the following word: splendor, splendor is fruit in all its succulence, fruit without sadness. I want vast distances. My savage intuition of myself.”
Clarice Lispector, The Stream Of Life
“Who has not asked himself at some time or other: am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person?”
Clarice Lispector, A Hora Da Estrela
“O que não sei dizer é mais importante do que o que eu digo.”
Clarice Lispector
“The world's continual breathing is what we hear and call silence.”
Clarice Lispector, The Passion According to G.H.
“I only achieve simplicity with enormous effort”
Clarice Lispector, A Hora Da Estrela
“Everything in the world began with a yes. One molecule said yes to another molecule and life was born.”
Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star
“So long as I have questions to which there are no answers, I shall go on writing.”
Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star
“And I want to be held down. I don't know what to do with the horrifying freedom that can destroy me.”
Clarice Lispector, The Passion According to G.H.
“Things were somehow so good that they were in danger of becoming very bad because what is fully mature is very close to rotting”
Clarice Lispector, A Hora Da Estrela
“I write and that way rid myself of me and then at last I can rest.”
Clarice Lispector
“Por te falar eu te assustarei e te perderei? mas se eu não falar eu me perderei, e por me perder eu te perderia.”
Clarice Lispector
“Do not mourn the dead. They know what they are doing.”
Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star
“Ela acreditava em anjo e, porque acreditava, eles existiam" | "She believed in angels, and, because she believed, they existed”
Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star
“Love is now, is always. All that is missing is the coup de grâce- which is called passion.”
Clarice Lispector
“I do not know much. But there are certain advantages in not knowing. Like virgin territory, the mind is free of preconceptions. Everything I do not know forms the greater part of me: This is my largesse. And with this I understand everything. The things I do not know constitute my truth.”
Clarice Lispector
“I have grown weary of literature: silence alone comforts me. If I continue to write, it’s because I have nothing more to accomplish in this world except to wait for death. Searching for the word in darkness. Any little success invades me and puts me in full view of everyone. I long to wallow in the mud. I can scarcely control my need for self-abasement, my craving for licentiousness and debauchery. Sin tempts me, forbidden pleasures lure me. I want to be both pig and hen, then kill them and drink their blood.”
Clarice Lispector
“She believed in angels, and, because she believed, they existed”
Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star
“The mystery of human destiny is that we are fated, but that we have the freedom to fulfill or not fulfill our fate: realization of our fated destiny depends on us. While inhuman beings like the cockroach realize the entire cycle without going astray because they make no choices.”
Clarice Lispector, The Passion According to G.H.
“I work only with lost and founds.”
Clarice Lispector
“But don't forget, in the meantime, that this is the season for strawberries. Yes.”
Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star
“What I want is to live of that initial and primordial something that was what made some things reach the point of aspiring to be human.”
Clarice Lispector, The Passion According to G.H.
“Haber nacido me ha estropeado la salud.”
Clarice Lispector
“Mira a todos a tu alrededor y ve lo que hemos hecho de nosotros y de eso considerado como victoria nuestra de cada día. No hemos amado por encima de todas las cosas. No hemos aceptado lo que no se entiende porque no queremos pasar por tontos. Hemos amontonado cosas y seguridades por no tenernos el uno al otro. No tenemos ninguna alegría que no haya sido catalogada. Hemos construido catedrales y nos hemos quedado del lado de afuera, pues las catedrales que nosotros mismos construimos tememos que sean trampas. No nos hemos entregado a nosotros mismos, pues eso sería el comienzo de una vida larga y la tememos. Hemos evitado caer de rodillas delante del primero de nosotros que por amor diga: tienes miedo. Hemos organizado asociaciones y clubs sonrientes donde se sirve con o sin soda. Hemos tratado de salvarnos, pero sin usar la palabra salvación para no avergonzarnos de ser inocentes. No hemos usado la palabra amor para no tener que reconocer su contextura de odio, de amor, de celos y de tantos otros opuestos. Hemos mantenido en secreto nuestra muerte para hacer posible nuestra vida. Muchos de nosotros hacen arte por no saber cómo es la otra cosa. Hemos disfrazado con falso amor nuestra indiferencia, sabiendo que nuestra indiferencia es angustia disfrazada. Hemos disfrazado con el pequeño miedo el gran miedo mayor y por eso nunca hablamos de lo que realmente importa. Hablar de lo que realmente importa es considerado una indiscreción. No hemos adorado por tener la sensata mezquindad de acordarnos a tiempo de los falsos dioses. No hemos sido puros e ingenuos para no reírnos de nosotros mismos y para que al fin del día podamos decir «al menos no fui tonto» y así no quedarnos perplejos antes de apagar la luz. Hemos sonreído en público de lo que no sonreiríamos cuando nos quedásemos solos. Hemos llamado debilidad a nuestro candor. Nos hemos temido uno al otro, por encima de todo. Y todo eso lo consideramos victoria nuestra de cada día.”
Clarice Lispector, Aprendizaje o El libro de los placeres
“I write as if to save somebody’s life. Probably my own. Life is a kind of madness that death makes. Long live the dead because we live in them.”
Clarice Lispector, A Breath of Life
“But I welcome the darkness where the two eyes of that soft panther glow. The darkness is my cultural broth. The enchanted darkness. I go on speaking to you, risking disconnection: I’m subterraneously unattainable because of what I know.”
Clarice Lispector, The Stream Of Life
“I' is merely one of the world's instantaneous spasms.”
Clarice Lispector, The Passion According to G.H.
“Do you ever suddenly find it strange to be yourself?”
Clarice Lispector, A Breath of Life
“Queria saber: Depois que se é feliz, o que acontece? O que vem depois?”
Clarice Lispector, Near to the Wild Heart
“No it is not easy to write. It is as hard as breaking rocks. Sparks and splinters fly like shattered steel.”
Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star
“I ask myself: is every story that has ever been written in this world, a story of suffering and affliction?


Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star

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