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Top 80 Djuna Barnes Quotes (2023 Update)

Djuna Barnes Quote: “None of us suffers as much as we should, or loves as much as we say. Love is the first lie; wisdom the last.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “Certainty always produces questions, uncertainty statements. It is a balancing law of nature.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “There is always more surface to a shattered object than a whole.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “A man is whole only when he takes into account his shadow.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “I’ve seen death and I didn’t like it.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “Yes, we who are full to the gorge with misery should look well around, doubting everything seen, done, spoken, precisely because we have a word for it, and not its alchemy.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “For most people, life is nasty, brutish, and short; for me, it has simply been nasty and brutish.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “Youth is cause, effect is age; so with the thickening of the neck we get data.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “Destiny and history are untidy.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “We are but skin about a wind, with muscles clenched against mortality.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “A man is whole only when he takes into account his shadow as well as himself – and what is a man’s shadow but his upright astonishment?”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “The unendurable is the beginning of the curve of joy.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “There’s something evil in me that loves evil and degradation – purity’s black backside! That loves honesty with a horrid love; or why have I always gone seeking it at the liar’s door?”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “God, children know something they can’t tell; they like Red Riding Hood and the wolf in bed!”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “The priceless galaxy of misinformation called the mind.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “I like my human experience served up with a little silence and restraint. Silence makes experience go further and, when it does die, gives it that dignity common to a thing one had touched and not ravished.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “To love without criticism is to be betrayed.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “A man’s sorrow runs uphill; true it is difficult for him to bear, but it is also difficult for him to keep.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “I’m a fart in a gale of wind, a humble violet under a cow pat.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “Sleep demands of us a guilty immunity.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “Love is the first lie; wisdom the last.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “In the acceptance of depravity the sense of the past is most truly captured. What is a ruin but time easing itself of endurance? Corruption is the Age of Time.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “Love becomes the deposit of the heart, analogous in all degrees to the ‘findings’ in a tomb. As in one will be charted the taken place of the body, the raiment, the utensils necessary to its other life, so in the heart of the lover will be traced, as an indelible shadow, that which he loves.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “One cup poured into another makes different waters; tears shed by one eye would blind if wept into another’s eye. The breast we strike in joy is not the breast we strike in pain; any man’s smile would be consternation on another’s mouth.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “Of course I think of the past and of Paris, what else is there to remember?”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “Our bones ache only while the flesh is on them.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “Too great a sense of identity makes a man feel he can do no wrong. And too little does the same.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “I talk too much because I have been made so miserable by what you are keeping hushed.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “After all, it is not where one washes one’s neck that counts but where one moistens one’s throat.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “The very condition of Woman is so subject to Hazard, so complex, and so grievous, that to place her at one moment is but to displace her at the next.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “One must not look inward too much, while the inside is yet tender. I do not wish to frighten myself until I can stand it.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “I am not a critic; to me criticism is so often nothing more than the eye garrulously denouncing the shape of the peephole that gives access to hidden treasure.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “I can draw and write, and you’d be foolish not to hire me.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “New York is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “Life is not to be told, call it as loud as you like, it will not tell itself.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “I have been loved,′ she said, ’by something strange, and it has forgotten me.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “An image is a stop the mind makes between uncertainties.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “The night is a skin pulled over the head of day that the day may be in torment.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “One’s life is peculiar to one’s own when one has invented it.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “To think is to be sick...”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “Dreams have only the pigmentation of fact.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “Even the contemplative life is only an effort, Nora my dear, to hide the body so the feet won’t stick out.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “She was gracious and yet fading, like an old statue in a garden, that symbolizes the weather through which it has endured, and is not so much the work of man as the work of wind and rain and the herd of the seasons, and though formed in men’s image is a figure of doom.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “Life, the permission to know death.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “New York rose out of the water like a great wave that found it impossible to return again and so remained there in horror, peering out of the million windows man had caged it with.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “What is a ruin but time easing itself of endurance?”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “Suffering for love is how I have learned practically everything I know, love of grandmother up and on.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “No one will be much or little except in someone else’s mind, so be careful of the minds you get into...”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “You know what man really desires?” inquired the doctor, grinning into the immobile face of the Baron. “One of two things: to find someone who is so stupid that he can lie to her, or to love someone so much that she can lie to him.”
Djuna Barnes Quote: “The truth is how you say it, and to be ‘one’s self’ is the most shocking custom of all.”
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