Jeanette Winterson

Is one of my favourite authors. I discovered her at one of the best stages of my life. When I was discovering myself. Losing my mother at the age of 9 left me with a sadness that is hard to describe. In the words of Billy Bob Thornton. “I’ve only had a couple of times in my life when I was carefree… For a couple of years I felt OK, which is very rare for me. And then my brother died. I’ve never trusted happiness since.”

Jeanette came into my life at one of my carefree stages and she allowed me to trust happiness. Here are some of my favourite JW quotes.

“While I can’t have you, I long for you. I am the kind of person who would miss a train or a plane to meet you for coffee. I’d take a taxi across town to see you for ten minutes. I’d wait outside all night if I thought you would open the door in the morning. If you call me and say ‘Will you…’ my answer is ‘Yes’, before your sentence is out. I spin worlds where we could be together. I dream you. For me, imagination and desire are very close.”

What should I do about the wild and the tame? The wild heart that wants to be free, and the tame heart that wants to come home. I want to be held. I don’t want you to come too close. I want you to scoop me up and bring me home at nights. I don’t want to tell you where I am. I want to keep a place among the rocks where no one can find me. I want to be with you.” 

“I seem to have run in a great circle, and met myself again on the starting line.”  

“I have a theory that every time you make an important choice, the part of you left behind continues the other life you could have had.”  

“The body shuts down when it has too much to bear; goes its own way quietly inside, waiting for a better time, leaving you numb and half alive.”  

“Whoever it is you fall in love with for the first time, not just love but be in love with, is the one who will always make you angry, the one you can’t be logical about.”  

“I want someone who is fierce and will love me until death and knows that love is as strong as death, and be on my side forever and ever. I want someone who will destroy and be destroyed by me.”  

“Time that withers you will wither me. We will fall like ripe fruit and roll down the grass together. Dear friend, let me lie beside you watching the clouds until the earth covers us and we are gone.”  

“She looked at me like I was crazy. Most of my lovers do, and that’s partly why they love me, and partly why they leave”  

“What is more humiliating than finding the object of your love unworthy?”
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