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96 Top Paul Auster Quotes That Will Help You Sow The Seeds Of Success

Famous As: American Writer and Film Director Known for His Work ‘The New York Trilogy’ and ‘The Music of Chance’
Born On: February 3, 1947
Died On: April 30, 2024
Born In: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died At Age: 77

Paul Benjamin Auster is a prominent American film director and writer. His books have been translated in more than 38 languages across the globe. Some of his prolific works include ‘Invisible,’ ‘4 3 2 1,’ ‘The Music of Chance,’ ‘The New York Trilogy,’ ‘Winter Journal,’ ‘Moon Palace,’ ‘The Brooklyn Follies,’ ‘Sunset Park,’ and ‘The Book of Illusions.’ He began his career as a translator and translated French literature. He gained recognition for a memoir titled ‘The Invention of Solitude,’ that marked his debut as a writer. Here is a compilation of some quotes by Paul Auster. Read through the compilation of quotes and thoughts by Paul Auster on movies, hope, world, experience, compromise, mind, memory, mother, history, fiction, novelists, thinking, struggle, dreams, change, belief, and more.

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Stories only happen to those who are able to tell them.

Stories only happen to those who are able to tell them.

Paul Auster
It seems to me that I will always be happy in the place where I am not.

It seems to me that I will always be happy in the place where I am not.

Paul Auster
When a person is lucky enough to live inside a story, to live inside an imaginary world, the pains of this world disappear. For as long as the story goes on, reality no longer exists.

When a person is lucky enough to live inside a story, to live inside an imaginary world, the pains of this world disappear. For as long as the story goes on, reality no longer exists.

Paul Auster
You're too good for this world, and because of that the world will eventually crush you.

You're too good for this world, and because of that the world will eventually crush you.

Paul Auster
One should never underestimate the power of books.

One should never underestimate the power of books.

Paul Auster
Libraries aren't in the real world, after all. They're places apart, sanctuaries of pure thought. In this way I can go on living on the moon for the rest of my life.

Libraries aren't in the real world, after all. They're places apart, sanctuaries of pure thought. In this way I can go on living on the moon for the rest of my life.

Paul Auster
All men contain several men inside them, and most of us bounce from one self to another without ever knowing who we are.

All men contain several men inside them, and most of us bounce from one self to another without ever knowing who we are.

Paul Auster
We all want to believe in impossible things, I suppose, to persuade ourselves that miracles can happen.

We all want to believe in impossible things, I suppose, to persuade ourselves that miracles can happen.

Paul Auster
It always stimulates me to discover new examples of my own prejudice and stupidity, to realize that I don't know half as much as I think I do.

It always stimulates me to discover new examples of my own prejudice and stupidity, to realize that I don't know half as much as I think I do.

Paul Auster
You can't put your feet on the ground until you've touched the sky.

You can't put your feet on the ground until you've touched the sky.

Paul Auster
The truth of the story lies in the details.

The truth of the story lies in the details.

Paul Auster
Memory is the space in which a thing happens for a second time.

Memory is the space in which a thing happens for a second time.

Paul Auster
The story is not in the words; it's in the struggle.

The story is not in the words; it's in the struggle.

Paul Auster
We construct a narrative for ourselves, and that's the thread that we follow from one day to the next. People who disintegrate as personalities are the ones who lose that thread.

We construct a narrative for ourselves, and that's the thread that we follow from one day to the next. People who disintegrate as personalities are the ones who lose that thread.

Paul Auster
We have missed him in the sunshine, in the storm, in the twilight, ever since.

We have missed him in the sunshine, in the storm, in the twilight, ever since.

Paul Auster
But lost chances are as much a part of life as chances taken, and a 
story cannot dwell on what might have been.

But lost chances are as much a part of life as chances taken, and a story cannot dwell on what might have been.

Paul Auster
And now we get to the hard part. the endings, the farewells, and the famous last words. if you don't hear from me often, remember that you're in my thoughts.

And now we get to the hard part. the endings, the farewells, and the famous last words. if you don't hear from me often, remember that you're in my thoughts.

Paul Auster
Writing is a solitary business. It takes over your life. In some sense, a writer has no life of his own. Even when he’s there, he’s not really there.

Writing is a solitary business. It takes over your life. In some sense, a writer has no life of his own. Even when he’s there, he’s not really there.

Paul Auster
In the end, each life is no more than the 
sum of contingent facts, a chronicle of chance intersections, of flukes, of random events that divulge nothing but their own 
lack of purpose.

In the end, each life is no more than the sum of contingent facts, a chronicle of chance intersections, of flukes, of random events that divulge nothing but their own lack of purpose.

Paul Auster
Something happens, Blue thinks, and then it goes on happening forever. It can never be changed, can never be otherwise.

Something happens, Blue thinks, and then it goes on happening forever. It can never be changed, can never be otherwise.

Paul Auster
Nothing lasts, you see, not even the thoughts inside you. And you musn't
waste your time looking for them. Once a thing is gone, that is the end of it.

Nothing lasts, you see, not even the thoughts inside you. And you musn't waste your time looking for them. Once a thing is gone, that is the end of it.

Paul Auster
I walk around the world like a ghost, and sometimes I question
whether I even exist. Whether I've ever existed at all.

I walk around the world like a ghost, and sometimes I question whether I even exist. Whether I've ever existed at all.

Paul Auster
We find ourselves only by looking to what we’re not.

We find ourselves only by looking to what we’re not.

Paul Auster
Dismantling the architecture of my discontent

Dismantling the architecture of my discontent

Paul Auster
The pictures do not lie, but neither do they tell the whole story. They are merely a record of time passing, the outward evidence.

The pictures do not lie, but neither do they tell the whole story. They are merely a record of time passing, the outward evidence.

Paul Auster
Just think it, and chances are it will happen.

Just think it, and chances are it will happen.

Paul Auster
But even the facts do not always tell the truth

But even the facts do not always tell the truth

Paul Auster
It's June second, he told himself. Try to remember that. This is New York, and tomorrow will be June third. If all goes well, the following day will be the fourth. But nothing is certain.

It's June second, he told himself. Try to remember that. This is New York, and tomorrow will be June third. If all goes well, the following day will be the fourth. But nothing is certain.

Paul Auster
What matters is not how well you can avoid trouble, but how you cope with trouble when it comes.

What matters is not how well you can avoid trouble, but how you cope with trouble when it comes.

Paul Auster
Wounds are an essential part of life, and until you are wounded in some way, you cannot become a man.

Wounds are an essential part of life, and until you are wounded in some way, you cannot become a man.

Paul Auster