Marguerite Duras

marguerite-duras“In dreadful love”

“Then, finally the outline of the ship was swallowed up in the curve of the earth.  On a clear day you could see it slowly sink.”


“One day, I was already old, in the entrance of a public place, a man came up to me.  He introduced himself and said, “I’ve known you for years.  Everyone says you were beautiful when you were young, but I want to tell you that I think that you’re more beautiful now than then.  Rather than your face as a young woman, I prefer your face a it is now.  Ravaged.’“

-The Lover


“He also says that sometimes the woman screams.  But it only hurts once in a lifetime, and forever.”


“Beauty doesn’t act.  It doesn’t look.  It is looked at.”

-North China Lover


“It’s held inside him like an untold secret, a happiness that must be given out of fear, fear that it might have a future”

-Blue Eyes, Black Hair


“‘Do you think it is ever possible to be successful in love, if one doesn’t make an effort to help things along?”

“Do you think it is necessary to give love a helping hand before it will declare itself, or precipitate matters so that one morning one may wake up to find oneself in love?’“


“I do not yet know of your existence, that the world holds you as well as me.”

-Marguerite Duras