Anna Kavan Famous Quotes & Sayings

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Pinterest Share on Linkedin

81 Anna Kavan Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Anna Kavan Sayings: Their eyes met for a moment. And the glance that flickered between them had been Their eyes met for a moment. And the glance that flickered between them had been a wordless message of understanding, the affirmation of a sympathetic secret alliance from which everyone else was excluded by natural law - the close mysterious blood-bond between two mutants, of which she had not yet heard. But, in some indescribable fashion, it had seemed, even then, that, obscurely, everything was already known and had been accepted, accepted finally and absolutely, in the depths of her unconscious self.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: Dazzling ice stars bombarded the world with rays, which splintered and penetrated the earth, filling Dazzling ice stars bombarded the world with rays, which splintered and penetrated the earth, filling earth's core with their deadly coldness, reinforcing the cold of the advancing ice. And always, on the surface, the indestructible ice-mass was moving forward, implacably destroying all life. I felt a fearful sense of pressure and urgency, there was no time to lose, I was wasting time; it was a race between me and the ice. Her albino hair illuminated my dreams, shining brighter than moonlight. I saw the dead moon dance over the icebergs, as it would at the end of the world, while she watched from the tent of her glittering hair.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: Hell had at least been familiar; she knew that, if she'd been capable of feeling Hell had at least been familiar; she knew that, if she'd been capable of feeling anything, she would have felt afraid of this irresistible force that had picked her up like a scrap of paper and was sweeping her into the void, right out of the world as she knew it, as if whirling her off the earth altogether.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: He saw the young man's face in the mirror up on the wall, he saw He saw the young man's face in the mirror up on the wall, he saw the thick wind-ruffled hair and the little scar on the cheekbone. The face moved in the mirror and when he looked round he could not see it anywhere in the room, and when he wanted to call out the sickness choked him, and now he tried to fight the icy sickness, but like whales the waves of it fell on him till he was pounded and drowned, and while he froze suffocating and could not move or breathe ...
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: I had a curious feeling that I was living on several planes simultaneously; the overlapping I had a curious feeling that I was living on several planes simultaneously; the overlapping of these planes was confusing.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: Then instead of hurrying he was standing still, he was very tired and sweating under Then instead of hurrying he was standing still, he was very tired and sweating under the heavy coat, and looking up he saw a white shining fan, spreading over the sky, like light from a door slowly opening, and he knew the moon was coming out of the clouds. Then he looked over the sea and there were islands it seemed, and then a great migration of birds thickened the air and he was in a rushing of wings, the wings beat so dark and fast round him he felt dizzy like falling and the moon disappeared. And then it was clear again, brilliant moonlight, and there, ahead, bright as day, were all the small islands, Cape Promise, and the bay of Mairangi, wide, still, unbelievably peaceful under the full moon. And then he did know where he was going.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: She felt herself alone, lost like a stranger in some fantastic country whose language and She felt herself alone, lost like a stranger in some fantastic country whose language and mode of life were alike incomprehensible, surrounded by enemies in an atmosphere of suspicion and perpetually lurking, unimaginable dangers.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: Perhaps somewhere in the universe there was a touchstone that she had never found, perhaps Perhaps somewhere in the universe there was a touchstone that she had never found, perhaps there was a clue that would make everything simple and clear
if only she knew where to look ...
