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“كانت في أسعد حالاتها وهي منغلقة الى ذاتها بأفكارها، وكان هذا قوام صلابتها”
Patrick White, فوس
“من الواضح أن الصحاري تُفضل أن تُقاوم التاريخ وأن تُطور سطوره”
Patrick White, فوس
“العظماء يستثنون من الواجبات البديهية”
Patrick White, فوس
“If truth is not acceptable, it becomes the imagination of others.”
Patrick White, Voss
“Life is full of alternatives but no choice.”
Patrick White, The Aunt's Story
“To understand the stars would spoil their appearance.”
Patrick White, Voss
“Because he had nothing to hide, he did perhaps appear to have forfeited a little of his strength. But that is the irony of honesty.”
Patrick White, The Tree Of Man
“I expect we are all jealous of the women in their past, but how much less exciting if the women had not kept the bed warm.”
Patrick White, The Twyborn Affair
tags: life, love
“The map? I will first make it.”
Patrick White, Voss
“هذا الثمل وذلك المجنون وذلك الخائن هم موجودون في كل مكان وزمان”
Patrick White, فوس
“She would have liked to sit upon a rock and listen to words, not of any man, but detached, mysterious, poetic words that she alone would interpret through some sense inherited from sleep.”
Patrick White, Voss
“She had begun to read in the beginning as a protection from the frightening and unpleasant things. She continued because, apart from the story, literature brought with it a kind of gentility for which she craved.”
Patrick White, The Tree Of Man
“Human relationships are vast as deserts: they demand all daring, she seemed to suggest. ”
Patrick White, Voss
“There's nothing so inhuman as a human being.”
Patrick White, The Vivisector
“They walked on rather aimlessly. He hoped she wouldn't notice he was touched, because he wouldn't have known how to explain why. Here lay the great discrepancy between aesthetic truth and sleazy reality.”
Patrick White, The Vivisector
“If I have not lost my mind I can sometimes hear it preparing to defect”
Patrick White
“To make yourself, it is also necessary to destroy yourself.”
Patrick White, Voss
“Reason finally holds a gun at its head - and does not always miss.”
Patrick White, Riders in the Chariot
“I am compelled into this country.”
Patrick White, Voss
“No animal suffers worse than a human being.”
Patrick White, The Vivisector
“I would like to believe in the myth that we grow wiser with age. In a sense my disbelief is wisdom. Those of a middle generation, if charitable or sentimental, subscribe to the wisdom myth, while the callous see us as dispensable objects, like broken furniture or dead flowers. For the young we scarcely exist unless we are unavoidable members of the same family, farting, slobbering, perpetually mislaying teeth and bifocals.”
Patrick White, Three Uneasy Pieces
“Poetry resists academic pretension, just as the mystery of religious faith evaporates on contact with dogma.”
Patrick White, Flaws in the Glass: A Self-Portrait
“Life doesn't end on the kitchen floor while there is the will to dance.”
Patrick White, Three Uneasy Pieces
“The mystery of life is not salved by success, which is an end in itself, but in failure, in perpetual struggle, in becoming.”
Patrick White
“The worst thing about love between human beings is that when you are prepared to love them they don't want it; when they do its you who can't bear the idea.”
Patrick White, The Eye of the Storm
tags: love
“As it is I'm a dated novelist, whom hardly anybody reads, or if they do, most of them don't understand what I am on about. Certainly I wish I had never written Voss, which is going to be everybody's albatross.”
Patrick White
“To kiss and to kill are similar words to eyes that focus with difficulty.”
Patrick White, Voss
“Superficially my war was a comfortable exercise in futility carried out in a grand Scottish hotel amongst the bridge players and swillers of easy-come-by whisky. My chest got me out of active service and into guilt, as I wrote two, or is it three of the novels for which I am now acclaimed.”
Patrick White, Three Uneasy Pieces
“His legend will be written down, eventually, by those who are troubled by it.”
Patrick White, Voss
“At times his arrogance did resolve itself into simplicity, though it was difficult, especially for strangers, to distinguish these occasions.”
Patrick White, Voss

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