Contradictory Quotes

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Stevie Nicks
“When you grow up as a girl, the world tells you the things that you are supposed to be: emotional, loving, beautiful, wanted. And then when you are those things, the world tells you they are inferior: illogical, weak, vain, empty.”
Stevie Nicks

André Aciman
“Everything tells me you care for me. And yet never a sign from you.”
André Aciman, Enigma Variations

Craig Ferguson
“The views expressed by Me are in no way endorsed by CBS any of its allied companies or in fact Me.”
Craig Ferguson

Anna Funder
“He can switch from one view to another with frightening ease. I think it is a sign of being accustomed to such power that the truth does not matter because you cannot be contradicted.”
Anna Funder, Stasiland: Stories from Behind the Berlin Wall

Sandra Newman
“It was beautiful to be heartbroken, it was as pleasurable as a thing could be. But pointless.”
Sandra Newman, The Heavens

Ruth Stone
“To violate beauty
is the essence of sexual desire.
To procreate is the essence of decay.”
Ruth Stone, In the Next Galaxy

Ruth Stone
“and what is not there
is always more than there.”
Ruth Stone, In the Next Galaxy

“Reading bad books is worse than reading nothing at all.”
Andrew Pudewa

Iris Murdoch
“Decide what you want and go for it, Fred, it's just a matter of will power!" I remember you saying that to me more than once.'

I did not recall saying this nor did it sound like anything which anyone would say more than once, assuming he had ever had the misfortune to say it at all, but I was glad that Freddie had such rosy memories.”
Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea

Iris Murdoch
“And suffering we know breeds images, it breeds the most beautiful images of all.”
Iris Murdoch, Henry and Cato

“For the first time, Ted imagined fucking Anna the way he (almost) fucked Rachel: cruelly, without concern for her comfort, fully acknowledging that as much as he loved her, he hated her, too.”
Kristen Roupenian, You Know You Want This

“That was how I responded to beauty, in both women and men: drawn to it at first, and then recoiling. Ruled by my own shallow impulses, then angry at the trick.”
Kristen Roupenian, You Know You Want This

“He said I didn't want to tell you
to wait for me
(But wait for me)”
Emily Skaja, Brute: Poems

Ottessa Moshfegh
“It's the map of my childhood, my sadness, my Eden, my hell and home.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen

Dexter Palmer
“But also: nightmares. The most delicious nightmares, the kind that one has only after the wall between the mundane and the magical is breached directly before one's eyes; nightmares that make you smile as you shiver in your sleep.”
Dexter Palmer, Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen

Gabriela Mistral
“I don't want to know, but I would like
to know it all from your own mouth,
how she fell, what she said when she screamed
and whether she cursed or blessed you.”
Gabriela Mistral, Madwomen: Poems of Gabriela Mistral

Laura Kasischke
“That to want to succeed is to fail”
Laura Kasischke, Space, in Chains

Iris Murdoch
“But there can be intuitions even here of a more sublime agony.”
Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince

Iris Murdoch
“I had been confronted (at last) with a sizeable ordeal labelled with my name. This was not something to be wasted.”
Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince

Iris Murdoch
“One morning, one day, perhaps soon, she would come to him and find him gone; and she knew how much she did not want to see him die, and yet how much she also wished that he might die holding her hand. These thoughts induced tears, which he must not see; and she tried not to think too much about the terrible mystery which was to be enacted . . .”
Iris Murdoch, The Message to the Planet

Iris Murdoch
“Yes, I am free, she said to herself, but it's not like ordinary freedom, it's being in hell, a brilliant lucid hell.”
Iris Murdoch, The Message to the Planet

Iris Murdoch
“When one is very close to Truth itself, truthfulness vanishes.”
Iris Murdoch, The Message to the Planet

Iris Murdoch
“In a way it does not matter where I am. In another way where I am is fated.”
Iris Murdoch, The Message to the Planet

Deborah Landau
“There's a little edge of pain here and we walk along it.
Don't cry, don't kiss me either, and also don't stop.”
Deborah Landau, The Last Usable Hour

Deborah Landau
“now you are here
and never here”
Deborah Landau, The Last Usable Hour

Iris Murdoch
“He felt indestructible because destroyed.”
Iris Murdoch, The Sacred and Profane Love Machine

John Keats
“How long is this posthumous life of mine to last?”
John Keats

Ruth Stone
“All things come to an end.
No, they go on forever.”
Ruth Stone, In the Next Galaxy

Henry James
“It was nothing, but it was somehow everything—it was that something for each of them had happened.”
Henry James, The Wings of the Dove

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“How I hated her and how drawn I was to her at that moment!”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground

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