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Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#1. I do a lot of counting. Cigarette butts, trees, fence slats, clouds, or the number of paving stones between one phone pole and the next, the windows along the way to the bus stop in the morning, the pedestrians I see from the bus between one stop and the next, red ties on an afternoon in the city. How many steps from the office to the factory gate. I count to keep the world in order, I said. Paul #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#2. Jesus sleeps on the cross by the church door. When he wakes up, he'll be old. The air in the village will be brighter than his naked skin. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#3. Once upon a time they had some bad luck, and they blame everything on that. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#4. The guards eat out in the open, I said. They don't swallow their deaths because the passerby know the sound of the snapping twigs and the sour belch of poverty. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#5. No words are adequate for the suffering caused by hunger. To this day I have to show hunger that I escaped his grasp. Ever since I stopped having to go hungry, I literally eat life itself. And when I eat, I am locked up inside the taste of eating. For sixty years, ever since I came back from the camp, I have been eating against starvation. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#6. Before the war an apple tree had stood behind the church. It was an apple tree that ate its own apples. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#7. Nothing had anything to do with me. I was locked up inside myself and evicted from myself. I didn't belong to them and I was missing me. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#8. Women always need other women to lean on. They become friends in order to hate each other better. The more they hate each other, the more inseparable they become. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#9. Today the grass listens when I speak of love. It seems to me that this word isn't honest even with itself. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#10. Hey, not while I'm at my devotions, no so fast, the fat man said, inside the shithouse you're communing with God, and outside you find that all hell's broken loose. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#11. I wanted love to grow back, like the grass when it's mown down. To grow differently, if need be, like children's teeth, like hair, like fingernails. To spring up at will, wild and untended. The chill of the sheets made me shudder, and so did the warmth that followed when I lay down. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#12. I was all too aware that there's an unspoken law that you should never start to cry if you have too many reasons to do so. I told myself that my tears were due tot he cold, and I believed myself. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#13. Everything that happens is always simple. And there's a principle to how things proceed, assuming that they last. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#14. No cities can grow in a dictatorship, because everything stays small when it's being watched. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#15. When we don't speak, said Edgar, we become unbearable, and when we do, we make fools of ourselves. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#16. Then you go on talking, about something you never actually mention. And your forehead and mouth are as far apart as they can be. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#17. Windisch hears a leaf on the stones in the hallway. It's scratching on the stones. The wall is long and white. Windisch closes his eyes. He feels the wall growing on his face. The lime burns his forehead. A stone in the lime opens its mouth. The apple tree trembles. Its leaves are ears. They listen. The apple tree drenches its green apples. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#18. Everyday brought me further away from other people, I had been placed out of the world's sight, as if in a cupboard, and I hoped it would stay that way. I developed a yearning for being alone, unkempt, untended. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#19. Little treasures have a sign that says, Here I am.
Bigger treasures have a sign that says, Do you remember.
But the most precious treasures of all will have a sign saying, I was there. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#20. I have always written only for myself - to clarify things, to clarify things with myself, to understand in an inner way what is actually happening. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#21. What can't be said can be written. Because writing is a silent act, a labor from the head to the hand. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#22. Silence is also a form of speaking. They're exactly alike. It's a basic component of language. We're always selecting what we say and what we don't. Why do we say one thing and not the other? And we do this instinctively, too, because no matter what we're talking about, there's more that doesn't get said than does. And this isn't always to hide things - it's simply part of an instinctive selection in our speech. This selection varies from one person to the next, so that no matter how many people describe the same thing, the descriptions are different, the point of view is different. And even if there is a similar viewpoint, people make different choices as to what is said or not said. This was very clear to me, coming from the village, since the people there never said more than they absolutely needed to. When I was fifteen and went to the city, I was amazed at how much people talked and how much of that talk was pointless. And how much people talked about themselves - that was totally alien to me.
For me, silence had always been another form of communication. After all, you can tell so much just by looking at a person. At home we always knew about each other even if we didn't talk about ourselves all the time. I encountered a lot of silence elsewhere as well. There was the silence that was self-imposed, because you could never say what you really thought. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#23. And I'm different without you. You're the only one who thinks you're never different. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#24. They have good streets here, but everything's so spread out. I am not used to asphalt, it makes my feet hurt, and my brain. I get as tired here in a day as I do back home in a year.
That's not home, other people live there now, I wrote to Mother. Home is where you are now ...
And Mother wrote back to me: How would you know where home is? The place where Toni the clockmaker tends the graves, that's home. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#25. Anything in literature, including memory, is second-hand. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#26. Sometimes things acquire a tenderness, a monstrous tenderness we don't expect from them. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#27. At that hour the moon is almost entirely eaten away; it doesn't know where to go after reaching the city. The sky has to loosen its grip on the earth as day begins to break. The streets run steeply up and down, and the streetcars travel back and forth like rooms ablaze with light. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by John Boyne
#28. Look at me Pieter", she said. He looked up tears in his eyes. "Don't ever pretend that you did not know what was going on here. You have eyes and you have ears. And you sat in that room on many occasions, taking notes. You heard it all. You saw it all. You knew it all. And you also know the things you are responsible for." She hesitated, but it needed to be said. "The deaths you have on your conscience. But you're a young man still; you're only sixteen. You have many years ahead of you to come to terms with your complicity in these matters. Just don't ever tell yourself that you didn't know." She released him now from her grip. "That would be the worst crime of all." - Herta #Quote by John Boyne
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#29. Silence is also a form of speaking. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#30. To combat death you don't need much of a life, just one that isn't yet finished. #Quote by Herta Muller
Kobiashvili Herta quotes by Herta Muller
#31. He's looking into the night, in case a shadow comes to listen and look. #Quote by Herta Muller

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