Clarice Lispector

10 Dec 1920 // 9 Dec 1977

When to Quit

To know when to quit. Whether to give up - this is often the question facing the gambler. No one is taught the art of walking away. And the anguish of deciding if I should keep playing is hardly unusual. Will I be able to quit honorably? Or am I the type who waits stubbornly for something to happen? something like, for instance, the end of the world? Or whatever it might be, maybe my own sudden death, in which case my decision to give up would be beside the point.

Clarice Lispector, in 'A Breath of Life'
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Clarice Lispector


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."