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: Why was I led astray by a tiger brightness? Why did a false sun lure Why was I led astray by a tiger brightness? Why did a false sun lure me so far from home? ... my eyes had looked at something forbidden and seen what they should never have seen, and now sight itself had gone out of them ... never again would I see the blinding glare of enemy eyes.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: The note of almost unbearable irritation sounding through the deliberately calm tone in which he The note of almost unbearable irritation sounding through the deliberately calm tone in which he has just spoken penetrates her child's heart like a cruel needle of ice. Her face falls grotesquely, her mouth trembles, tears - the sudden, despairing tears of a hurt child - fill her eyes to the brim.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: You mustn't be so afraid of life - it's all we've got. Don't let it You mustn't be so afraid of life - it's all we've got. Don't let it hurt you so much.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: While I am watching the birds I believe I am comparatively immune from the assaults While I am watching the birds I believe I am comparatively immune from the assaults of life. The very indifference to humanity of these wild creatures affords me a certain safeguard. Where all else is dangerous, hostile and liable to inflict pain, they alone can do me no injury because, probably, they are not even aware of my existence. The birds are at once my refuge and my relaxation.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: The man has a curious inborn conviction of his own superiority which is quite unshakeable. The man has a curious inborn conviction of his own superiority which is quite unshakeable. All his life he has bullied and browbeaten those around him by his high-and-mightiness and his atrocious temper. As a boy he terrorized his entire family by his tantrums, when, if thwarted, he would throw himself on the floor and yell till he went blue in the face. It has been much the same ever since. Everyone's terrified of his rages. He has only to start grinding his teeth, and people fall flat before him.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: Sidney was intriguing. But she made Anna feel uncomfortable. She had that bright, mocking cynicism Sidney was intriguing. But she made Anna feel uncomfortable. She had that bright, mocking cynicism that challenged her in some way. Sidney was irritating, almost aggressive; but also there was that curious farouche sort of nervousness about her. And her attractive, one-sided smile that you couldn't quite trust in, and which promised so much; which, perhaps, was the token of a rare inward warmth. There was nothing easy about her. She was sharp, and stinging and stimulating and would need living up to; she would keep you on your mettle.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: It was the summer, and Clare Bryant was happy. In the midst of the world It was the summer, and Clare Bryant was happy. In the midst of the world which seemed so vast and dangerous to her, so full of change and precariousness, she had found one enduring rock to which her thin arms could cling.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: An intolerable pain pierced him. He was totally lost without her ... estranged from his An intolerable pain pierced him. He was totally lost without her ... estranged from his life utterly, and from the world. This was the world into which he'd been born; the only world he would ever know. Yet nowhere in it did he feel the slightest degree at home. She was his home ... his one sanctuary upon earth ... the only place of safety for him in the whole universe. But he had lost her ... and consequently was doomed to absolute loneliness in an alien, frozen vacancy ... at the mercy of something huge, insensate and merciless as an eclipse ... For a moment his isolation was so agonisingly intense that it seemed impossible to go on living. He longed only to plunge into the black pit of annihilation opening before him.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: Instead of my world, there would soon be only ice, snow, stillness, death; no more Instead of my world, there would soon be only ice, snow, stillness, death; no more violence, no war, no victims; nothing but frozen silence, absence of life. The ultimate achievement of mankind would be, not just self-destruction, but the destruction of all life; the transformation of the living world into a dead planet.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: To wait - only to wait - without even the final merciful deprivation of hope.Sometimes To wait - only to wait - without even the final merciful deprivation of hope.
Sometimes I think that some secret court must have tried and condemned me, unheard, to this heavy sentence.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: A terrible cold world of ice and death had replaced the living world we had A terrible cold world of ice and death had replaced the living world we had always known. Outside there was only the deadly cold, the frozen vacuum of an ice age, life reduced to mineral crystals. [ ... ] I drove at great speed, as if escaping, pretending we could escape. Although I knew there was no escape from the ice, from the ever-diminishing remnant of time that encapsuled us.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: I know I've got a death wish. I've never enjoyed my life, I've never liked I know I've got a death wish. I've never enjoyed my life, I've never liked people. I love the mountains because they are the negation of life, indestructible, inhuman, untouchable, indifferent, as I want to be.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: What can I do now? What am I to become? How can I live in What can I do now? What am I to become? How can I live in this world I'm condemned to but can't endure? They couldn't stand it either, so they made a world of their own. Well, they have each other's company, and they are heroes, whereas I'm quite alone, and have none of the qualities essential to heroism - the spirit, the toughness, the dedication. I'm back where I was as a child, solitary, helpless, unwanted, frightened.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: The day was ill-omened from the beginning; one of those unlucky days when every little The day was ill-omened from the beginning; one of those unlucky days when every little detail seems to go wrong and one finds oneself engaged in a perpetual and infuriating strife with inanimate objects. How truly fiendish the sub-human world can be on these occasions! How every atom, every cell, every molecule, seems to be leagued in a maddening conspiracy against the unfortunate being who has incurred its obscure displeasure!
