Aimee Bender Quotes

On this page you can find the TOP of Aimee Bender's best quotes! We hope you will find some sayings from Novelist Aimee Bender's in our collection, which will inspire you to new achievements! There are currently 2 quotes on this page collected since June 28, 1969! Share our collection of quotes with your friends on social media so that they can find something to inspire them!
All quotes by Aimee Bender: Language Mothers Writing more...
  • When the light at Vernon turned green, we stepped into the street and George grabbed my hand and the ghosts of our younger selves crossed with us.

  • Many kids, it seemed, would find out that their parents were flawed, messed-up people later in life, and I didn't appreciate getting to know it all so strong and early.

    Aimee Bender (2011). “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake”, p.117, Random House
  • It is so often surprising, who rescues you at your lowest moments.

  • It seems the best work I do is when I am really allowing the unconscious to rule the page and then later I can go back and hack around and make sense of things.

    Interview with Ryan Boudinot, November, 1998.
  • I peeled the skin off a grape in slippery little triangles, and I understood then that I would be undressing every item of food I could because my clothes would be staying on.

  • It is all about numbers. It is all about sequence. It's the mathematical logic of being alive. If everything kept to its normal progression, we would live with the sadness-cry and then walk-but what really breaks us cleanest are the losses that happen out of order.

  • Language is the ticket to plot and character, after all, because both are built out of language.

  • There's a gift in your lap and it's beautifully wrapped and it's not your birthday. You feel wonderful, you feel like somebody knows you're alive, you feel fear because it could be a bomb, because you think you're that important.

    Aimee Bender (2011). “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt: Stories”, p.34, Anchor
  • I like birthday cake. It's so symbolic. It's a tempting symbol to load with something more complicated than just 'Happy birthday!' because it's this emblem of childhood and a happy day.

  • But what I kept wondering about is this: that first second when she felt her skirt burning, what did she think? Before she knew it was candles, did she think she'd done it herself? With the amazing turns of her hips, and the warmth of the music inside her, did she believe, for even one glorious second, that her passion had arrived?

    Aimee Bender (2012). “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt”, p.181, Random House
  • While she cut the mushrooms, she cried more than she had at the grave, the most so far, because she found the saddest thing of all to be the simple truth of her capacity to move on.

    Aimee Bender (2009). “Willful Creatures”, p.90, Anchor
  • Listen. Look. Desire is a house. Desire needs closed space. Desire runs out of doors or windows, or slats or pinpricks, it can’t fit under the sky, too large. Close the doors. Close the windows. As soon as you laugh from nerves or make a joke or say something just to say something or get all involved with the bushes, then you blow open a window in your house of desire and it can’t heat up as well. Cold draft comes in.

  • When language is treated beautifully and interestingly, it can feel good for the body: It's nourishing; it's rejuvenating.

  • But the sky is interesting, it changes all the time.

  • As a writer you ask yourself to dream while awake.

    FaceBook post by Aimee Bender from May 25, 2014
  • That at the same time of this very intimate act of concentrating so carefully on the details of our mother's palm and fingertips, he was also removing all traces of any tiny leftover parts, and suddenly a ritual which I'd always found incestuous and gross seemed to me more like a desperate act on Joseph's part to get out, to leave, to extract every little last remnant and bring it into open air.

  • To see someone you love, in a bad setting, is one of the great barometers of gratitude.

  • But I loved George in part because he believed me; because if I stood in a cold, plain room and yelled FIRE, he would walk over and ask me why.

    "The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake". Book by Aimee Bender, 2011.
  • The wine glasses are empty except for that one undrinkable red spot at the bottom.

    Aimee Bender (2009). “Willful Creatures”, p.28, Anchor
  • With my hand in his, I looked at all the apartment buildings with rushes of love, peering in the wide streetside windows that revealed living rooms painted in dark burgandies and matte reds.

    Aimee Bender (2011). “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake”, p.67, Random House
  • We're all getting too smart. Our brains are just getting bigger and bigger, and the world dries up and dies when there's too much thought and not enough heart.

    Aimee Bender (2011). “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt: Stories”, p.11, Anchor
  • I could feel the tears beginning to collect in my throat again, but I pushed them apart, away from each other. Tears are only a threat in groups.

  • I knew if I ate anything of hers again, it would lkely tell me the same message: help me, I am not happy, help me -- like a message in a bottle sent in each meal to the eater, and I got it. I got the message.

  • I admired that stride; it was like he folded space in two with it.

    Aimee Bender (2011). “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake”, p.205, Random House
  • I'm obsessed with adolescence. I love to write about people in their 20s. It's such a fraught and exciting and kind of horrible time.

  • I give boring people something to discuss over corn.

    Aimee Bender (2011). “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt: Stories”, p.16, Anchor
  • I am the drying meadow; you the unspoken apology; he is the fluctuating distance between mother and son; she is the first gesture that creates a quiet that is full enough to make the baby sleep. My genes, my love, are rubber bands and rope; make yourself a structure you can live inside. Amen.

  • The writing I tend to think of as 'good' is good because it's mysterious.

  • It seemed to happen in springs, the revealing of things.

  • Not getting bored of my own story and/or character is one of the main struggles I have had with novel writing, and I have put to bed big chunks of work that just didn't sustain my interest.

Page of
We hope you have found the saying you were looking for in our collection! At the moment, we have collected 2 quotes from the Novelist Aimee Bender, starting from June 28, 1969! We periodically replenish our collection so that visitors of our website can always find inspirational quotes by authors from all over the world! Come back to us again!
Aimee Bender quotes about: Language Mothers Writing