Naomi Wallace quotes

  • You can't break my heart. It's made of water.
    -- Naomi Wallace

    #Heart #Water #Break

  • I'd been reading Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year when the [1992 Los Angeles] riots broke out and I began to see them both - L.A. and the London plague - as the same event. A time of crisis. A time when rich and poor get thrown together - and, suddenly one sees alternatives. I began to think about what happens when the containment of a presumed danger through the regimentation of space breaks down, such as when South-Central L.A. began to invade Beverly Hills.
    -- Naomi Wallace

    #Reading #Thinking #Years

  • I'm interested in the way that the language of labor has been suppressed in our culture, the way it has disappeared from our vocabulary and is never heard on stage. . . . I'm better at writing than I am at organizing [political action]. SLAUGHTER CITY is my small contribution. If it gives people a voice it is worth something. So often we forget what we are no longer hearing.
    -- Naomi Wallace

    #Writing #Cities #Voice

  • If you're in despair, you don't know how to be part of your own life anymore.
    -- Naomi Wallace

    #Despair #Know How #Knows

  • Sometimes,' said Pooh, 'the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.

  • Holiness of heart and life. This is not the perfection of the human nature, but the holiness of the divine nature dwelling within.

  • When I was one-and-twenty I heard a wise man say, `Give crowns and pounds and guineas But not your heart away; Give pearls away and rubies But keep your fancy free.' But I was one-and-twenty No use to talk to me. When I was one-and-twenty I heard him say again, `The heart out of the bosom Was never given in vain; 'Tis paid with sighs a plenty And sold for endless rue.' And I am two-and-twenty And oh, 'tis true, 'tis true.

  • But men at whiles are sober And think by fits and starts. And if they think, they fasten Their hands upon their hearts

  • He would not stay for me, and who can wonder? He would not stay for me to stand and gaze. I shook his hand, and tore my heart in sunder, And went with half my life about my ways.

  • Dinner with water is dinner for prisoners

  • It would be easier for the Devil to go to church and cross himself with holy water than for these people to comprehend the ideas which are accepted facts to us today.

  • We must break problems down into small, digestible bits. We must define the concepts that we use and explain what components they consist of. We must tackle small problems.

  • I knew we needed a weapon to break through to the US market, and it had to be something different, something that nobody else was making.

  • I don't want to be the one to break it to you, but the future ain't that funny.