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: I had a friend, a lover. Or did I dream it? So many dreams are I had a friend, a lover. Or did I dream it? So many dreams are crowding upon me now that I can scarcely tell true from false: dreams like light imprisoned in bright mineral caves; hot, heavy dreams; ice-age dreams; dreams like machines in the head.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: Despairingly she looked all round. She was completely encircled by the tremendous ice walls, which Despairingly she looked all round. She was completely encircled by the tremendous ice walls, which were made fluid by explosions of blinding light, so that they moved and changed with a continuous liquid motion, advancing in torrents of ice, avalanches as big as oceans, flooding everywhere over the doomed world. Wherever she looked, she saw the same fearful encirclement, soaring battlements of ice, an over-hanging ring of frigid, fiery, colossal waves about to collapse upon her. Frozen by the deathly cold emanating from the ice, dazzled by the blaze of crystalline ice-light, she felt herself becoming part of the polar vision, her structure becoming one with the ice and snow. As her fate, she accepted the world of ice, shining, shimmering, dead; she resigned herself to the triumph of glaciers and the death of her world.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: It was always the same now, the ghost always coming between her and her life It was always the same now, the ghost always coming between her and her life in the world, so much more important, since that lost being was still her only companion, and their now-obsolete relationship the one true human contact she would ever have.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: Are you afraid of the tigers? Do you hear them padding all round you on Are you afraid of the tigers? Do you hear them padding all round you on their fierce fine velvet feet? The speed of growth of tigers in the nightland is a thing which ought to be investigated some time by the competent authority. You start off with one, about the size of a mouse, and before you know where you are he's twice the size of the Sumatra tiger which defeats all comers in that hemisphere. And then, before you can say Knife (not a very tactful thing to say in the circumstances anyhow), all his boy and girl friends are gathered round, your respectable quiet decorous docile night turns itself into a regular tiger-garden.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: At last I feel identified with the mountains, clean, cold, hard, detached. At last I feel identified with the mountains, clean, cold, hard, detached.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: Everything was so quiet, as if the silence was listening. Everything was so quiet, as if the silence was listening.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: Now I understood why I had to prevent the day world from getting real. I Now I understood why I had to prevent the day world from getting real. I saw that my instinct about this was a true one. As my eyes grew more discerning, I recognized my enemy's face and I was afraid, seeing there was a danger that one day might destroy me. Because of my fear that the daytime world would become real, I had to establish reality in another place.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: I had never before met anyone who owned a telephone and believed in dragons. I had never before met anyone who owned a telephone and believed in dragons.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: Foreword: Life is tension or the result of tension: without tension the creative impulse cannot Foreword: Life is tension or the result of tension: without tension the creative impulse cannot exist. If human life be taken as the result of tension between the two polarities night and day, night, the negative pole, must share equal importance with the positive day. At night, under the influence of cosmic radiations quite different from those of the day, human affairs are apt to come to a crisis. At night most human beings die and are born.
