David Vann Quotes

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1. “Sleep, she said. Sleep while you can. Forget where you are and forget the mountain of days. Each one enormous, lost in some forest that never ends, but then the edge will fold back and you'll walk on what was the sky and is now only another forest floor, another layer, and you can feel the weight of hundreds of these layers above you.”

Tags : Hardship Hopelessness Infinity Repetition
Author : David Vann
Source : Aquarium

2. “As if each of us might somehow have a blueprint. As if somewhere there's the shape of my life, and I had the chance to choose a few variations, but not far from the pattern.”

Tags : Family Family History Free Will Patterns Psychology
Author : David Vann
Source : Aquarium

3. “Even now, I still believe metamorphosis is the greatest beauty.”

Tags : Beauty Metamorphosis
Author : David Vann
Source : Aquarium

4. “I've thought of it ever since, the idea that we don't stray far, that what feels like discovery is only the revealing of what was hidden but there, waiting. I remember because I think this might be a path to forgiveness, to realize that no matter how violent, how frightening my mother was, it was not random but at least partly inescapable, that who she was had been set in motion long before and she had to suffer that person as much as I did.”

Tags : Discovery Of Oneself Forgiveness
Author : David Vann
Source : Aquarium

5. “This is what I’ve always loved about a city, all the worlds hidden away inside, largest of aquariums.”

Tags : City Worlds
Author : David Vann
Source : Aquarium

6. “If it had lips, we'd feel closer to it. All we need are eyes and lips, apparently, and we think we can say hello. I don't think I realized that before, how much we need the world to look like us.”

Tags : Relating
Author : David Vann
Source : Aquarium

7. “A change in those moments, some switch turned off forever, the end of trust or safety or love, and how do we ever find the switch again?”

Tags : Abuse Growing Up Love Nurture Parents And Children Safety Trust Trustworthy
Author : David Vann
Source : Aquarium