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Marlene Van Niekerk

Top 10 Best Quotes

“...a butterfly is like the soul of a person, it dries out in captivity.”

“First smile!! An unseasonal little shower of rain fell here, and a lot of butterflies drowned, so we put them in the sun and they came back to life, and flew up and then Agaat SMILED!”

“Everything is important. To the smallest insect, even the mouldering tree, the deepest stone in the drift.”

“Nature is subtle and complex.”

“In a state of pseudo-death you restore your substance.”

“Well, I am something, Ma, you hissed, I am not nothing, I am somebody and I know what I want from life and I know what to do to get it. I will provide for myself.”

“Nobody can be so beautiful from the outside and so hollow from inside. Not even in a third-rate novel.”

“Marriage is holy and it's private.”

“Does a mirror preserve everything that has been reflected in it? Is there a record of light, thin membranes compressed layer upon layer that one has to ease apart with the finger-tips so that the colors don't dissipate, so that the moments don't blot and the hours don't run together into inconsequential splotches? So that a song of preserved years lies in your palm, a miniature of your life and times, with every detail meticulous in clear, chanting angel-fine enamel, as on the old manuscripts, at which you can peer through a magnifying glass and marvel at so much effort? So many tears for nothing? For light? For bygone moments?”

“And I will close my eyes and prepare myself so that they can unscrew my head and allow the map to slip into my lacunae. So that I can be filled and braced from the inside and fortified for the voyage. Because without my world inside me I will contract and congeal, more even than I am now, without speech and without actions and without any purchase upon time.”

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Book Keywords:

observation, declaration, importance, life-lessons, restoration, silence, place-in-the-world, beauty-s-only-skin-deep, existence, butterfly, shallow-beauty, marriage, identity, butterflies, self-discovery, nature, soul

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