Kathy Acker

(1947-1997 / Manhattan, New York City, New York)

Kathy Acker Quotes

  • ''“If you ask me what I want, Ill tell you. I want everything.” ''
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  • ''“Dreams are manifestations of identities.” ''
    King of the Pirates
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  • ''“Death is another bar which lies several steps below the normal world. Im at its threshold, but not yet in it. Its doorway is doorless.” ''
    King of the Pirates
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  • ''“Im no longer a child and I still want to be, to live with the pirates. Because I want to live forever in wonder. The difference between me as a child and me as an adult is this and only this: when I was a child, I longed to travel into, to live in wonder. Now, I know, as much as I can know anything, that to travel into wonder is to be wonder. So it matters little whether I travel by plane, by rowboat, or by book. Or, by dream. I do not see, for there is no I to see. That is what the pirates know. There is only seeing and, in order to go to see, one must be a pirate.” ''
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  • ''“There are times when the law jeopardizes those who obey it.” ''
    King of the Pirates
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  • ''“Love goes away when your mind goes away and then youre someone else.” ''
    Blood and Guts in High School
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  • ''“Everytime you read, you are walking among the dead, and, if you are listening, you just might hear prophecies.” ''
    Trouble on Triton: An Ambiguous Heterotopia
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  • ''“Literature is that which denounces and slashes apart the repressing machine at the level of the signified.” ''
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  • ''“Pain is the world. I dont have anywhere to run.” ''
    Blood and Guts in High School
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  • ''“i am a limitless series of natural disasters and all of these disasters have been unnaturally repressed.” ''
    King of the Pirates
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