Written on the Body Quotes.

1. "She arches her body like a cat on a stretch. She nuzzles her cunt into my face like a filly at the gate. She smells of the sea. She smells of rockpools when I was a child. She keeps a starfish in there. I crouch down to taste the salt, to run my fingers around the rim. She opens and shuts like a sea anemone. She's refilled each day with fresh tides of longing."
- Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

2. "You said, ‘I’m going to leave him because my love for you makes any other life a lie.’ I’ve hidden those words in the lining of my coat. I take them out like a jewel thief when no-one’s watching. They haven’t faded. Nothing about you has faded. You are still the colour of my blood. You are my blood. When I look in the mirror it’s not my own face I see. Your body is twice. Once you once me. Can I be sure which is which?"
- Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

3. "Unhappiness is selfish, grief is selfish. For whom are the tears?"
- Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

4. "You said, 'I love you.' Why is it that the most unoriginal thing we can say to one another is still the thing we long to hear?"
- Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

5. "You are a pool of clear water where the light plays"
- Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

6. "I would eat my way into perdition to taste you."
- Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

7. "Odd to think that the piece of you I know best is already dead. The cells on the surface of your skin are thin and flat without the blood vessels or nerve endings. Dead cells, thickest on the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet."
- Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

8. "I have a head for heights it's true, but no stomach for the depths. Strange then to have plumbed so many."
- Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

9. "It doesn't have to be like that but mostly it is."
- Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

10. "Fragile creatures of a small blue planet, surrounded by light years of silent space."
- Jeanette Winterson, Written on the Body

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