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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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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’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: “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: “I know all one can know when one knows nothing.”

I know all one can know when one knows nothing.

— Marguerite Duras


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