Djuna Barnes Quotes

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

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.

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Dreams have only the pigmentation of fact.

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

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

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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.

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

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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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Ah God! she settles down we say; It means her powers slip away It means she draws back day by day From good or bad.

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What turn of card, what trick of game Undiced? And you we valued still a little More than Christ.

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Someday beneath some hard Capricious star Spreading its light a little Over far, We'll know you for the woman That you are.

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There is always more surface to a shattered object than a whole.

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We are adhering to life now with our last muscle the heart.

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The Seal, she lounges like a bride, Much too docile, there's no doubt; Madame Rcamier, on side, (if such she has), and bottom out.

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Of course I think of the past and of Paris, what else is there to remember?

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