Bildungsroman Quotes

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Orhan Pamuk
“Most of the time it's not the Europeans who belittle us. What happens when we look at them is that we belittle ourselves. When we undertake the pilgrimage, it's not just to escape the tyranny at home but also to reach to the depths of our souls. The day arrives when the guilty must return to save those who could not find the courage to leave.”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow

Roman Payne
“The day came when she discovered sex, sensuality, and literature; she said, 'I submit! Let my life be henceforth ruled by poetry. Let me reign as the queen of my dreams until I become nothing less than the heroine of God.”
Roman Payne

Michael Ben Zehabe
“The next day, the cycle starts again. We’re set out like decorative plates in this cavernous architecture, and such a craggy dining hall it is. Not exactly a Claude Monet cottage, more of a Medieval bastion—a vestige of Roman conquests. It still moans with the rickety sounds of age. I can almost hear the grumblings of ancient inhabitants.”
Michael Benzehabe

Alex Flinn
“It is hard to know how to save the world if one has never lived in it.”
Alex Flinn, Girls of July

Katie Neipris
“Boys annoyed her. Girls annoyed her. She should have been a cat.”
Katie Neipris

Barry N. Malzberg
“Inevitably, his vision verged toward the fantastic; he published a scattering of stories - most included in this volume - which appeared to conform to that genre at least to the degree that the fuller part of his vision could be seen as "mysteries." For Woolrich it all was fantastic; the clock in the tower, hand in the glove, out of control vehicle, errant gunshot which destroyed; whether destructive coincidence was masked in the "naturalistic" or the "incredible" was all pretty much the same to him. RENDEZVOUS IN BLACK, THE BRIDE WORE BLACK, NIGHTMARE are all great swollen dreams, turgid constructions of the night, obsession and grotesque outcome; to turn from these to the "fantastic" was not to turn at all. The work, as is usually the case with a major writer was perfectly formed, perfectly consistent, the vision leached into every area and pulled the book together. "Jane Brown's Body" is a suspense story. THE BRIDE WORE BLACK is science fiction. PHANTOM LADY is a gothic. RENDEZVOUS IN BLACK was a bildungsroman. It does not matter.”
Barry N. Malzberg, The Fantastic Stories of Cornell Woolrich

Marcel Proust
“There is no man,’ he began, ‘however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory. And yet he ought not entirely to regret it, because he cannot be certain that he has indeed become a wise man—so far as it is possible for any of us to be wise—unless he has passed through all the fatuous or unwholesome incarnations by which that ultimate stage must be preceded. I know that there are young fellows, the sons and grand sons of famous men, whose masters have instilled into them nobility of mind and moral refinement in their schooldays. They have, perhaps, when they look back upon their past lives, nothing to retract; they can, if they choose, publish a signed account of everything they have ever said or done; but they are poor creatures, feeble descendants of doctrinaires, and their wisdom is negative and sterile. We are not provided with wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can take for us, an effort which no one can spare us, for our wisdom is the point of view from which we come at last to regard the world. The lives that you admire, the attitudes that seem noble to you are not the result of training at home, by a father, or by masters at school, they have sprung from beginnings of a very different order, by reaction from the influence of everything evil or commonplace that prevailed round about them. They represent a struggle and a victory. I can see that the picture of what we once were, in early youth, may not be recognisable and cannot, certainly, be pleasing to contemplate in later life. But we must not deny the truth of it, for it is evidence that we have really lived, that it is in accordance with the laws of life and of the mind that we have, from the common elements of life, of the life of studios, of artistic groups—assuming that one is a painter—extracted something that goes beyond them.”
Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove, Part 2

Katie Neipris
“After months of separation her friends still catalyzed her thoughts and challenged her opinions and wrangled with her emotions, and she was relieved to see that they still slid into the familiar patterns, the comfortable ruts of long-established personalities. It was nice but it also worried her. Could there be room for growth? How could you change around the people that knew you best, who knew you backwards and forwards and knew you so well that they defined themselves by you and you by them? How could you possibly evolve, like really evolve and become a whole person all on your own, when your own makeup was inextricably intertwined with someone else’s perception of themselves?”
Katie Neipris, The Inconvenient Process of Falling

Katie Neipris
“She’d always pictured her future self as a lone wolf traveling around the world, ensnaring romantic conquests and achieving her wildest and most ambitious goals. She didn’t think that at nineteen she would be so dependent on other people; she pictured herself as an autonomous and untouchable force that occasionally flitted back home to show off her new feathers before flying away to her life that was much more exciting than theirs.”
Katie Neipris