Sleep Has His House describes in the night-time language certain stages in the development of one individual human being. No interpretation is needed of this language we have all spoken in childhood and in our dreams; but for the sake of unity a few words before every section indicate the corresponding events of the day.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: I'd never been anything but 'in transit' through my life. In a sudden, complete, instantaneous I'd never been anything but 'in transit' through my life. In a sudden, complete, instantaneous vision, I saw it as a train and myself as a passenger always changing compartments, moving on to another before getting to know the self left behind in the last carriage. I'd always presumed these old outgrown personalities has ceased to exist when I discarded them, possibly lingering on for a while as remembered ghosts of what they had been, till they finally sank into oblivion, dead and forgotten. Now, for the first time, I understood that it wasn't possible to discard any part of myself.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: Where do I always find enough courage for one last hope? I am the enemy Where do I always find enough courage for one last hope? I am the enemy of this indestructible, pitiless hope which prolongs and intensifies all my pain. I would like to lay hold of hope and strangle it once and for all.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: It comforted her, in the confused unhappy welter of her emotions, to see the mountains It comforted her, in the confused unhappy welter of her emotions, to see the mountains always tranquil, remote, in their lonely splendour; untouchable, serenely inviolate. It was an obscure comfort to her to know that man's hectic world wasn't the only one - that there were others, where agitation and passion and bewilderment had no place. When her love turned into a chaotic fever-dream, in which she was tossing, hallucinated, frightened and miserable, she had longed to escape to the cold, austere, changeless beauty and peace of the snow.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: But he had held her hand, he had looked into her face in the dark But he had held her hand, he had looked into her face in the dark hall, and a strange ecstatic entrancement had come over her, as though she would like to stand there forever, just feeling her hand in his. The extraordinary comfort that filled her heart because of that contact with another human being! She knew that she must feel it again, that, like a drug-taker, she would never be satisfied until she had repeated that unique and trance-like sensation.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: They've all been against me, ever since I can remember, even when I was six They've all been against me, ever since I can remember, even when I was six years old. What sort of human beings are these, who can be inhuman to a child of six? How can I help hating them all? Sometimes they disgust me so much that I feel I can't go on living among them - that I must escape from the loathsome creatures swarming like maggots all over the earth.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: How intimately I experience in my heart just what he must have felt in all How intimately I experience in my heart just what he must have felt in all of those unknown rooms, some of them poor, perhaps, and some splendid, but all opposing him with the cold fearful indifference of other people's belongings, against which he has to defend himself as best he can with his poor lonely trunk and his case of books.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: She looked, and saw the black, domed sky arching over her head. And her heart She looked, and saw the black, domed sky arching over her head. And her heart dilated; she felt the great black dome in her heart. She sat under the stars, worshipping them. Her heart opened and grew vast, until the whole sky with all its stars began to pour into her, a mysterious flood of star-strung darkness. She wanted to receive the night sky into her heart.
More pictures »
Anna Kavan Sayings: Inexorable self, carried like the superfluous and tiresome piece of luggage which it is impossible Inexorable self, carried like the superfluous and tiresome piece of luggage which it is impossible to lose; franked with the customs' stamp of every frontier, retrieved exasperatingly from the disaster where everything else is lost, companion of the dislocation of cancelled sailings and missed connections, witness of every catastrophe, survivor of all voyages and situations ... I
Anna Kavan Sayings: What I saw had no solidity, it was all made of mist and nylon, with What I saw had no solidity, it was all made of mist and nylon, with nothing behind.
Anna Kavan Sayings: He sees her looking at him with interest, and is encouraged to go on. 'I He sees her looking at him with interest, and is encouraged to go on. 'I wouldn't be here with you now. This wouldn't be real - something else would. You'd have been another you, instead of the one you are now. You can't be tied down to a predestined fate when you change according to your situation, and your fate must change too. Everything depends on circumstances - on which "you" you happen to be at a given time ...
Anna Kavan Sayings: Yet though there is no visible barrier I know only too well that I am Yet though there is no visible barrier I know only too well that I am surrounded by unseen and impassable walls which tower into the highest domes of the zenith and sink many miles below the surface of the earth.
Anna Kavan Sayings: Standing there, I had the feeling of putting on armour, taking up secret weapons, becoming Standing there, I had the feeling of putting on armour, taking up secret weapons, becoming like a dreamer, invulnerable for the moment - safe in my dream. Now I could face the world, having no part in life; the presence of waiting phantoms could be forgotten. I was outside everything, surrendered unconditionally to my dream, giving no thought to my next move, prepared to obey whatever impulse next reaches me from the unseen.
Anna Kavan Sayings: But the mysterious and private heart never ceases to beat. Indestructible and immortal, the heart But the mysterious and private heart never ceases to beat. Indestructible and immortal, the heart beats on, independent, and beating for me alone ...
Anna Kavan Sayings: For a moment, my lights picked out like searchlights the girl's naked body, slight as For a moment, my lights picked out like searchlights the girl's naked body, slight as a child's, ivory white against the dead white of the snow, her hair bright as spun glass. She did not look in my direction. Motionless, she kept her eyes fixed on the walls moving slowly towards her, a glassy, glittering circle of solid ice, of which she was the centre. Dazzling flashes came from the ice-cliffs far over her head; below, the outermost fringes of ice had already reached her, immobilised her, set hard as concrete over her feet and ankles. I watched the ice climb higher, covering knees and thighs, saw her mouth open, a black hole in the white face, heard her thin agonised scream.
