The Lover Quotes.

1. "Very early in my life it was too late."
- Marguerite Duras, The Lover

2. "Suddenly, all at once, she knows, knows that he doesn't understand her, that he never will, that he lacks the power to understand such perverseness. And that he can never move fast enough to catch her."
- Marguerite Duras, The Lover

3. "I've known you for years. Everyone says you were beautiful when you were young, but I want to tell you I think you're more beautiful now than then. Rather than your face as a young woman, I prefer your face as it is now. Ravaged."
- Marguerite Duras, The Lover

4. "It’s not that you have to achieve anything, it’s that you have to get away from where you are."
- Marguerite Duras, The Lover

5. "When it's in a book I don't think it'll hurt any more ...exist any more. One of the things writing does is wipe things out. Replace them."
- Marguerite Duras, The Lover

6. "He says he’s lonely, horribly lonely because of this love he feels for her. She says she’s lonely too. She doesn’t say why."
- Marguerite Duras, The Lover

7. "Years after the war, after marriages, children, divorces, books, he came to Paris with his wife. He phoned her. It's me. She recognized him at once from the voice. He said, I just wanted to hear your voice. She said, it's me, hello. He was nervous, afraid, as before. His voice suddenly trembled. And with the trembling, suddenly, she heard again the voice of China. He knew she'd begun writing books, he'd heard about it through her mother whom he'd met again in Saigon. And about her younger brother, and he'd been grieved for her. Then he didn't know what to say. And then he told her. Told her that it was as before, that he still loved her, he could never stop loving her, that he'd love her until death."
- Marguerite Duras, The Lover

8. "I know it's not clothes that make women beautiful or otherwise, nor beauty care, nor expensive creams, nor the distinction of costliness of their finery. I know the problem lies elsewhere. I don't know where. I only know it isn't where women think."
- Marguerite Duras, The Lover

9. "I am dead. I have no desire for you. My body no longer wants the one who doesn’t love."
- Marguerite Duras, The Lover

10. "I'm still there, watching those possessed children, as far away from the mystery now as I was then. I've never written, though I thought I wrote, never loved, though I thought I loved, never done anything but wait outside the closed door."
- Marguerite Duras, The Lover

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