Quotes About Surreal

Quotes tagged as "surreal" (showing 1-30 of 106)
Anaïs Nin
“There is a fissure in my vision and madness will always rush through.”
Anaïs Nin, House of Incest

Haruki Murakami
“Sitting on the floor, I'd replay the past in my head. Funny, that's all I did, day after day after day for half a year, and I never tired of it. What I'd been through seemed so vast, with so many facets. Vast, but real, very real, which was why the experience persisted in towering before me, like a monument lit up at night. And the thing was, it was a monument to me.”
Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

Anaïs Nin
“I walked into my own book, seeking peace.
It was night, and I made a careless movement inside the dream; I turned too brusquely the corner and I bruised myself against my madness.”
Anaïs Nin, House of Incest

Gabriel Rheaume
“I bought salvation from a man on the street. He said, "Go down to the beach and let the waves wash your feet.”
Gabriel Rheaume

Haruki Murakami
“Silence. How long it lasted, I couldn't tell. It might have been five seconds, it might have been a minute. Time wasn't fixed. It wavered, stretched, shrank. Or was it me that wavered, stretched, and shrank in the silence? I was warped in the folds of time, like a reflection in a fun house mirror.”
Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

Anna Funder
“She is brave and strong and broken all at once. As she speaks it is as if her existence is no longer real to her in itself, more like a living epitaph to a life that was.”
Anna Funder, Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Amanda Mosher
“I love to feel the temperature drop and the wind increase just before a thunderstorm. Then I climb in bed with the thunder.”
Amanda Mosher, Better to be able to love than to be loveable

“Dissociation, a form of hypnotic trance, helps children survive the abuse…The abuse takes on a dream-like, surreal quality and deadened feelings and altered perceptions add to the strangeness. The whole scene does not fit into the 'real world.' It is simple to forget, easy to believe nothing happened.”
Renee Fredrickson, Repressed Memories: A Journey to Recovery from Sexual Abuse

Saira Viola
“A Harvey Nicks chick with throwaway morals and a trustfund appetite.”
Saira Viola, Slide, a Modern Satire on the Excess of Greed

Robert Benchley
“One, two, three / Buckle my shoe.”
Robert Benchley

Italo Calvino
“These cities grew in approximately the same places as our cities do now, however different the shape of the continents was. There was even a New York that in some way resembled the New York familiar to all of you, but was much newer, or, rather, more awash with new products, new toothbrushes, a New York with its own Manhattan that stretched out dense with skyscrapers gleaming like the nylon bristles of a brand-new toothbrush.”
Italo Calvino

Jean-Claude van Itallie
“This is Lilly Heaven saying good night, and to all a very good night. Good night everybody. Here's wishing you pleasant dreams. Sleep tight. From all of us to all of you, a warm good night. And now we must, I'm afraid, say "good night." Good night, ladies and gentlemen, and good night. Thanks a lot and God bless you. This is Lilly signing off and wishing all of you out there from all of us in here the very best possible good night. I can only hope that you enjoyed watching us as much as we enjoyed being here. Good night. Pleasant dreams. Sleep tight. It's been wonderful being with you, and I hope you'll invite us into your living room again tomorrow night. From the actors and myself, from the staff here, I want to wish you all the best possible night and day before we meet again. It's been wonderful being with you. It's been truly grand. I only wish we could go on but I'm afraid our time is up, and so this is your Lily saying good night to you. Pleasant dreams. Good night all. Good night to you all. Good night to all of you. Good night. Good night. Good night. Good night. Good night. Good night. Good night. Good night. To all of you out there from all of us here good night. And pleasant dreams till we meet again. Good night to you all. Good night. Good night. Good night. Good night.”
Jean-Claude van Itallie, War and Four Other Plays

James Lee Schmidt
“A picture is worth a thousand words, but the way I paint I'm going to need to contact an editor. Even if I were to abstractly paint the phrase "I love you," it would be the visual equivalent of Joyce's Ulysses.
-James Lee Schmidt and Jarod Kintz”
James Lee Schmidt, liQUID PROse QUOtes

Gabriel García Márquez
“A lost bird appeared in the court and was half an hour jumping around between the spikenard. It sang a progressive note, rising an octave at a time, until it became so acute that it was necessary to imagine it.”
Gabriel García Márquez, In Evil Hour

Rebecca McNutt
“I love the smell of old books,” Mandy sighed, inhaling deeply with the book pressed against her face. The yellow pages smelled of wood and paper mills and mothballs.”
Rebecca McNutt, Super 8: The Sequel to Smog City