Anna Kavan Sayings: Religion is a drug, and to take drugs is degrading,' he said. 'You must learn Religion is a drug, and to take drugs is degrading,' he said. 'You must learn to look life in the face. Throw away your cowardly drugs, and see the truth, the ugly, cruel, ungodly truth, as it really is.
Anna Kavan Sayings: The last time she had seen him in the flesh, all the vital force of The last time she had seen him in the flesh, all the vital force of his life stripped away, his sharpened face had confronted her with such a fearful fixed finality of sightless indifference that she had been frozen in mortal terror, engulfed by abysmal despair. After all the years of unfailing support, his huge, inhuman, deaf, blind inaccessibility was horrifying. He had not kept his promise. He had abandoned her, left her to suffer alone.
Anna Kavan Sayings: I know that I'm doomed and I'm not going to struggle against my fate. I I know that I'm doomed and I'm not going to struggle against my fate. I am only writing this down so that when you do not see me any more you will know that my enemy has finally triumphed.
Anna Kavan Sayings: Her life was shameful and lonely. There was no longer any hope for her, there Her life was shameful and lonely. There was no longer any hope for her, there was no chance of escape. Yet, in spite of her humiliation and the despair which possessed her, she still remained in some part of her soul aloof and untouched. It was the hard centre of her being which never altered. Nothing could touch that.
Anna Kavan Sayings: She had come to him when he was no longer there ... because he had She had come to him when he was no longer there ... because he had not found the young man with the scarred cheek he could not come to her through the glass.
Anna Kavan Sayings: Reality had always been something of an unknown quantity to me. Reality had always been something of an unknown quantity to me.
Anna Kavan Sayings: For the first time in her life she could talk openly of the things which For the first time in her life she could talk openly of the things which interested her and were important to her. She had a great need of speech, of putting her thoughts into words; otherwise her thoughts seemed to escape her, flying about her brain in a wild confusion. It needed the power of words to put them in their places. And Rachel was full of understanding, using her sensitiveness to fan the thoughts of Anna towards coherency.
Anna Kavan Sayings: She simply vanished, I suppose she's entitled to go if she wants to - she's She simply vanished, I suppose she's entitled to go if she wants to - she's free, white and twenty-one.
Anna Kavan Sayings: My home was in darkness and my companions were shadows beckoning to me from a My home was in darkness and my companions were shadows beckoning to me from a glass
Anna Kavan Sayings: The cold mornings open their eyes to glare at you one after another, like hostile The cold mornings open their eyes to glare at you one after another, like hostile strangers.
Anna Kavan Sayings: Something in her demanded victimization and terror, so she corrupted my dreams, led me into Something in her demanded victimization and terror, so she corrupted my dreams, led me into dark places I had no wish to explore. It was no longer clear to me which of us was the victim. Perhaps we were victims of one another.
Anna Kavan Sayings: My ideas were confused. In a peculiar way, the unreality of the outer world appeared My ideas were confused. In a peculiar way, the unreality of the outer world appeared to be an extension of my own disturbed state of mind.
Anna Kavan Sayings: Like the dandelion clocks, all blown and dispersed on the wind, my life has evaporated Like the dandelion clocks, all blown and dispersed on the wind, my life has evaporated into the emptiness of a dream; for which I blame my betrayer, that dubious stranger wearing the mask of a once-loved face.
Anna Kavan Sayings: It has something to do with the cosmic rays coming from outer space. They strike It has something to do with the cosmic rays coming from outer space. They strike some person or thing, and then you get a mutation - like the stripes on a zebra.
The attraction of two such mutants to one another would have an almost incestuous appeal and be far stronger than the bond of love between ordinary human beings.
Anna Kavan Sayings: Like people who from a bridge watch fish swimming below them, we saw the outside Like people who from a bridge watch fish swimming below them, we saw the outside world as an alien element where we could take no part. Isolated behind the glass of our lonely window we looked down on the daily life which was not for us.
Anna Kavan Sayings: Her albino hair illuminated my dreams, shining brighter than moonlight. Her albino hair illuminated my dreams, shining brighter than moonlight.
