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A collection of quotes by Paul Auster on movies, hope, money, food, poetry, memory, belief, moment, and change.

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Born On: February 3, 1947

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.

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

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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.

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

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One should never underestimate the power of books.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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The truth of the story lies in the details.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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Dismantling the architecture of my discontent

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

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Just think it, and chances are it will happen.

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But even the facts do not always tell the truth

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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.

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

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

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

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It was. It will never be again. Remember.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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You can survive only if nothing is necessary to you

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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

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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.

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He would conclude that nothing was real except chance.

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

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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.

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Every man is the author of his own life.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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What else we know? Nothing. Thats why were sitting together in this car now. Because were the same, and because we dont know a damn thing other than that.

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Paintings. Or the collapse of time in images.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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... 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.

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We are all aliens to ourselves.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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