Strangeness Quotes

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Jim Morrison
“People are strange . . .”
Jim Morrison

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

Arthur Conan Doyle
“Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, A Case of Identity - a Sherlock Holmes Short Story

Charles Baudelaire
“Strangeness is a necessary ingredient in beauty.”
Charles Baudelaire

Audrey Niffenegger
“You're the oddest person I've ever met, you couldn't get rid of me if you tried.”
Audrey Niffenegger, Her Fearful Symmetry

Jim Morrison
“The world we suggest is a new wild west. A sensuous evil world. Strange and haunting, the path of the sun…”
Jim Morrison

J.A. Baker
“I have always longed to be part of the outward life, to be out there at the edge of things, to let the human taint wash away in emptiness and silence as the fox sloughs his smell into the cold unworldliness of water; to return to town a stranger. Wandering flushes a glory that fades with arrival.”
J.A. Baker, The Peregrine

Christopher Fowler
“It was true that the city could still throw shadows filled with mystifying figures from its past, whose grip on the present could be felt on certain strange days, when the streets were dark with rain and harmful ideas.”
Christopher Fowler, Ten Second Staircase

Christopher Hopper
“Well, writing novels is incredibly simple: an author sits down…and writes.

Granted, most writers I know are a bit strange.

Some, downright weird.

But then again, you’d have to be.

To spend hundreds and hundreds of hours sitting in front of a computer screen staring at lines of information is pretty tedious. More like a computer programmer. And no matter how cool the Matrix made looking at code seem, computer programmers are even weirder than authors.”
Christopher Hopper

David Sedaris
“For as long as I can remember, my father saved. He saves money, he saves disfigured sticks that resemble disfigured celebrities, and most of all, he saves food. Cherry tomatoes, sausage biscuits, the olives plucked from other people's martinis --he hides these things in strange places until they are rotten. And then he eats them.”
David Sedaris, Me Talk Pretty One Day

Alberto Caeiro
“It’s stranger than every strangeness
And the dreams of all the poets
And the thoughts of all the philosophers,
That things are really what they seem to be
And there’s nothing to understand.”
Alberto Caeiro, The Keeper of Sheep

Krystal Sutherland
“Strangeness is a necessary ingredient in beauty.”
Krystal Sutherland, Our Chemical Hearts

Albert Camus
“A step lower and strangeness creeps in: perceiving that the world is "dense", sensing to what a degree a stone is foreign and irreducible to us, with what intensity nature or a landscape can negate us. At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman, and these hills, the softness of the sky, the outline of these trees at this very minute lose the illusory meaning with which we had clothed them, henceforth more remote than a lost paradise. The primitive hostility of the world rises up to face us across millenia.”
Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays

Alain de Botton
“We read the weird tales in newspapers to crowd out the even weirder stuff inside us.”
Alain de Botton

“Perhaps we only leave
So we may once again arrive,
To get a bird's eye view
Of what it means to be alive.
For there is beauty in returning,
Oh how wonderful, how strange,
To see that everything is different
But know it's only you who's changed.”
Erin Hanson

John Updike
“…he is unlike the other customers. They sense it too, and look at him with hard eyes, eyes like little metal studs pinned into the white faces of young men [...] In the hush his entrance creates, the excessive courtesy the weary woman behind the counter shows him amplifies his strangeness. He orders coffee quietly and studies the rim of the cup to steady the sliding in his stomach. He had thought, he had read, that from shore to shore all America was the same. He wonders, Is it just these people I’m outside or is it all America?”
Updike, John, Rabbit, Run

Catherine of Genoa
What the majority of people look, act, and talk and like.
So what if the majority became what we see as wierd now?
Would our normal, become our new wierd?”

Allyse Near
“Ah, sweetie. If the poets couldn’t unriddle them, then you certainly can’t. Be kind, and keep your ears on offer if she wants to talk. But you can’t draw out the strangeness, Edgar. It’s not a poison.”
Allyse Near, Fairytales for Wilde Girls

“In my family strange is relative.”
Kate Rockland, Falling Is Like This

Kenneth Patchen
“Never oppose what seems strange in yourself. That is the only part which is aware.”
Kenneth Patchen, They Keep Riding Down All The Time

Brian Andreas
“I've always seen hidden meanings in everything. Whenever I used to do those puzzles in children's magazines, the ones where you're supposed to find all the hidden pictures, I'd never find the right ones. I'd say I found the griffin, and the Wesselman steam engine, and the missing little finger of the mummy of Tut, and everyone would give me a strange look and say, All you're looking for is a yellow duck.

[…] work up to the voices of places you can only imagine. Ask where to find the griffin, and the Wesselman steam engine, and the little finger of Tut. I know they're out there, and usually in the strangest of places.

And if you find the yellow duck, let me know. That's the one I always miss.”
Brian Andreas, Still Mostly True

Haruki Murakami
“The doctor loved his wife and child. They were the most wonderful thing that had ever happened to him in his life--especially his daughter for whom his love bordered on obsession. For them, he would have gladly given up his life. Indeed, he had often imagined doing so, and the deaths he had endured for them in his mind seemed the sweetest deaths imaginable. At the same time, however, he would often come home from work and, seeing his wife and daughter there, think to himself, These people are, finally, separate human beings, with whom I have no connection. They were something other, something of which he had no true knowledge, something that existed in a place far away from the doctor himself. And whenever he felt this way, the thought would cross his mind that he himself had chosen neither of these people on his own--which did not prevent him from loving them unconditionally, without the slightest reservation. This was, for the doctor, a great paradox, an insoluble contradiction, a gigantic trap that had been set for him in his life.”
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

George Saunders
“More and more, I have no idea what I think of anything. It’s as if the world were this very strange beast under a big tarp. Writing is a way of poking at the tarp. You can watch what the beast does during the poking and maybe surmise something about the sort of beast it is, but you also don’t want to be too confident in your theories. I really like the fact that, these days, I can’t say what writing is for, what it’s supposed to do, or how it’s supposed to affect us. I just like doing it.”
George Saunders

Mehmet Murat ildan
“If all the eccentricities and all the strangenesses in this world suddenly disappear, people will fall asleep from the boredom! Every kind of oddities make life more interesting, less boring!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Ruth Stone
“I sometimes stood for long moments
listening to some bird telling me of the strangeness of myself”
Ruth Stone, In the Next Galaxy

“When angels woe for the pittyfullness of a soul,
the great diviner of oneself will cease to exist.
That’s the mortala purpose of the afterlife.”
D.L. Lewis

Mehmet Murat ildan
“If everything seems strange to you when you look around, then there must be something weird about you! If nothing looks strange to you when you look around, then there must be something weird about you again!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Mehmet Murat ildan
“If we make a comment about a person who seems weird to us without knowing what she has experienced in her life, this will be the real weirdness.”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Elizabeth Mckenzie
“Are you committed to having a really strange life?"

She laughed. "Probably. What do you mean?”
Elizabeth Mckenzie, The Portable Veblen

Karl Kristian Flores
“Sometimes, in their wide-eyed, ashamed, fanatical temperament, their humanity spills out in a discomfort that is nearly frightening. But, we all harbor some form of innocent strangeness that we keep to ourselves—our fears, our obsessions, our questionable sanities. They are the reasons why we do things— routes we take, instruments we learn, and CDs we buy. It sounds like honey, but I’m not just being an essayist here. I do believe it. And it’s the truth because today, I’d like to share my strange with you.”
Karl Kristian Flores, The Goodbye Song

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