Patrick Modiano

Born on 30 Jul 1945


In life, it's not the future that counts, it's the past.

Rue des Boutiques Obscures (Missing Person)
An impression has gone through me, like those fragments of fugitive dreams trying to get out of the dream in order to reveal it.

Rue des Boutiques Obscures (Missing Person)
I believe that we still hear on the doorways the footsteps of those who had crossed them, and, since then, have disappeared.

Rue des Boutiques Obscures (Missing Person)


On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."