Evocative Literary Lines IV

Today my theme is a bit dark/heavy; the three focus on the clash of psychological and physical despair.

“Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I’m not living.”

Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

“The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains.”

Arthur Golden, Memoirs Of A Geisha

“For a sweet minute, I am healthy, and whole.”

“I sigh, turn from my husband, and pull back the blankets, exposing my
body-skin covering bones-and watch as the moment shatters, falling to pieces at my veined feet.”

Kimberly Wenzler, Both Sides of Love

This book really caught me by surprise. I intended to start reading it after I finished the 2 books I was already ready and a runner up. However, when I got it I started reading the first few pages (as I always do with new books), and I just never stopped until I found I had read the whole book. It reads like the intimate diaries of two very different but real women. I thought it was going to be too romancy for me, but it was less “romance” novel and more about why we love, and the different kinds of love a person experiences in their lifetime

 Share a few heavy lines from literature that have really resignation with you


20 thoughts on “Evocative Literary Lines IV

  1. “Now entertain conjecture of a time, when the creeping murmur and the porting dark fills the wide vessel of the universe.”
    Henry V, Shakespeare
    Of course, the dark mood brightens considerably several lines later when Henry V, “the royal captain of this ruined band,” appears on the scene. 🙂

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  2. … he was afraid at last. A tremour ran through him like a shudder passing over the sea; but on the sea one shudder follows another till there are hundreds of them, and Peter felt just the one. Next moment he was standing erect on the rock again with that smile on his face and a drum beating within him. It was saying, ‘To die will be an awfully big adventure.’
    ~~~ James M. Barrie, Peter Pan

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    • That’s highly speculative. There is no evidence to support it. The thought alone is unfortunate, and I’m sorry you believe it to be true. Peter did commit suicide, but to be fair both his parents had died, and both of his brothers died shortly before he took his life… That’s bound to have serious impact on anyone’s psyche. We’re all entitled to our opinions, but I choose to believe James M. Barrie was an innocent.


  3. “Through our sunless lanes creeps Poverty with her hungry eyes, and Sin with his sodden face follows close behind her. Misery wakes us in the morning and Shame sits with us at night.”
    Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

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  4. It’s not from a book, but I think it’s appropriately heavily:

    ‘When you look at someone through rose-coloured glasses, all the red flags just look like flags.’

    From the Netflix series Bojack Horseman.

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  5. “Death is a strange thing…We fear it, yet most of us fear more than anything that it may take someone other than ourselves. For the greatest fear of death is that it will pass us by. And leave us there alone.”
    Fredrik Backman, A Man Called Ove

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