Barbara Gowdy’s Top 7 Popular and Famous Quotes

Seven of My Favourite Barbara Gowdy Quotes 

Quotes, who doesn’t love a good quote? This series of articles  we look at Top 7 Famous Quotes by Author Barbara Gowdy, author quotes are always a challenge and fun to pick, with Barbara Gowdy you will find my Seven favourites of Barbara Gowdy’s quotes. 

Popular Quotes

“On the one hand, Sylvie loves the feeling of being like everybody else… on the other hand when she feels most like a freak is when shes getting away with not being one.”
― Barbara Gowdy

“I think of the emptiness of outer space, and the men in their little pods going up there alone, wives and girlfriends left behind. I think of Abel and me lying on the grass, looking up at the stars, and how great that was, but, still, I was always waiting for him to turn his head. To look at me”
― Barbara Gowdy, The Romantic 

“Life is oblivion erupting, for a brief moment, into nonoblivion in order so that oblivion may proclaim… “I am.” The assumption being, that living things are aware enough to make such a proclamation. Let us suppose that they are. Let us suppose that they are, to a degree, self-aware. This makes for the possibility of life recognizing itself, yes, but not as oblivion, only as life. In order for life to recognize itself as a fleeting pulse of oblivion, self-awareness, must be refined into pure awareness, which is observation unimpaired by either ego or preconceptions.”
― Barbara Gowdy, The Romantic

“Is that how he sees it? He knows how much his death will hurt us, so he must be under the impression that by staying alive he’ll eventually hurt us even more. Maybe we should pretend we’ve stopped caring what he does. Say, “We’ve given up on you, Abel. You don’t matter.” Well, that would gratify him, our failling in line with what he has been telling us for months. How do we get around that? How do we persuade him that he’s entitled to cause pain and, what’s more, that he has a responsibility to bear the pain that he causes?

If only I could say, “You’re worthy of your own life,” and make him believe me. Too late. Too late. He seems completely enraptured now by the idea of no longer existing. I think he imagines the space he’ll vacate, the actually physical space, and there we’ll be, his parents and I, waving our hands around trying to find him, but at least we won’t come up against any resistance. There won’t be anything to collide with, only air.”

― Barbara Gowdy, The Romantic

 “She and Mud were calves then. They were so devoted to each other that they walked with Date Bed grasping Mud’s tail, and they said ‘we’ instead of ‘I’–’we are tired,’ ‘we want,’ ‘we can’t’–as if they were a single calf. When She-Screams slapped Mud, it was Date Bed who squealed”
― Barbara Gowdy, The White Bone

 “And then came months of memories connected to nothing and telling me nothing, and in this ambiguous atmosphere I stopped thinking of him as doomed. The memories themselves were generally pleasant. For at least a week I kept reliving the time he removed a splinter from my foot using surgical tweezers. Strangely, during this same week, a black Labrador retriever was accompanying me around town, appearing out of nowhere and trotting alongside me to the subway or or the grocery store. As with the splinter memory, I had a sense of information being conveyed but through a medium too opaque to be grasped.”
― Barbara Gowdy, The Romantic

“He knew I loved him to desperately to ever be a reliable witness”
― Barbara Gowdy

7 Famous Quotes by Author Barbara Gowdy

So there you have it my Seven favourite quotes by Barbara Gowdy, please comment below and share your favourite quotes by the fantastic author Barbara Gowdy.  Furthermore, if you find any Authors not covered for there, top 7 quotes let me know and I will review their works and find some of their best quotes as has been done here for Barbara Gowdy. 

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