93 quotes found by Paul Auster

Paul Auster
Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head.
books  reading  # 671
Paul Auster
The world is so unpredictable. Things happen suddenly, unexpectedly. We want to feel we are in control of our own existence. In some ways we are, in some ways we're not. We are ruled by the forces of chance and coincidence.
Happen  control  chance  # 20642
Paul Auster
It's extremely difficult to get these jobs because you can't get a job on a ship unless you have seaman's paper's, and you can't get seaman's papers unless you have a job on a ship. There had to be a way to break through the circle, and he was the one who arranged it for me.
difficult  Unless  Break  # 20643
Paul Auster
You can't put your feet on the ground until you've touched the sky.
Until  feet  sky  # 20644
Paul Auster
We are continually shaped by the forces of coincidence.
Forces  Shaped  # 20645
Paul Auster
We all die, we all get sick, we all feel hunger and lust and pain, and therefore human life is consistent from one generation to the other. We all - most of us, anyway - want connections with other people and spend our lives looking for them.
life  Lives  pain  # 20646
Paul Auster
Changing your mind is probably one of the most beautiful things people can do. And I've changed my mind about a lot of things over the years.
beautiful  mind  Changed  # 20647
Paul Auster
Those of us who can remember our childhoods will recall how ardently we relished the moment of the bedtime story, when our mother or father would sit down beside us in the semi-dark and read from a book of fairy tales.
mother  Father  remember  # 20648
Paul Auster
If you're not ready for everything, you're not ready for anything.
Ready  # 20649
Paul Auster
Everything can change at any moment, suddenly and forever.
change  Moment  forever  # 20650
Paul Auster
Children, I mean, think of your own childhood, how important the bedtime story was. How important these imaginary experiences were for you. They helped shape reality, and I think human beings wouldn't be human without narrative fiction.
Mean  reality  story  # 20651
Paul Auster
It was a wrong number that started it, the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night, and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not.
Times  wrong  night  # 20652
Paul Auster
All I wanted to do was write - at the time, poems, and prose, too. I guess my ambition was simply to make money however I could to keep myself going in some modest way, and I didn't need much, I was unmarried at the time, no children.
time  money  Simply  # 20653
Paul Auster
Stories surge up out of nowhere, and if they feel compelling, you follow them. You let them unfold inside you and see where they are going to lead.
stories  Inside  Follow  # 20654
Paul Auster
Chance is an element of life. What I try to do is study what I call the mechanics of reality as carefully as I can.
life  reality  call  # 20655
Paul Auster
The funny thing is that I feel close to all my characters. Deep, deep inside them all.
funny  deep  Characters  # 20656