UNDER THE VOLCANO Quotes.

1. "He felt rather like someone lying in a bath after all the water has run out, witless, almost dead."
- Malcolm Lowry, UNDER THE VOLCANO

2. "It's amazing when you come to think of it how the human spirit seems to blossom in the shadow of the abattoir!"
- Malcolm Lowry, UNDER THE VOLCANO

3. "How, unless you drink as I do, could you hope to understand the beauty of an old Indian woman playing dominoes with a chicken?"
- Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano

4. "No se puede vivir sin amar"
- Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano

5. "A little self-knowledge is a dangerous thing."
- Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano

6. "Adiós," she added in Spanish, "I have no house only a shadow. But whenever you are in need of a shadow, my shadow is yours." "Thank you." "Sank you." "Not sank you, Señora Gregorio, thank you." "Sank you."
- Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano

7. "To say nothing of what you lose, lose, lose, are losing, man. You fool, you stupid fool ... You've even been insulated from the responsibility of genuine suffering ... Even the suffering you do endure is largely unnecessary. Actually spurious. It lacks the very basis you require of it for its tragic nature. You deceive yourself."
- Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano

8. "and as they stood in silence before her, prayed again. "Nothing is altered and in spite of God's mercy I am still alone. Though my suffering seems senseless I am still in agony. There is no explanation of my life." Indeed there was not, nor was this what he'd meant to convey. "Please let Yvonne have her dream -- dream? -- of a new life with me -- please let me believe that all that is not an abominable self-deception," he tried... "Please let me make her happy, deliver me from this dreadful tyranny of self. I have sunk low. Let me sink lower still, that I may know the truth. Teach me to love again, to love life." That wouldn't do either... "Where is love? Let me truly suffer. Give me back my purity, the knowledge of the Mysteries, that I have betrayed and lost. -- Let me be truly lonely, that I may honestly pray. Let us be happy again somewhere, if it's only together, if it's only out of this terrible world. Destroy the world!" he cried in his heart."
- Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano

9. "The Consul felt a pang. Ah, to have a horse, and gallop away, singing, to someone you loved perhaps, into the heart of all the simplicity and peace in the world; was that not like the opportunity afforded man by life itself? Of course not. Still, just for a moment, it had seemed that it was."
- Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano

10. "Somebody threw a dead dog after him down the ravine."
- Malcolm Lowry, Under the Volcano

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