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Michael Ondaatje quotes: She had a laugh that hinted it had rolled around once or twice in the mud. She had a laugh that hinted it had rolled around once or twice in the mud.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: There are no brunettes ... among Florentine Madonnas. There are no brunettes ... among Florentine Madonnas.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: I thought I was being loved because I was being altered. I thought I was being loved because I was being altered.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: We own the country we grow up in, or we are aliens and invaders. We own the country we grow up in, or we are aliens and invaders.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Blood a necklace on me all my life. Blood a necklace on me all my life.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: What began it all was the bright bone of a dream I could hardly hold onto. What began it all was the bright bone of a dream I could hardly hold onto.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: A woman should never learn to sew, and is she can she shouldn't admit to it A woman should never learn to sew, and is she can she shouldn't admit to it
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Sadness is very close to hate. Sadness is very close to hate.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: In Asian gardens you could look at rock and imagine water, you could gaze at a still pool and believe it had the hardness of rock. In Asian gardens you could look at rock and imagine water, you could gaze at a still pool and believe it had the hardness of rock.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: all this Beethoven and rain all this Beethoven and rain
Michael Ondaatje quotes: There is God only in the desert, he wanted to acknowledge that now. Outside of this there was just trade and power, money and war. There is God only in the desert, he wanted to acknowledge that now. Outside of this there was just trade and power, money and war.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: He came to this country like a torch on fire and he swallowed air as he walked forward and he gave out light He came to this country like a torch on fire and he swallowed air as he walked forward and he gave out light
Michael Ondaatje quotes: There's water in my bonesa ghost of a chance There's water in my bones
a ghost of a chance
Michael Ondaatje quotes: When I read biographies, I skip the first thirty pages about the childhood because it doesn't seem interesting to me. When I read biographies, I skip the first thirty pages about the childhood because it doesn't seem interesting to me.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: She had always wanted words, she loved them; grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape. She had always wanted words, she loved them; grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: There was a time when mapmakers named the places they travelled through with the names of lovers rather than their own. There was a time when mapmakers named the places they travelled through with the names of lovers rather than their own.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: A writer uses a pen instead of a scalpel or blow torch. A writer uses a pen instead of a scalpel or blow torch.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Truth, at the wrong time, can be dangerous. Truth, at the wrong time, can be dangerous.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: From this point on, she whispered, we will either find or lose our souls. From this point on, she whispered, we will either find or lose our souls.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: There's a lot of thievery involved in writing. You're breaking into other people's spaces and other people's stories. There's a lot of thievery involved in writing. You're breaking into other people's spaces and other people's stories.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: When you're writing, it's as if you're within a kind of closed world. When you're writing, it's as if you're within a kind of closed world.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: It's an odd state to be in, blowing the whistle on your home country. It's an odd state to be in, blowing the whistle on your home country.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: You're getting everyone's point of view at the same time, which, for me, is the perfect state for a novel: a cubist state, the cubist novel. You're getting everyone's point of view at the same time, which, for me, is the perfect state for a novel: a cubist state, the cubist novel.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: There always should be something hanging unfinished before a scene ends so that there's a reason for going to the next scene. There always should be something hanging unfinished before a scene ends so that there's a reason for going to the next scene.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Githa Hariharan's fiction is wonderful-full of subtleties and humor and tenderness. Githa Hariharan's fiction is wonderful-full of subtleties and humor and tenderness.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: The trouble with all of us is we are where we shouldn't be. The trouble with all of us is we are where we shouldn't be.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: We have art,' Nietzsche said, 'so that we shall not be destroyed by the truth. We have art,' Nietzsche said, 'so that we shall not be destroyed by the truth.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Most of the time in our world, truth is just opinion. Most of the time in our world, truth is just opinion.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Words are tricky things, a friend of his has told him, they're much more tricky than violins. Words are tricky things, a friend of his has told him, they're much more tricky than violins.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: They had all grown older, but he still did not feel he had wisdom to go with his aging. They had all grown older, but he still did not feel he had wisdom to go with his aging.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Mockery had gone too far during Hearts. There had been an attempt at strangulation and then her ear had been perforated by a fork. Mockery had gone too far during Hearts. There had been an attempt at strangulation and then her ear had been perforated by a fork.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: In darkness, in any light after dusk, you can slit a vein and the blood is black. In darkness, in any light after dusk, you can slit a vein and the blood is black.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Nothing will kill you, my friend. You are pure carbon. Nothing will kill you, my friend. You are pure carbon.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: I see myself as someone who's been saved by writing. God knows what I would have been, become or how I would have ended up without it. I see myself as someone who's been saved by writing. God knows what I would have been, become or how I would have ended up without it.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: I don't see novels ending with any real sense of closure. I don't see novels ending with any real sense of closure.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Her hand touched me at the wrist. "If I gave you my life, you would drop it. Wouldn't you?"I didn't say anything. Her hand touched me at the wrist. "If I gave you my life, you would drop it. Wouldn't you?"
