Text Quotes

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“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

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

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

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

Tom Carson
“A text without a context is a pretext for a proof text.”
Tom Carson

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

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

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

“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 Angelo, The Tower of Glass
tags: text

“In order to be what it ‘is’, a text is an essentially vitiated, impure, open, haunted thing, consisting of traces and traces of traces: no text is purely present, nor was there some purely present text in the past.”
Nicholas Royle, Jacques Derrida

“A text always remains in crucial ways ‘imperceptible’.”
Nicholas Royle, Jacques Derrida

“A text is a ‘fabric of traces’ governed by a logic of the ‘nonpresent remainder’, by what thus figures the impossibility of pure presence, the impossibility of absolute plenitude of meaning or intention.”
Nicholas Royle, Jacques Derrida

“There are always differences, tensions, paradoxes between what a text says (or what an author wants to say, or thinks s/he is saying) and what a text does.”
Nicholas Royle, Jacques Derrida

Ursula K. Le Guin
“There was no correct text. There was no standard version. Of anything. There was not one Arbor but many, many arbors. The jungle was endless, and it was not one jungle but endless jungles, all burning with bright tigers of meaning, endless tigers. . . .”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Telling

“Text play greater role in transforming its readers”
Rashid Jorvee

Rikki Ducornet
“The texts we write are not visible until they are written. Like a creature coaxed from out a deep wood, the text reveals itself little by little.”
Rikki Ducornet, The Deep Zoo

A.D. Aliwat
“Nobody would text during an emergency, they would call. Otherwise it wouldn’t be an emergency.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

A.D. Aliwat
“Nobody would text during an emergency, they would call. Otherwise it wouldn’t be an emergency.”
A.D. Aliwat, In Limbo

Jean Baudrillard
“It is the same with text, with any 'virtual' text (the Internet, word-processing): you work on it like a computer-generated image, which no longer bears any relation to the transcendence of the gaze or of writing. At any rate, as soon as you are in front of the screen, you no longer see the text as a text, but as an image. Now, it is in the strict separation of text and screen, of text and image, that writing is an activity in its own right, never an interaction.
Similarly, it is only with the strict separation of stage and auditorium that the spectator is an actor in his/her own right.
Everything today conspires to abolish that separation: the immersion of the spectator in the spectacle, 'living theatre', 'happenings'
The spectacle becomes user-friendly, interactive. The apogee of spectacle or its end? When everyone is an actor, there is no action any longer, no scene. It's the death of the spectator as such.
The end of the aesthetic illusion.”
Jean Baudrillard, The Intelligence of Evil or the Lucidity Pact

“I know that something as incredibly mundane as a 'Good morning' text may have made all the difference in the world. It's ok if that\s the case. It's okay to sometimes ache for those simple and kind-hearted gestures,

Because the truth is that good morning texts are more than a half-hearted means of communication. They are a sign that we are thought of. Cared for. Adored, by someone who may not be immediately present. They are a reminder - one we may perhaps should not need but sometimes do - that we are appreciated in our entireties.”
Heide Priebe

“Religion and ideology are two faces of the same Janus. Both lead to suppression of disagreement and hence become fossilized. Such fossilization leads to extreme reverence for the text and the increased authority of the written word, written in an age gone by so long ago that in the present it is clearly anachronistic.”
R. N. Prasher

Laura Chouette
“Liebe macht selbst die einfachsten Dinge perfekt.”
Laura Chouette

Laura Chouette
“Wir fühlen so viel und erinnern uns an so wenig.”
Laura Chouette

Umberto Eco
“Between the unattainable intention of the author and the arguable intention of the reader, there is the transparent intention of the text, which refutes untenable interpretations.”
Umberto Eco, Confessions of a Young Novelist

“..my favourite element hovers beyond the text, in the untranslatable pale space between stanzas, where I sense a female breath lingering on the stairs, still present, somehow, long after the body has hurried onwards to breathe elsewhere.”
Doireann Ní Ghríofa, A Ghost in the Throat

“Although he denies having a photographic memory, he admits that "when I'm looking for a line I've read, I tend to remember the place on the page, its relationship to the rest of the text.”
Nina Freudenberger, Bibliostyle: How We Live at Home with Books
tags: books, text

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