John Green
“È che non mi piace dover vivere dentro un corpo. Se ha un senso. E penso che magari nel profondo sono solo uno strumento che esiste per trasformare l'ossigeno in diossido di carbonio, un mero organismo in questa...vastità. E mi fa tantissima paura l'idea che quello a cui penso come, tipo, al mio aperte virgolette io chiuse virgolette non sia sotto il mio controllo. Tipo sono sicura che ti sei accorto che in questo momento ho la mano sudata anche se fa troppo freddo per sudare, e odio questa cosa che quando comincio a sudare non riesco a smettere, e poi non riesco a pensare a nient'altro se non che sto sudando. E se non puoi scegliere quello che fai o quello che pensi, allora non sei veramente vero, capito? Forse sono solo una bugia che sto sussurrando a me stessa.”
John Green, Turtles All the Way Down

Alex Flinn
“Before she came here, she'd thought she could be independent. Now, she knew she could -- but only if she had the help of others and was able to help them in return.”
Alex Flinn, Girls of July

Alice Munro
“I went around the house to the back door thinking, I have been to a dance and a boy has walked me home and kissed me. It was all true. My life was possible.”
Alice Munro, Dance of the Happy Shades

Sarah Domet
“There is hell and there is war. The two are difficult to distinguish, but hopefully you’ll never know the sting of either. That’s why you need to be good girls. The world is a mysterious place, full of times. An abundance of times. Times. War times. Peace times. Sometimes it is difficult to figure out exactly what time. As you sit here today, ask yourself: What time is it?”
Sarah Domet, The Guineveres

Ofelia Huamanchumo de la Cuba
“¡Au soleil de la Côte d'Azur, au soleil de la Côte d'Azur! Me resultarías mil veces más divertido, más brillante y más humano, tú, sol de la Côte d'Azur, si hicieras como en el cuento de la apuesta entre el Viento y el Sol, que e elemento masculino se dejara estudiar también. Las aguas de tu Mar Mediterráneo me resultarían más salerosas, su quietud haría calmado contraste con el torbellino que a mis ojos desatarías. Pero ahora parece que los hombres de este lado del mundo son más recatados que sus mujeres. ¿Quién tuvo vergüenza primero de la desnudez de su cuerpo? ¿Fue Adán o fue Eva? Como quiera que haya sido, adonde fueres haz lo que vieres: me desnudo.
De pronto, otras ideas me invaden. La anatomía no hace sino comprobarnos la pobre realidad de que el ser humano no ve más allá de la tercera dimensión y llama 'avance' a cuanto más y mejor logra ver objetivamente. Somos pudorosos; incapaces de desnudar nuestros corazones para ---solo sintiéndolo--- decir 'esto existe' ".”
Ofelia Huamanchumo de la Cuba, Dias de un viaje. Fotorrelatos de una limeña

Hanya Yanagihara
“If I were a different kind of person, I might say this whole incident is a metaphor for life in general: things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully. (Harold Stein)”
Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

Nagwa Malik
“But she couldn’t stop. The smell of her burning house still filled her nostrils even as the chilly breeze swept by her enticingly.
The screams that rang out were deafening; flames shot up everywhere. The screams were prolonged and were she, a little child of ten, not so scared, they would have been very irritating for they were constant; they were horror filled, they spelt death and terror.”
Nagwa Malik, Life Makes A Novel...A Novel

Adewale Joel
“The story of the self is simply the insight into the emotions of the protagonist and how he interacts with the outside world.”
Adewale Joel, Learn Creative Writing: A guide to writing perfect drafts

Joe Abercrombie
“She knew she'd been unhappy there. She'd said it so often, even she was tired of her moaning. Now she rubbed at the thorn and stinking fur on her cloak and wondered how she could've been so hurt by cold words and sharp looks. Seemed foolish and childish and weak. But that's what growing up is, maybe. Realising what a fucking arse you've been.”
Joe Abercrombie

“At the same time that I welcomed the busy confusion, I felt a stab of regret for the first sweet lonely months of my life in this city that touched me so deeply. I like the image of my own loneliness. The brief meaningless rendezvous with men quickly forgotten. I promised to keep enough of myself aloof from these new entanglements so that I might go on reveling in that delicious privacy.”
Margaret Brown Kilik, The Duchess of Angus

Hanya Yanagihara
“If I were a different kind of person, I might say this whole incident is a metaphor for life in general: things get broken, and sometimes they get repaired, and in most cases, you realize that no matter what gets damaged, life rearranges itself to compensate for your loss, sometimes wonderfully.”
Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life

Masashi Kishimoto
“My teacher taught me a ton of things. Some of t was invaluable, some of it was completely useless. Yours did too, right? Lots of things... countless things. We're on our way there there, too, you know? To their side. The side that leaves behind instead of inherits. It may be troublesome but its the way of the world”
Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto, Vol. 44: Senjutsu Heir

Masashi Kishimoto
“My teacher taught me a ton of things. Some of it was invaluable, some of it was completely useless. Yours did too, right? Lots of things... countless things. We're on our way there there, too, you know? To their side. The side that leaves behind instead of inherits. It may be troublesome but its the way of the world.”
Masashi Kishimoto, Naruto, Vol. 44: Senjutsu Heir