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Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

A postcard. Neat handwriting fills the rectangle.
Half my days I cannot bear to touch you.
The rest of my time I feel like it doesn't matter if I will ever see you again. It isn't the morality, it's how much you can bear.
No date. No name attached. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

In spite of this, our table's status on the Oronsay continued to be minimal, while those at the Captain's Table were constantly toasting to one another's significance. That was a small lesson I learned on the journey. What is interesting and important happens mostly in secret, in places where there is no power. Nothing much of lasting value ever happens at the head table, held together by familiar rhetoric. Those who already have power continue to glide along in the familiar rut they have made for themselves. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

Every night I cut out my heart. But in the morning it was full again — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

His own life was no longer a single story but part of a mural, which was a falling together of accomplices. Patrick saw a wondrous night web-all of these fragments of a human order, something ungoverned by the family he was born into or the headlines of the day. A nun on a bridge, a dare-devil who was unable to sleep without drink, a boy watching a fire from his bed at night,an actress who ran away with a millionaire- the detritus and chaos of the age was realigned. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

A writer uses a pen instead of a scalpel or blow torch. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

The scale of the laying of mines in Italy and in North Africa cannot be imagined. At the Kismaayo-Afmadu road junction, 260 mines were found. There were 300 at the Omo River Bridge area. On June 30, 1941, South African sappers laid 2,700 Mark 11 mines in Mersa Matruh in one day. Four months later the British cleared Mersa Matruh of 7,806 mines and placed them elsewhere. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

What was wonderful was that even within the drunkenness of two a.m., each of you somehow recognized the more permanent worth and pleasure of the other. You may have arrived with others, will perhaps cohabit this night with others, but both of you have found your fates. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

A love story is not about those who lost their heart but about those who find that sullen inhabitant who, when it is stumbled upon, means the body can fool no one, can fool nothing - not the wisdom of sleep or the habit of social graces. It is a consuming of oneself and the past. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Sarah Hall

Various books revolutionised what I think about novels and showed me that they're not strict, formulaic things. 'Coming Through Slaughter' by Michael Ondaatje was one of them. — Sarah Hall

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

Reason was the only thing that might save them, and there was no reason. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

A novel is a mirror walking down a road — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

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

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

There's always been anger in the making of music or literature or dance. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

So what was better for us all? An ignorance, or a cautiousness like his, towards our own hearts. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

What began it all was the bright bone of a dream I could hardly hold onto. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

Character, that subtle art, disappeared among them during those days and nights, existed only in a book or on a painted wall. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

And it would be a spare life he would be certain to lead as a schoolteacher in some urban location. But he had a serenity that came with the choice of the life he wanted to live. And this serenity and certainty I have seen only among those who have the armour of books close by. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

All I ever wanted was a world without maps. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

I'm a Canadian citizen. But I always want to feel at home in Sri Lanka. I'm a member of both countries. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

The sloshing of their hooves in the paddy field that I heard thirty yards away, my car door open for the breeze, the haunting sound I was caught within as if creatures of magnificence were undressing and removing their wings — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

But the young sapper was already on his back, the rifle aimed, his eye almost brushing the beards of Noah and Abraham and the variety of demons until he reached the great face and was stilled by it, the face like a spear, wise, unforgiving. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

To rest was to receive all aspects of the world without judgment. A bath in the sea, a fuck with a soldier who never knew your name. Tenderness toward the unknown and anonymous, which was tenderness to the self. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

There was a time when mapmakers named the places they travelled through with the names of lovers rather than their own. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

Always listening, listening to the wet fluid speech with no order, unfinished stories, badly told jokes that he sober as a spider perfected in silence. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

Everything is biographical, Lucian Freud says. What we make, why it is made, how we draw a dog, who it is we are drawn to, why we cannot forget. Everything is collage, even genetics. There is the hidden presence of others in us, even those we have known briefly. We contain them for the rest of our lives, at every border we cross. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

This last night we tear into each other, as if to wound, as if to find the key to everything before morning. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

Nowadays he doesn't think of his wife, though he knows he can turn around and evoke every move of her, describe any aspect of her, the weigh of her wrist on his heart during the night. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

The trouble with words is that you can really talk yourself into a corner. You can't fuck yourself into a corner.
"That's a man talking," muttered Hana. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

There was no control except the mood of his power ... and it is for this reason it is good you never heard him play someplace where the weather for instance could change the next series of notes
then you should never have heard him at all. He was never recorded. He stayed away while others moved into wax history, electronic history, those who said later that Boldon broke the path. It was just as important to watch him stretch and wheel around the last notes or to watch nerves jumping under the sweat of his head. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

Most of the time in our world, truth is just opinion. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

We are expanded by tears, we are told, not reduced by them. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

Moments before sleep are when she feels most alive, leaping across fragments of the day, bringing each moment into the bed with her like a child with schoolbooks and pencils. The day seems to have no order until these times, which are like a ledger for her, her body full of stories and situations. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

I want the marginality to come into the center. This is the thing I was conscious of growing up, when I later lived in England. I saw all these war movies that came out shortly after the war, and they were all about the war being fought by Englishmen or Americans, there were no other "allies" in it - from India or Australia, etc. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Anthony

My best experience as a writer was working with Michael Ondaatje. He let me dismantle his novel, reimagine it, and still had dinner with me and gave me good notes. But the best thing about writing has been the writer's life, the sense of being expressed, the ownership of the day, the entirely specious sense of freedom we have, however slave we are to some boss or other. I wouldn't trade it for any other life. — Anthony

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

You know it is the most relaxed thing when you when you sit with a best friend and you know there is nothing you have to tell him to empty your mind. We just stayed there together, silent in the dusk like this, and we were quite happy. — Michael Ondaatje

Best Ondaatje Quotes By Michael Ondaatje

... Even the idea of a city never entered his mind. It was as if he had walked under the millimeter of haze just above the inked fibers of a map, that pure zone between land and chart, between distances and legends, between nature and storyteller. The place they had chosen to come to, to be their best selves, to be unconscious of ancestry. Here, apart from the sun compass and the odometer mileage, and the book, he was alone, his own invention. He knew during these times how the mirage worked, the fata morgana, for he was within it. — Michael Ondaatje