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The Book of Madness and Cures The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O'Melveny
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“I've since come to believe that the world is populated by multitudes of women sitting at windows, inseparable from their surroundings. I myself spent many hours at a window on the Zattere, waiting for my father's return, waiting for my life to appear like one of those great ships that came into the harbor, broad sails filled with the wind of providence...I'd grown transparent as the glass through which I peered, dangerously invisible even to myself. It was then I knew I must set my life in motion or I would disappear.”
Regina O'Melveny, The Book of Madness and Cures
“Beauty comes to us more readily on a full belly.”
Regina O'Melveny, The Book of Madness and Cures
“One must stand apart in order to truly know another.”
Regina O'Melveny, The Book of Madness and Cures
“...it was my father who had taught me to love books for themselves, the smell of the vellum and paper, the rare authority of the pages. "Here, do you see this marvelous book, the skins of 182 sheep," he once pronounced as he slapped his hand down on the stamped leather cover boards. "The book is a flock, a jewel, a cemetery, a lantern, a garden, a piss pot; pigments ground of precious minerals, charred bone, lamp soot, rare plants and insects. Pigments formed at the corrosion of copper plates suspended above urine.”
Regina O'Melveny, The Book of Madness and Cures
“I thought of the old proverb: Where there are three physicians, there are two atheists.”
Regina O'Melveny, The Book of Madness and Cures
“For it was beautiful upon our tongues and we traced all the lines to the heart.”
Regina O'Melveny, The Book of Madness and Cures
“Yet there in the library, Hamish and I climbed the bright ladder of the body, as if it were sky and we a deafening. twisting flock of birds that could never fall to earth.”
Regina O'Melveny, The Book of Madness and Cures
“The impetuous wind can ignite the fire or put it out.”
Regina O'Melveny, The Book of Madness and Cures
“The recitation of grievances was strange balm.”
Regina O'Melveny, The Book of Madness and Cures
“Hope was a plain thing for her, common as bread.”
Regina O'Melveny, The Book of Madness and Cures
“She'd always perceived the world to be against her. Happiness was never to be trusted. And yet I thought vaguely, neither was sorrow. Didn't each come to season in the other?”
Regina O'Melveny, The Book of Madness and Cures
“I felt that I was burning underwater.”
Regina O'Melveny, The Book of Madness and Cures
“It is only the rooms of the present I wish to inhabit.”
Regina O'Melveny, The Book of Madness and Cures

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