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"Why do we feel sorry for people who can’t travel? Because, unable to expand externally, they are not able to expand internally either, they can’t multiply and so they are deprived of the possibility of undertaking expansive excursions in themselves and discovering who and what else they could have become."

- Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

"What separates me from my present is like a fine mist, an intangible veil, an invisible wall. They don’t put up the slightest resistance. Nothing would shatter if I were to walk trough it. Because there is actually nothing at all between me and the world. A single step would be enough. Why didn’t I take it long ago?"

- Pascal Mercier, Perlmanns Schweigen

"So, the fear of death might be described as the fear of not being able to become whom one had planned to be."

- Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

"We are stratified creatures, creatures full of abysses, with a soul of inconstant quicksilver, with a mind whose color and shape change as in a kaleidoscope that is constantly shaken."

- Pascal Mercier

"What did i know of your fantasies? Why do we know so little about the fantasies of our parents? What do we know of somebody if we know nothing of the images passed to him by his imagination?"

- Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

"'Don't waste your time, do something worthwhile with it.'
But what can that mean: worthwhile? Finally to start realizing long-cherished wishes. To attack the error that there will always be time for it later…Take the long-dreamed-of trip, learn this language, read those books, buy yourself this jewelry, spend a night in that famous hotel. Don’t miss out on yourself.
Bigger things are also part of that: to give up the loathed profession, break out of a hated milieu. Do what contributes to making you more genuine, moves you closer to yourself."

- Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

"But when we set out to understand somebody’s inside? Is that a trip that ever ends? Is the soul a place of facts? Or are the alleged facts only the deceptive shadows of our stories?"

- Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

"[Vanity] is an unrecognised form of stupidity, you have to forget the cosmic meaninglessness of all our acts to be able to be vain and that’s a glaring form of stupidity."

- Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

"Isn’t it true that it’s not people who meet, but rather the shadows cast by their imaginations?"

- Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

"It is a mistake to believe that the crucial moments of a life when its habitual direction changes forever must be loud and shrill dramatics, washed away by fierce internal surges. This is a kitschy fairy tale started by boozing journalists, flashbulb-seeking filmmakers and authors whose minds look like tabloids. In truth, the dramatics of a life-determining experience are often unbelievably soft. It has so little akin to the bang, the flash, of the volcanic eruption that, at the moment it is made, the experience is often not even noticed. When it deploys its revolutionary effect and plunges a life into a brand-new light giving it a brand-new melody, it does that silently and in this wonderful silence resides its special nobility."

- Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

"To understand yourself: Is that a discovery or a creation?"

- Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

"That words could cause something in the world, make someone move or stop, laugh or cry: even as a child he had found it extraordinary and it never stopped impressing him. How did words do that? Wasn’t it like magic?"

- Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

"Human beings can’t bear silence. It would mean that they would bear themselves."

- Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

"Given that we can live only a small part of what there is in us — what happens with the rest?"

- Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon

"Sometimes, we are afraid of something because we’re afraid of something else."

- Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon