Vertigo Quotes

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Neil Gaiman
“To say that Richard Mayhew was not very good at heights would be perfectly accurate, but would fail to give the full picture; it would be like describing the planet Jupiter as bigger than a duck. Richard hated clifftops, and high buildings; somewhere not far inside of him was the fear – the start, utter, silently screaming terror – that if he got too close to the edge, then something would take over, and he would find himself walking to the edge of a clifftop and then he would just step off into space. It was as if he could not entirely trust himsels, and that scared Richard more than the simple fear of falling ever could. So he called it vertigo, and hated it and himself, and kept away from high places.”
Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere

W.G. Sebald
“There is something peculiarly dispriting about the emptiness that wells up when, in a strange city, one dials the same telephone numbers in vain.”
W.G. Sebald, Vertigo

Mahmud Shabistari
“Behold how this drop of seawater
has taken so many forms and names;
it has existed as mist, cloud, rain, dew, and mud,
then plant, animal, and Perfect man;
and yet it was a drop of water
from which these things appeared.
Even so this universe of reason, soul, heavens, and bodies,
was but a drop of water in its beginning and ending.

...When a wave strikes it, the world vanishes;
and when the appointed time comes to heaven and stars,
their being is lost in not being.”
Mahmud Shabistari

Archibald MacLeish
“Around, around the sun we go:
The moon goes round the earth.
We do not die of death:
We die of vertigo.”
Archibald MacLeish, Collected Poems, 1917-1982

Paul Pope
“People who are too sensitive go crazy, remember that”
Paul Pope, Heavy Liquid

Milan Kundera
“She was in the grip of an insuperable longing to fall. She lived in a constant state of vertigo.

“Pick me up”, is the message of a person who keeps falling.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Milan Kundera
“She began to teeter as she walked, fell almost daily, bumped into things or, at the very least, dropped objects. She was in the grip of an insuperable longing to fall. She lived in a constant state of vertigo. 'Pick me up,' is the message of a person who keeps falling.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

“Only one is a wanderer.
And when she was sad, she'd go into the streets to be with people.”
Ralph Angel

Brian Azzarello
“Keep your right up or there'll be nothing left of you." - 100 Bullets

I love this quote because it has double meaning.”
Brian Azzarello, Eduardo Risso

Helen Oyeyemi
“Our favorite film is Vertigo. Amy Eleni and I must watch it seventeen or eighteen times a year, and with each viewing our raptness grows looser and looser; we don't need the visuals anymore--one or the other of us can go into the kitchen halfway through and call out the dialogue while making up two cups of Horlicks. From the minute you see empty, beautiful, blond Madeleine Elster, you know she is doomed because she exists in a way that Scottie, the male lead, just doesn't. You know that Madeleine is in big trouble, because she's a vast wound in a landscape where wounds aren't allowed to stay open--people have to shut up and heal up. She's in trouble because the film works to a plan that makes trauma speak itself out, speak itself to excess until it dies; this film at the peak of its slyness, when people sweat and lick their lips excessively and pound their chests and grab their hair and twist their heads from side to side, performing this unspeakable torment.”
Helen Oyeyemi

Courtney Milan
“Edward had the odd notion that after years of drab motionlessness, his entire world had suddenly begun to spin about him. He’d had that feeling ever since he’d been pulled into her orbit on the bank of the Thames.