Karen Quan
“It's super cloudy right now but I think I can see the northern lights from my room. Another observation: Every light is a strobe light, if you just blink fast enough, and drink enough vodka.
-Karen Quan and Jarod Kintz”
Karen Quan, liQUID PROse QUOtes

Milan Kundera
“I also think of those daily slaughters along the highways, of that death that is as horrible as it is banal and that bears no resemblance to cancer or AIDS because, as the work not of nature but of man, it is an almost voluntary death. How can it be that such a death fails to dumbfound us, to turn our lives upside down, to incite us to vast reforms? No, it does not dumbfound us, because like Pasenow, we have a poor sense of the real, and in the sur-real sphere of symbols, this death in the guise of a handsome car actually represents life; this smiling death is con-fused with modernity, freedom, adventure, just as Elisabeth was con-fused with the Virgin. This death of a man condemned to capital punishment, though infinitely rarer, much more readily draws our attention, rouses passions: confounded with the image of the executioner, it has a symbolic voltage that is far stronger, far darker and more repellent. Et cetera.

Man is a child wandering lost—to cite Baudelaire`s poem again—in the "forests of symbols."

(The criterion of maturity: the ability to resist symbols. But mankind grows younger all the time.)”
Milan Kundera, The Art of the Novel

Karen Quan
“This girl who's slept a hundred years has something after all. It's called Centuryitis, and it has turned me into a man. Oh, what will mamma think when she sees me?!
-Karen Quan and Jarod Kintz”
Karen Quan, liQUID PROse QUOtes

“Bunnu was no amateur when it came to escape. And even in his drowsiest moments, he understood implicitly that to forget his circumstances, even for a short while, meant first to forget himself. Who he was and why he was—to strip it all bare and start from scratch, as it were. In his nearly 250 years of life and, now, as an old emaciated man completely estranged from his family and closest friends—albeit more by circumstance than by choice—he understood the importance of this process and revered it, for there were far greater things to be done and achieved in the dark, uncertain areas of existence than in those circumscribed—and thereby strained—by comprehensibility.”
Ashim Shanker, Only the Deplorable

Salvador Dalí
“I don't do drugs I am drugs”
Salvador Dalí

Stella Coulson
“Linear’s defeated form
The intangible reality rise.'' ~ Wanderer”
Stella Coulson, Wanderer: Dark Poetry

Mário-Henrique Leiria
“Uma nêspera
estava na cama
muito calada
a ver
o que acontecia

chegou a Velha
e disse
olha uma nêspera
e zás comeu-a

é o que acontece
às nêsperas
que ficam deitadas
a esperar
o que acontece.”
Mário-Henrique Leiria, Novos Contos do Gin

China Miéville
“Of all the skills necessary for her work, what she was perhaps worst at was being polite to inanimate things.”
China Miéville, Kraken

Haruki Murakami
“People die all the time. Life is a lot more fragile than we think. So you should treat others in a way that leaves no regrets. Fairly, and if possible, sincerely. It's too easy not to make the effort, then weep and wring your hands after the person dies. Personally, I don't buy it."
Yuki leaned against the car door. "But that's real hard, isn't it?" she said.
"Real hard," I said. "But it's worth trying for.”
Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

Connie Kerbs
“In the most surreal, the most joyful, the most beautiful, the most intense, the most alive moments of life, you are absorbed into the horizon which is at its most invisible, elusive, perfect blend of sky and sea.”
Connie Kerbs

Octavio Paz
“Si es real la luz blanca de esta lámpara, real la mano que escribe, ¿son reales los ojos que miran lo escrito?”
Octavio Paz

Mário de Sá-Carneiro
“A minha Alma, fugiu pela Torre Eiffel acima,
- A verdade é esta, não nos criemos mais ilusões
- Fugiu, mas foi apanhado pela antena da TSF
Que a transmitiu pelo infinito em ondas hertzianas...
(Em todo o caso que belo fim para a minha Alma)!...”
Mário de Sá-Carneiro, Obra Poética

Will Advise
“As an evil cultist, I make an excellent evil cultist. Only I'm stupid, and not evil. And I worship nothing, really.”
Will Advise, Nothing is here...

David Wong
“I said to John, 'You know that if you walked around the world, your hat would travel thirty-one feet farther than your shoes?'
John said, 'I dunno, Dave, but before we make a bomb I have to shave half the dog.”
David Wong, John Dies at the End

Charles R. Cross
“In Newcastle, Kurt announced from the stage, “I am a homosexual, I am a drug user, and I fuck pot-bellied pigs,” another classic Cobainism, though only one of his three claims was true.”
Charles R. Cross, Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain

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