Meanings Quotes

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Haruki Murakami
“It is not that the meaning cannot be explained. But there are certain meanings that are lost forever the moment they are explained in words.”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

Markus Zusak
“The orange flames waved at the crowd as paper and print dissolved inside them. Burning words were torn from their sentences. ”
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

Erik Pevernagie
“Definitions and meanings change all the time. Truth and reality are very volatile, indefinite, multi layered and sometimes very paradoxical. That’s why it is very fiddly to make a set definition for the phenomena of our daily life. ( " Did not expect it would ever happen, there" )”
Erik Pevernagie

C.S. Lewis
“But the greatest cause of verbicide is the fact that most people are obviously far more anxious to express their approval and disapproval of things than to describe them. Hence the tendency of words to become less descriptive and more evaluative; then become evaluative, while still retaining some hint of the sort of goodness or badness implied; and to end up by being purely evaluative -- useless synonyms for good or for bad.”
C.S. Lewis, Studies in Words

Alex Morritt
“In the absence of a formally agreed, worldwide dictionary definition of 'Quotography' (in 2016), here are my two cents worth: 'Quotography is the art of pairing unique quotations with complementary images in order to express thought-provoking ideas, challenging concepts, profound sentiments'.”
Alex Morritt, Lines & Lenses

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“The reason creatures wanted to use language instead of mental telepathy was that they found out they could get so much more done with language. Language made them so much more active. Mental telepathy, with everybody constantly telling everybody everything, produced a sort of generalized indifference to all information. But language, with its slow, narrow meanings, made it possible to think about one thing at a time -- to start thinking in terms of projects.”
Kurt Vonnegut Jr., God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

Elif Shafak
“- Когато гледаш една ръка отдалеч, Кимя, може да ти се стори, че има само едно течение. Ала гмурнеш ли се във водата, си даваш сметка, че там има повече от една река. Реката е скрила в себе си различни течения и всички те текат в съзвучие, но същевременно са напълно обособени едно от друго.”
Elif Shafak, The Forty Rules of Love

Roland Barthes
“(Sartre) (The world is full without me, as in Nausea; the world plays at living behind a glass partition; the world is in an aquarium; I see everything close up and yet cut off, made of some other substance; I keep falling outside myself, without dizziness, without blue, into precision.”
Roland Barthes

“It is commonplace to talk as if the world "has" meaning, to ask what "is" the meaning of a phrase, a gesture, a painting, a contract. Yet when thought about, it is clear that events are devoid of meaning until someone assigns it to them.”
Dean Barnlund

Dejan Stojanovic
“A versifier arranges sounds; a poet arranges meaning in the sounds.”
Dejan Stojanovic, Serbian Satire and Aphorisms

Charles Dickens
“Playful -- playful warbler,' said Mr Pecksniff. It may be observed in connection with his calling his daughter a 'warbler,' that she was not at all vocal, but that Mr Pecksniff was in the frequent habit of using any word that occurred to him as having a good sound, and rounding a sentence well without much care for its meaning. And he did this so boldly, and in such an imposing manner, that he would sometimes stagger the wisest people with his eloquence, and make them gasp again.”
Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit

Anna-Marie McLemore
“He kisses me, the taste of sugar on my lips, and salt and spice on his.
This is my heart, says the warm sugar of the vanilla.
This is the inside of me, murmurs the cinnamon.
This is everything that hurts, confesses the bright edge of chili powder, and everything I miss and everything I hope for.
This is everything I do not say but that I hold in me, whispers that breath of salt at the end. This is my hidden heart of color and sugar, the things you might miss if I did not show you they were there.”
Anna-Marie McLemore, Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love

Don DeLillo
“I tell myself I have reached an age, the age of unreliable menace. The world is full of abandoned meanings. In the commonplace I find unexpected themes and intensities.”
Don DeLillo, White Noise

Louise Glück
“I write about you all the time, I said aloud. Every time I say "I", it refers to you.”
Louise Glück, Faithful and Virtuous Night

Donna Tartt
“While I was washing my face, I began to cry. The tears mingled easily with the cold water, in the luminous, dripping crimson of my cupped fingers, and at first I wasn't aware that I was crying at all. The sobs were regular and emotionless, as mechanical as the dry heaves which had stopped only a moment earlier; there was no reason for them, they had nothing to do with me. I brought my head up and looked at my weeping reflection in the mirror with a kind of detached interest. What does this mean? I thought. I looked terrible. Nobody else was falling apart; yet here I was, shaking all over and seeing bats like Ray Milland in The Lost Weekend.

A cold draft was blowing in the window. I felt shaky but oddly refreshed. I ran myself a hot bath, throwing in a good handful of Judy's bath salts, and when I got out and put on my clothes I felt quite myself again.

