One thing I knew about the novelist’s task: when in doubt, write; when empty, write; when afraid, write. Nothing is more impenetrable than the blank page. The blank page is the void, the absence of sense and feeling, the white light of literary death.

— Philip Sington

The most strong Philip Sington quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

We drank our coffee the Russian way. That is to say we had vodka before it and vodka afterwards.

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Desire is an appetite, quickly sated.

Longing is a wound, an opening in the heart or the spirit. Whatever the cause, whatever the duration, it almost always leaves a scar.

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One of the joys of being in love is that it clarifies your priorities.

Complication arises from not knowing what you want.

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And then they would watch her closely as the dark, coagulated masses took form before her eyes, became flesh and bone, became gradually human. For all their show of reluctance, she had a sense that they enjoyed introducing her to these horrors, as seducers took pleasure in the corruption of innocence.

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To rehearse imaginary conversations on paper is called literature.

To do so out loud is called madness.

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I wanted her body and soul, but body first.

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The railway was part scalpel, part movie camera, slicing the city open, parading its inner workings at fifty frames per second. It was on the S-Bahn that she felt least abandoned, as if the act of travelling turned back the clock, and brought her nearer to the future she had lost.

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I have found that in fiction one is freer to speak the truth, if only because in fiction the truth is not expected or required. You may easily disguise it, so that it is only recognized much later, when the story and the characters have faded into darkness.

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I was already at an age when putting off anything was a bad idea.

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The future can always wait so long as the here-and-now is rapturous.

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