Quotes About Strangeness

Quotes tagged as "strangeness" (showing 1-30 of 32)
Jim Morrison
“People are strange . . .”
Jim Morrison

Roman Payne
“All forms of madness, bizarre habits, awkwardness in society, general clumsiness, are justified in the person who creates good art.”
Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

Arthur Conan Doyle
“Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, A Case of Identity

Charles Baudelaire
“Strangeness is a necessary ingredient in beauty.”
Charles Baudelaire

Audrey Niffenegger
“You're the oddest person I've ever met, you couldn't get rid of me if you tried.”
Audrey Niffenegger, Her Fearful Symmetry

Jim Morrison
“The world we suggest is a new wild west. A sensuous evil world. Strange and haunting, the path of the sun…”
Jim Morrison

David Sedaris
“For as long as I can remember, my father saved. He saves money, he saves disfigured sticks that resemble disfigured celebrities, and most of all, he saves food. Cherry tomatoes, sausage biscuits, the olives plucked from other people's martinis --he hides these things in strange places until they are rotten. And then he eats them.”
David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

“I think, actually, everyone starts out with some strange in them. It's just whether or not you decide to keep it.”
Katherine Rundell, Rooftoppers

Christopher Fowler
“It was true that the city could still throw shadows filled with mystifying figures from its past, whose grip on the present could be felt on certain strange days, when the streets were dark with rain and harmful ideas.”
Christopher Fowler, Ten Second Staircase

Christopher Hopper
“Well, writing novels is incredibly simple: an author sits down…and writes.

Granted, most writers I know are a bit strange.

Some, downright weird.

But then again, you’d have to be.

To spend hundreds and hundreds of hours sitting in front of a computer screen staring at lines of information is pretty tedious. More like a computer programmer. And no matter how cool the Matrix made looking at code seem, computer programmers are even weirder than authors.”
Christopher Hopper

Alain de Botton
“We read the weird tales in newspapers to crowd out the even weirder stuff inside us.”
Alain de Botton

John Updike
“…he is unlike the other customers. They sense it too, and look at him with hard eyes, eyes like little metal studs pinned into the white faces of young men [...] In the hush his entrance creates, the excessive courtesy the weary woman behind the counter shows him amplifies his strangeness. He orders coffee quietly and studies the rim of the cup to steady the sliding in his stomach. He had thought, he had read, that from shore to shore all America was the same. He wonders, Is it just these people I’m outside or is it all America?”
John Updike, Rabbit, Run

Catherine of Genoa
What the majority of people look, act, and talk and like.
So what if the majority became what we see as wierd now?
Would our normal, become our new wierd?”
Catherine of Genoa

J.A. Baker
“I have always longed to be part of the outward life, to be out there at the edge of things, to let the human taint wash away in emptiness and silence as the fox sloughs his smell into the cold unworldliness of water; to return to town a stranger. Wandering flushes a glory that fades with arrival.”
J.A. Baker, The Peregrine

Albert Camus
“A step lower and strangeness creeps in: perceiving that the world is "dense", sensing to what a degree a stone is foreign and irreducible to us, with what intensity nature or a landscape can negate us. At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman, and these hills, the softness of the sky, the outline of these trees at this very minute lose the illusory meaning with which we had clothed them, henceforth more remote than a lost paradise. The primitive hostility of the world rises up to face us across millenia.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

Kate Rockland
“In my family strange is relative.”
Kate Rockland, Falling Is Like This

Allyse Near
“Ah, sweetie. If the poets couldn’t unriddle them, then you certainly can’t. Be kind, and keep your ears on offer if she wants to talk. But you can’t draw out the strangeness, Edgar. It’s not a poison.”
Allyse Near, Fairytales for Wilde Girls

Gloria E. Anzaldúa
“Maimed, mad, and sexually different people were believed to possess supernatural powers by primal cultures' magico-religious thinking. For them, abnormality was the price a person had to pay for her or his extraordinary gift.”
Gloria E. Anzaldúa

Alberto Caeiro
“It’s stranger than every strangeness
And the dreams of all the poets
And the thoughts of all the philosophers,
That things are really what they seem to be
And there’s nothing to understand.”
Alberto Caeiro, The Keeper of Sheep

John Crowley
“...only think a moment that we are here now, and that that was then, and it has come to this, and how odd, odd, odd it is!”
John Crowley, Engine Summer

Cornell Woolrich
“There was a pause, while I fought against this other, lesser kind of death that was creeping over me - this death called strangeness, this snapping of all the customary little threads of cause and effect that are our moorings at other times. Slowly they all drew back from me step by step, until I was left there alone, cut off.

("All At Once, No Alice")”
Cornell Woolrich, Tales of Obsession: Mystery Stories of Fatal Attractions and Deadly Desires

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“What's foreign one can't always keep quite clear of,
For good things, oft, are not so near;
A German can't endure the French to see or hear of,
Yet drinks their wines with hearty cheer.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust

Kevin Brockmeier
“There is funny ha-ha, and there is funny peculiar, and beneath a trapdoor in Kevin's mind is a place where the two blur together, the place of jokes, churning so furiously frequently, when it kicks up a line, he has no idea what it will turn out to be.”
Kevin Brockmeier, A Few Seconds of Radiant Filmstrip: A Memoir of Seventh Grade

Richard White
“Any good history begins in strangeness. The past should not be comfortable. The past should not a familar echo of the present, for if it is familar why revist it? The past should be so strange that you wonder how you and people you know and love could come from such a time.”
Richard White, Remembering Ahanagran: A History of Stories

René Barjavel
“Les formes paraissaient étranges parce qu'elles étaient inconnues.”
René Barjavel, La Nuit des temps

Emily Brontë
“It is strange people should be so greedy when they are alone in the world!”
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

Niall Williams
“Se sei diverso hai due possibilità: o ti distingui o cerchi di passare inosservato”
Niall Williams, History of the Rain

Rita Dove
“I tell you, if you feel strange,

strange things will happen to you:
Fallen peacocks on library shelves”
Rita Dove, On the Bus With Rosa Parks

Ana Claudia Antunes
“Just when you see a kid selling a mascot,
If you don't buy it because he winks,
Not only that will be considered a "boycott",
Xenophobically, it will also be a jinx!”
Ana Claudia Antunes, ACross Tic

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