Nihil sub sole novum, I thought as I walked back down the hail to my room. Any action, in the fullness of time, sinks to nothingness...”
Donna Tartt, The Secret History

Steven Redhead
“Feelings have meanings.”
Steven Redhead, Life Is A Cocktail

Vanessa Diffenbaugh
“Sitting under a tree, I studied my options. The fall flowers were in full bloom: verbena, goldenrod, chrysanthemum, and a late-blooming rose. The carefully tended city beds around the park held layers of textured evergreen but little color.
I set to work, considering height, density, texture, and layers of scent, removing touch-damaged petals with careful pinches. When I had finished, spiraling white mums emerged from a cushion of snow-colored verbena, and clusters of pale climbing roses circled and dripped over the edge of a tightly wrapped nosegay. I removed every thorn. The bouquet was white as a wedding and spoke of prayers, truth, and an unacquainted heart.”
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Language of Flowers

Vanessa Diffenbaugh
“While I worked, I thought about Earl's wife, tried to bring forth an image of the once-passionate woman: her tired, withdrawn, unsuspecting face. Would she react to the wild bouquet of mums and periwinkle, truth and tender recollections? I felt sure she would, and imagined the relief and gratitude on Earl's face as he boiled water for tea, provoking the opinionated woman he had missed into a discussion of politics or poetry.”
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Language of Flowers

Vanessa Diffenbaugh
“The more I read, the more I felt my understanding of the universe slip away from me. Columbine symbolized both 'desertion' and 'folly'; poppy, 'imagination' and 'extravagance'. The almond blossom, listed as 'indiscretion' in Elizabeth's dictionary, appeared in others as 'hope' and occasionally 'thoughtlessness'. The definitions were not only different, they were often contradictory. Even common thistle- the staple of my communication- appeared as 'misanthropy' only when it wasn't defined as 'austerity'.”
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Language of Flowers

Vanessa Diffenbaugh
“Have you ever given anyone a red rose?" Grant asked. I looked at him as if he was trying to force-feed me foxglove. "Moss rose? Myrtle? Pink?" he pressed.
"Confession of love? Love? Pure love?" I asked, to make sure we shared the same definitions. He nodded. "No, no, and no."
I picked a pale blush-colored bud and shredded the petals one at a time.
"I'm more of a thistle-peony-basil kind of girl," I said.
"Misanthropy-anger-hate," said Grant. "Hmm."
I turned away. "You asked," I said.
"It's kind of ironic, don't you think?" he asked, looking around us at the roses. They were all in bloom, and not one was yellow. "Here you are, obsessed with a romantic language- a language invented for expression between lovers- and you use it to spread animosity.”
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Language of Flowers

Vanessa Diffenbaugh
“The rapid growth of Message- combined with an outpouring of florists offering consultations in the language of flowers to the streams of brides Marlena and I turned away- caused a subtle but concrete shift in the Bay Area flower industry. Marlena reported that peony, marigold, and lavender lingered in their plastic buckets at the flower market while tulips, lilac, and passionflower sold out before the sun rose. For the first time anyone could remember, jonquil became available long after its natural bloom season had ended. By the end of July, bold brides carried ceramic bowls of strawberries or fragrant clusters of fennel, and no one questioned their aesthetics but rather marveled at the simplicity of their desire.
If the trajectory continued, I realized, Message would alter the quantities of anger, grief, and mistrust growing in the earth on a massive scale. Farmers would uproot fields of foxglove to plant yarrow, the soft clusters of pink, yellow, and cream the cure to a broken heart. The prices of sage, ranunculus, and stock would steadily increase. Plum trees would be planted for the sole purpose of harvesting their delicate, clustered blossoms and sunflowers would fall permanently out of fashion, disappearing from flower stands, craft stores, and country kitchens. Thistle would be cleared compulsively from empty lots and overgrown gardens.”
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Language of Flowers

Samuel Beckett
“No symbols where none intended”
Samuel Beckett, Watt

J. Limbu
“But life was something more; more than what I’ve seen, more than what I’ve heard, more than I’ll ever live.”
J. Limbu

Deyth Banger
“Life is a whole assuption of many meanings.”
Deyth Banger

“المرء لا يملك شيء يستحق ان يورثة ... سوي نفسه! هشام نيبر
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The One does not have anything worth that is inherited ... only his self! Hesham Nebr”
Hesham Nebr

Scaylen Renvac
“Wing twitches and ear switches mean nothing more than what you want them to. - The Malwatch”
Scaylen Renvac

Avijeet Das
“She speaks in unheard words
poignant with meanings deep
another bird of silence caws
as the breeze swirls and spins”
Avijeet Das

“She's seen women on the street with flowers behind their ears, along the road, in stores, on their way home from the fields carrying baskets of cassava, the yellowish white root that's used in every meal. She's seen the red hibiscus, the bulging ginger blossom, the bewitchingly aromatic frangipani behind the ears of men too, but she wasn't aware of this secret code for courting.”
Anne Ostby, Pieces of Happiness

Anne Østby
“Make sure you wear it on the left side. That means you're single and ready for new adventures. 'Left is for looking, right is for cooking.'"
Lisbeth giggles, almost blushes, and lifts her hand to her head reflexively. She's seen women on the street with flowers behind their ears, along the road, in stores, on their way home from the fields carrying baskets of cassava, the yellowish white root that's used in every meal. She's seen the red hibiscus, the bulging ginger blossom, the bewitchingly aromatic frangipani behind the ears of men too, but she wasn't aware of this secret code for courting.”
Anne Østby, Pieces of Happiness: A Novel of Friendship, Hope and Chocolate

Eli Of Kittim
“Seldom do we embrace a new idea, especially one of a religious nature.”
Eli Of Kittim, The Little Book of Revelation: The First Coming of Jesus at the End of Days

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