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Nicole Krauss Quotes

Nicole Krauss Quote: “Better to try and fail than not to try at all.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “What is literature, really? Boiled down to a single sentence, I’d say it’s this: an endless conversation about what it means to be human. And to read literature is to engage in that conversation.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “When will you learn that there isn’t a word for everything?”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “The accolades, just like the scrapes and bruises, fade in the end, and all you’re left with is your ambition.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “We move through the day like two hands of a clock: sometimes we overlap for a moment, then come apart again, carrying on alone. Everyday exactly the same: the tea, the burnt toast, the crumbs, the silence.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “When the word ‘nostalgia’ was coined in the 18th century, it was used to describe a pathology – not so much a sense of lost time, but a severe homesickness.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I used to think that if I had a choice between writing well and living well, I would choose the former. But now I think that’s sheer lunacy. Writing weighs so much less, in the great cosmic equation, than living.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “At night the sky is pure astronomy.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “It’s one of those unforgettable moments that happen as a child, when you discover that all along the world has been betraying you.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Then he almost but didn’t say the two sentence he’d been meaning to say for years: part of me is made of glass, and also, I love you.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Even among the angels, there is the sadness of division.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “All the times I have suddenly realized that my parents are dead, even now, it still surprises me, to exist in the world while that which made me has ceased to exist.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Because you can get free of everything except the space where things have been.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Perhaps that is what it means to be a father-to teach your child to live without you.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I like to think the world wasn’t ready for me, but maybe the truth is that I wasn’t ready for the world. I’ve always arrived too late for my life.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Part of me is made of glass, and also, I love you.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Because of the illusion. You fall in love, it’s intoxicating, and for a little while, you actually feel like you’ve become one with the other person, merged souls and so on. You think you’ll never be lonely again.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “You can’t imagine how hard I am on myself. Nothing pummels me like my own doubts, the feeling of how far I still have to go.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “At the end, all that’s left of you are your possessions. Perhaps that’s why I’ve never been able to throw anything away. Perhaps that’s why I hoarded the world: with the hope that when I died, the sum total of my things would suggest a life larger than the one I lived.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “There are so many ways to be alive, but only one way to be dead.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “To hike out alone in the desert; to sleep on the valley floor on a night with no moon, in the pitch black, just listening to the boom of silence: you can’t imagine what that’s like.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I try to make a point of being seen. Sometimes when I’m out, I’ll buy a juice even when I’m not thirsty. If the store is crowded I’ll even go so far as dropping change all over the floor, nickels and dimes skidding in every direction. All I want is not to die on a day I went unseen.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “We search for patterns, you see, only to find where the patterns break. And it’s there, in that fissure, that we pitch our tents and wait.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “If the book is a mystery to its author as she’s writing, inevitably it’s going to be a mystery to the reader as he or she reads it.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I scowled at the world. And the world scowled back. We were locked in a stare of mutual disgust.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Sometimes I thought about nothing and sometimes I thought about my life. At least I made a living. What kind of living? A living. It wasn’t easy. I found out how little is unbearable.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I want to say somewhere: I’ve tried to be forgiving. And yet. There were times in my life, whole years, when anger got the better of me. Ugliness turned me inside out. There was a certain satisfaction in bitterness. I courted it. It was standing outside, and I invited it in.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “No, what I felt was the torment of waiting, stuck between the end of one sentence and the beginning of the next which might or might not bring a hail storm, plane crash, poetic justice, or a miraculous reversal.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “All I want is not to die on a day when I went unseen.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “The truth is the thing I invented so I could live.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I know there is a moral to this story, but I don’t know what it is.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “When you’re younger, it’s all theoretical. It’s all potential. As you get older, it becomes actual, and your life gets filled with unexpected complexity; some of it asked for, and some of it not. It becomes richer, I find.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “He learned to live with the truth. Not to accept it, but to live with it. It was like living with an elephant. His room was tiny, and every morning he had to squeeze around the truth just to get to the bathroom. To reach the armoire to get a pair of underpants he had to crawl under the truth, praying it wouldn’t choose that moment to sit on his face. At night, when he closed his eyes, he felt it looming above him.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I wanted to describe the world, because to live in an undescribed world was too lonely.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I think of novels as houses. You live in them over the course of a long period, both as a reader and as a writer.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “When at last I came upon the right book, the feeling was violent: it blew open a hole in me that made life more dangerous because I couldn’t control what came through it.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “No, I don’t harbor any mystical ideas about writing, Your Honor, it’s work like any other kind of craft; the power of literature, I’ve always thought, lies in how willful the act of making it is.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Life in general in my experience gets deeper and deeper, more and more profound, more and more complex, the older one gets.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Sometimes I get the feeling that we’re just a bunch of habits. The gestures we repeat over and over, they’re just our need to be recognized. Without them, we’d be unidentifiable. We have to reinvent ourselves every minute.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “How was it possible to wake up every day and be recognizable to another when so often one was barely recognizable to oneself?”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I read like an animal. I read under the covers, I read lying in the grass, I read at the dinner table. While other people were talking to me, I read.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Alone in my room, wrapped in a blanket, I whimpered and talked aloud to myself, recalling the lost glory of my youth when I considered myself, and was considered by others, a bright and capable person. It seemed that was all gone now.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “It is impossible to distrust one’s writing without awakening a deeper distrust in oneself.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Later – when things happened that they could never have imagined – she wrote him a letter that said: When will you learn that there isn’t a word for everything.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “The more freedom I allow myself as a writer to wander, become lost and go into uncertain territory – and I am always trying to go to the more awkward place, the more difficult place – the more frightening it is, because I have no plan.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “He died alone because he was too embarrassed to phone anyone.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “The truth is that she told me she couldn’t love me. When she said goodbye, she was saying goodbye forever. And yet. I made myself forget. I don’t know why. I keep asking myself. But I did.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Wittgenstein once wrote that when the eye sees something beautiful, the hand wants to draw it. I wish I could draw you.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “And if the man who once upon a time had been a boy who promised he’d never fall in love with another girl as long as he lived kept his promise, it wasn’t because he was stubborn or even loyal. He couldn’t help it.”
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