Coetzee's Quotes

Collection of top 100 famous quotes about Coetzee's

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pinterest Share on Linkedin

Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: It occurs to me that we crush insects It occurs to me that we crush insects beneath our feet, miracles of creation too, beetles, worms, cockroaches, ants, in their various ways. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: A book should be an axe to chop A book should be an axe to chop open the frozen sea inside us. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Strictly speaking, my interest is not in legal Strictly speaking, my interest is not in legal rights for animals but in a change of heart towards animals. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: To be full of being is to live To be full of being is to live as a body-soul. One name for the experience of full being is joy. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Do you hope you can expiate the crimes Do you hope you can expiate the crimes of the past by suffering in the present? — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By Don King: Out of all the fighters that I have Out of all the fighters that I have developed, clothed, financed, Gerrie Coetzee is the only one who had the decency to say 'thanks'. — Don King
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Reason is simply a vast tautology. Reason is simply a vast tautology. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: The mode of consciousness of nonhuman species is The mode of consciousness of nonhuman species is quite different from human consciousness. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: I say that I represent this movement because I say that I represent this movement because my intellectual allegiances are clearly European, not African. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Perhaps it does us good to have a Perhaps it does us good to have a fall every now and then. As long as we don't break. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: The barbarians come out at night. The barbarians come out at night. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Women are sensitive to it, to the weight Women are sensitive to it, to the weight of the desiring gaze. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: If there is ever a word of criticism If there is ever a word of criticism of America, it is of the most muted kind. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: If there were a better, clearer, shorter way If there were a better, clearer, shorter way of saying what the fiction says, then why not scrap the fiction? — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: I truly believe I am not afraid of I truly believe I am not afraid of death. What I shrink from, I believe, is the shame of dying as stupid and befuddled as I am. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: I tend to resist invitations to interpret my I tend to resist invitations to interpret my own fiction. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By Allister Coetzee: I said last week that the number on I said last week that the number on Jean's back does not matter. He stays effective as a runner, decision-maker and leader. — Allister Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Is that the secret meaning of the word Is that the secret meaning of the word story, do you think: a storing place of memories? — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: We must cultivate, all of us, a certain We must cultivate, all of us, a certain ignorance, a certain blindness, or society will not be tolerable. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: I am not the we of anyone I am not the we of anyone — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: When death cuts all other links, there remains When death cuts all other links, there remains the name. Baptism: the union of a soul with a name, the name it will carry into eternity. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: And anyway, I suspect he secretly liked it And anyway, I suspect he secretly liked it when a woman was cold and distant — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: When all else fails, philosophize. When all else fails, philosophize. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Kafka saw both himself and Red Peter as Kafka saw both himself and Red Peter as hybrids, as monstrous thinking devices mounted inexplicably on suffering animal bodies. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Freud's warning that what I omit without thinking Freud's warning that what I omit without thinking (i.e. without conscious thought) may be the key to the deepest truth about me? — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: How easy it is to love a child, How easy it is to love a child, how hard to love what a child turns into! — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: He believed that our life-stories are ours to He believed that our life-stories are ours to construct as we wish,within or even against the constraints posed by the real world ... — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: I have never seen anything like it: two I have never seen anything like it: two little discs of glass suspended in front of his eyes in loops of wire. Is he blind? — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: No papers, no money; no family, no friends, No papers, no money; no family, no friends, no sense of who you are. The obscurest of the obscure, so obscure as to be a prodigy. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Unbelief is a belief. Unbelief is a belief. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: If only we could eat our sunsets, I If only we could eat our sunsets, I say, we would all be full. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Affection may not be love, but it is Affection may not be love, but it is at least its cousin. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Two names on the page, his and hers, Two names on the page, his and hers, side by side. Two in a bed, lovers no longer but foes. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: All autobiography is storytelling; all writing is autobiography. All autobiography is storytelling; all writing is autobiography. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: If you are not fully in the game If you are not fully in the game you are playing, however, you are not truly playing it. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Words are coin. Words alienate. Language is no Words are coin. Words alienate. Language is no medium for desire. Desire is rapture, not exchange. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: In the night I took a lantern and In the night I took a lantern and went to see for myself. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: ...she prefers to think in similitudes rather than ...she prefers to think in similitudes rather than reason things out... — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Jokes, secrets, complicities; a glance here, a word Jokes, secrets, complicities; a glance here, a word there: that is their way of being together, of being apart. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: I do not believe that any form of I do not believe that any form of lasting community can exist where people do not share the same sense of what is just and what is not just. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: I speak to the broken halves of all I speak to the broken halves of all our selves and tell them to embrace, loving the worst in us equally with the best. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: The jackal rips out the hare's bowels, but The jackal rips out the hare's bowels, but the world rolls on. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: I should never have allowed the gates of I should never have allowed the gates of the town to be opened to people who assert that there are higher considerations than those of decency. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: One must love what is nearest, one must One must love what is nearest, one must love what is to hand, as a dog loves". — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Was it serious? I don't know. It certainly Was it serious? I don't know. It certainly had serious consequences. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Long visits don't make for good friends. Long visits don't make for good friends. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Become major, Paul. Live like a hero. That's Become major, Paul. Live like a hero. That's what the classics teach us. Be a main character. Otherwise what is life for? — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Photographs is not the same as just name, Photographs is not the same as just name, is more living. Otherwise, why save photographs? (Marijana to Mr Rayment) — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: The truth is, he tired of criticism, tired The truth is, he tired of criticism, tired of prose measured by the yard.
