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    steven millhauser Quotes

    We know nothing. Absolutely nothing.
    — Steven Millhauser
    His ambition was to insert his dreams into the world, and if they were the wrong dreams, then he would dream them in solitude.
    — Steven Millhauser
    So imagine a fire going - wood snapping the way it does when it's a little green - the wind rattling the windows behind the curtains - and one of those Chopin melodies that feel like sorrow and ecstasy all mixed together pouring from the keys - and you have my idea of happiness. Or just reading, reading and lamplight, the sound of pages turning. And so you dare to be happy. You do that thing. You dare.
    — Steven Millhauser
    Perhaps sound is only an insanity of silence, a mad gibber of empty space grown fearful of listening to itself and hearing nothing.
    — Steven Millhauser
    I saw that I was in danger of becoming ordinary, and I understood that from now on I would have to be vigilant.
    — Steven Millhauser
    tags: danger 
     
    I'm pleased by anything in myself that strikes me as not myself.
    — Steven Millhauser
    In the long dusks of summer we walked the suburban streets through scents of maple and cut grass, waiting for something to happen.
    — Steven Millhauser
    tags: summer 
     
    All words are masks and the lovelier they are, the more they are meant to conceal.
    — Steven Millhauser
    I had thought that words were instruments of precision. Now I know that they devour the world, leaving nothing in its place.
    — Steven Millhauser
    tags: world  thoughts 
     
    Stories, like conjuring tricks, are invented because history is inadequate for our dreams.
    — Steven Millhauser
    tags: stories  dreams 
     
    God pity the poor novelist.
    — Steven Millhauser
    tags: poor  god 
     
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