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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
Born In: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Age: 75 Years

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
As long as there's one person to believe it, there's no story that can't be true.

As long as there's one person to believe it, there's no story that can't be true.

Paul Auster
It was. It will never be again. Remember.

It was. It will never be again. Remember.

Paul Auster
It often happens that things are other than what they seem, and you can get yourself into trouble by jumping to conclusions.

It often happens that things are other than what they seem, and you can get yourself into trouble by jumping to conclusions.

Paul Auster
To leave the world a little better than you found it. That's the best a man can ever do.

To leave the world a little better than you found it. That's the best a man can ever do.

Paul Auster
Stories without endings can do nothing but go on forever, and to be caught in one means that you must die before your part in it is played out.

Stories without endings can do nothing but go on forever, and to be caught in one means that you must die before your part in it is played out.

Paul Auster
Our lives carry us along in ways we cannot control, and almost nothing stays with us. It dies when we do, and death is something that happens to us every day.

Our lives carry us along in ways we cannot control, and almost nothing stays with us. It dies when we do, and death is something that happens to us every day.

Paul Auster
You can survive only if nothing is necessary to you

You can survive only if nothing is necessary to you

Paul Auster
It's a rare day when she speaks in anything but platitudes--all those exhausted phrases and hand-me-down ideas that cram the dump sites of contemporary wisdom

It's a rare day when she speaks in anything but platitudes--all those exhausted phrases and hand-me-down ideas that cram the dump sites of contemporary wisdom

Paul Auster
Stories happen only to those who are able to tell them, someone once said. In the same way, perhaps, experiences present themselves only to those who are able to have them.

Stories happen only to those who are able to tell them, someone once said. In the same way, perhaps, experiences present themselves only to those who are able to have them.

Paul Auster
He would conclude that nothing was real except chance.

He would conclude that nothing was real except chance.

Paul Auster
...once you fell in love with her, you
loved her until the day you died.

...once you fell in love with her, you loved her until the day you died.

Paul Auster
To care about words, to have a stake in what is written, to believe in the power of books - this overwhelms the rest, and beside it one's life becomes very small.

To care about words, to have a stake in what is written, to believe in the power of books - this overwhelms the rest, and beside it one's life becomes very small.

Paul Auster
Every man is the author of his own life.

Every man is the author of his own life.

Paul Auster
Here I am of the air, a beautiful thing for the light to shine on. Perhaps you will remember that. I am...

Here I am of the air, a beautiful thing for the light to shine on. Perhaps you will remember that. I am...

Paul Auster
To feel estranged from language is to lose your own body.

To feel estranged from language is to lose your own body.

Paul Auster
All children are love children, he said, but only the best ones are ever called that.

All children are love children, he said, but only the best ones are ever called that.

Paul Auster
Eighteen is a terrible age, and while I walked around with the conviction that I was somehow more grown-up than my classmates, the truth was that I had merely found a different way of being young.

Eighteen is a terrible age, and while I walked around with the conviction that I was somehow more grown-up than my classmates, the truth was that I had merely found a different way of being young.

Paul Auster
You can’t punish someone for a lack of affection, can you? You can’t force a child to love you just because he’s your child.

You can’t punish someone for a lack of affection, can you? You can’t force a child to love you just because he’s your child.

Paul Auster
As long as you are dreaming, there is always a way out

As long as you are dreaming, there is always a way out

Paul Auster
As long as a man had the courage to reject what society told him to do, he could live life on his own terms. To what end? To be free. But free to what end? To read books, to write books, to think.

As long as a man had the courage to reject what society told him to do, he could live life on his own terms. To what end? To be free. But free to what end? To read books, to write books, to think.

Paul Auster
I learned that books are never finished, that it is possible for stories to go on writing themselves without an author.

I learned that books are never finished, that it is possible for stories to go on writing themselves without an author.

Paul Auster
It was never possible for him to be where he was. For as long as he lived, he was somewhere else, between here and there. But never really here. And never really there.

It was never possible for him to be where he was. For as long as he lived, he was somewhere else, between here and there. But never really here. And never really there.

Paul Auster
If the world weren't such a beautiful place, we might all turn into cynics

If the world weren't such a beautiful place, we might all turn into cynics

Paul Auster
When a man's only assets are the brain in his head and the
tongue in his mouth, he has to think carefully before he decides
to open that mouth and speak.

When a man's only assets are the brain in his head and the tongue in his mouth, he has to think carefully before he decides to open that mouth and speak.

