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Mervyn Peake Quote: “Oh how I hate people!”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “I am the wilderness lost in man.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Mount and begone. The world awaits you.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “I am too rich already, for my eyes mint gold. – Coloured Money.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “This tower, patched unevenly with black ivy, arose like a mutilated finger from among the fists of knuckled masonry and pointed blasphemously at heaven. At night the owls made of it an echoing throat; by day it stood voiceless and cast its long shadow.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “I am clever enough to know that I am clever.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “The Earth swirls down through the ominous moons of preconsidered generations.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “For death is life. It is only living that is lifeless.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “As I see it, life is an effort to grip before they slip through one’s fingers and slide into oblivion, the startling, the ghastly or the blindingly exquisite fish of the imagination before they whip away on the endless current and are lost for ever in oblivion’s black ocean.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “And now, my poor old woman, why are you crying so bitterly? It is autumn. The leaves are falling from the trees like burning tears- the wind howls. Why must you mimic them?”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Gormenghast, that is, the main massing of the original stone, taken by itself would have displayed a certain ponderous architectural quality were it possible to have ignored the circumfusion of those mean dwellings that swarmed like an epidemic around it s Outer Walls.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “There is a brotherhood among the kindly- Closer and defter and more integral- Than any of aisle or coven- For love rang out before the chapel bell.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Seeing an Earl as an owl on a mantelpiece, and having part of one’s face removed by a cat, both on the same morning, can temporarily undermine the self-control of any man.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “To live at all is miracle enough.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “The sun sank with a sob and darkness waded in from all horizons so that the sky contracted and there was no more light left in the world, when, at this very moment of annihilation, the moon, as though she had been waiting for her cue, sailed up the night.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Life is too fleet for onomatopoeia.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Each day I live in a glass room unless I break it with the thrusting of my senses and pass through the splintered walls to the great landscape.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “I said she was wicked, and she said that everyone was – everyone and everything except rivers, clouds, and some rabbits.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “He saw in happiness the seeds of independence, and in independence the seeds of revolt.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Noon, ripe as thunder and silent as thought, had fled unfingered.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “In the presence of real tragedy you feel neither pain nor joy nor hatred, only a sense of enormous space and time suspended, the great doors open to black eternity, the rising across the terrible field of that last enormous, unanswerable question.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Lingering is so very lonely when one lingers all alone.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “His was not the hatred that arises suddenly like a storm and as suddenly abates. It was, once the initial shock of anger and pain was over, a calculated thing that grew in a bloodless way.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “And there shall be a flame-green daybreak soon. And love itself will cry for insurrection! For tomorrow is also a day – and Titus has entered his stronghold.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “We are all imprisoned by the dictionary. We choose out of that vast, paper-walled prison our convicts, the little black printed words, when in truth we need fresh sounds to utter, new enfranchised noises which would produce a new effect.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Cold love’s the loveliest love of all. So clear, so crisp, so empty. In short, so civilized.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “There are times when the air that floats between mortals becomes, in its stillness and silence, as cruel as the edge of a scythe.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Why break the heart that never beat from love?”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “The moon slid inexorably into its zenith, the shadows shrivelling to the feet of all that cast them, and as Rantel approached the hollow at the hem of the Twisted Woods he was treading in a pool of his own midnight.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “I was brooding, boy. Than which there is no richer pastime. It muffles one with rotting plumes. It gives forth sullen music. It is the smell of home.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “No eye may see dispassionately. There is no comprehension at a glance. Only the recognition of damsel, horse or fly and the assumption of damsel, horse or fly; and so with dreams and beyond, for what haunts the heart will, when it is found, leap foremost, blinding the eye and leaving the main of Life in darkness.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Years on end, and swords on end – where will it end, if our ears unbend – what shall I spend on a wrinkled friend in a pair of tights like a bunch of lights?”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “He had no longer any need for home, for he carried his Gormenghast within him. All that he sought was jostling within himself. He had grown up. What a boy had set out to seek a man had found, found by the act of living.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “It was then that the Boy went through his darkest hell of all: the long ache of his body, acute as it was, was yet forgotten or disposed of in some way, for he was filled with a disembodied pain, an illness so penetrating, so horrible, that had he been given the opportunity to die he would have taken it. No normal sensation could find a way through this overpowering nausea of the soul that filled him.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Don’t you think so? Don’t you think so?’ ‘I am far beyond thinking, bone of my bone. Far, far beyond thinking, I hand over the reins to you, Irma. Mount and be gone. The world awaits you.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “It is my cape of good hope, and if it isn’t I will probably bite your nose off.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Yet not with all of me am I in love. Too much of my own quietness is with me.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “For what use are books to anyone whose days are like a rook’s nest with every twig a duty.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Of Swelter’s acreage, only a perch or two here and there might, if broken, prove vulnerable loam. That he bled profusely could prove little. There was blood in him to revitalize an anaemic army, with enough left over to cool the guns. Placed end to end, his blood vessels might have coiled up the Tower of Flints and half way down again like a Virginia creeper – a vampire’s home from home.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “As the figure moved before him he followed the muscles as they wove beneath the skin. he was not only fighting with an assailant who was awaiting for that split second in which to strike him dead, but he was stabbing at a masterpiece – at sculpture that leapt and heaved, at a marvel of inky shadow and silver light. A great wave of nausea surged through him and his knife felt putrid in his hand. His body went on fighting.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “But his mind saw nothing of all this. His mind was engaged in a warfare of the gods. His mind paced outwards over no-man’s-land, over the fields of the slain, paced to the rhythm of the blood’s red bugles. To be alone and evil! To be a god at bay. What was more absolute?”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Take him away. Prepare a feast. Forget nothing. My crown: the golden cutlery. The poison bottles; and the fumes; the wreaths of ivy and the bloody joints; the chains; the bowl of nettles; the spices; the baskets of fresh grass; the skulls and spines; the ribs and shoulder-blades. Forget nothing or, by the blindness of my sockets, I will have your hearts out. Take him away...”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Words can be tiresome as a swarm of insects. They can prick and buzz! Words can be no more than a series of farts; or on the other hand they can be adamantine, obdurate, inviolable, stone upon stone.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Something to remember, that: cats for missiles.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “His voice is unmuffled – it is like a bell, clearly ringing in the night of our confusion; but the clarity is the clarity of imponderable depth...”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Prunesquallor, as urbane as ever, had nevertheless something in his fish-like eyes that might almost be described as determination. One glance at his sister was sufficient to make him realize that to attempt to reason with her would be about as fruitful as to try to christianize a vulture.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Keda,′ she said to herself,′ Keda, this is tragedy.′ But as her words hung emptily in the morning air, she clenched her hands for she could feel no anguish and the bright bird that had filled her breast was still singing... was still singing.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “If ever he had harboured a conscience in his tough narrow breast he had by now dug out and flung away the awkward thing – flung it so far away that were he ever to need it again he could never find it.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “The emotional, loving, moody child had small chance of developing into a happy woman. Had she as a girl been naturally joyus yet all that had befallen her must surely have driven away the bright birds, one by one, from her breast. As it was, made of more sombre clay, capable of deep happiness, but more easily drawn to the dark than the light, Fuchsia was even more open to the cruel winds of circumstance which appeared to have singled her out for particular punishment.”
Mervyn Peake Quote: “Through her, in microcosm, the wide earth sobbed. The starglobe sank in her; the colours faded. The death-dew rose and the wild birds in her breast climbed to her throat and gathered songless, hovering, all tumult, wing to wing, so ardent for those climes where all things end.”
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