Quotes from Ilustrado

Miguel Syjuco ·  320 pages

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“It kills me how these days everyone has clinical justification for their strangeness.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“Angst is not the human condition, it’s the purgatory between what we have and what we want but can’t get.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“Clichés remind and reassure us that we're not alone, that others have trod this ground long ago.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“We referenced fictional characters as if they were people to learn from. As if real-life people were too nebulous, too private and unreal for us to understand.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“How could a feeling that leaves you so hollow be a pain that is so sharp?”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado



“Oh, how wonderfully romantic of you. Romantics are really only in love with themselves.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“To be an honest writer, you have to be away from home, and totally alone in life.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“Sure, each night we staggered home, unfired, unglazed, already broken without knowing it. But at least we were trying.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“Perhaps we have stopped ourselves from being invented, from self-realization, by blaming others for our wordlessness.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“Literature is an ethical leap. It is a moral decision. A perilous exercise in constant failure. Literature should have grievances, because there are so many grievances in the world.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado



“How do such flaws become beautiful in the right person?”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“History is changed by martyrs who tell the truth.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“You can’t bring an unwritten place to life without losing something substantial. Manila is the cradle, the graveyard, the memory. The Mecca, the Cathedral, the bordello. The shopping mall, the urinal, the discotheque. I’m hardly speaking in metaphor. It’s the most impermeable of cities. How does one convey all that?”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“Sometimes, courage is really just cowardice. Sometimes the bravest thing is to let go.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“I'm home and safe and filled with the comfort of being somewhere I've already been. The ruckus of homecoming is brutally enjoyable and everyone makes me feel like a champion. And all I had to do was stay away long enough.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado



“The instant before something comes into focus is more exciting than any sharp certainty. Photography, child, is about the passing of time. Capturing is the goal of literature. Timelessness is the task of music and painting. But a good photograph holds time just as a vase holds water. The water will evaporate and the vase becomes a memorial to it. What separates a snapshot from a masterpiece is that the latter is a metaphor of patience...”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“And yet,from the air you think her peaceful and unflustered. On the ground is a place tangled with good intentions and a tyrannical will to live.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“All of humanity's crimes,' Salvador said... 'are only degrees of theft.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“There are only three truths. That which can be known. That which can never be known. The third, which concerns the writer alone, truly is neither of these.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“When I was young, I spent my days and nights trying to impress future generations. I spent them. They’re gone. All because I was deathly afraid of being forgotten. And then came the regret. The worst things of all worst things.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado



“Here, need blurs the line between good and bad, and a constant promise of random violence sticks like humidity down your back.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“A man with battered hands is shown to be a craftsman only when he puts them to work.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“Maybe maturity is merely accepting the tally of all the disappearing options of life.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“I’m making this confession without hope for absolution.
One morning, I pretended to go crazy. Perhaps in pretending, I proved myself so.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“How did we become so prejudiced by our idiosyncrasies?...We shared the same languages, but spoke of worlds so subtly different that language was not enough. Over time the big things were left unsaid; they gave way to the little things, those once-endearing imperfections that had somewhere become deal breakers.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado



“You were so beautiful when you were young. So much idealism it was inspiring.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“The little things, you know, eventually become everything.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


“I once thought that The Bridges Ablaze would be that masterpiece. I'm not so sure it matters much anymore. You must learn this while you are still young. Live in the crux of the present. And write to explain the world to yourself and to others. Look forward only to the summer of your first convertible. Look forward only if what's in front of you is a mirror. Because one day you'll be so busy looking backward, and everything will feel like winter. If you still don't get it, pare, let me make it abundantly clear. Just write and write justly. Ezra Pound be damned. Poets lie though beautifully. Don't make things new, make them whole.”
― Miguel Syjuco, quote from Ilustrado


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Miguel Syjuco
Born place: Manila, Philippines
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