Anna Kavan Sayings: By what judgment am I judged? What is the accusation against me? Am I to By what judgment am I judged? What is the accusation against me? Am I to be accused of my own betrayal? Am I to blame because you are my enemies? Yours is the responsibility, the knowledge, the power. I trusted you, you played with me as a cat plays with a mouse, and now you accuse me. I had no weapon against you, not realizing that there was need for weapons until too late. This is your place; you are at home here. I came as a stranger, alone, without a gun in my hand, bringing only a present that I wanted to give you. Am I to blame because the gift was unwelcome? Am I accused of the untranslated indictment against myself? Is it my fault that a charge has been laid against me in a different language? Is my offense that I stood too long on your threshold, holding a present that was unsuitable? Am I accused because you, wanting a victim and not a friend, threw away the only thing which I had to give?
Anna Kavan Sayings: He drank a good deal at times. But the alcohol did not seem to affect He drank a good deal at times. But the alcohol did not seem to affect him. His stony expression never changed. But sometimes a strange, flashing glance from his cold eyes would rest upon Anna, full of some burning fierceness that was like hatred, and he would force her to drink with him, force her to swallow a little glassful of fiery spirit at a single gulp.
'I ought to shoot you, really,' he said to her once, in a dead voice. 'Conscientiously, it would be the best thing for me to do.'
She saw from the grave concentration on his face that his conscience did actually require him to kill her. And this puzzled her because she could not understand why her death should be a conscientious necessity. The thought of being shot did not seem to cause her any concern.
Anna Kavan Sayings: So this was how he lived now, getting jittery because a bus pulled up near. So this was how he lived now, getting jittery because a bus pulled up near. Well, he was not going on like that. It was not good enough. The one person who could help him had not appeared. He probably never would. But there must be some other way. He knew that there was another way although for the moment he couldn't think what it was. Soon it would come back to him, in a minute he would remember the way out, the way where he was going.
Anna Kavan Sayings: Night is the worst time, when her vitality sinks to its lowest ebb and she's Night is the worst time, when her vitality sinks to its lowest ebb and she's frightened of everything. Unable to read or do anything else, she wanders about the house like a woman living with ghosts, who can't find the way or the will to return to the living world.
Anna Kavan Sayings: That was during the time of her lost happiness, when his love had built round That was during the time of her lost happiness, when his love had built round her a protective wall, which for a brief period had seemed unassailable, indestructible, just the two of them together inside, everything intimate and secure. She'd felt so blissfully safe and happy in those days. What strength, what confidence he had instilled in her. As long as he loved her, she could laugh at the world outside. With him she had even laughed at her domineering mother, who in the past had reduced her to nothing. It had been so miraculous not to feel inferior any longer, but a real person with her own place in life
above all, secure, loved and wanted.
Anna Kavan Sayings: As soon as I decided I'd have to dig down still deeper to uncover the As soon as I decided I'd have to dig down still deeper to uncover the root of my listless withdrawal from life, I became aware of some interference from the past distracting and confusing my thoughts, causing me a sensation that was at the same time oppressive, expectant and empty. In these somewhat contradictory feelings, I came to recognize my childish sense of having run down like a clock that needed someone to wind it before it could go again; and saw that I was now no less helpless than in those far-off days when I waited for somebody to take me by the hand and tell me what to do. On my own initiative I could do nothing, take no responsibility, make no decisions only watch my existence unroll.
Anna Kavan Sayings: I relied on what I wrote to build a bridge which could not be cut I relied on what I wrote to build a bridge which could not be cut down. It was my own self in which I trusted, not seeing self as that last cell from which escape can only come too late.
Anna Kavan Sayings: Imprisoned within the impassable walls of the locked, lifeless polar world, all that is left Imprisoned within the impassable walls of the locked, lifeless polar world, all that is left for her is a deathly cold isolation, numbing her senses and freezing her brain. The world lost, the light lost, the mind lost, the coldly gleaming, relentlessly moving ice has become her sole and final reality.