She gave him the most astonishing vertigo. He should have hated it.
But he didn’t—not one bit.”
Courtney Milan, The Suffragette Scandal

Milan Kundera
“In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Tereza lives with Tomas, but her love requires mobilization of all her strength, and suddenly she can’t go on, she longs to retreat down below, to where she came from. And I ask myself: What is happening with her? And this is the answer I find: She is overcome by vertigo. But what is vertigo? I look for a definition and I say: “A heady, insuperable longing to fall.” But immediately I correct myself, I sharpen the definition: Vertigo is “the intoxication of the weak. Aware of his weakness, a man decides to give in rather than stand up to it. He is drunk with weakness, wishes to grow even weaker, wishes to fall down in the middle of the main square in front of everybody, wishes to be down, lower than down. Vertigo is one of the keys to understanding Tereza”
Milan Kundera

Jhumpa Lahiri
“The view induces the opposite of vertigo, a lurching feeling inspired not by gravity’s pull to earth, but by the infinite reaches of heaven.”
Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake

Paul Pope
“By the time you figure out how the world really works, you've already lost about everything you'd hope to keep”
Paul Pope, Heavy Liquid

Peter Ackroyd
“...it is a dreadfull thing to look down Praecipices.”
Peter Ackroyd, Hawksmoor

James Hauenstein
“I loved Verti. Until she jumped. That is when I felt Vertigo.”
James Hauenstein

Georges Rodenbach
“Soon the air of the high place was blowing in through the gaps in the masonry, the open bays, where the wind flowed like water round the arches of a bridge. Borluut felt refreshed fanned by this sea-breeze coming from the beaches of the sky: It seemed to be sweeping up dead leaves inside him. New paths, leading elsewhere, appeared in his soul; fresh clearings
were revealed. Finally he found himself.

Total oblivion as a prelude to taking possession of one's self! He was like the first man on the first day to whom nothing has yet happened. The delights of metamorphosis. He owed them to the tall tower, to the summit he had gained where the battlemented platform was ready for him, a refuge in the infinite.

From that height he could no longer see the world, he no longer understood it. Yes, each time he was seized with vertigo, with a desire to lose his footing, to throw himself off, but not towards the ground, into the abyss with its spirals of belfries and roofs over the depths of the town below. It was the abyss above of which he felt the pull.

He was more and more bewildered.

Everything was becoming blurred - before his eyes, inside his head - because of the fierce wind, the boundless space with nothing to hold on to, the clouds he had come too close to, which long continued to journey on inside him. The delights of sojourning among the summits have their price.”
Georges Rodenbach, The Bells of Bruges

Warren Ellis
“Se mi amaste, oggi vi ammazzereste tutti.”
Warren Ellis, Transmetropolitan, Vol. 1: Back on the Street

M.T. Anderson
“I'm electric with vertigo, even though I'm on the ground, vertigo like I felt once when I stood on the edge of a high cliff in Arizona and looked straight down.”
M.T. Anderson, Thirsty

Laurie Perez
“For a moment, he felt like he was sucked into an aileron roll, stopped dead halfway through and dangled sideways above the ground with his left ear facing sky.

“Are you alright?” Kate asked.

“Yes.” He rubbed his hands through his hair, then changed his mind. “No. I’m not alright at all.”
Laurie Perez, The Power of Amie Martine

Stewart Stafford
“Scale the shifting tower of coin and what awaits may change from the breathtaking vista of your expectations into terrifying vertigo.”
Stewart Stafford

Clover Pierce
“Nadie puede darme lo que tú me das”
Clover Pierce, Vértigo

Milan Kundera
“Can proximity cause vertigo?

It can. When the north pole comes so close as to touch the south pole, the earth disappears and man finds himself in a void that makes his head spin and beckons him to fall.

If rejection and privilege are one and the same, if there is no difference between the sublime and the paltry, if the Son of God can undergo judgment for shit, then human existence loses its dimensions and becomes unbearably light. When Stalin's son ran up to the electrified wire and hurled his body at it, the fence was like the pan of a scales sticking pitifully up in the air, lifted by the infinite lightness of a world that has lost its dimensions.

Stalin's son laid down his life for shit. But a death for shit is not a senseless death. The Germans who sacrificed their lives to expand their country's territory to the east, the Russians who died to extend their country's power to the west—yes, they died for something idiotic, and their deaths have no meaning or general validity. Amid the general idiocy of the war, the death of Stalin's son stands out as the sole metaphysical death.”
Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being