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A Moveable Feast Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from A Moveable Feast
  1. #1
    Standing there I wondered how much of what we had felt on the bridge was just hunger. I asked my wife and she said, ‘I don’t know, Tatie. There are so many sorts of hunger. In the spring there are more. But that’s gone now. Memory is hunger.‘”
  2. #2
    “Then the cold rains kept on and killed the spring, it was as though a young person had died for no reason. In those days, though, the spring always came finally; but it was frightening that it had nearly failed.”
  3. #3
    “There you could always go into the Luxembourg museum and all the paintings were heightened and clearer and more beautiful if you were belly-empty, hollow-hungry. I learned to understand Cezanne much better and to see truly how he made landscapes when I was hungry. I used to wonder if he were hungry too when he painted; but I thought it was possibly only that he had forgotten to eat. It was one of those unsound but illuminating thoughts you have when you have been sleepless or hungry. Later I thought Cezanne was probably hungry in a different way.”
  4. #4
    “I had learned already never to empty the well of my writing.”
  5. #5
    “It never occurred to me until many years later that anyone could hate anyone because they had learned to write conversation from that novel that started off with the quotation from the garage keeper.”
  6. #6
    “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.”
  1. #7
    “It was wonderful to walk down the long flights of stairs knowing that I’d had good luck working. I always worked until I had something done and I always stopped when I knew what was going to happen next. That way I could be sure of going on the next day.”
  2. #8
    “She did not like to hear really bad nor tragic things, but no one does, and having seen them I did not care to talk about them unless she wanted to know how the world was going. She wanted to know the gay part of how the world was going; never the real, never the bad.”
  3. #9
    “For a poet he threw a very accurate milk bottle.”
  4. #10
    “They say the seeds of what we will do are in all of us, but it always seemed to me that in those who make jokes in life the seeds are covered with better soil and with a higher grade of manure.”
  5. #11
    “The story was writing itself and I was having a hard time keeping up with it.”
  6. #12
    “He liked the works of his friends, which is beautiful as loyalty but can be disastrous as judgment.”

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  1. #13
    “She was angry at Ezra Pound because he had sat down too quickly on a small, fragile and, doubtless, uncomfortable chair, that it is quite possible he had been given on purpose, and had either cracked or broken it. That finished Ezra at 27 rue de Fleurus. That he was a great poet and a gentle and generous man and could have accommodated himself in a normal-size chair was not considered. The reasons for her dislike of Ezra, skillfully and maliciously put, were invented years later.”
  2. #14
    “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
  3. #15
    “I’ve seen you, beauty, and you belong to me now, whoever you are waiting for and if I never see you again, I thought. You belong to me and all Paris belongs to me and I belong to this notebook and this pencil.”
  4. #16
    “I wished I had died before I ever loved anyone but her.”
  5. #17
    “There is not much future in men being friends with great women although it can be pleasant enough before it gets better or worse, and there is usually even less future with truly ambitious women writers.”
  6. #18
    “His talent was as natural as the pattern ... made by ... dust on a butterfly’s wings.”
  7. #19
    ″‘We’re always lucky,’ I said, and like a fool I did not knock on wood.”
  8. #20
    “In those days we did not trust anyone who had not been in the war.”
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