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John Burnside quotes: No one could say it was my choice to kill the twins, any more than it was my decision to bring them into the world. No one could say it was my choice to kill the twins, any more than it was my decision to bring them into the world.
John Burnside quotes: If nature offers no home, then we must make a home one way or another. The only question is how. If nature offers no home, then we must make a home one way or another. The only question is how.
John Burnside quotes: 'Moby-Dick' really threw me. I read it when I was 14 and my best friends were books. It changed the way I looked at the world. 'Moby-Dick' really threw me. I read it when I was 14 and my best friends were books. It changed the way I looked at the world.
John Burnside quotes: My editor, Robin Robertson, is one of this country's finest poets, so I listen to him when he offers advice. My editor, Robin Robertson, is one of this country's finest poets, so I listen to him when he offers advice.
John Burnside quotes: One day I was talking about what I was going to do next, and just found myself announcing it: 'I'm going to write a book about my father.' One day I was talking about what I was going to do next, and just found myself announcing it: 'I'm going to write a book about my father.'
John Burnside quotes: What we should be doing is saving habitats, not single species, no matter what their cuteness factor. What we should be doing is saving habitats, not single species, no matter what their cuteness factor.
John Burnside quotes: As attractive as it is, the idea that nature can exist beyond our dangerous 'instinct for happiness' is never the whole story. As attractive as it is, the idea that nature can exist beyond our dangerous 'instinct for happiness' is never the whole story.
John Burnside quotes: Sometimes, when the wind hits hard and icicles form on the sea cliffs, we can all come together - and at those times, we are at our best. Sometimes, when the wind hits hard and icicles form on the sea cliffs, we can all come together - and at those times, we are at our best.
John Burnside quotes: He lied all the time even when there was no need to lie [ ... ] He needed a _history_, a sense of self. [Burnside on his father, p. 22] He lied all the time even when there was no need to lie [ ... ] He needed a _history_, a sense of self. [Burnside on his father, p. 22]
John Burnside quotes: The only pleasure in redecorating or moving house comes from stumbling across books that I'd almost forgotten I owned. The only pleasure in redecorating or moving house comes from stumbling across books that I'd almost forgotten I owned.
John Burnside quotes: My father was this big, tough guy, almost heroic in proportion to me as a child. It was only later that I saw how fearful he was. My father was this big, tough guy, almost heroic in proportion to me as a child. It was only later that I saw how fearful he was.
John Burnside quotes: Irrationality interests me more than anything: sometimes it's very dangerous, but it can be incredibly beautiful. Irrationality interests me more than anything: sometimes it's very dangerous, but it can be incredibly beautiful.
John Burnside quotes: And I wake, in the cage of my bones,on the same cold ground. And I wake, in the cage of my bones,
on the same cold ground.
John Burnside quotes: I always wanted to be a painter. I loved painting. I went on three different art courses but had no talent whatsoever. I always wanted to be a painter. I loved painting. I went on three different art courses but had no talent whatsoever.
John Burnside quotes: The fabric of a garden is determined as much by its textures as by its tonal range and architectural flair. The fabric of a garden is determined as much by its textures as by its tonal range and architectural flair.
John Burnside quotes: If I tell you a story, you can choose to believe me, or you can question it. If I tell you a story, you can choose to believe me, or you can question it.
John Burnside quotes: I don't like the term 'mental illness.' I'd rather just say 'mad.' Just like I always say 'loony bin,' not 'mental hospital.' I don't like the term 'mental illness.' I'd rather just say 'mad.' Just like I always say 'loony bin,' not 'mental hospital.'
John Burnside quotes: All my life, I have been a celebrant of Halloween. For me, it is the most important day of the year, the turning point in the old pagan calendar. All my life, I have been a celebrant of Halloween. For me, it is the most important day of the year, the turning point in the old pagan calendar.
John Burnside quotes: A man was defined, in my father's circles, by what he could bear, the pain he could shrug off, the warmth or comfort he could deny himself. A man was defined, in my father's circles, by what he could bear, the pain he could shrug off, the warmth or comfort he could deny himself.
John Burnside quotes: I realised I'd spent a lot of time in my poetry trying to find a way of talking about that whereof we cannot speak. I realised I'd spent a lot of time in my poetry trying to find a way of talking about that whereof we cannot speak.
John Burnside quotes: Anyone who has ever stopped to watch a hawk in flight will know that this is one of the natural world's most elegant phenomena. Anyone who has ever stopped to watch a hawk in flight will know that this is one of the natural world's most elegant phenomena.
John Burnside quotes: I'm interested in the way language is used to navigate the world around us. I'm interested in the way language is used to navigate the world around us.
John Burnside quotes: Our ancestors went to the woods to find fuel; they set snares there for birds and gathered nuts and fungi. Our ancestors went to the woods to find fuel; they set snares there for birds and gathered nuts and fungi.
John Burnside quotes: 'The Asylum Dance' was written after I'd moved back to Scotland and was a response to moving to my old home area of Fife. 'The Asylum Dance' was written after I'd moved back to Scotland and was a response to moving to my old home area of Fife.
John Burnside quotes: As a child, I was consumed with a near-obsessive curiosity about what the world felt like for other creatures. As a child, I was consumed with a near-obsessive curiosity about what the world felt like for other creatures.
John Burnside quotes: One of the most beautiful objects I have ever seen was a Yupik wolf mask, made in Nunivak in around 1890. One of the most beautiful objects I have ever seen was a Yupik wolf mask, made in Nunivak in around 1890.
John Burnside quotes: It's important to have quiet time and isolation. It's important to have quiet time and isolation.
John Burnside quotes: Today, however, she didn't go looking for urchins or broken shells. She simply walked to the end of the earth and stood a while. Today, however, she didn't go looking for urchins or broken shells. She simply walked to the end of the earth and stood a while.
John Burnside quotes: It takes a true encounter to realise that real animals, wild animals, have all but passed from our lives. It takes a true encounter to realise that real animals, wild animals, have all but passed from our lives.