Djuna Barnes Quotes

Destiny and history are untidy.

Djuna Barnes

Life is not to be told, call it as loud as you like, it will not tell itself.

Djuna Barnes

The night is a skin pulled over the head of day that the day may be in torment.

Djuna Barnes

I am not a critic; to me criticism is so often nothing more than the eye garrulously denouncing the shape of the peephole that gives access to hidden treasure.

Djuna Barnes

A strong sense of identity gives man an idea he can do no wrong; too little accomplishes the same.

Djuna Barnes

An image is a stop the mind makes between uncertainties.

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Dreams have only the pigmentation of fact.

Djuna Barnes

A man is whole only when he takes into account his shadow as well as himself and what is a man's shadow but his upright astonishment?

Djuna Barnes

In the acceptance of depravity the sense of the past is most truly captured. What is a ruin but time easing itself of endurance? Corruption is the Age of Time.

Djuna Barnes

One's life is peculiar to one's own when one has invented it.

Djuna Barnes

Sleep demands of us a guilty immunity. There is not one of us who, given an eternal incognito, a thumbprint nowhere set against our souls, would not commit rape, murder and all abominations.

Djuna Barnes

Im a fart in a gale of wind, a humble violet, under a cow pat.

Djuna Barnes

The heart of the jealous knows the best and most satisfying love, that of the others bed, where the rival perfects the lovers imperfections.

Djuna Barnes

One sees you sitting in the sun Asleep; With the sweeter gifts you had And didn't keep, One grieves that the altars of Your vice lie deep.

Djuna Barnes

What turn of body, what of lust Undiced? So we've worshipped you a little More than Christ.

Djuna Barnes

Somewhere beneath her hurried curse, A corpse lies bounding in a hearse; And friends and relatives disperse, And are not stirred.

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