Text Quotes

Quotes tagged as "text" (showing 1-30 of 56)
“Can't you see that I'm only advising you to beg yourself not to be so dumb?”
Petronius, The Satyricon

Roland Barthes
“Is not the most erotic portion of a body where the garment gapes? In perversion (which is the realm of textual pleasure) there are no "erogenous zones" (a foolish expression, besides); it is intermittence, as psychoanalysis has so rightly stated, which is erotic: the intermittence of skin flashing between two articles of clothing (trousers and sweater), between two edges (the open-necked shirt, the glove and the sleeve); it is this flash itself which seduces, or rather: the staging of an appearance-as-disappearance. ”
Roland Barthes

Tahir Shah
“A journey, I reflected, is of no merit unless it has tested you.”
Tahir Shah, In Search of King Solomon's Mines

Alberto Manguel
“Digestion of words as well; I often read aloud to myself in my writing corner in the library, where no one can hear me, for the sake of better savouring the text, so as to make it all the more mine.”
Alberto Manguel, The Library at Night

Jayce O'Neal
“Cellaholics are those who interrupt quality time when they are with you, but rather text, call, and email others who are somewhere else. ”
Jayce O'Neal

Nick Harkaway
“Another important consequence in the arrival of digital technology and its facilitation of feedback is that we can look at large systems and recognize them once more not only as part of ourselves, but also as components that can change...
Now, though, we live in a world where text is fluid, where is responds to our instructions. Writing something down records it, but does not make it true or permanent. So why should we put up with a system we don't like simply because it's been written somewhere?”
Nick Harkaway, The Blind Giant

Maria Elena
“You are the illness I will never cure. You are the poem I will never write. You are the thought I will never finish. You are the text I will never read.”
Maria Elena, Eternal Youth

Jacques Derrida
“That which I call a text is practically everything… Speech is a text, gesture is a text, reality is a text in this new sense. This is not about re-establishing graphocentrism alongside logocentrism or phonocentrism or text-centrism. The text is not a centre. The text is an openness without borders, of ever-differentiating references.”
Jacques Derrida

India Knight
Happy Christmas, Clara. Xx.
Yes, I know. I know that text doesn't look like much. But... actually. First note the comma. I feel proud of his comma, and of being his comma's recipient.”
India Knight, Comfort & Joy

Reif Larsen
“A text is evolutionary by its very nature.”
Reif Larsen, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

Michael Finkel
“People earnestly say to me here, 'Mr Knight, we have cellphones now, and you're going to really enjoy them.' That's their enticement for me to rejoin society. 'You're going to love it,' they say. I have no desire. And what about a text message? Isn't that just using a telephone as a telegraph? We're going backwards.”
Michael Finkel, The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

Guillaume Apollinaire
“You alone in Europe are not ancient oh Christianity

The most modern European is you Pope Pius X

And you whom the windows observe shame keeps you

From entering a church and confessing this morning

You read the prospectuses the catalogues the billboards that sing aloud

That's the poetry this morning and for the prose there are the newspapers

There are the 25 centime serials full of murder mysteries

Portraits of great men and a thousand different headlines

Guillaume Apollinaire, Zone

Gene Wolfe
“If Thecla had symbolized love of which I felt myself undeserving, as I know now that she did, then did her symbolic force disappear when I locked the door of her cell behind me? That would be like saying that the writing of this book, over which I have labored for so many watches, will vanish in a blur of vermillion when I close it for the last time and dispatch it to the eternal library maintained by the old Ultan.
The great question then, that I pondered as I watched the floating island with longing eyes and chafed at my bonds and cursed the hetman in my heart, is that of determining what these symbols mean in and of themselves. We are like children who look at print and see a serpent in the last letter but one, and a sword in the last.”
Gene Wolfe