Paul Auster
Writing begins in the body, it is the music of the body, and even if the words have meaning, can sometimes have meaning, the music of the words is where the meanings begin....Writing as a lesser form of dance.

Writing begins in the body, it is the music of the body, and even if the words have meaning, can sometimes have meaning, the music of the words is where the meanings begin....Writing as a lesser form of dance.

Paul Auster
But that was the beauty of this particular game. The moment you lost, you won.

But that was the beauty of this particular game. The moment you lost, you won.

Paul Auster
This is the kind of room poets are supposed to work in, the kind of room that threatens to break your spirit and forces you into constant battle with yourself.

This is the kind of room poets are supposed to work in, the kind of room that threatens to break your spirit and forces you into constant battle with yourself.

Paul Auster
Just because you wander in the desert, it does not mean there is a promised land.

Just because you wander in the desert, it does not mean there is a promised land.

Paul Auster
The moon people do not eat by swallowing food but by smelling it. Their money is poetry - actual poems, written out on pieces of paper whose value is determined by the worth of the poem itself.

The moon people do not eat by swallowing food but by smelling it. Their money is poetry - actual poems, written out on pieces of paper whose value is determined by the worth of the poem itself.

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But the present is no less dark than the past, and its mystery is equal to anything the future might hold. Such is the way of the world: one step at a time, one word and then the next.

But the present is no less dark than the past, and its mystery is equal to anything the future might hold. Such is the way of the world: one step at a time, one word and then the next.

Paul Auster
What else we know?
Nothing. That´s why we´re sitting together in this car now. Because we´re the same, and because we don´t know a damn thing other than that.

What else we know? Nothing. That´s why we´re sitting together in this car now. Because we´re the same, and because we don´t know a damn thing other than that.

Paul Auster
It was something like the word 'it' in the phrase 'it is raining' or 'it is night'. What that 'it' referred to Quinn had never known

It was something like the word 'it' in the phrase 'it is raining' or 'it is night'. What that 'it' referred to Quinn had never known

Paul Auster
In the end, each life is irreducible to anything other than itself. Which is as much as to say: lives make no sense.

In the end, each life is irreducible to anything other than itself. Which is as much as to say: lives make no sense.

Paul Auster
They had come to the end of what they could talk about. Beyond that point there was nothing: the random thoughts of men who knew nothing.

They had come to the end of what they could talk about. Beyond that point there was nothing: the random thoughts of men who knew nothing.

Paul Auster
Imagine knowing that you're good at something, so good that the world would be in awe of you if they could see your work, and then keeping yourself a secret from the world.

Imagine knowing that you're good at something, so good that the world would be in awe of you if they could see your work, and then keeping yourself a secret from the world.

Paul Auster
He who lives for an encounter with the unseen becomes the instrument of the seen.

He who lives for an encounter with the unseen becomes the instrument of the seen.

Paul Auster
I became hypnotized by my own loneliness, unwilling to stop until my eyes wouldn't stay open anymore, watching the white line of the highway as though it was the last thing that connected me to the earth.

I became hypnotized by my own loneliness, unwilling to stop until my eyes wouldn't stay open anymore, watching the white line of the highway as though it was the last thing that connected me to the earth.

Paul Auster
To think one thought meant thinking the opposite thought, and no sooner did 
that second thought destroy the first thought than a third thought rose up to
destroy the second.

To think one thought meant thinking the opposite thought, and no sooner did that second thought destroy the first thought than a third thought rose up to destroy the second.

Paul Auster
He has been marked by the past, and once that happens, nothing can be
done about it. Something happens, Blue thinks, and then it goes on 
happening forever. It can never be changed, can never be otherwise.

He has been marked by the past, and once that happens, nothing can be done about it. Something happens, Blue thinks, and then it goes on happening forever. It can never be changed, can never be otherwise.

Paul Auster
There is no escape from this. Either you do or you don't. And if
you do, you can't be sure of doing it the next time. And if you 
don't, you never will again.

There is no escape from this. Either you do or you don't. And if you do, you can't be sure of doing it the next time. And if you don't, you never will again.

Paul Auster
Con men and tricksters run the world. Rascals rule. And do you know why?
because they are hungier than we are. because they know what they want. because they believe in life more than we do.

Con men and tricksters run the world. Rascals rule. And do you know why? because they are hungier than we are. because they know what they want. because they believe in life more than we do.

Paul Auster
Paintings. Or the collapse of time in images.

