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Nicole Krauss Quote: “I was never a man of great ambition I cried too easily I didn’t have a head for science Words often failed me While others prayed I only moved my lips.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Holding hands, for example, is a way to remember how it feels to say nothing together.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “So many words get lost. They leave the mouthand lose their courage, wandering aimlessly until they are swept into the gutter like dead leaves. On rainy days you can hear their chorus rushing past.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “My first novel, ‘Man Walks Into a Room,’ is about a man who’s lost his memory and has to start a second life. On one level, it’s about how we create a coherent sense of self.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Loneliness: there is no organ that can take it all.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “After she left everything fell apart. No Jew was safe. There were rumors of unfathomable things, and because we couldn’t fathom them we failed to believe them, until we had no choice and it was too late. p 8.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “One is always changing. I don’t want to write the same book and I couldn’t, because I’m a different person.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “The price we paid for the volumes of ourselves that we suffocated in the dark.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “The oldest emotion in the world may be that of being moved; but to describe it-just to name it-must have been like trying to catch something invisible.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Bruno, my old faithful. I haven’t sufficiently described him. Is it enough to say he is indescribable? No. Better to try and fail than not to try at all.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I wished to punish her for her intolerable stoicism, which made it impossible for me to ever be truly needed by her in the most profound ways a person can need another, a need that often goes by the name of love.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “She struggled with her sadness, but tried to conceal it, to divide it into smaller and smaller parts and scatter these in places she thought no one would find them.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “There’s no match for the silence of GOD.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “There are moments when a kind of clarity comes over you, and suddenly you can see through walls to another dimension that you’d forgotten or chosen to ignore in order to continue living with the various illusions that make life, particularily life with other people, possible.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Sometimes no length of string is long enough to say the thing that needs to be said. In such cases all the string can do, in whatever its form, is conduct a person’s silence.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I smiled back, the importance of manners, my mother always said, is inversely related to how inclined one is to use them, or, in other words, sometimes politeness is all that stands between oneself and madness.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I have always written about characters who fall somewhere in the spectrum between solitary and totally alienated.”
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: “Empty teacups gathered around her and dictionary pages fell at her feet.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “The malpractice for advice-giving is like five times as much as a craniotomy.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “There was no one to call me to bed, no one to demand that the rhythms of my life operate in a duet.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “He learned to live with the truth. Not to accept it, but to live with it.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I have realised just how important it is to readers to feel that fictional stories are based on reality.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I’ve reached the age where bruises are formed from failures within rather than accidents without.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I always wrote little things when I was younger. My first opus was a book of poems put down in a spiral notebook at five or six, handsomely accompanied by crayon illustrations.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “When I got older I decided I wanted to be a real writer. I tried to write about real things. I wanted to describe the world, because to live in an undescribed world was too lonely.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “After all who doesn’t wish to make a spectacle of their loneliness.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “At first Babel longed for the use of just two words: Yes and No. But he knew that just to utter a single word would be to destroy the delicate fluency of silence.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I am always coming up with architectural metaphors when I think about writing. But I think one of the things that draw us to literature is that it gives us this very attractive illusion that there is meaning in the world – things connect.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I finally understood that no matter what I did, or who I found, I-he-none of us-would ever be able to win over the memories she had of Dad, memories that soothed her even while they made her sad, because she’d built a world out of them she knew how to survive on even if no one else could.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “There are so many ways to be alive, but only one way to be dead.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I’m very interested in structure, how multiple stories are assembled in different ways; that is what memory does as well.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “She was gone, and all that was left was the space where you’d grown around her, like a tree that grows around a fence.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I do realize that the reader needs some form of resolution. Sometimes I think of it almost like writing a musical score where things have to harmonize and certain lines have to come to a close.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “The moment had passed, the door between the lives we could have led and the lives we led had shut in our faces.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Sometimes I forget that the world is not on the same schedule as I. That everything is not dying, or that if it is dying it will return to life, what with a little sun and the usual encouragement.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “In life we sit at the table and refuse to eat, and in death we are eternally hungry.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “It’s strange what the heart can do when the mind is giving the directions.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “In one’s youth, one has tremendous access to one’s feelings. And as one gets older, some of those feelings kind of drift away. But so much more happens to you. There’s more at stake in life.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “There were many things they simply didn’t talk about: between them, silence was not so much a form of evasion as a way for solitary people to exist in a family.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “The unique thing that literature provides is to be able to step so fully into another situation and condition.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I opened my mouth, but nothing came out. It took seven languages to make me; it would be nice if I could have spoken just one.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I take almost no notes when I write. I have one notebook – this old green leather notebook that my dad gave me a decade ago.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “When we went into the ocean, I watched his body as he dove into the waves, and it gave me a feeling in my stomach that wasn’t an ache but something different.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “To me, this is the singular privilege of reading literature: we are allowed to step into another’s life.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “I have a very strong sense of architecture in my novels. But at first it’s sometimes like building a doorknob before you have a door, and a door before you have a room.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “What interests me very much as a writer is the ability for writing to have our lives to be occupied so vividly by others. I think that’s what we long for as writers.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “To walk into a modern-day bookstore is a little bit like studying a single photograph out of the infinite number of photographs that cold be taken of the world: It offers the reader a frame.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “Part of the work of writing a novel is to uncover the symmetries or connections that make it whole, which might not reveal itself at first.”
Nicole Krauss Quote: “And so he did the hardest thing he’d ever done in his life: he picked up his hat and walked away.”
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