Peter Carey’s Top 10 Popular and Famous Quotes

Ten of My Favourite Peter Carey Quotes 

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

Popular Quotes

“Swimming always cleans your soul”
― Peter Carey, His Illegal Self

 “He was tender with her. He wiped her eyelids with his handkerchief, not noticing how soiled it was. It was stained with ink, crumpled, stuck together. Her lids were large and tender and the handkerchief was stiff, not nearly soft enough. He moistened a corner in his mouth. He was painfully aware of the private softness of her skin, of how the eyes trembled beneath their coverings. He dried the tears with an affection, a particularity, that had never been exercised before. It was a demonstration of ‘nature.’ He was a birth-wet foal rising to his feet.”
― Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda

“(From the story The Last Days of a Famous Mime)
He said nothing. He was mildly annoyed at her presumption: that he had not thought this many, many times before.
With perfect misunderstanding she interpreted his passivity as disdain.
Wishing to hurt him, she slapped his face.
Wishing to hurt her, he smiled brilliantly.”
― Peter Carey, Collected Stories

 “I had known loneliness before, and emptiness upon the moor, but I had never been a NOTHING, a nothing floating on a nothing, known by nothing, lonelier and colder than the space between the stars. It was more frightening than being dead.”
― Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America

 “If you ever read one of my books I hope you’ll think it looks so easy. In fact, I wrote those chapters 20 times over, and over, and over, and that if you want to write at a good level, you’ll have to do that too.”
― Peter Carey

 “You could not tell a story like this. A story like this you could only feel.”
― Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda

“People do not love those whose eyes show that they are somewhere else”
― Peter Carey, Collected Stories

 “She could marry this man, she knew, and still be captain of her soul.”
― Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda

“To know you will be lonely is not the same as being lonely.”
― Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda

“Oh, we were a degree or two hotter than improper.”
― Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda

10 Famous Quotes by Author Peter Carey

So there you have it my Ten favourite quotes by Peter Carey, please comment below and share your favourite quotes by the fantastic author Peter Carey.  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 Peter Carey. 

One Final Bonus – Peter Carey Quote 

“But now she could not bear the way she sounded. She was not a person anyone could love.



And thus fled to her room. There she wept, bitterly, an ugly sound punctuated by great gulps. She could not stop herself. She could hear his footsteps in the passage outside. He walked up and down, up and down.

Come in,’ she prayed. ‘Oh dearest, do come in.’

But he did not come in. He would not come in. This was the man she had practically contracted to give away her fortune to. He offered to marry her as a favour and then he would not even come into her room.

Later, she could smell him make himself a sweet pancake for his lunch. She thought this a childish thing to eat, and selfish, too. If he were a gentleman he would now come to her room and save her from the prison her foolishness had made for her. He did not come. She heard him pacing in his room.”

― Peter Carey, Oscar and Lucinda

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