Alexander Masters Famous Quotes & Sayings

18 Alexander Masters Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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When life is this dull, you have to invent purpose. Collecting torn-up newspaper gives you a hobby, provides an anchoring intimacy with your surroundings, keeps the streets clean. Or so you think. Then one day you wake up and realise that it was all a con: what you had thought was an escape from madness was in fact the arrival. Alexander Masters Sayings: When life is this dull, you have to invent purpose. Collecting torn-up newspaper gives you
And so on, until you arrive at the other side, among the purely abstract self-harming: the grinding over your failures, the refusal to remember anything good, the determination to ensure - if anyone falls into the mistake of making it clear they actually like you - that the next time round they change their opinion pronto. Emotional self-cannibalism, in other words, like those tessellated pictures of a person grappling with a mirror image of himself. Alexander Masters Sayings: And so on, until you arrive at the other side, among the purely abstract self-harming:
Disobedience is one of the few tricks you have left to hang on to the idea that you continue to exist distinctively and are still reliably connected to the person who bore your name on the outside. Alexander Masters Sayings: Disobedience is one of the few tricks you have left to hang on to the
Revelation comes with these misunderstandings. Stuart's life and way of thinking momentarily exposed. Like a break in the hedgerow during the country lane part of a journey. For an instant you glimpse scenery you haven't seen before - fields of poppy and cornflower, trees gnarled in the shape of demons. Alexander Masters Sayings: Revelation comes with these misunderstandings. Stuart's life and way of thinking momentarily exposed. Like a
Sometimes Stuart seems like an irritable fisherman. He bobs about, on the disruption of his life, a small, unsteady figure, fishing for order. Then he gets into a rage, 'goes right on one', and it is as if he's taken out the gutting knife and mashed his catch to a pulp - every sign of hated, repressive, reminding order is gone again. Alexander Masters Sayings: Sometimes Stuart seems like an irritable fisherman. He bobs about, on the disruption of his
You'd think the homeless would despise the rest of us, but it seems the thing they want to do most is talk. If only they could sit us down and let it all spill out - every twist of their history, down to the last murmur - then they'd be cured. Alexander Masters Sayings: You'd think the homeless would despise the rest of us, but it seems the thing
It's a question I often ask myself: what would I do with me? And I don't know the answer. I don't know what I'd do, except run away. Alexander Masters Sayings: It's a question I often ask myself: what would I do with me? And I
If Stuart is a freak ... it is because he has had the superhuman strength not to be defeated by this isolation. It is because he has had the almost unbelievable social adroitness to be able to fit in smoothly with an educated, soft-skinned person like myself and not make me frightened half to death. If Stuart's a freak, I salute freaks. Alexander Masters Sayings: If Stuart is a freak ... it is because he has had the superhuman strength
Put two macho groups together and give the first desperation and numbers, and the second truncheons and protective clothing, and the result is like a laboratory civil war. Alexander Masters Sayings: Put two macho groups together and give the first desperation and numbers, and the second
Twenty miles on, we have spotted a roadside sign: 'CHAINSAW CARVED MUSHROOMS'. Troubles promptly forgotten, Stuart falls to gawping at the road ahead. What could it all be about? 'As one victim to another,' his body language seems to marvel, 'What's a mushroom done to deserve that kind of abuse?' Not even in the worst days of street-fighting did he ever experience ill-treatment on this scale. Alexander Masters Sayings: Twenty miles on, we have spotted a roadside sign: 'CHAINSAW CARVED MUSHROOMS'. Troubles promptly forgotten,
I wish I wasn't me. Alexander Masters Sayings: I wish I wasn't me.
Ruth once told me when I went to visit her at HMP Highpoint that it is surprising how much of what you imagine to be your innate sense of self actually comes from things that aren't one's self at all: people's reactions to the blouse you wear, the respectfulness of your family, the attentiveness of your friends, their approval of the pictures in your living room, the neatness of your lawn, the way people whisper your name. It is these exhibitions of yourself, as reflected in the people whom you meet, which give you comfort and your identity. Take them away, be put in a tiny room, and called by a number, and you begin to vanish. Alexander Masters Sayings: Ruth once told me when I went to visit her at HMP Highpoint that it
But one of Stuart's most personable (and most annoying) qualities is his refusal to judge strangers until he knows them, especially if they're peculiar. Alexander Masters Sayings: But one of Stuart's most personable (and most annoying) qualities is his refusal to judge
I wish I could pick you up sometimes, turn you upside down, shake all the bad things out of your head, and put you back up the
right way again.
Alexander Masters Sayings: I wish I could pick you up sometimes, turn you upside down, shake all the
For a moment, I believe, there was a stillness. A shocking realization by all things - beetles, dormice, the spiders spinning their webs in the moonlight, even the hot metal of the tracks and the wind in the trees - that Death had just shrieked past like a stinking black eagle and made off with a remarkable man. Alexander Masters Sayings: For a moment, I believe, there was a stillness. A shocking realization by all things
At this time of day it should have been open and full of fifty fellow smackheads, crackheads, psychotics, epileptics, schizophrenics, self-harmers, beggars, buskers, car thieves, sherry pushers, ciderheads, just-released-that-morning convicts, ex-army, ex-married-men-with-young-children-who'd-discovered-their-wife-in-bed-with-two-members-of-the-university-rowing-team-at-the-same-time. Alexander Masters Sayings: At this time of day it should have been open and full of fifty fellow
Bring it on, bring the pain on, I want to face it Alexander Masters Sayings: Bring it on, bring the pain on, I want to face it
I don't know, Alexander, sometimes it gets so bad you can't think of nothing better to do than make it worse. Alexander Masters Sayings: I don't know, Alexander, sometimes it gets so bad you can't think of nothing better