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    One's life is peculiar to one's own when one has invented it.
    — Djuna Barnes
    You beat the liver out of a goose to get a pâté; you pound the muscles of a man's cardia to get a philosopher.
    — Djuna Barnes
    When one wants to become cognizant of the color and the texture of the soil, one does not get a ladder; one gets a shovel. When one wants to get into touch with the texture of the universal mind, one does not go to Boston; one goes to the Bowery.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: mind 
     
    The truth is how you say it, and to be 'one's self' is the most shocking custom of all.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: truth  self 
     
    The heart of the jealous knows the best and most satisfying love, that of the other's bed, where the rival perfects the lover's imperfections.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: heart  lover 
     
    New York is the meeting place of the peoples, the only city where you can hardly find a typical American.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: american  meeting 
     
    Love becomes the deposit of the heart, analogous in all degrees to the 'findings' in a tomb. As in one will be charted the taken place of the body, the raiment, the utensils necessary to its other life, so in the heart of the lover will be traced, as an indelible shadow, that which he loves.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: heart  body  lover 
     
    The priceless galaxy of misinformation called the mind.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: mind 
     
    In the acceptance of depravity the sense of the past is most truly captured. What is a ruin but time easing itself of endurance? Corruption is the Age of Time.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: time  past  acceptance  age 
     
    Destiny and history are untidy.
    — Djuna Barnes
    The whole world is nothing but a noise, as hot as the inside of a tiger's mouth. They call it civilization - that is a lie! But some day you may have to go out, someone will try to take you out, and you will not understand them or what they are saying, unless you understand nothing, absolutely nothing, then you will manage.
    — Djuna Barnes
    Man is the only thing that has no further use after something goes amiss.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: men 
     
    The unendurable is the beginning of the curve of joy.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: joy 
     
    We are but skin about a wind, with muscles clenched against mortality.
    — Djuna Barnes
    I like my human experience served up with a little silence and restraint. Silence makes experience go further and, when it does die, gives it that dignity common to a thing one had touched and not ravished
    — Djuna Barnes
    I talk too much because I have been made so miserable by what you are keeping hushed.
    — Djuna Barnes
    Time is a great conference planning our end, and youth is only the past putting a leg forward.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: time  youth  past 
     
    A man is whole only when he takes into account his shadow.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: men 
     
    Life is painful, nasty and short.. in my case it has only been painful and nasty.
    — Djuna Barnes
    To think is to be sick...
    — Djuna Barnes
    For most people, life is nasty, brutish, and short; for me, it has simply been nasty and brutish.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: people 
     
    The very condition of Woman is so subject to Hazard, so complex, and so grievous, that to place her at one moment is but to displace her at the next.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: women  moment  complex 
     
    Sleep demands of us a guilty immunity.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: sleep 
     
    There is always more surface to a shattered object than a whole.
    — Djuna Barnes
    Youth is cause, effect is age; so with the thickening of the neck we get data.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: youth 
     
    Certainty always produces questions, uncertainty statements. It is a balancing law of nature.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: nature  law  questions 
     
    I couldn't ever boil potatoes over the heat of your affection. Your love would never bridge a gap; it wouldn't even fill up the hole that the mice came through ...
    — Djuna Barnes
    I've seen death and I didn't like it.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: death 
     
    Una's face was an unbroken block of calculation, saving where, upon her upper lip, a little down of hair fluttered. Yet it gave one an uncanny feeling. It made one think of a tassel on a hammer.
    — Djuna Barnes
    To love without criticism is to be betrayed.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: criticism 
     
    Only the impossible lasts forever.
    — Djuna Barnes
    Too great a sense of identity makes a man feel he can do no wrong. And too little does the same.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: men  identity  wrong 
     
    New York rose out of the water like a great wave that found it impossible to return again and so remained there in horror, peering out of the million windows man had caged it with.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: men  horror  impossible  water 
     
    No man needs curing of his individual sickness; his universal malady is what he should look to.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: men 
     
    One cup poured into another makes different waters; tears shed by one eye would blind if wept into another's eye. The breast we strike in joy is not the breast we strike in pain; any man's smile would be consternation on another's mouth.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: joy  smile  eyes  tears 
     
    I am not a critic; to me criticism is so often nothing more than the eye garrulously denouncing the shape of the peephole that gives access to hidden treasure.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: criticism  eyes 
     
    We are adhering to life now with our last muscle - the heart.
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: heart 
     
    I have a narrative, but you will be put to it to find it.
    — Djuna Barnes
    Madness to us means reversion; to such people as Una and Lena it meant progression. Now their uncle had entered into a land beyond them, the land of fancy. For fifty years he had been as they were, silent, hard-working, unimaginative. Then all of a sudden, like a scholar passing his degree, he had gone up into another form ...
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: people  madness  gone  year 
     
    God, children know something they can't tell; they like Red Riding Hood and the wolf in bed!
    — Djuna Barnes
    tags: children  child  god 
     
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