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Quotes from In the Skin of a Lion

Michael Ondaatje ·  256 pages

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“Everyone has to scratch on walls somewhere or they go crazy”
― Michael Ondaatje, quote from In the Skin of a Lion


“The joyful will stoop with sorrow, and when you have gone to the earth I will let my hair grow long for your sake, I will wander through the wilderness in the skin of a lion”
― Michael Ondaatje, quote from In the Skin of a Lion


“The first sentence of every novel should be: Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human.”
― Michael Ondaatje, quote from In the Skin of a Lion


“Before the real city could be seen it had to be imagined, the way rumours and tall tales were a kind of charting.”
― Michael Ondaatje, quote from In the Skin of a Lion


“He came to this country like a torch on fire and he swallowed air as he walked forward and he gave out light”
― Michael Ondaatje, quote from In the Skin of a Lion


“Nicholas Temelcoff is famous on the bridge, a daredevil. He is given all the difficult jobs and he takes them. He descends into the air with no fear. He is a solitary. He assembles ropes, brushes the tackle and pulley at his waist, and falls off the bridge like a diver over the edge of a boat.”
― Michael Ondaatje, quote from In the Skin of a Lion


“The rain comes through their thin cotton clothes against their muscles. Alice sweeps back her wet hair. A sudden flinging of sheet lighting and Clara sees Alice subliminal in movement almost rising up into the air, shirt removed, so her body can meet the rain, the rest of her ascent lost to darkness till the next brief flutter of light when they hold a birch tree in their clasped hands, lean back and swing within the rain.
They crawl delirious together in the blackness. There is no moon. There is the moon flower in its small power of accuracy, like a compass, pointing to where the moon is, so they can bay towards its absence.”
― Michael Ondaatje, quote from In the Skin of a Lion


“There was a time when I could have slept with his friend Briffa, for instance. Around him the air was always fraught with possibilities.”
― Michael Ondaatje, quote from In the Skin of a Lion


“Commissioner Harris at the far end stared along the mad pathway. This was his first child and it had already become a murderer.”
― Michael Ondaatje, quote from In the Skin of a Lion


“He can think now only of objects. Something alive, just one small grey bird on a branch, will break his heart.”
― Michael Ondaatje, quote from In the Skin of a Lion


“Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human.”
― Michael Ondaatje, quote from In the Skin of a Lion


About the author

Michael Ondaatje
Born place: in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Born date September 12, 1943
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