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    The house a woman creates is a Utopia. She can't help it - can't help trying to interest her nearest and dearest not in happiness itself but in the search for it.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: happiness  women  help 
     
    The solitude of writing is a solitude without which writing could not be produced, or would crumble, drained bloodless by the search for something else to write.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: solitude  writing  write 
     
    In heterosexual love there's no solution. Man and woman are irreconcilable, and it's the doomed attempt to do the impossible, repeated in each new affair, that lends heterosexual love its grandeur.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: men  women  impossible  doomed 
     
    I'm still there, watching those possessed children, as far away from the mystery now as I was then. I've never written, though I thought I wrote, never loved, though I thought I loved, never done anything but wait outside the closed door.
    — Marguerite Duras
    Men like women who write. Even though they don't say so. A writer is a foreign country.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: men  women  write 
     
    She had lived her early years as though she were waiting for something she might, but never did, become.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: year 
     
    You alone became the outer surface of my life, the side I never see, and you will be that, the unknown part of me, until I die.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: alone  die 
     
    We're in the vanguard of a nameless battle, a battle without arms or bloodshed or glory: we're in the vanguard of waiting.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: battle 
     
    He wanted to pay her; he thought women ought to be paid for keeping men from dying or going out of their minds.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: men  women  thoughts  dying  mind 
     
    You have to be very fond of men. Very, very fond. You have to be very fond of them to love them. Otherwise they're simply unbearable.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: men 
     
    It's afterwards you realize that the feeling of happiness you had with a man didn't necessarily prove that you loved him.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: happiness  men 
     
    Suddenly, all at once, she knows, knows that he doesn't understand her, that he never will, that he lacks the power to understand such perverseness. And that he can never move fast enough to catch her.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: power 
     
    It's not that you have to achieve anything, it's that you have to get away from where you are.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: achieve 
     
    He says he's lonely, horribly lonely because of this love he feels for her. She says she's lonely too. She doesn't say why.
    — Marguerite Duras
    When it's in a book I don't think it'll hurt any more ...exist any more. One of the things writing does is wipe things out. Replace them.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: hurt  writing  book 
     
    Words don't change their shape, they change their meaning, their function...They don't have a meaning of their own any more, they refer to other words that you don't know, that you've never read or heard...you've never seen their shape, but you feel...you suspect...they correspond to...an empty space inside you...or in the universe...
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: meaning  space  read  universe 
     
    In love there are no vacations. No such thing. Love has to be lived fully with its boredom and all that.
    — Marguerite Duras
    I know it's not clothes that make women beautiful or otherwise, nor beauty care, nor expensive creams, nor the distinction of costliness of their finery. I know the problem lies elsewhere. I don't know where. I only know it isn't where women think.
    — Marguerite Duras
    A book consists of two layers: on top, the readable layer ... and underneath, a layer that was inaccessible. You only sense its existence in a moment of distraction from the literal reading, the way you see childhood through a child. It would take forever to tell what you see, and it would be pointless.
    — Marguerite Duras
    That she had so completely recovered her sanity was a source of sadness to her. One should never be cured of one's passion.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: sadness  passion 
     
    Very early in my life it was too late.
    — Marguerite Duras
    The best way to fill time is to waste it.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: time 
     
    It was the men I deceived the most that I loved the most.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: men 
     
    Even so you have managed to live that love in the only way possible for you. Losing it before it happened.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: live 
     
    Heterosexuality is dangerous. It tempts you to aim at a perfect duality of desire.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: desires  dangerous 
     
    Nowhere is one more alone than in Paris ... and yet surrounded by crowds. Nowhere is one more likely to incur greater ridicule. And no visit is more essential.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: alone 
     
    I have never waited for anything the way I've waited for today, when nothing will happen.
    — Marguerite Duras
    I don't have general views about anything, except social injustice.
    — Marguerite Duras
    The thing that's between us is fascination, and the fascination resides in our being alike. Whether you're a man or a woman, the fascination resides in finding out that we're alike.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: men  women 
     
    Paradoxically, the freedom of Paris is associated with a persistent belief that nothing ever changes. Paris, they say, is the city that changes least. After an absence of twenty or thirty years, one still recognizes it.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: belief  freedom  year 
     
    You are what you are and that fascinates me.
    — Marguerite Duras
    What stops you killing yourself when you're intoxicated out of your mind is the thought that once you're dead you won't be able to drink any more.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: thoughts  mind 
     
    When the past is recaptured by the imagination, breath is put back into life.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: past  imagination 
     
    I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met.
    — Marguerite Duras
    I know all one can know when one knows nothing.
    — Marguerite Duras
    When a woman drinks it's as if an animal were drinking, or a child. Alcoholism is scandalous in a woman, and a female alcoholic is rare, a serious matter. It's a slur on the divine in our nature.
    — Marguerite Duras
    I've known you for years. Everyone says you were beautiful when you were young, but I want to tell you I think you're more beautiful now than then. Rather than your face as a young woman, I prefer your face as it is now. Ravaged.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: women  young  beautiful  year 
     
    In homosexual love the passion is homosexuality itself. What a homosexual loves, as if it were his lover, his country, his art, his land, is homosexuality.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: lover  passion 
     
    Madness is like intelligence, you know. You can't explain it. Just like intelligence. It comes on you, it fills you, and then you understand it. But when it goes away you can't understand it at all any longer.
    — Marguerite Duras
    Drinking isn't necessarily the same as wanting to die. But you can't drink without thinking you're killing yourself.
    — Marguerite Duras
    tags: die  drinking  thinking 
     
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