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Paul Bowles

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How fragile we are under the sheltering sky. Behind the sheltering sky is a vast dark universe, and we're just so small.

— Paul Bowles

#humanity #life #life

If people are living the same as always, with their bellies full of food, they'll just go on the same way. If they get hungry and unhappy enough, something happens.

— Paul Bowles


The key question, it seemed to him, was that of whether man was to obey Nature, or attempt to command her.

— Paul Bowles

#nature #nature

There could be nothing, he reflected, to equal a government which was simply the honest enforcement, by means of the sword, of the laws of Islam.

— Paul Bowles


If you could not have freedom you could still have vengeance.

— Paul Bowles


Since the world began has any man ever been able to know what would happen tomorrow? The world of men is today. I'm asking you to open your heart today. Tomorrow belongs to Allah ...

— Paul Bowles

#faith #faith

Not all the ravages caused by our merciless age are tangible ones. The subtler forms of destruction, those involving only the human spirit, are the most to be dreaded.

— Paul Bowles


...before there can be change there must be discontent.

— Paul Bowles

#discontent #change

If people and their manner of living were alike everywhere, there would not be much point in moving from one place to another.

— Paul Bowles

#another #everywhere #living #manner #moving

The sky hides the night behind it, and shelters the people beneath from the horror that lies above.

— Paul Bowles

#behind #beneath #hides #horror #lies

About Paul Bowles

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Chicago Film festival winner. In the Introduction to Bowles's "Collected Stories" (1979) Gore Vidal ranked his short stories "among the best ever written by an American" writing: the floor to this ramshackle civilization that we have built cannot bear much longer our weight. That's what I've achieved.

He achieved critical and popular success with the publication in 1949 of his first novel The Sheltering Sky set in what was known as French North Africa which he had visited in 1931. Except for winters spent in Sri Lanka (then known as Ceylon) during the early 1950s Tangier was his home for the next fifty-two years the remainder of his life. His aPaul Bowless are buried in Lakemont Cemetery in upstate New York.

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