Quotes by Pascal Mercier

Quotes by Pascal Mercier


Quote by Pascal Mercier in Night Train to Lisbon (Book quote)

How would it be after the last sentence? The last sentence he had always feared and from the middle of a book, he had always been tormented by the thought that there would inevitably be a last sentence.

Quote by Pascal Mercier in Night Train to Lisbon (Book quote)

But when we set out to understand somebody’s inside? Is that a trip that ever ends? Is the soul a place of facts? Or are the alleged facts only the deceptive shadows of our stories?

Quote by Pascal Mercier in Night Train to Lisbon (Book quote)

What did i know of your fantasies? Why do we know so little about the fantasies of our parents? What do we know of somebody if we know nothing of the images passed to him by his imagination?

Quote by Pascal Mercier in Night Train to Lisbon (Book quote)

When we talk about ourselves, about others, or simply about things, we want- it could be said – to reveal ourselves in our words: We want to show what we think and feel. We let other have a glimpse into our soul.

Quote by Pascal Mercier in Night Train to Lisbon (Book quote)

I love tunnels. They're the symbol of hope: sometime it will be bright again. If by chance it is not night.

Quote by Pascal Mercier in Night Train to Lisbon (Book quote)

Isn't it true that it's not people who meet, but rather the shadows cast by their imaginations?

Quote by Pascal Mercier in Night Train to Lisbon (Book quote)

To live for the moment: it sounds so right and so beautiful. But the more I want to, the less I understand what it means.

Quote by Pascal Mercier in Night Train to Lisbon (Book quote)

It wasn't only that you didn't see him anymore, meet him anymore. You saw his absence and encountered it as something tangible. His not being there was like the sharply outlined emptiness of a photo with a figure cut out precisely with scissors and now the missing figure is more important, more dominant than all others.

Quote by Pascal Mercier in Night Train to Lisbon (Book quote)

What is it that we call loneliness. It can't simply be the absence of others, you can be alone and not lonely, and you can be among people and yet be lonely. So what is it? ... it isn't only that others are there, that they fill up the space next to us. But even when they celebrate us or give advice in a friendly conversation, clever, sensitive advice: even then we can be lonely.

Quote by Pascal Mercier in Night Train to Lisbon (Book quote)

That words could cause something in the world, make someone move or stop, laugh or cry: even as a child he had found it extraordinary and it never stopped impressing him. How did words do that? Wasn't it like magic?

Quote by Pascal Mercier in Night Train to Lisbon (Book quote)

Life is not what we live; it is what we imagine we are living.

Quote by Pascal Mercier in Night Train to Lisbon (Book quote)

A feeling is no longer the same when it comes the second time. It dies through the awareness of its return. We become tired and weary of our feelings when they come too often and last too long.

Quote by Pascal Mercier in Night Train to Lisbon (Book quote)

We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.

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