Unspoken Quotes

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Martin Buber
“An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.”
Martin Buber

Leo Tolstoy
“She had no need to ask why he had come. She knew as certainly as if he had told her that he was here to be where she was.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, Vol 1 of 8

Aleksandra Ninkovic
“I had a dream about you. It's been a while since I could remember any of my dreams, and still, this one has left me with such strong impression. Even now, when I am fully awake, your face flashes before my eyes. It's a face I can totally relate to, as if it wasn't any more yours than it is mine. Terrifying thing, you know? I can't say I've felt that sort of intimacy with anyone. For a moment you knew all my secrets, without me even having to tell them. For a moment I even knew them myself…

While I was looking into your eyes, I suddenly started to realize things about myself that were unspoken for years, like fragments of my inner life that were deeply repressed. It’s hard to distinguish if they were buried inside because dealing with them was such a dirty work, or if leaving them unnamed meant that it was not possible to define them precisely enough, so they would keep their true meaning. Perhaps, all this life that I've known so far was in fact no more but a dream about living. The only thing that has kept me in touch with reality was you…

I know it comes as a surprise, and you may be wondering why it took me so long to come clean. You also may be wondering how come you've never noticed before. I've tricked you on purpose, yes, and you must realize it really has nothing to do with you. It’s always been me. This is why, seeing you in my dream like that, came out as a shock. You also must forgive me. You must forgive me because I know how it looks like, that everything we ever shared was a lie, and it wasn't…

I am more of an illusionist that a deceiver, but it all comes from being in fact, a very private person. Even if it was true that you knew me better than anyone, I’d never admit it. I’d rather dig my own heart out, with a rotten spoon, than admitting it. I may let people in my own little world occasionally, but I would never let them be aware of it. I don’t throw my intimacy in front of others, especially when I care. The more I care, the less I give away, and this is something for you to understand, and grant me your forgiveness. I didn't play my tricks on you in order to deceive you, but rather to save myself, and maybe even deceive myself as well. I’ve had hidden my feelings for you so deeply that I've learned to live with them, as if any other casualty. I have done wrong to myself as much as I did to you, and I don’t know if I can forgive myself. So now I wonder, could you forgive me without feeling sorry for me? I certainly don’t deserve your pity. Especially not now that I am awake.”
Aleksandra Ninkovic, Dreaming is for lovers

“That we may not fall short of desire, but let us give way to the unspoken passion hidden in the closet of our discretion. (“Crépuscule du désir”)”
Erik Pevernagie

Kamand Kojouri
“I open my eyes.
I want to know:
what is in the abyss of a kiss?
Are stars born in these black caves
that house bated breaths and unspoken words?
Do our souls crawl on these tender cheeks
to greet one another by ivory gates?
What happens when we kiss?
Where do you go?
Don’t tell me.
For I have lost my desire to know.
Kiss me
so that I forget myself.
I close my eyes
and fall in the abyss.”
Kamand Kojouri

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“If I love you, is that any of your business?”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Still, she really did seem to be absurdly into this. It was almost existentially unsettling, that two people in such close physical proximity could be experiencing the same moment so differently.”
Kristen Roupenian, You Know You Want This

Dorothea Lasky
“There are things you want to say but don't
There are things I want to say but I already said them
A year ago or two or five, when we first met
There were times I thought you knew I loved you
You never knew
We never were
I died
You died
That's it”
Dorothea Lasky, Rome: Poems

Catherine Lacey
“But we always avoided talking about these things—difficult things—and I wondered if that meant we'd be a little uncomfortable with or disappointed by each other for the rest of our lives.”
Catherine Lacey, Nobody Is Ever Missing

Shakieb Orgunwall
“We are wounded by the words people speak, but we die from the ones that were never spoken.”
Shakieb Orgunwall

Lajos Kossuth
“The unspoken word never does harm.”
Kossuth

Iris Murdoch
“Perhaps there was an intimacy which did not need words.”
Iris Murdoch, The Message to the Planet

