Quotes By Islands in the Stream

“Being against evil doesn't make you good. Tonight I was against it and then I was evil myself. I could feel it coming just like a tide... I just want to destroy them. But when you start taking pleasure in it you are awfully close to the thing you're fighting.”


“Nobody likes to life anchors.”


“He knew too what it was to live through a hurricane with the other people of the island and the bond that the hurricane made between all people who had been through it. He also knew that hurricanes could be so bad that nothing could live through them.”


“They are not sorrows, so much as terrible things.”


“I don’t have to be proud of it. I only have to do it well." – Thomas Hudson”


“Happiness is often presented as being very dull but, he thought, lying awake, that is because dull people are sometimes very happy and intelligent people can go around making themselves and everyone else miserable. He had never found happiness dull. It always seemed more exciting than any other thing and capable of as great intensity as sorrow to those people who were capable of having it. This may not be true but he had believed it to be true for a long time and this summer they had experienced happiness for a month now and, already, in the nights, he was lonely for it before it had ever gone away.”


“Out of all the things you could not have there were some that you could have and one of those was to know when you were happy and to enjoy all of it while it was there and it was good.”


“If the wind rises it can push us against the flood when it comes.”


“- What happens to people that love each other?
- I suppose they have whatever they have, and they are more fortunate than others. Then one of them gets the emptiness forever.”


“After he and this girl split up in Paris, Roger was on the town; really on the town. He joked about it and made fun of himself; but he was very angry inside for having made such a profound fool of himself and he took his talent for being faithful to people, which was the best one he had, next to the ones for painting and writing and his various good human and animal traits, and beat and belaboured that talent miserably. He was no good to anyone when he was on the town, especially to himself, and he knew it and hated it and he took pleasure in pulling down the pillars of the temple. It was a very good and strongly built temple and when it is constructed inside yourself it is not so easy to pull down. But he did as good a job as he could.”


“— Тъжен ли сте? — полюбопитствува тя.
— Не.
— Замислен?
— Може би малко. Не зная.
— В ден като днешния не заслужава изобщо да се мисли.
— Съгласен съм. Няма да мисля. Мога ли да наблюдавам вълните?
— Вълните са волни.
— Искате ли да влезем още веднъж?
— По-късно.
— Кой ви е учил да плувате?
— Вие.”


“Ma di cosa sei fatta, tu?"
"Di quello che ami" disse lei. "Più l'acciaio.”