Monthly Quotes: October 2021


Life falls apart. We try to get a grip and hold it together. And then we realize we don’t want to hold it together

Deborah Levy, The Cost of Living

Sometimes we want to unbelong as much as we want to belong

Deborah Levy, The Cost of Living

When our father does the things he needs to do in the world, we understand it is his due. If our mother does the things she needs to do in the world, we feel she has abandoned us. It is a miracle she survives our mixed messages, written in society’s most poisoned ink. It is enough to drive her mad.

Deborah Levy, The Cost of Living

It’s hard to write and be open and let things in when life is tough, but to keep everything out means there’s nothing to work with

Deborah Levy, The Cost of Living

As Simone de Beauvoir had told us, women are not supposed to eclipse men in a world in which success and power are marked out for them. It is not easy to take up the historic privilege of dominance over women… if he is economically dependent on her talents. At the same time, she receives the fatal message that she must conceal her talents and abilities in order to be loved by him.

Deborah Levy, The Cost of Living

Freedom is never free. Anyone who has struggled to be free knows how much it costs.

Deborah Levy, The Cost of Living

It is so mysterious to want to suppress women. It is even more mysterious when women want to suppress women. I can only think we are so very powerful that we need to be suppressed all the time.

Deborah Levy, The Cost of Living

It was not that easy to convey to him, a man much older than she was, that the world was her world too.

Deborah Levy, The Cost of Living

I have seen a man cry like a woman but I’m not sure I have seen a woman cry like a man

Deborah Levy, The Cost of Living

Life was hard and I had no scrpt. Perhaps I was writting one.

Deborah Levy, The Cost of Living

I’am unhappy with you and I’m unhappy alone

Deborah Levy, The Cost of Living

Life is only worth living because we hope it will get better and we’ll all get home safely

Deborah Levy, The Cost of Living

A language is something infinitely greater than grammar and philology. It is the poetic testament of the genius of a race and a culture, and the living embodiment of the thoughts and fancies that have moulded them

Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

India has known the innocence and insouciance of childhood, the passion and abandon of youth, and the ripe wisdom of maturity that comes from long experience of pain and pleasure; and over and over a gain she has renewed her childhood and youth and age

Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

A country under foreign domination seeks escape from the present in dreams of a vanished age, and finds consolation in visions of past greatness. That is a foolish and dangerous pastime in which many of us indulge. An equally questionable practice for us in India is to imagine that we are still spiritually great though we have come down in the world in other respects. Spiritual or any other greatness cannot be founded on lack of freedom and opportunity, or on starvation and misery.

Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

And yet fear builds its phantoms which are more fearsome than reality itself, and reality, when calmly analysed and its consequences willingly accepted, loses much of its terror.

Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

Nationalism is essentially a group memory of past achievements, traditions, and experiences

Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

Someone said the other day: death is the birthright of every person born—a curious way of putting an obvious thing. It is a birthright which nobody has denied or can deny, and which all of us seek to forget and escape so long as we may. And yet there was something novel and attractive about the phrase. Those who complain so bitterly of life have always a way out of it, if they so choose. That is always in our power to achieve. If we cannot master life we can at least master death. A pleasing thought lessening the feeling of helplessness

Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

Life is too complicated and, as far as we can understand it in our present state of knowledge, too illogical, for it to be confined within the four corners of a fixed doctrine.

Jawaharlal Nehru, The Discovery of India

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