I didn't say anything.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: I don't have a plan for a story when I sit down to write. I would get quite bored carrying it out. I don't have a plan for a story when I sit down to write. I would get quite bored carrying it out.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Meanwhile with the help of an anecdote I fell in love. Words caravaggio. They have a power. Meanwhile with the help of an anecdote I fell in love. Words caravaggio. They have a power.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: How can you smile as though your whole life hasn't capsized How can you smile as though your whole life hasn't capsized
Michael Ondaatje quotes: There's more danger in the violence you don't face. There's more danger in the violence you don't face.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: The war is not over everywhere, she was told. The war is over. This war is over. The war here. The war is not over everywhere, she was told. The war is over. This war is over. The war here.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Reason was the only thing that might save them, and there was no reason. Reason was the only thing that might save them, and there was no reason.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: A blind lover, don't knowwhat I love till I write it out A blind lover, don't know
what I love till I write it out
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Secrets turn powerless in the open air. Secrets turn powerless in the open air.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: A well-told lie is worth a thousand facts A well-told lie is worth a thousand facts
Michael Ondaatje quotes: He will hear the rain before he feels it, a clicking on the dry grass, on the olive leaves. He will hear the rain before he feels it, a clicking on the dry grass, on the olive leaves.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: You don't want to write your own opinion, you don't want to just represent yourself, but represent yourself through someone else. You don't want to write your own opinion, you don't want to just represent yourself, but represent yourself through someone else.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Who realizes how contented feral children are? The grasp of the family fell away as soon as I was out the door. Who realizes how contented feral children are? The grasp of the family fell away as soon as I was out the door.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Before the real city could be seen it had to be imagined, the way rumours and tall tales were a kind of charting. Before the real city could be seen it had to be imagined, the way rumours and tall tales were a kind of charting.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Over the years, confusing fragments, lost corners of stories, have a clearer meaning when seen in a new light, a different place. Over the years, confusing fragments, lost corners of stories, have a clearer meaning when seen in a new light, a different place.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: In the desert the most loved waters, like a lover's name, are carried blue in your hands, enter your throat. One swallows absence. In the desert the most loved waters, like a lover's name, are carried blue in your hands, enter your throat. One swallows absence.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: It was easy to fool the three of us (tween boys), who were naked with innocence. It was easy to fool the three of us (tween boys), who were naked with innocence.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: But here they were shedding skins. They could imitate nothing but what they were. There was no defence but to look for the truth in others. But here they were shedding skins. They could imitate nothing but what they were. There was no defence but to look for the truth in others.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: You want to suggest something new, but at the same time, resolve the drama of the action in the novel. You want to suggest something new, but at the same time, resolve the drama of the action in the novel.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: This was the time in her life that she fell upon books as the only door out of her cell. They became half her world. This was the time in her life that she fell upon books as the only door out of her cell. They became half her world.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: I tend not to know what the plot is or the story is or even the theme. Those things come later, for me. I tend not to know what the plot is or the story is or even the theme. Those things come later, for me.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Jung was absolutely right about one thing. We are occupied by gods. The mistake is to identify with the god occupying you. Jung was absolutely right about one thing. We are occupied by gods. The mistake is to identify with the god occupying you.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: The Englishman left months ago, Hana, he's with the Bedouin or in some English garden with its phlox and shit. The Englishman left months ago, Hana, he's with the Bedouin or in some English garden with its phlox and shit.
Michael Ondaatje quotes: And that would be unconscionable, I suppose, to feel any obligation? Yes. Of course it would.Katherine clifftonThe English Patient And that would be unconscionable, I suppose, to feel any obligation? Yes. Of course it would.
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The English Patient
Michael Ondaatje quotes: Everyone has to scratch on walls somewhere or they go crazy Everyone has to scratch on walls somewhere or they go crazy
Michael Ondaatje quotes: The deepest sorrow, he thought. Where the only way to survive is to excavate everything. The deepest sorrow, he thought. Where the only way to survive is to excavate everything.