Philip Michael Ondaatje is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian filmmaker, editor, novelist and poet. After completing his education in Canada, he became an English teacher at University of West Ontario and later on at York University but it was as a writer that he became famous. Ondaatje is a multi-talented writer and has written several poetry collections; some of the noted ones among which are ‘The Daily Monsters’, ‘The Cinnamon Peeler’, ‘The Story’, ‘Secular Love’ and ‘Rat Jelly’ among many others. On the other hand, he is an extremely talented novelist as well. One of his most famous works as a novelist is ‘The English Patient’, which went on to win the ‘Booker Prize’ and later on was turned into an Academy Award winning movie. Other notable novels by him include ‘Coming Through Slaughter’, ‘The Cat’s Table’ and ‘Anil’s Ghost’ among others. Ondaatje is one of the leading intellectuals of the world and we bring to you a treasure trove of quotes that have been excerpted from his novels, books, poems and writings. Read on to explore a compilation of some of the best known quotes by Michael Ondaatje, covering various aspects of life.
She had grown older. And he loved her more now than he had loved her when he understood her better, when she was the product of her parents. What she was now was what she herself had decided to become.
I have spent weeks in the desert, forgetting to look at the moon, he says, as a married man may spend days never looking into the face of his wife. These are not sins of omission but signs of pre-occuopation.
You built your walls too, she tells him. So I have my wall. She says it glittering in a beauty he cannot stand. She with her beautiful clothes with her pale face that laughs at everyone who smiles at her...
Everyone has to scratch on walls somewhere or they go crazy
Could you fall in love with her if she wasn't smarter than you? I mean, she may not be smarter than you. But isn't it important for you to think she is smarter than you in order to fall in love? Think now.