On this page I’m keeping an archive of quotes that appear under the header of Made out of Words…

The world sometimes seems like a chessboard where the pieces move themselves. I’m never sure what square to go to. Yet it can’t be a difficult game. Most folk play it instinctively.

Alasdair Gray, Lanark

The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot.

Werner Herzog

What a large volume of adventures may be grasped within this little span of life, by him who interests his heart in everything, and who, having eyes to see what time and chance are perpetually holding out to him as he journeyeth on his way, misses nothing he can fairly lay his hands on.

Laurence Sterne: A Sentimental Journey

Once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm is all about.

Haruki Murakami  Kafka on the Shore

‘I had often said to Fay and Tom that there was no way out but that the acceptance of this could itself be a beginning. I talked of plague, of earthquake, of being no longer contemporary, of the death of tragedy which made the diarist more than ever necessary. I exhorted them to accept, to endure, to record. As a last act of blasphemy I exhorted them to be ready to pee on the flames.’

Alexander Trocchi, Cain’s Book

As I lay there it occurred to me that my thoughts were becoming incoherent, which wasn’t unusual. Sustained for a phrase or two, they splintered, and I imagined my mind as a kind of faulty lavatory system. It flushed unexpectedly and took some time to fill up. And one fill was pretty much identical to the next.

Alexander Trocchi, Cain’s Book


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