Gesture Quotes

Quotes tagged as "gesture" (showing 1-22 of 22)
Roland Barthes
“You see the first thing we love is a scene. For love at first sight requires the very sign of its suddenness; and of all things, it is the scene which seems to be seen best for the first time: a curtain parts and what had not yet ever been seen is devoured by the eyes: the scene consecrates the object I am going to love. The context is the constellation of elements, harmoniously arranged that encompass the experience of the amorous subject...

Love at first sight is always spoken in the past tense. The scene is perfectly adapted to this temporal phenomenon: distinct, abrupt, framed, it is already a memory (the nature of a photograph is not to represent but to memorialize)... this scene has all the magnificence of an accident: I cannot get over having had this good fortune: to meet what matches my desire.

The gesture of the amorous embrace seems to fulfill, for a time, the subject's dream of total union with the loved being: The longing for consummation with the other... In this moment, everything is suspended: time, law, prohibition: nothing is exhausted, nothing is wanted: all desires are abolished, for they seem definitively fulfilled... A moment of affirmation; for a certain time, though a finite one, a deranged interval, something has been successful: I have been fulfilled (all my desires abolished by the plenitude of their satisfaction).”
Roland Barthes, A Lover's Discourse: Fragments

“A fleeting moment can become an eternity. From a past encounter everything may disappear in the dungeon of forgetfulness. A few furtive flashes or innocent twinkles can survive, though. Some immaterial details may remain marked in our memory, forever. A significant look, a salient colour or a unforeseen gesture may abide, indelibly engraved in our mind. ( "Girl in blue" )”
Erik Pevernagie

François Rabelais
“Gestures, in love, are incomparably more attractive, effective and valuable than words.”
François Rabelais

Rumi
“I wait
with silent passion
for one gesture
one glance
from you”
Rumi, The Love Poems of Rumi

Anaïs Nin
“Every gesture was one of disorder and violence, as if a lioness had come into the room.”
Anaïs Nin, Little Birds

Milan Kundera
“A gesture cannot be regarded as the expression of an individual, as his creation (because no individual is capable of creating a fully original gesture, belonging to nobody else), nor can it even be regarded as that person's instrument; on the contrary, it is gestures that use us as their instruments, as their bearers and incarnations”
Milan Kundera, Immortality

Michael Bassey Johnson
“An introvert talks more than an extrovert because when the mouth is closed, the mind is opened.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Zadie Smith
“You never know, until it happens, what you will owe the dead.”
Zadie Smith, The Autograph Man

Miya Yamanouchi
“When you're having what you feel like is a "bad day" and then someone comes along out of nowhere and extends to you the simplest of kind gestures, you feel it so deeply within your heart.”
Miya Yamanouchi, Embrace Your Sexual Self: A Practical Guide for Women

Filippo Bologna
“Between an action and reaction, between a gesture and its consequences, everybody agrees that there is an exact relationship, but not necessarily a proportionate one.”
Filippo Bologna, The Parrots

Terry Pratchett
“His voice gave out and he made several wavy motions with his hand, indicative of the shape of a woman who would probably be unable to keep her balance.”
Terry Pratchett, Eric

Pushpa Rana
“Kiss is another physical gesture if it doesn't touch your soul.”
Pushpa Rana, Just the Way I Feel

Truman Capote
“Она рассеянно посмотрела на меня и потёрла нос, будто он чесался; жест этот, как я впоследствии понял, часто его наблюдая, означал, что собеседник проявляет излишнее любопытство. Как и многих людей, охотно и откровенно о себе рассказывающих, всякий прямой вопрос сразу её настораживал.”
Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany's

“Forgive me for not loving how you deserve.
With weak knees that in their grand gesture can only collapse instead of bow.”
Taylor Patton

Michael Bassey Johnson
“I have come to realize that my stupid gestures excites women alot, and if I'm really stupid, i will dare to take them to bed and excite them even more.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Adam Johnson
“In a gesture of socialist support, the Dear Leader placed his hand upon her.”
Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master's Son

Dan Brown
“-flashed Langdon the thumbs-up
sign. Langdon smiled weakly and returned the gesture, wondering if she knew it was the ancient phallic
symbol for masculine virility.”
Dan Brown, Angels & Demons

“Empty roads have many stories,
Stories could be the right #gesture
to the destination of realization.”
Abhinav Rajput

Rick Riordan
“I flipped him a gesture that he wouldn't need sign language to understand.”
Rick Riordan, The Sword of Summer

Terry Pratchett
“I was supposed to be making some soup," said Rincewind. He waved the onions vaguely. It was probably not the most heroic or purposeful gesture ever made.”
Terry Pratchett, The Light Fantastic

Eudora Welty
“The camera was a hand-held auxiliary of wanting-to-know. It had more than information and accuracy to teach me. I learned in the doing how ready I had to be. Life doesn't hold still. A good snapshot stopped a moment from running away. Photography taught me that to be able to capture transience, by being ready to click the shutter at the crucial moment, was the greatest need I had. Making pictures of people in all sorts of situations, I learned that every feeling waits upon its gesture, and I had to be prepared to recognize this moment when I saw it. These were things a writer needed to know. And I felt the need to hold transient life in words - there's so much more of life that only words can convey - strongly enough to last me as long as I lived. The direction my mind took was a writer's direction from the start, not a photographer's or a recorder's.”
Eudora Welty, On Writing

“Hygge is part of the language of human action and interaction all over the world. To hygge is a universal impetus revealed in the small rituals, gestures and daily experiences that unite and define us all.”
Louisa Thomsen Brits, The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well

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