Inspiring quotes by Djuna Barnes

The top 10 most inspiring quotes by Djuna Barnes

  • A man is whole only when he takes into account his shadow.
  • There is always more surface to a shattered object than a whole.
  • An image is a stop the mind makes between uncertainties.
  • No one will be much or little except in someone else’s mind, so be careful of the minds you get into.
  • I talk too much because I have been made so miserable by what you are keeping hushed.
  • I like my human experience served up with a little silence and restraint. Silence makes experience go further and, when it does die, gives it that dignity common to a thing one had touched and not ravished.
  • Time is a great conference planning our end, and youth is only the past putting a leg forward.
  • The truth is how you say it, and to be ‘one’s self’ is the most shocking custom of all.
  • I have been loved,’ she said, ‘by something strange, and it has forgotten me.
  • A man is whole only when he takes into account his shadow as well as himself – and what is a man’s shadow but his upright astonishment?

Djuna Barnes (1892-1982) was an influential American writer, artist, and journalist known for her avant-garde literature and modernist works. Born in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, she grew up in an unconventional family, which profoundly influenced her creative vision.

Barnes moved to New York City in 1912, where she became involved with the bohemian and Greenwich Village art scene. Her early works include poetry, plays, and illustrations.

Barnes’s most acclaimed work is the novel “Nightwood” (1936), a groundbreaking narrative exploring themes of love, identity, and existential despair, and praised for its innovative style and dark, poetic prose.

She lived in Paris during the 1920s, mingling with literary greats like James Joyce and Gertrude Stein. Despite her reclusive nature later in life, Barnes left a lasting legacy on 20th-century literature, with her works continuing to be celebrated for their boldness and originality.

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