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    All men contain several men inside them, and most of us bounce from one self to another without ever knowing who we are.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: men  self  knowing 
     
    As long as you are dreaming, there is always a way out
    — Paul Auster
    tags: dreaming 
     
    Every generation always thinks it was better before, and I think people have been saying this for probably thousands of years.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: people  saying  year 
     
    One should never underestimate the power of books.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: power  book 
     
    You think it will never happen to you, that it cannot happen to you, that you are the only person in the world to whom none of these things will ever happen, and then, one by one, they all begin to happen to you, in the same way they happen to everyone else.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: people  world 
     
    Changing your mind is probably one of the most beautiful things people can do. And I've changed my mind about a lot of things over the years.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: people  beautiful  mind  year 
     
    And that's why books are never going to die. It's impossible. It's the only time we really go into the mind of a stranger, and we find our common humanity doing this. So the book doesn't only belong to the writer, it belongs to the reader as well, and then together you make it what it is.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: humanity  time  impossible  die  mind  book 
     
    Stories only happen to those who are able to tell them.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: stories 
     
    If you're not ready for everything, you're not ready for anything.
    — Paul Auster
    Everything can change at any moment, suddenly and forever.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: forever  moment 
     
    Chance is an element of life. What I try to do is study what I call the mechanics of reality as carefully as I can.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: chance  reality 
     
    At that point, Noriko finally breaks down and begins to cry sobbing into her hands as the floodgates open - this young woman who has suffered in silence for so long, this good woman who refuse to believe she's good, for only the good doubt their own goodness, which is what makes them good in the first place. The bad know they are good, but the good know nothing. They spend their lives forgiving others, but they can't forgive themselves.
    — Paul Auster
    I had jumped off the edge, and then, at the very last moment, something reached out and caught me in midair. That something is what I define as love. It is the one thing that can stop a man from falling, powerful enough to negate the laws of gravity.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: men  law  powerful  moment 
     
    Memory is the space in which a thing happens for a second time.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: time  memory  space 
     
    There's hope for everyone. That's what makes the world go round.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: world  hope 
     
    It always stimulates me to discover new examples of my own prejudice and stupidity, to realize that I don't know half as much as I think I do.
    — Paul Auster
    Most people just want to be part of the world, they want to live, love, and enjoy themselves - to take part in the world around them. Whereas artists are always retreating, locking the door, and inventing other worlds.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: people  live  world  artist 
     
    Novels are fictions and therefore they tell lies, but through those lies every novelist attempts to tell the truth about the world.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: truth  world  lies  novel  fiction 
     
    We find ourselves only by looking to what we're not.
    — Paul Auster
    It often happens that things are other than what they seem, and you can get yourself into trouble by jumping to conclusions.
    — Paul Auster
    The world is so unpredictable. Things happen suddenly, unexpectedly. We want to feel we are in control of our own existence. In some ways we are, in some ways we're not. We are ruled by the forces of chance and coincidence.
    — Paul Auster
    Translators are the shadow heroes of literature, the often forgotten instruments that make it possible for different cultures to talk to one another, who have enabled us to understand that we all, from every part of the world, live in one world.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: live  world  culture  hero  literature 
     
    You're too good for this world, and because of that the world will eventually crush you.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: world 
     
    We all want to believe in impossible things, I suppose, to persuade ourselves that miracles can happen.
    — Paul Auster
    Our lives don't really belong to us, you see - they belong to the world, and in spite of our efforts to make sense of it, the world is a place beyond our understanding.
    — Paul Auster
    Libraries aren't in the real world, after all. They're places apart, sanctuaries of pure thought. In this way I can go on living on the moon for the rest of my life.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: living  world  thoughts  real  moon  library 
     
    The truth of the story lies in the details.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: truth  lies  stories 
     
    In my books, there are a lot of people stuck in rooms. Or, conversely, out in the wide open. It seems that, in a funny way, when people are cooped up in rooms they are freer than when they are wandering about in the world.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: people  funny  world  book 
     
    Dismantling the architecture of my discontent
    — Paul Auster
    We exist for ourselves, perhaps, and at times we even have a glimmer of who we are, but in the end we can never be sure, and as our lives go on, we become more and more opaque to ourselves, more and more aware of our own incoherence. No one can cross the boundary into another " for the simple reason that no one can gain access to himself.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: time  live 
     
    When I start, I have a feeling for the characters, and maybe the shape of the story. Sometimes I might even have the last sentence in mind. But, no book I've ever written has ever ended the way I thought it would. Characters disappear, others come forward. Once you start writing, everything changes.
    — Paul Auster
    As a poet or a novelist or a painter, you are pushing yourself all the time, always looking for a new way to approach something, challenging yourself and never, never trying to write the same book twice.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: time  book  write  poet 
     
    I walk around the world like a ghost, and sometimes I question whether I even exist. Whether I've ever existed at all.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: world  questions  ghost 
     
    The funny thing is that I feel close to all my characters. Deep, deep inside them all. I can't describe how deeply I love them all.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: character  funny 
     
    Writing begins in the body, it is the music of the body, and even if the words have meaning, can sometimes have meaning, the music of the words is where the meanings begin....Writing as a lesser form of dance.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: meaning  body  music  writing  dance 
     
    Every man is the author of his own life.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: men  author 
     
    The pictures do not lie, but neither do they tell the whole story. They are merely a record of time passing, the outward evidence.
    — Paul Auster
    tags: time  lies  stories 
     
    The most challenging project I've ever done, I think, is every single thing I've ever tried to do. It's never easy.
    — Paul Auster
    It became a habit of mine never to leave the house without a pencil in my pocket.
    — Paul Auster
    Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head.
    — Paul Auster
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