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The Wine-Dark Sea

Robert Aickman

Top 10 Best Quotes

“You speak English beautifully, which means you can't be English.”

“No milk. It is black coffee, pure but strong, that fortifies against the powers of darkness with which the world is filled.”

“It is amazing how full a life a man can lead without for one moment being alive at all, except sometimes when sleeping.”

“Enchanted islands are hard to understand,' he said. 'I've always thought that. It worried me even as a child. The trouble is that you can never be sure where the enchantment begins and where it ends.”

“Things mechanical are like the ladies,’ continued Toby. ‘You need to understand their ways. If you understand them, they’ll do what you want from the start. If you don’t, they’ve got you. And then God help you.”

“Margaret noticed that he was one of the many men who classify women into those you talk to and those with whom words merely impede the way.”

“It was still the long-drawn-out preliminary to a storm; the tedious, imperfect dispersal of the accumulated energy of the summer.”

“Even the most normal people teeter all their lives along a narrow line between good and evil; between impulse and judgement, as we may say. Sleep does two things for the normal person. It gives him constant, long periods of respite from the conflict. It also enables his impulses to find a certain fulfilment in dreams, especially his most lawless impulses.”

“Dreams, [...], are misleading, because they make life seem real. When it loses the support of dreams, life dissolves.”

“Tourists were not to be comprehended among those strangers for whom, notoriously, the word is the same as for guests.”

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Book Keywords:

reality, darkness, drinks, dreams, enchantment, magic, technology, languages, english, islands, english-language, life, into-the-wood, coffee

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