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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
“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
“O que não sei dizer é mais importante do que o que eu digo.”
Clarice Lispector
“So long as I have questions to which there are no answers, I shall go on writing.”
Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star
“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
“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
“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.
“I write and that way rid myself of me and then at last I can rest.”
Clarice Lispector
“Do you ever suddenly find it strange to be yourself?”
Clarice Lispector, A Breath of Life
“Do not mourn the dead. They know what they are doing.”
Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star
“She believed in angels, and, because she believed, they existed”
Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star
“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 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
“It is because I dove into the abyss that I am beginning to love the abyss I am made of.”
Clarice Lispector
“Haber nacido me ha estropeado la salud.”
Clarice Lispector
“You don't understand music: you hear it. So hear me with your whole body.”
Clarice Lispector, The Stream of Life
“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
“I've never been free in my whole life. Inside I've always chased myself. I've become intolerable to myself. I live in a lacerating duality. I'm seemingly free, but I'm a prisoner inside of me.”
Clarice Lispector, A Breath of Life
“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.
“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
“Love is now, is always. All that is missing is the coup de grâce- which is called passion.”
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
“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
“Holding someone's hand was always my idea of joy. Often before falling asleep - in that small struggle not to lose consciousness and enter the greater world - often, before having the courage to go toward the greatness of sleep, I pretend that someone is holding my hand and I go, go toward the enormous absence of form that is sleep. And when even then I can't find the courage, then I dream.”
Clarice Lispector, The Passion According to G.H.
“How was she to tie herself to a man without permitting him to imprison her? And was there some means of acquiring things without those things possessing her?”
Clarice Lispector, Near to the Wild Heart
“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
“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.
“And it's inside myself that I must create someone who will understand.”
Clarice Lispector

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