Lucia Berlin’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Lucia Berlin Quotes 

Lucia Berlin, a writer whom I am guessing you love? Here are our 10 best Lucia Berlin quotes for you to enjoy. At Australia Unwrapped we believe every book has at least one quotable line, and our mission is to find them all. Here you will find Lucia Berlin’s top 10 popular and famous quotes. Like every good writer Lucia Berlin made a number of memorable quotes, here are some of our favourites: 

Popular Quotes

“Death is healing, it tells us to forgive, it reminds us that we don’t want to die alone.”
― Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

 “The only reason I have lived so long is that I let go of my past. Shut the door on grief on regret on remorse. If I let them in, just one self-indulgent crack, whap, the door will fling open gales of pain ripping through my heart blinding my eyes with shame breaking cups and bottles knocking down jars shattering windows stumbling bloody on spilled sugar and broken glass terrified gagging until with a final shudder and sob I shut the heavy door. Pick up the pieces one more time.”
― Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

“I’ve never understood how so many barely literate people read the Bible so much. It’s hard. In the same way it surprises me that uneducated seamstresses all over the world can figure out how to put in sleeves and zippers.”
― Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

 “The Campus laundry has a sign, like most laundries do, POSITIVELY NO DYEING. I drove all over town with a green bedspread until I came to Angel’s with his yellow sign, YOU CAN DIE HERE ANYTIME.”
― Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

 “The world just goes along. Nothing much matters, you know? I mean really matters. but then sometimes, just for a second, you get this grace, this belief that it does matter, a whole lot.”
― Lucia Berlin

 “Everything good or bad that has occurred in my life has been predictable and inevitable, especially the choices and actions that have made sure I am now utterly alone.”
― Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

“My legs! Lord Jesus stop the pain in my legs!”

“Hush John,” Florida said. “That’s only phantom pain.”

“Is it real?” I asked her.

She shrugged. “All pain is real.”
― Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

 “I’m having a hard time writing about Sunday. Getting the long hollow feeling of Sundays. No mail and faraway lawn mowers, the hopelessness.”
― Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

“Poor people wait a lot. Welfare, unemployment lines, laundromats, phone booths, emergency rooms, jails, etc.”
― Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

“I exaggerate a lot and I get fiction and reality mixed up, but I don’t actually ever lie.”
― Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

10 Famous Quotes by Author Lucia Berlin

Quotes for all, here you found our selection of 10 Lucia Berlin quotes. Make sure you help by commenting your best Lucia Berlin quote below and sharing our favourite authors so we can look them up, read some of their works and give you the best quotes we can find. We hope you enjoyed our top 10 quotes by Lucia Berlin. However, feel free to comment below if you disagree or would like to include some other great and memorable Lucia Berlin quotes in our list. 

One Final Bonus – Lucia Berlin Quote 

“Time stops when someone dies. Of course it stops for them, maybe, but for the mourners time runs amok. Death comes too soon. It forgets the tides, the days growing longer and shorter, the moon. It rips up the calendar. You aren’t at your desk or on the subway or fixing dinner for the children. You’re reading People in a surgery waiting room, or shivering outside on a balcony smoking all night long. you stare into space, sitting in your childhood bedroom with the lobe on the desk… The bad part is that when you return to your ordinary life all the routines, the marks of the day, seem like senseless lies. all is suspect, a trick to lull us, rock us back into the placid relentlessness of time.”
― Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

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