Everything solid for a time, and then the sun comes up one morning and the world begins to melt.

Paul Auster

Paul Auster

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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In the good mystery there is nothing wasted, no sentence, no word that is not significant.

The world is governed by chance. Randomness stalks us every day of our lives.

There's hope for everyone. That's what makes the world go round.

In the interim, in the void between the moment he opens the door and the moment he begins to reconquer the emptiness, his mind flails in a wordless panic. It is as if he were being forced to watch his own disappearance, as if, by crossing the threshold of his room, he were entering another dimension, taking up residence inside a black hole.

All children are love children, he said, but only the best ones are ever called that.

Wounds are an essential part of life, and until you are wounded in some way, you cannot become a man.

Imagine knowing that you're good at something, so good that the world would be in awe of you if they could see your work, and then keeping yourself a secret from the world.

I've made my nothing, and now I've got to live in it.

Just think it, and chances are it will happen.

Ferguson closed his eyes, paused for a long moment, and then turned to her and said: The best thing about being fifteen is that you don't have to be fifteen for more than a year.

My true place in the world, it turned out, was somewhere beyond myself, and if that place was inside me, it was also unlocatable. This was the tiny hole between self and not-self, and for the first time in my life I saw this nowhere as the exact center of the world.

I'm nervous. Don't be nervous, Archie. I'm about to shit in my pants. Don't do that either.

Rather than punch the girl in the face, he abruptly stood up from his seat and walked away.

We have missed him in the sunshine, in the storm, in the twilight, ever since.