Jennifer L. Armentrout
“You’re breaking my heart.”
At the sound of Rider’s voice, I wheeled around, clutching my bag to my side. First thing I noticed was the faded Ravens emblem stretched over his broad chest, and then I forced my eyes up. The slight scruff along his jaw was gone. Nothing but smooth skin today.
No notebook. Hands shoved into the pockets of his jeans, a familiar, crooked grin pulled at Rider’s lips, causing the dimple in his right cheek to pop. He stepped forward, and my heart did a backflip as he dipped his chin. I felt his warm breath on the side of my cheek as he spoke.
“You didn’t respond to my text last night,” he said, and there was a light, teasing tone I didn’t remember from before. “I thought maybe you didn’t realize it was me, but that would mean someone else would be texting you good-night and calling you Mouse. I’m not sure how I feel about that.”
Jennifer L. Armentrout, The Problem with Forever

Jasna Horvat
“To bi željela geometrizirati – sustavnu i promišljenu strukturu teksta.”
Jasna Horvat, Auron

“As much as long conversations, laughter riots and wild meetups are desirable, there's still beauty and satisfaction in knowing via simple text messages that you wish someone well and they wish you back the same.”
Hrishikesh Agnihotri

L.J. Shen
Indie; I think the ten-minute song is going to be really good.

Jenna: I hope you didn't tell him that.

Indie: No, I told him it's unmarketable.

Hudson: And what did he say?

Indie: He said I sounded like a Suit., specifically like Jenna Holden, and that Jenna Holden was hired to get him Balmain deals and negotiate fat deals with record labels, not produce his next album. He also said he'd once caught you nodding your head at a Maroon 5 song, and the fact that you're not dead to him after that is a miracle in itself, so you should not push your luck. Again, his words, not mine.>/b>

L.J. Shen, Midnight Blue

“There is no such thing as chance in a text. Any text is the result of a repertoire, on conscious and unconscious levels, and can only be decoded by someone privy to the same repertoire.”
Ivan Ângelo, The Tower of Glass
tags: text

Gérard de Nerval
“Childhood memories surge back more vividly midway through life – like some palimpsest whose original text suddenly reappears after the manuscript has been chemically treated.”
Gérard de Nerval, Selected Writings

Charlie Lovett
“Students didn't even read books anymore, thought Arthur. They dispensed with design and layout and cover art and illustrations and reduced reading to nothing but a stream of text in whatever font and size they chose. Reading without books, thought Arthur, was like playing cricket without dressing in white. It could be done, but why?”
Charlie Lovett, The Lost Book of the Grail

Steven Magee
“Why read the current generation of text books when you have the ability to research and write the next generation of text books.”
Steven Magee

“Feelings and emotion
ran through my veins
like a hurricane.
And that's when
began to look like poetry.

—You look like poetry”

“On the one hand we need the image of "the text" in order to focus on anything at all; on the other hand we use the metaphor of "reading" to signal that our apprehension of a text will always be partial, that we never quite reach the "text itself," a realization that has led certain critics to question the very existence of such an object.”
Espen J. Aarseth, Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature

“In the Name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful.

﴾ Say: He is God, the One and only God (1)
the Eternal, the Absolute. (2)
He begets none, nor is He begotten, (3)
and there is nothing that could be compared to Him. (4) ﴿
[ The Quran 112 ]
these 4 Verses equals one-third of the Quran according to Prophet Muhammad ,Peace Be Upon Him.”
call to the truth

“Literature is the original Internet – every footnote, every citation, every allusion is essentially a hyperlink to another text, to another mind.”
Maria Popova

Ray Palla
“My hands are way too big to text. I’d need short hand for my hands. -Foot to Pad”
Ray Palla, H: Infidels of Oil

Nick Harkaway
“Mind expressed as text sits quiet like a fire under moss.”
Nick Harkaway, Gnomon

Edmund White
“Youngsters can plunder a text and find what they want in the margins.”
Edmund White, The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading

Mark Twain
“You can find in a text whatever you bring, if you will stand between it and the mirror of your imagination. (the other Mark).”
Mark Twain

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