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  • #1
    Roman Payne
    “Alexander the Great slept with 'The Iliad' beneath his pillow. During the waning moon, I cradle Homer’s 'Odyssey' as if it were the sweet body of a woman.”
    Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

  • #2
    Roman Payne
    “With the need for the self in the time of another / I left my seaport grim and dear / knowing good work could be made / in the state governed by both Hope and Despair.”
    Roman Payne

  • #3
    Roman Payne
    “I’ve decided the act that cannot wait / is the important will to create / But, ah, if my belly is ignored / the pantry door I shall implore / But I’ve been known to reach the bed / ideas still famished in my head.”
    Roman Payne, Cities & Countries

  • #4
    Roman Payne
    “From all that I saw, and everywhere I wandered, I learned that time cannot be spent. It can only be squandered.”
    Roman Payne

  • #5
    Roman Payne
    “The youthful body untouched decays the fastest, for no living hands record its splendor; and here youth and time are wasted.”
    Roman Payne, Hope and Despair

  • #6
    Roman Payne
    “To wish a healthy man to die is the wish from a mind of sickness. To wish an ailing man to die is the wish of the ambitious.”
    Roman Payne

  • #7
    Roman Payne
    “In life, more than in anything else, it isn’t easy to end up alive.”
    Roman Payne

  • #8
    Roman Payne
    “It’s not that we have to quit this life one day, it’s how many things we have to quit all at once: holding hands, hotel rooms, music, the physics of falling leaves, vanilla and jasmine, poppies, smiling, anthills, the color of the sky, coffee and cashmere, literature, sparks and subway trains... If only one could leave this life slowly!”
    Roman Payne, Hope and Despair

  • #9
    Roman Payne
    “Rest in Peace?’ Why that phrase? That’s the most ridiculous phrase I’ve ever heard! You die, and they say ‘Rest in Peace!’ …Why would one need to ‘rest’ when they’re dead?! I spent thousands of years of world history resting. While Agamemnon was leading his ships to Troy, I was resting. While Ovid was seducing women at the chariot races, I was resting. While Jeanne d’Arc was hallucinating, I was resting. I wait until airplanes are scuttling across the sky to burst out onto the scene, and I’m only going to be here for a short while, so when I die, I certainly won’t need to rest again! Not while more adventures of the same kind are going on.”
    Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

  • #10
    Roman Payne
    “I regained my soul through literature after those times I'd lost it to wild-eyed gypsy girls on the European streets.”
    Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

  • #11
    Roman Payne
    “I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.”
    Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

  • #12
    Roman Payne
    “Women writers make for rewarding (and efficient) lovers. They are clever liars to fathers and husbands; yet they never hold their tongues too long, nor keep ardent typing fingers still.”
    Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

  • #13
    Roman Payne
    “It’s not that we have to quit
    this life one day, but it’s how
    many things we have to quit
    all at once: music, laughter,
    the physics of falling leaves,
    automobiles, holding hands,
    the scent of rain, the concept
    of subway trains... if only one
    could leave this life slowly!”
    Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

  • #14
    Roman Payne
    “I will always know the glory of the beautiful and rare, as they will know security from labour and prayer. As they will hear the laughter of the children they gave life, I will know the torments of the song born under knife.”
    Roman Payne

  • #15
    Roman Payne
    “I care not that this moment’s lot was thin and sparsely dealt; all pleasures sweet can be forgot the instant they are felt.”
    Roman Payne

  • #16
    Roman Payne
    “We all die in the middle of something.”
    Roman Payne

  • #17
    Roman Payne
    “In the boundaryless forests,
    there’re dancers of nude.
    Yet in the confines of pasture,
    there’s promise of food.
    On which is your side?
    Ô, but tarry and bide,
    ere you decide,
    in both do confide.”
    Roman Payne

  • #18
    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

  • #19
    Roman Payne
    “The ‘Muse’ is not an artistic mystery, but a mathematical equation. The gift are those ideas you think of as you drift to sleep. The giver is that one you think of when you first awake.”
    Roman Payne

  • #20
    Roman Payne
    “Who is better off? The one who writes to revel in the voluptuousness of the life that surrounds them? Or the one who writes to escape the tediousness of that which awaits them outside? Whose flame will last longer?”
    Roman Payne

  • #21
    Roman Payne
    “Who’s to say what a ‘literary life’ is? As long as you are writing often, and writing well, you don’t need to be hanging-out in libraries all the time.
    Nightclubs are great literary research centers. So is Ibiza!”
    Roman Payne, Cities & Countries

  • #22
    Roman Payne
    “It’s not that we have to quit
    this life one day, but it’s how
    many things we have to quit
    all at once: music, laughter,
    the physics of falling leaves,
    automobiles, holding hands,
    the scent of rain, the concept
    of subway trains... if only one
    could leave this life slowly!”
    Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy
    tags: death

  • #23
    Roman Payne
    “I like the posture, but not the yoga.
    I like the inebriated morning, but not the opium. I like the flower but not the garden, the moment but not the dream. Quiet, my love. Be still. I am sleeping.”
    Roman Payne



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