Disgrace — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: There is no position outside of reason where There is no position outside of reason where you can stand and lecture about reason and pass judgment on reason. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Flowers grow best on dungheaps, as Shakespeare never Flowers grow best on dungheaps, as Shakespeare never tires of saying. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: In order to be cruel we have to In order to be cruel we have to close our hearts to the suffering of the other. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Poetry speaks to you either at first sight Poetry speaks to you either at first sight or not at all. A flash of revelation and a flash of response. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: It is a world of words that creates It is a world of words that creates a world of things. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Faith means believing in what you do even Faith means believing in what you do even when it does not bear visible fruit. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: I know somewhat too much; and from this I know somewhat too much; and from this knowledge, once one has been infected, there seems to be no recovering. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Unimaginable perhaps; but the unimaginable is there to Unimaginable perhaps; but the unimaginable is there to be imagined. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: A fool in love is laughed at but A fool in love is laughed at but in the end always forgiven — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: For, seen from the outside, from a being For, seen from the outside, from a being who is alien to it, reason is simply a vast tautology. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: One day some as yet unborn scholar will One day some as yet unborn scholar will recognize in the clock the machine that has tamed the wilds. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: What I did not know was how longing What I did not know was how longing could store itself away in the hollows of one's bones and then one day without warning flood out. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: The most important of all rights is the The most important of all rights is the right to life, and I cannot foresee a day when domesticated animals will be granted that right in law. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: We are not by nature cruel. We are not by nature cruel. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Can he find it in his heart to Can he find it in his heart to love this plain, ordinary woman? Can he love her enough to write a music for her? If he cannot, what is left for him? — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: How many people are there left who are How many people are there left who are neither locked up nor standing guard at the gate? — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: This is what it leads to! This is This is what it leads to! This is what it leads to if you let your attention wander for a moment! — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Belief may be no more, in the end, Belief may be no more, in the end, than a source of energy, like a battery which one clips into an idea to make it run. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: I don't think we are ready to die, I don't think we are ready to die, any of us, not without being escorted. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: We are the great miracle of creation! But We are the great miracle of creation! But from some blows this miraculous body cannot repair itself! — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: If i were pressed to give my brand If i were pressed to give my brand of political thought a label, I would call it pessimistic anarchistic quietism — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Sleep is no longer a healing bath, a Sleep is no longer a healing bath, a recuperation of vital forces, but an oblivion, a nightly brush with annihilation. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: I have a desire to be saved which I have a desire to be saved which I must call immoderate. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: I hope that in the afterlife we will I hope that in the afterlife we will get a chance, each of us, to say our sorries to the people we have wronged. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: For a man of his age, fifty-two, divorced, For a man of his age, fifty-two, divorced, he has, to his mind, solved the problem of sex rather well. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: When we are stirred to lament the loss When we are stirred to lament the loss of the gods, it is more than likely the gods who are doing the stirring. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: All is allegory ... Each creature is key All is allegory ... Each creature is key to all other creatures. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: I am corrupted to the bone with the I am corrupted to the bone with the beauty of this forsaken world. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Perhaps; but I am a difficult person to Perhaps; but I am a difficult person to live with. My difficulty consists in not wanting to live with other people. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: There seemed nothing to do but live. There seemed nothing to do but live. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Being a father ... I can't help feeling Being a father ... I can't help feeling that, by comparison with being a mother, being a father is a rather abstract business. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Imagine: to be prepared to yield, to yield, Imagine: to be prepared to yield, to yield, to have nothing more to yield, to be broken, yet to be pressed to yield more! — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Vengeance is like a fire. The more it Vengeance is like a fire. The more it devours, the hungrier it gets. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Deprived of human intercourse, I inevitably overvalue the Deprived of human intercourse, I inevitably overvalue the imagination and expect it to make the mundane glow with an aura of self-transcendence. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: The sun's touch is kind. The sun's touch is kind. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Stiff shoulders humped over the writing-table, and the Stiff shoulders humped over the writing-table, and the ache of a heart slow to move. A tortoise heart. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: If he has a last thought, if there If he has a last thought, if there is time for a last thought, it will simply be, So this is what a last thought is like. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Where civilization entailed the corruption of barbarian virtues Where civilization entailed the corruption of barbarian virtues and the creation of dependent people, I decided, I was opposed to civilization. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: Because a woman's beauty does not belong to Because a woman's beauty does not belong to her alone. It is a part of the bounty she brings into the world. She has a duty to share it. — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: What does he know of the force that What does he know of the force that drives the utmost strangers into each other's arms, making them kin, kind, beyond all prudence? — J.M. Coetzee
Coetzee's Quotes By J.M. Coetzee: We can pretend that the book in question We can pretend that the book in question is not Mr. West's but mine, made mine by the madness of my reading. — J.M. Coetzee