Elena Ferrante quotes

  • The rules say that to tell a story you need first of all a measuring stick, a calendar, you have to calculate how much time has passed between you and the facts, the emotions to be narrated.
    -- Elena Ferrante

    #Needs #Stories #Calendars

  • The circle of an empty day is brutal and at night it tightens around your neck like a noose
    -- Elena Ferrante

    #Night #Circles #Necks

  • Existence is this, I thought, a start of joy, a stab of pain, an intense pleasure, veins that pulse under the skin, there is no other truth to tell.
    -- Elena Ferrante

    #Pain #Joy #Skins

  • Certainly something had happened to me during the night. Or after months of tension I had arrived at the edge of some precipice and now I was falling, as in a dream slowly, even as I continued to hold the thermometer in my hand, een as I stood with the soles of my slippers on the floor, even as I felt myself solidly contained by the expectant looks of my children. It was the fault of the torture that my husband had inflicted. But enough, I had to tear the pain from memory, I had to sandpaper away the scratches that were damaging my brain.
    -- Elena Ferrante

    #Dream #Children #Pain

  • I believe that books, once they are written, have no need of their authors.
    -- Elena Ferrante

    #Believe #Book #Needs

  • There was something unbearable in the things, in the people, in the buildings, in the streets that, only if you reinvented it all, as in a game, became acceptable. The essential, however, was to know how to play, and she and I, only she and I, knew how to do it.
    -- Elena Ferrante

    #Play #Games #People

  • I didn't choose anonymity.Instead, I chose absence.
    -- Elena Ferrante

    #Absence #Anonymity

  • I am the queen of spades, I am the wasp that stings, I am the dark serpent. I am the invulnerable animal who passes through fire and is not burned.
    -- Elena Ferrante

    #Queens #Dark #Animal

  • Writers, because they write, are condemned never to be readers of their own stories...The memory of first putting a story into words will always prevent writers from reading their work as an ordinary reader would.
    -- Elena Ferrante

    #Memories #Reading #Writing

  • He was going through one of those moments that you read about in books, when a character reacts in an unexpectedly extreme way to the normal discontents of living.
    -- Elena Ferrante

    #Book #Character #Way

  • Is it possible that even happy moments of pleasure never stand up to a rigorous examination? Possible.
    -- Elena Ferrante

    #Examination #Moments #Pleasure