Iris Murdoch
“I am sorry that our friendship, or whatever name one may give to the obsessive relationship which has bound us together for so many years, should end in this way. This is not the place to utter its elegy.”
Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince

Aspen Matis
“Smiling at an echo of his voice on my mind’s stage, I felt the void of all I hadn’t said.”
Aspen Matis, Your Blue Is Not My Blue: A Missing Person Memoir

Iris Murdoch
“I felt so ashamed with them because everything in their life was going so well and they were so sort of successful. I couldn't talk about what I wanted with them and they were always in a hurry.”
Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince

Ottessa Moshfegh
“I'd never learned how to relate to people, much less how to speak up for myself. I preferred to sit and rage quietly.”
Ottessa Moshfegh, Eileen

Iris Murdoch
“Since she had been looking after him she had felt bound to him by a strange silent love.”
Iris Murdoch, The Message to the Planet

“As Anna poured her heart out over the phone, Ted's own heart lit up like a solar flare. He wanted nothing more than to show Anna how he saw her: how beautiful and perfect she was in his eyes. He needed to let her know that he was going to carry that memory—that knowledge—of her inside him, so that no matter what happened between them, no matter how down she got on herself, he could do this for her: he could love her, selflessly and unceasingly, with total commitment and purity, for the rest of his life.

An hour later, Anna sniffled. 'Thank you for listening, Ted,' she said. 'It really means a lot to me.'

I would die for you, Ted thought.

'No problemo,' Ted said.”
Kristen Roupenian, You Know You Want This

Iris Murdoch
“The unspoken words trembled in the air.”
Iris Murdoch, The Message to the Planet

Joyce Rachelle
“When I told you I loved that song, you were meant to listen.”
Joyce Rachelle

Iris Murdoch
“How fearful that dark shadow is when we catch sight of it in the life of another. No wonder those at whom that black arrow is aimed so often turn and flee. How unendurable it can be, the love another bears us. I would never persecute my darling with that dread knowledge. From now onward until the world ended everything must remain, although utterly changed, exactly as it was before.”
Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince

Iris Murdoch
“Ludens thought, why can't I do that, why can't I just ask a woman to hold my hand, why can't I ask Franca to!”
Iris Murdoch, The Message to the Planet

Iris Murdoch
“She thought, I shall never tell it to Jack, the strange love which I feel for this doomed man, as if he were a dog lying in the road with a broken back.”
Iris Murdoch, The Message to the Planet

Shakieb Orgunwall
“we are wounded by the words people speak, but we die from the ones that were”
Shakieb Orgunwall

Iris Murdoch
“But the spark vanished, there was no longed-for recognition, no dawning sign of recovery. The love she had learnt in tending him was an enclosed love, muted and maimed, already mourning. They would never communicate now.”
Iris Murdoch, The Message to the Planet

Nitya Prakash
“Love is hearing you with words unspoken when you need me most.”
Nitya Prakash

Iris Murdoch
“And all the time my very soul would travel with her, invisible and crying soundlessly with pain. I had acquired a dimension of suffering which would poison and devour my whole being, as far as I could see, forever.”
Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince

“Josh never said sorry, never said thank you, but he wrote to Ryan and Chelle every week with a conscientiousness and dedication he had never shown in anything else. The letters were bitter and funny and there were holes of unsaid where you could feel the demons breathing.”
Frances Hardinge, Verdigris Deep

Walt Whitman
“Expression of speech .. in what is written or said forget not that silence is also expressive,
That anguish as hot as the hottest and contempt as cold as the coldest may be without words,
That the true adoration is likewise without words and without kneeling.”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

Iris Murdoch
“What happened after that, and will be related later, was something entirely unexpected and so awful that Ludens had never spoken about it afterwards to anyone.”
Iris Murdoch, The Message to the Planet

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