The Sheltering Sky Quotes.

1. "Death is always on the way, but the fact that you don't know when it will arrive seems to take away from the finiteness of life. It's that terrible precision that we hate so much. But because we don't know, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless."
- Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky

2. "How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that's so deeply a part of your being that you can't even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless."
- Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky

3. "The soul is the weariest part of the body."
- Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky

4. "How fragile we are under the sheltering sky. Behind the sheltering sky is a vast dark universe, and we're just so small."
- Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky

5. "Whereas the tourist generally hurries back home at the end of a few weeks or months, the traveler belonging no more to one place than to the next, moves slowly over periods of years, from one part of the earth to another. Indeed, he would have found it difficult to tell, among the many places he had lived, precisely where it was he had felt most at home."
- Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky

6. "[A]nother important difference between tourist and traveler is that the former accepts his own civilization without question; not so the traveler, who compares it with the others, and rejects those elements he finds not to his liking."
- Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky

7. "She was saved from prettiness by the intensity of her gaze."
- Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky

8. "When I was young … Before I was twenty, I mean, I used to think that life was a thing that kept gaining impetus, it would get richer and deeper each year. You kept learning more, getting wiser, having more insight, going further into the truth – she hesitated. Port laughed abruptly. – And now you know it’s not like that. Right? It’s more like smoking a cigarette. The first few puffs it tasted wonderful, and you don’t even think of its ever being used up. Then you begin taking it for granted. Suddenly you realize it’s nearly burned down to the end. And then’s when you’re conscious of the bitter taste."
- Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky

9. "Illness reduces man to his basic state: a cloaca in which the chemical processes continue. The meaningless hegemony of the involuntary."
- Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky

10. "He awoke, opened his eye. The room meant very little to him; he was too deeply immersed in the non-being from which he had just come. If he had not the energy to ascertain his position in time and space, he also lacked the desire. ... In utter comfort, utter relaxation he lay absolutely still for a while, and then sank back into on the the light momentary sleeps that occur after a long, profound one."
- Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky

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