If I haven’t mentioned it before (or enough), I’m the chief editor of Omnium Gatherum / Odium Media. We’ve got a brand new group on Goodreads. Today we’re discussing quotes that inspire us. To join us, click here
This is what I said:
I love a good quote. A well turned phrase that encompasses more than at first it appears to is such a pleasure. This quote sums up a theme I return to often in my writing. What are your favorite quotes?
From a certain point onward there is no longer any turning back. That is the point that must be reached.–Kafka
In The Trial Josef K. finds himself accused of a crime. He never finds out what it is. This quote refers to the point when authority and society in general decides to reject an individual. It seems like a plea to just get it over with because the fact that society ever accepted Josef K. was a lie all along. That’s an interesting thought, but the reason I love this quote is because of the way Paul Bowles used it to introduce The Sheltering Sky. In the context of Bowles’ story it refers to the thought, word or action from which there is no turning back. I’m fascinated by those crucial moments that change the present into the unchangeable past.