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Marguerite Duras Quote: “Get rid of things or you’ll spend your whole life tidying up.”

Get rid of things or you’ll spend your whole life tidying up.

— Marguerite Duras



Marguerite Duras Quote: “Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we’ve ever met.”

Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we’ve ever met.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “She had lived her early years as though she were waiting for something she might, but never did, become.”

She had lived her early years as though she were waiting for something she might, but never did, become.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “The solitude of writing is a solitude without which writing could not be produced, or would crumble, drained bloodless by the search for something else to write.”

The solitude of writing is a solitude without which writing could not be produced, or would crumble, drained bloodless by the search for something else to write.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “Men like women who write. Even though they don’t say so. A writer is a foreign country.”

Men like women who write. Even though they don’t say so. A writer is a foreign country.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “You have to be very fond of men. Very, very fond. You have to be very fond of them to love them. Otherwise they’re simply unbearable.”

You have to be very fond of men. Very, very fond. You have to be very fond of them to love them. Otherwise they’re simply unbearable.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “The best way to fill time is to waste it.”

The best way to fill time is to waste it.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “I’m still there, watching those possessed children, as far away from the mystery now as I was then. I’ve never written, though I thought I wrote, never loved, though I thought I loved, never done anything but wait outside the closed door.”

I’m still there, watching those possessed children, as far away from the mystery now as I was then. I’ve never written, though I thought I wrote, never loved, though I thought I loved, never done anything but wait outside the closed door.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “The house a woman creates is a Utopia. She can’t help it – can’t help trying to interest her nearest and dearest not in happiness itself but in the search for it.”

The house a woman creates is a Utopia. She can’t help it – can’t help trying to interest her nearest and dearest not in happiness itself but in the search for it.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “Paradoxically, the freedom of Paris is associated with a persistent belief that nothing ever changes. Paris, they say, is the city that changes least. After an absence of twenty or thirty years, one still recognizes it.”

Paradoxically, the freedom of Paris is associated with a persistent belief that nothing ever changes. Paris, they say, is the city that changes least. After an absence of twenty or thirty years, one still recognizes it.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “We, her children, are heroic, dersperate.”

We, her children, are heroic, dersperate.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “Life is only lived full-time by women with children.”

Life is only lived full-time by women with children.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “Alcohol doesn’t console, it doesn’t fill up anyone’s psychological gaps, all it replaces is the lack of God.”

Alcohol doesn’t console, it doesn’t fill up anyone’s psychological gaps, all it replaces is the lack of God.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “It’s not that you have to achieve anything, it’s that you have to get away from where you are.”

It’s not that you have to achieve anything, it’s that you have to get away from where you are.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “Madness is like intelligence, you know. You can’t explain it. Just like intelligence. It comes on you, it fills you, and then you understand it. But when it goes away you can’t understand it at all any longer.”

Madness is like intelligence, you know. You can’t explain it. Just like intelligence. It comes on you, it fills you, and then you understand it. But when it goes away you can’t understand it at all any longer.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “We’re in the vanguard of a nameless battle, a battle without arms or bloodshed or glory: we’re in the vanguard of waiting.”

We’re in the vanguard of a nameless battle, a battle without arms or bloodshed or glory: we’re in the vanguard of waiting.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “I’ve known you for years. Everyone says you were beautiful when you were young, but I want to tell you I think you’re more beautiful now than then. Rather than your face as a young woman, I prefer your face as it is now. Ravaged.”

I’ve known you for years. Everyone says you were beautiful when you were young, but I want to tell you I think you’re more beautiful now than then. Rather than your face as a young woman, I prefer your face as it is now. Ravaged.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “When the past is recaptured by the imagination, breath is put back into life.”

When the past is recaptured by the imagination, breath is put back into life.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “People come to Paris, to the capital, to give their lives a sense of belonging, of an almost mythical participation in society.”

People come to Paris, to the capital, to give their lives a sense of belonging, of an almost mythical participation in society.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “A house means a family house, a place specially meant for putting children and men in so as to restrict their waywardness and distract them from the longing for adventure and escape they’ve had since time began.”

A house means a family house, a place specially meant for putting children and men in so as to restrict their waywardness and distract them from the longing for adventure and escape they’ve had since time began.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “Oh, how good it is to be with someone, sometimes.”

Oh, how good it is to be with someone, sometimes.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we’ve ever met.”

I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we’ve ever met.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “I know all one can know when one knows nothing.”

I know all one can know when one knows nothing.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “I acquired that drinker’s face before I drank. Drink only confirmed it. The space for it existed in me.”

I acquired that drinker’s face before I drank. Drink only confirmed it. The space for it existed in me.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “You alone became the outer surface of my life, the side I never see, and you will be that, the unknown part of me, until I die.”

You alone became the outer surface of my life, the side I never see, and you will be that, the unknown part of me, until I die.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “There are many women who write as they think they should write – to imitate men and make a place for themselves in literature.”

There are many women who write as they think they should write – to imitate men and make a place for themselves in literature.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “The woman is the home. That’s where she used to be, and that’s where she still is. You might ask me, What if a man tries to be part of the home – will the woman let him? I answer yes. Because the he becomes one of the children.”

