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Michael Cunningham’s “The Hours” Quotes (22 Quotes)


  • Men may congratulate themselves for writing truly and passionately about the movements of nations; they may consider war and the search for God to be great literature's only subjects; but if men's standing in the world could be toppled by an ill-advised choice of hat, English literature would be dramatically changed.
    (Michael Cunningham, "The Hours")

  • What I wanted to do seemed simple. I wanted something alive and shocking enough that it could be a morning in somebody's life. The most ordinary morning. Imagine, trying to do that.
    (Michael Cunningham, "The Hours")

  • Outside the house is a world where the shelves are stocked, where radio waves are full of music, where young men walk the streets again, men who have deprievation and a fear worse than death, who have willingly given up their early twenties and now, thinking of thirty and beyond, haven't any time to spare.
    (Michael Cunningham, "The Hours")

  • What she wants to say has to do not only with joy but with the penetrating, constant fear that is joy's other half.
    (Michael Cunningham, "The Hours")

  • She could have had a life as potent and dangerous as literature itself.
    (Michael Cunningham, "The Hours")


  • You want to give him the book of his own life, the book that will locate him, parent him, arm him for the changes.
    (Michael Cunningham, "The Hours")

  • She is, above all else, tired; she wants more than anything to return to her bed and her book. The world, this world, feels suddenly stunned and stunted, far from everything.
    (Michael Cunningham, "The Hours")

  • She knew she was going to have trouble believing in herself, in the room of her house, and when she glanced over at this new book on her nightstand, stacked atop the one she finished last night, she reached for it automatically, as if reading were the singular and obvious first task of the day, the only viable way to negotiate the transit from sleep to obligation.
    (Michael Cunningham, "The Hours")

  • She will remain sane and she will live as she was meant to live, richly and deeply, among others of her kind, in full possession and command of her gifts.
    (Michael Cunningham, "The Hours")

  • Take me with you. I want a doomed love. I want streets at night, wind and rain, no one wondering where I am.
    (Michael Cunningham, "The Hours")

  • Beauty is a whore, I like money better.
    (Michael Cunningham, "The Hours")

  • The vestibule door opens onto a June morning so fine and scrubbed Classira pauses at the threshold as she would at the edge of a pool, watching the turquoise water lapping at the tiles, the liquid nets of sun wavering in the blue depths. As if standing at the edge of a pool she delays for a moment the plunge, the quick membrane of chill, the plain shock of immersion.
    (Michael Cunningham, "The Hours")

  • Dead, we are revealed in our true dimensions, and they are surprisingly modest.
    (Michael Cunningham, "The Hours")

  • There is a beauty in the world, though it's harsher than we expect it to be.
    (Michael Cunningham, "The Hours")

  • Dear Leonard. To look life in the face. Always to look life in the face and to know it for what it is. At last to know it. To love it for what it is, and then, to put it away. Leonard. Always the years between us. Always the years. Always the love. Always the hours.
    (Michael Cunningham, "The Hours")


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