Paintings. Or the collapse of time in images.

Paul Auster
You had to invent something. It's not possible to leave it blank. The mind
won't let you.

You had to invent something. It's not possible to leave it blank. The mind won't let you.

Paul Auster
You must get used to doing with as little as you can. By wanting
less, you are content with less, and the less you need, the better
off you are.

You must get used to doing with as little as you can. By wanting less, you are content with less, and the less you need, the better off you are.

Paul Auster
If you look into someone's face long enough, eventually you're going to feel that you're looking at yourself.

If you look into someone's face long enough, eventually you're going to feel that you're looking at yourself.

Paul Auster
Speak now before it is too late, and then hope to go on speaking until there is nothing more to be said.

Speak now before it is too late, and then hope to go on speaking until there is nothing more to be said.

Paul Auster
There was nothing to see, nothing to distract me from succumbing to my fears, and the longer I kept my eyes shut, the more terribly I saw my fears wanted me to see.

There was nothing to see, nothing to distract me from succumbing to my fears, and the longer I kept my eyes shut, the more terribly I saw my fears wanted me to see.

Paul Auster
No one wants to be part of a fiction, and even less so if that fiction is real.

No one wants to be part of a fiction, and even less so if that fiction is real.

Paul Auster
One day there is life . . . and then, suddenly, it happens there is death

One day there is life . . . and then, suddenly, it happens there is death

Paul Auster
Better to wait quietly in their corner, they think, than to be dashed
against the stones.

Better to wait quietly in their corner, they think, than to be dashed against the stones.

Paul Auster
...the people closest to him had learned to accept this absence,to treat it as the fundamental quality of his being.

...the people closest to him had learned to accept this absence,to treat it as the fundamental quality of his being.

Paul Auster
By wandering aimlessly, all places became equal, and it no longer mattered where he was.

By wandering aimlessly, all places became equal, and it no longer mattered where he was.

Paul Auster
... that once you throw your life to the winds, you will discover things you had never known before, things that cannot be learned under any other circumstances.

... that once you throw your life to the winds, you will discover things you had never known before, things that cannot be learned under any other circumstances.

Paul Auster
We are all aliens to ourselves.

We are all aliens to ourselves.

Paul Auster
Real love...is when you get as much pleasure from giving pleasure as you do from receiving it.

Real love...is when you get as much pleasure from giving pleasure as you do from receiving it.

Paul Auster
He is twenty-eight years old, and to the best of his knowledge he has no ambitions. No burning ambitions, in any case, no clear idea of what building a plausible future might entail for him.

He is twenty-eight years old, and to the best of his knowledge he has no ambitions. No burning ambitions, in any case, no clear idea of what building a plausible future might entail for him.

Paul Auster
I cannot say who I will be tomorrow. Each day is new, and each day I am born again. I see hope everywhere, even in the dark, and when I die, I will perhaps become God.

I cannot say who I will be tomorrow. Each day is new, and each day I am born again. I see hope everywhere, even in the dark, and when I die, I will perhaps become God.

Paul Auster
Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since.

Raymond Chandler invented a new way of talking about America, and America has never looked the same to us since.

Paul Auster
Would it not be better to learn the truth once and for all instead of living in a state of perpetual uncertainty?

Would it not be better to learn the truth once and for all instead of living in a state of perpetual uncertainty?

Paul Auster
But money, of course, is never just money. It's always
something else, and it's always something more, and
it always has the last word.

But money, of course, is never just money. It's always something else, and it's always something more, and it always has the last word.

Paul Auster
A crisscross of light and shadow began to form on the pavement in front of him, and it was a beautiful thing to behold, he felt, a small, unexpected gift on the heels of such sadness and pain.

A crisscross of light and shadow began to form on the pavement in front of him, and it was a beautiful thing to behold, he felt, a small, unexpected gift on the heels of such sadness and pain.

Paul Auster
Books force you to give something back to them, to exercise your intelligence and imagination.

Books force you to give something back to them, to exercise your intelligence and imagination.

Paul Auster
Peace on earth, good will toward men. Piss on earth, good will toward none.

Peace on earth, good will toward men. Piss on earth, good will toward none.

Paul Auster
Everything is connected to everything else, every story overlaps with every other story.

Everything is connected to everything else, every story overlaps with every other story.

Paul Auster
Times i think u were the most cherished trophy i had, but sometimes i think i was the game that you played.

Times i think u were the most cherished trophy i had, but sometimes i think i was the game that you played.

Paul Auster