Paul Bowles

Literary Birthday – 30 December – Paul Bowles


Paul Bowles was born 30 December 1910 and died 18 November 1999

Six Quotes

  1. It’s very hard to write about that which is always beautiful and pleasant and good. You don’t get anywhere with it. There’s no friction in it. There’s no trouble. You have to have trouble. Somebody’s got to get in trouble, or no one wants to read it.
  2. The soul is the weariest part of the body.
  3. I’ve always wanted to get as far as possible from the place where I was born. Far both geographically and spiritually. To leave it behind … I feel that life is very short and the world is there to see and one should know as much about it as possible. One belongs to the whole world, not just one part of it.
  4. How fragile we are under the sheltering sky.
  5. The only thing that makes life worth living is the possibility of experiencing now and then a perfect moment. And perhaps even more than that, it’s having the ability to recall such moments in their totality, to contemplate them like jewels.
  6. Everyone is isolated from everyone else. The concept of society is like a cushion to protect us from the knowledge of that isolation. A fiction that serves as an anaesthetic.

Paul Bowles was an American expatriate composer, author, and translator. He settled in Tangier, Morocco, where he lived for 52 years to the end of his life. He is the author of The Sheltering Sky.

 by Amanda Patterson

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