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“Today I must be very careful, today I have left my armor at home.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“A room is, after all, a place where you hide from the wolves. That's all any room is.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“My life, which seems so simple and monotonous, is really a complicated affair of cafés where they like me and cafés where they don't, streets that are friendly, streets that aren't, rooms where I might be happy, rooms where I shall never be, looking-glasses I look nice in, looking-glasses I don't, dresses that will be lucky, dresses that won't, and so on.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“We can't all be happy, we can't all be rich, we can't all be lucky - and it would be so much less fun if we were... There must be the dark background to show up the bright colours. ”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“...I know all about myself now, I know. You've told me so often. You haven't left me one rag of illusion to clothe myself in.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“Yes, I am sad, sad as a circus-lioness, sad as an eagle without wings, sad as a violin with only one string and that one broken, sad as a woman who is growing old. Sad, sad, sad...”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“Every word I say has chains round its ankles; every thought I think is weighted with heavy weights.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“You imagine the carefully pruned, shaped thing that is presented to you is truth. That is just what it isn't. The truth is improbable, the truth is fantastic; it's in what you think is a distorting mirror that you see the truth.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“Now I no longer wish to be loved, beautiful, happy or successful. I want one thing and one thing only - to be left alone.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“that expression you get in your eyes when you are very tired and everything is like a dream and you are starting to know what things are like underneath what people say they are.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“But they never last, the golden days. And it can be sad, the sun in the afternoon, can't it? Yes, it can be sad, the afternoon sun, sad and frightening.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“I've been so ridiculous all my life that a little bit more or a little bit less hardly matters now.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“I want more of this feeling - fire and wings.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“Everything tender and melancholy - as life is sometimes, just for one moment.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“Even the one moment that you thought was your eternity fades out and is forgotten and dies.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“Some must cry so that others may be able to laugh the more heartily. Sacrifices are necessary...”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“It is strange how sad it can be - sunlight in the afternoon, don't you think?”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“You want to know what I'm afraid of? All right, I'll tell you. I'm afraid of men - yes, I'm very much afraid of men. And I'm even more afraid of women. And I'm very much afraid of the whole bloody human race. Afraid of them? Of course I'm afraid of them. Who wouldn't be afraid of a pack of damned hyenas? [...] And when I say afraid - that's just a word I use. What I really mean is that I hate them. I hate their voices, I hate their eyes, I hate the way they laugh. I hate the whole bloody business. It's cruel, it's idiotic, it's unspeakably horrible. I never had the guts to kill myself or I'd have got out of it long ago.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“Every word I say has chains round its ankles; every thought I think is weighted with heavy weights. Since I was born, hasn't every word I've said, every thought I've thought, everything I've done, been tied up, weighted, chained? And mind you, I know that with all this I don't succeed. Or I succeed in flashes only too damned well. ...But think how hard I try and how seldom I dare. Think - and have a bit of pity. That is, if you ever think, you apes, which I doubt.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“Quite like old times,' the room says.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“A room? A nice room? A beautiful room? A beautiful room with bath? Swing high, swing low, swing to and fro...This happened and that happened...

And then the days came and I was alone.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“Would you like a whiskey?' I say. 'I've got some.'

(That's original. I bet nobody's ever thought of that way of bridging the gap before.)”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“I have been here five days. I have decided on a place to eat in at midday, a place to eat in at night, a place to have my drink in after dinner. I have arranged my little life.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“They think in terms of a sentimental ballad. And that's what terrifies you about them. It isn't their cruelty, it isn't even their shrewdness - it's their extraordinary naivete. Everything in their whole bloody world is a cliche. Everything is born out of a cliche, rests on a cliche, survives by a cliche. And they believe in the cliches - there's no hope”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“I am empty of everything. I am empty of everything but the thin, frail ghosts in my room.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“I'm no use to anybody,' I say. 'I'm a cérébrale, can't you see that?'
Thinking how funny a book would be, called 'Just a Cérébrale or You Can't Stop Me From Dreaming'. Only, of course, to be accepted as authentic, to carry any conviction, it would have to be written by a man. What a pity, what a pity!”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“Satin skin, silk hair, velvet eyes, sawdust heart - all complete.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“The musty smell, the bugs, the lonliness, this room, which is part of the street outside-this is all I want from life.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“After all this, what happened?
What happened was that, as soon as I had the slightest chance of a place to hide in, I crept into it and hid.
Well, sometimes it's a fine day isn't it? Sometimes the skies are blue. Sometimes the air is light, easy to breathe.
And there is always tomorrow...”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight
“But why do you want to talk to me?'
He is going to say: 'Because you look so kind,' or 'Because you look so beautiful and kind,' or, subtly, 'Because you look as if you'll understand....'
He says: 'Because I think you won't betray me.'
I had meant to get this mean to talk to me and tell me all about it, and then be so devastatingly English that perhaps I should manage to hurt him a little in return for all the many times I've been hurt.... 'Because I think you won't betray me, because I think you won't betray me....' Now it won't be so easy.”
Jean Rhys, Good Morning, Midnight

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