Anna Kavan Sayings: But when, from the midst of the printed page, there suddenly sprang out at her But when, from the midst of the printed page, there suddenly sprang out at her these words: 'Here I stand; I can no other,' a great enlightenment came to her, a sudden illumination. In a moment, everything was made plain to her. She felt instantly that she understood the meaning of life - as far as it concerned her. Amazing to see clearly for the first time. Now everything was explained. How simple it was for her to realize that she herself was the centre of her own universe. How easy and simple to face life from the single basis of her own undeniable individuality. She was what she was: herself. No need for compromise or apology or modification or defence.
Anna Kavan Sayings: She herself did not seem quite real. She was pale and almost transparent, the victim She herself did not seem quite real. She was pale and almost transparent, the victim I used for my own enjoyment in dreams.
Anna Kavan Sayings: The sight of the wall of water outside reassured me, giving me the idea that The sight of the wall of water outside reassured me, giving me the idea that it made very little difference whether I stayed with her, or set out alone on my journey that had neither visible starting point nor destination. It didn't matter: since, however closely I became involved with another existence, my own world would always remain secret, inaccessible and shut-off; nobody would ever see me, except as a dim, changeable, wavering shadow, through its impenetrable, semi-opaque walls.
Anna Kavan Sayings: All I wanted then was for everything to go on as before, so that I All I wanted then was for everything to go on as before, so that I could stay deeply asleep, and be no more than a hole in space, not here or anywhere at all, for as long as possible, preferably forever.
Anna Kavan Sayings: As her fate, she accepted the world of ice, shining, shimmering, dead; she resigned herself As her fate, she accepted the world of ice, shining, shimmering, dead; she resigned herself to the triumph of glaciers and the death of the world.
Anna Kavan Sayings: And in the night my own mother came to the window to meet me, strange, And in the night my own mother came to the window to meet me, strange, solitary; splendid with countless stars; my mother Night; mine, lovely, mine. My home ...
Anna Kavan Sayings: There is, I believe, a kind of telepathy between the condemned: a sort of intuitive There is, I believe, a kind of telepathy between the condemned: a sort of intuitive recognition which can even make itself felt through the medium of the printed page. How else should I feel - without fear of appearing presumptuous, either - for this great man whom I never saw and to whom I could not have spoken, the tender, wincing, pathetic solicitude that painfully comes into being only between fellow-sufferers?
Anna Kavan Sayings: Sometimes a savage beauty lured me into the sun and I would start to love Sometimes a savage beauty lured me into the sun and I would start to love the danger a little. On these occasions I felt the reluctant love drained painfully from me as blood drains from a deep wound. The tigers lapped my love's blood and remained enemies. The inhabitants of the day laughed at the gift I wanted to bring them, and I shut myself in my inner room to escape the betrayal of their arrogant mouths.
Anna Kavan Sayings: But to whom can one appeal when one does not even know where to find But to whom can one appeal when one does not even know where to find the judge? How can one ever hope to prove one's innocence when there is no means of knowing of what one has been accused? No, there's no justice for people like us in the world: all that we can do is to suffer as bravely as possible and put our oppressors to shame.
Anna Kavan Sayings: There are certain shocks which, if sufficiently strong, seem to have power to destroy the There are certain shocks which, if sufficiently strong, seem to have power to destroy the balance of life. Such a shock would seem to overthrow all the intricate, vital, slowly developed mechanism of mind, to plunge the victim into a chaotic half-world of confusion and loss. This is what had happened to Anna.
Anna Kavan Sayings: It's lonely? Sure, it's lonely. That's what you asked for, didn't you? After all, if It's lonely? Sure, it's lonely. That's what you asked for, didn't you? After all, if you hadn't been too superior for the gang, you wouldn't be here. And think how much more distinguished it is to be on your own, or with one or two individualists like yourself, than to be an ordinary gregarious animal going about with the herd.
Anna Kavan Sayings: The men's tanned faces, the faces of the women, bright with cosmetics, all suddenly appeared The men's tanned faces, the faces of the women, bright with cosmetics, all suddenly appeared similar, as though wearing identical masks; hard, smiling, decorative, devoid of feeling. Not one of the seemed capable of expressing affection or pity or any of the softer emotions. They frightened her, these gay, hard, animated, worldly masks; she would always be a stranger among them, lost, ill-at-ease, out of place.