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Jean Rhys Quote: “You can pretend for a long time, but one day it all falls away and you are alone. We are alone in the most beautiful place in the world...”
Jean Rhys Quote: “The feeling of Sunday is the same everywhere, heavy, melancholy, standing still.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “Blot out the moon, Pull down the stars. Love in the dark, for we’re for the dark So soon, so soon.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “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 Quote: “I am empty of everything. I am empty of everything but the thin, frail ghosts in my room.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “I am the only real truth I know.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “If I was bound for hell, let it be hell. No more false heavens. No more damned magic. You hate me and I hate you. We’ll see who hates best. But first, first I will destroy your hatred. Now. My hate is colder, stronger, and you’ll have no hate to warm yourself. You will have nothing.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “Only the magic and the dream are true – all the rest’s a lie.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “She had left me thirsty and all my life would be thirst and longing for what I had lost before I found it.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “Everything tender and melancholy – as life is sometimes, just for one moment.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “All of writing is a huge lake. There are great rivers that feed the lake, like Tolstoy or Dostoyevsky. And then there are mere trickles, like Jean Rhys. All that matters is feeding the lake. I don’t matter. The lake matters. You must keep feeding the lake.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “I would never be part of anything. I would never really belong anywhere, and I knew it, and all my life would be the same, trying to belong, and failing. Always something would go wrong. I am a stranger and I always will be, and after all I didn’t really care.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “Justice. I’ve heard that word. I tried it out. I wrote it down. I wrote it down several times and always it looked like a damn cold lie to me. There is no justice.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “Love was a terrible thing. You poisoned it and stabbed at it and knocked it down into the mud – well down – and it got up and staggered on, bleeding and muddy and awful. Like – like Rasputin.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “There is always the other side, always.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “Today I must be very careful, today I have left my armor at home.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “She could give herself up to the written word as naturally as a good dancer to music or a fine swimmer to water. The only difficulty was that after finishing the last sentence she was left with a feeling at once hollow and uncomfortably full. Exactly like indigestion.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “I like shape very much. A novel has to have shape, and life doesn’t have any.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “I am sad, sad as a circus-lioness...”
Jean Rhys Quote: “Next week, or next month, or next year I will kill myself. But I might as well last out my month’s rent, which has been paid up...”
Jean Rhys Quote: “I didn’t know, I didn’t know, I didn’t know.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “Human beings are struggling, and so they are egoists. But it’s wrong to say that they are wholy cruel – it’s a deformed view.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “Only the magic and the dream are true – all the rest’s a lie. Let it go. Here is the secret. Here.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “And what does anyone know about traitors, or why Judas did what he did?”
Jean Rhys Quote: “If I was bound for hell, let it be hell. No more false heaven. No more damned magic.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “It’s funny, he said, have you ever thought that a girl’s clothes cost more than the girl inside them?”
Jean Rhys Quote: “They say when trouble comes close ranks, and so the white people did.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “I sit at my window and the words fly past me like birds – with God’s help I catch some.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “London is like a cold dark dream sometimes.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “I took the red dress down and put it against myself. ‘Does it make me look intemperate and unchaste?’ I said.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “I want more of this feeling – fire and wings.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “She’ll have no lover, for I don’t want her and she’ll see no other.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “There are always two deaths, the real one and the one people know about.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “The perpetual hunger to be beautiful and that thirst to be loved which is the real curse of Eve.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “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 Quote: “Even the one moment that you thought was your eternity fades out and is forgotten and dies.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “It was like letting go and falling back into water and seeing yourself grinning up through the water, your face like a mask, and seeing the bubbles coming up as if you were trying to speak from under the water. And how do you know what it’s like to try to speak from under water when you’re drowned?”
Jean Rhys Quote: “I must write. If I stop writing my life will have been an abject failure. It is that already to other people. But it could be an abject failure to myself. I will not have earned death.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “Something came out from my heart into my throat and then into my eyes.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “It is strange how sad it can be – sunlight in the afternoon, don’t you think?”
Jean Rhys Quote: “Have all beautiful things sad destinies?”
Jean Rhys Quote: “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 Quote: “Some must cry so that others may be able to laugh the more heartily. Sacrifices are necessary...”
Jean Rhys Quote: “Our garden was large and beautiful as that garden in the Bible – the tree of life grew there. But it had gone wild. The paths were overgrown and a smell of dead flowers mixed with the fresh living smell. Underneath the tree ferns, tall as forest tree ferns, the light was green.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “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 Quote: “The woman had a humble, cringing manner. Of course, she had discovered that, having neither money nor virtue, she had better be humble if she knew what was good for her.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “I often want to cry. That is the only advantage women have over men – at least they can cry.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “What I see is nothing – I want what it hides – that is not nothing.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “Life if curious when reduced to its essentials.”
Jean Rhys Quote: “Every word I say has chains round its ankles; every thought I think is weighted with heavy weights.”
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