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William Maxwell Quotes

Satin and lace and brown velvet and the faint odor of violets. That was all which was left to him of his love.
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His sadness was of the kind that is patient and without hope.

— William Maxwell

Happiness is the light on the water. The water is cold and dark and deep.

— William Maxwell

Because I actively enjoy sleeping, dreams, the unexplainable dialogues that take place in my head as I am drifting off, all that, I tell myself that lying down to an afternoon nap that goes on and on through eternity is not something to be concerned about. What spoils this pleasant fancy is the recollection that when people are dead they don't read books. This I find unbearable.

— William Maxwell

What we refer to confidently as memory is really a form of storytelling that goes on continually in the mind and often changes with the telling.

— William Maxwell

Sometimes she goes out to work as a practical nurse, and comes home and sits by the kitchen table soaking her feet in a pan of hot water and Epsom salts. When she gets into bed and the springs creak under her weight, she groans with the pleasure of lying stretched out on an object that understands her so well.

— William Maxwell

The nail doesn't choose the time or the circumstances in which it is drawn to the magnet

— William Maxwell

I had inadvertently walked through a door that I shouldn't have gone through and couldn't get back to the place I hadn't meant to leave.

— William Maxwell

People often ask themselves the right questions. Where they fail is in answering the questions they ask themselves, and even there they do not fail by much ... But it takes time, it takes humility and a serious reason for searching.

— William Maxwell

My father represented authority, which meant-to me-that he could not also represent understanding.

— William Maxwell

The reason life is so strange is that so often people have no choice,

— William Maxwell

I am the cat that walks alone.

— William Maxwell

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