Quotes from The Trick is to Keep Breathing

Janice Galloway ·  236 pages

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“You would think there's a natural limit to tears: only so much the body can give at one sitting before it runs dry.”
― Janice Galloway, quote from The Trick is to Keep Breathing


“No matter how often I think I can't stand it anymore, I always do. There is no alternative. I don't fall, I don't foam at the mouth, faint, collapse or die. It's the same for all of us. You can't get out of the inside of your own head. Something keeps you going. Something always does.”
― Janice Galloway, quote from The Trick is to Keep Breathing


“No matter how dark the room gets I can always see. It looks emptier when I put the lights on so I don't do it if I can help it. Brightness disagrees with me: it hurts my eyes, wastes electricity and encourages moths, all sorts of things. I sit in the dark for a number of reasons.”
― Janice Galloway, quote from The Trick is to Keep Breathing


“Needing people yet being afraid of them is wearing me out.”
― Janice Galloway, quote from The Trick is to Keep Breathing


“It's asking for trouble to listen to music alone.”
― Janice Galloway, quote from The Trick is to Keep Breathing



“I already read everything. I read poems and plays and novels and newspapers and comic books and magazines. I read tins in supermarkets and leaflets that come through the door, unsolicited mail. None of it lasts long and it doesn't give me answers. Reading too fast is not soothing.”
― Janice Galloway, quote from The Trick is to Keep Breathing


“The phone is an instrument of intrusion into order. It is a threat to control. Just when you think you are alone and safe, the call could come that changes your life. Or someone else's. It makes the same flat, mechanical noise for everyone and gives no clues what's waiting there on the other end of the line. You can never be too careful.”
― Janice Galloway, quote from The Trick is to Keep Breathing


“God isn't fooled by mercenary goodness I told myself and went back to manic smiling.”
― Janice Galloway, quote from The Trick is to Keep Breathing


About the author

Janice Galloway
Born place: in Saltcoats, Ayrshire, Scotland
Born date January 1, 1955
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