Category Archives: Quotations

The Empty Shopfront

The Empty Shopfront


NW (2013) Zadie Smith

‘Three years of useless study […] An unpaid, growing debt. Along with a feeling of resentment: what was the purpose of preparing for a life never intended for her?’

King Lear (1608, 1623) William Shakespeare

‘The oldest hath borne most; we that are young

Shall never see so much, nor live so long’


Dubin’s Lives (1977) Bernard Malamud

‘[Dubin] read [his wife] a note about Thomas Carlyle from a biography he was reading. [Carlyle’s] wife, Jane Welsh Carlyle, wrote to a friend: “All he asked, was, simply, that his wishes come first, his comfort be put before all else, the household so arranged that his sleeping, walks, hours of work or reverie should be when and how he wanted them.” Think of that when you criticize me’ (p. 106).

Where do ‘ideas’ happen…?


On Frailty…


The Nether World (1889) George Gissing

‘Poverty makes a crime of every indulgence’ (p. 296)