The woman is the home. That’s where she used to be, and that’s where she still is. You might ask me, What if a man tries to be part of the home – will the woman let him? I answer yes. Because the he becomes one of the children.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “Alcohol is barren. The words a man speaks in the night of drunkenness fade like the darkness itself at the coming of day.”

Alcohol is barren. The words a man speaks in the night of drunkenness fade like the darkness itself at the coming of day.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “I often think of the image only I can see now, and of which I’ve never spoken. It’s always there, in the same silence, amazing. It’s the only image of myself I like, the only one in which I recognize myself, in which I delight.”

I often think of the image only I can see now, and of which I’ve never spoken. It’s always there, in the same silence, amazing. It’s the only image of myself I like, the only one in which I recognize myself, in which I delight.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “Very early in my life it was too late.”

Very early in my life it was too late.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “He says he’s lonely, horribly lonely because of this love he feels for her. She says she’s lonely too. She doesn’t say why.”

He says he’s lonely, horribly lonely because of this love he feels for her. She says she’s lonely too. She doesn’t say why.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “I am dead. I have no desire for you. My body no longer wants the one who doesn’t love.”

I am dead. I have no desire for you. My body no longer wants the one who doesn’t love.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “Stormy skies, says Ernesto. He grieved for them. Summer rain. Childhood.”

Stormy skies, says Ernesto. He grieved for them. Summer rain. Childhood.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “Suddenly, all at once, she knows, knows that he doesn’t understand her, that he never will, that he lacks the power to understand such perverseness. And that he can never move fast enough to catch her.”

Suddenly, all at once, she knows, knows that he doesn’t understand her, that he never will, that he lacks the power to understand such perverseness. And that he can never move fast enough to catch her.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “I know it’s not clothes that make women beautiful or otherwise, nor beauty care, nor expensive creams, nor the distinction of costliness of their finery. I know the problem lies elsewhere. I don’t know where. I only know it isn’t where women think.”

I know it’s not clothes that make women beautiful or otherwise, nor beauty care, nor expensive creams, nor the distinction of costliness of their finery. I know the problem lies elsewhere. I don’t know where. I only know it isn’t where women think.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation.”

No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “A prolonged silence ensues. The reason for the silence is our growing interest one for the other. No one is aware of it, no one yet; no one? am I quite sure?”

A prolonged silence ensues. The reason for the silence is our growing interest one for the other. No one is aware of it, no one yet; no one? am I quite sure?

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “Heterosexuality is dangerous. It tempts you to aim at a perfect duality of desire.”

Heterosexuality is dangerous. It tempts you to aim at a perfect duality of desire.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “In love there are no vacations. No such thing. Love has to be lived fully with its boredom and all that.”

In love there are no vacations. No such thing. Love has to be lived fully with its boredom and all that.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “That she had so completely recovered her sanity was a source of sadness to her. One should never be cured of one’s passion.”

That she had so completely recovered her sanity was a source of sadness to her. One should never be cured of one’s passion.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “War is a generality, so are the inevitabilities of war, including death.”

War is a generality, so are the inevitabilities of war, including death.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “When a woman drinks it’s as if an animal were drinking, or a child. Alcoholism is scandalous in a woman, and a female alcoholic is rare, a serious matter. It’s a slur on the divine in our nature.”

When a woman drinks it’s as if an animal were drinking, or a child. Alcoholism is scandalous in a woman, and a female alcoholic is rare, a serious matter. It’s a slur on the divine in our nature.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “In heterosexual love there’s no solution. Man and woman are irreconcilable, and it’s the doomed attempt to do the impossible, repeated in each new affair, that lends heterosexual love its grandeur.”

In heterosexual love there’s no solution. Man and woman are irreconcilable, and it’s the doomed attempt to do the impossible, repeated in each new affair, that lends heterosexual love its grandeur.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “Journalism without a moral position is impossible. Every journalist is a moralist. It’s absolutely unavoidable.”

Journalism without a moral position is impossible. Every journalist is a moralist. It’s absolutely unavoidable.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “What stops you killing yourself when you’re intoxicated out of your mind is the thought that once you’re dead you won’t be able to drink any more.”

What stops you killing yourself when you’re intoxicated out of your mind is the thought that once you’re dead you won’t be able to drink any more.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “It’s afterwards you realize that the feeling of happiness you had with a man didn’t necessarily prove that you loved him.”

It’s afterwards you realize that the feeling of happiness you had with a man didn’t necessarily prove that you loved him.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “For that’s what a woman, a mother wants – to teach her children to take an interest in life. She knows it’s safer for them to be interested in other people’s happiness than to believe in their own.”

For that’s what a woman, a mother wants – to teach her children to take an interest in life. She knows it’s safer for them to be interested in other people’s happiness than to believe in their own.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “It’s only women who are not really quite women at all, frivolous women who have no idea, who neglect repairs.”

It’s only women who are not really quite women at all, frivolous women who have no idea, who neglect repairs.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “The words emerge from her body without her realizing it, as if she were being visited by the memory of a language long forsaken.”

The words emerge from her body without her realizing it, as if she were being visited by the memory of a language long forsaken.

— Marguerite Duras


Marguerite Duras Quote: “I have never waited for anything the way I’ve waited for today, when nothing will happen.”

I have never waited for anything the way I’ve waited for today, when nothing will happen.

— Marguerite Duras

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