Michael Ondaatje’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Michael Ondaatje Quotes 

Quotes, who doesn’t love a good quote? This series of articles we look at Top 10 Famous Quotes by Author Michael Ondaatje, author quotes are always a challenge and fun to pick, with Michael Ondaatje you will find my Ten favourites of Michael Ondaatje’s quotes. 

Popular Quotes

“…the heart is an organ of fire.”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

 “You think that you are an iconoclast, but you’re not. You just move, or replace what you cannot have. If you fail at something, you retreat into something else. Nothing changes you…. I left you because I knew I could never change you. You would stand in the room so still sometimes, as if the greatest betrayal of yourself would be to reveal one more inch of your character.”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

“I believe this. When we meet those we fall in love with, there is an aspect of our spirit that is historian, a bit of a pedant who reminisces or remembers a meeting when the other has passed by innocently…but all parts of the body must be ready for the other, all atoms must jump in one direction for desire to occur.”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

 “Moments before sleep are when she feels most alive, leaping across fragments of the day, bringing each moment into the bed with her like a child with schoolbooks and pencils. The day seems to have no order until these times, which are like a ledger for her, her body full of stories and situations.”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

 “There are betrayals in war that are childlike compared with our human betrayals during peace. The new lovers enter the habits of the other. Things are smashed, revealed in a new light. This is done with nervous or tender sentences, although the heart is an organ of fire.”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

 “He wants the minute and secret reflection between them, the depth of field minimal, their foreignness intimate like two pages of a closed book.”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

“She had always wanted words, she loved them; grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape.”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

 “From this point on, she whispered, we will either find or lose our souls.”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

“We all have an old knot in the heart we wish to untie.”
― Michael Ondaatje, The Cat’s Table

“All I ever wanted was a world without maps.”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

10 Famous Quotes by Author Michael Ondaatje

So there you have it my Ten favourite quotes by Michael Ondaatje, please comment below and share your favourite quotes by the fantastic author Michael Ondaatje.  Furthermore, if you find any Authors not covered for there, top 10 quotes let me know and I will review their works and find some of their best quotes as has been done here for Michael Ondaatje. 

One Final Bonus – Michael Ondaatje Quote 

“We die containing a richness of lovers and tribes, tastes we have swallowed, bodies we have plunged into and swum up as if rivers of wisdom, characters we have climbed into as if trees, fears we have hidden in as if caves.

I wish for all this to be marked on by body when I am dead. I believe in such cartography – to be marked by nature, not just to label ourselves on a map like the names of rich men and women on buildings. We are communal histories, communal books. We are not owned or monogamous in our taste or experience.”

― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

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