Clarice Lispector was a Brazilian novelist and short story writer who was known for her innovative novels and short stories.

Her writing was lyrical and her characters were often introspective.

She is considered one of the greatest Brazilian authors of all time.

Clarice Lispector was born in December 10, 1920, in Chechelnik, a small town in the Ukraine.

When she was four years old, her family moved to Brazil, where they would live for the next thirty years.

In Brazil, Clarice was home-schooled and began writing at an early age. She published her first work when she was just eighteen years old.

In 1948, Clarice moved back to the Ukraine with her husband and son. A year later, she gave birth to her daughter.

Tragically, Clarice’s husband died soon after their daughter’s birth.

Clarice returned to Brazil with her daughter in 1951 and would remain there for the rest of her life.

Clarice Lispector is considered one of the most important writers of Brazilian literature.

You will find below a curated collection of the best ‘Clarice Lispector’ quotes that you can read and share with others.


Best Clarice Lispector Quotes

Her curiosity instructed her more than the answers she was given. ~ Clarice Lispector.

I ask myself: is every story that has ever been written in this world, a story of suffering and affliction? ~ Clarice Lispector.

I’m no more than a comma in life. I who am a colon. Thou, thou art my exclamation. ~ Clarice Lispector.

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The world’s continual breathing is what we hear and call silence. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Obsessed with the desire to be happy I lost my life. I moved with the tension of a bow and arrow in an unreality of desires. ~ Clarice Lispector.

For at the hour of death you became a celebrated film star, it is a moment of glory for everyone, when the choral music scales the top notes. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Living isn’t courage, knowing that you’re living, that’s courage. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Meanwhile, the clouds are white and the sky is blue. Why is there so much God? At the expense of men. ~ Clarice Lispector.

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There it is, the sea, the most incomprehensible of non-human existences. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Why don’t clouds fall, since everything else does? Because gravity is less than the strength of the air that keeps them up there. Clever, right? Yes, but one day they fall as rain. That is my revenge. ~ Clarice Lispector.

I write to save someone’s life, probably my own. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Famous Clarice Lispector Quotes

I write as if to save somebody’s life. Probably my own. Life is a kind of madness that death makes. Long live the dead because we live in them. ~ Clarice Lispector.

No it is not easy to write. It is as hard as breaking rocks. Sparks and splinters fly like shattered steel. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Love is so much more deadly than I had thought, love is so much inherent as the very lack, and we are guaranteed by a need to be renewed continuously. Love is now, is forever. There is just the blow of grace – call it passion. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Sometimes writing a single line is enough to save your own heart. ~ Clarice Lispector.

I just know that I don’t want cheating. I refuse. I deepened myself but I don’t believe in myself because my thought is invented. ~ Clarice Lispector.

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Who hasn’t asked himself, am I a monster or is this what it means to be human? ~ Clarice Lispector.

But don’t forget, in the meantime, that this is the season for strawberries. Yes. ~ Clarice Lispector.

She exists as in dreams. She has no sense of reality. She gets nervous because people are always interrupting her daydreams. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Popular Clarice Lispector Quotes

I hear the mad song of a little bird and crush butterflies between my fingers. ~ Clarice Lispector.

The only truth is that I live. Sincerely, I live. Who am I? Well, that’s a bit much. ~ Clarice Lispector.

And even sadness was also something for rich people, for people who could afford it, for people who didn’t have anything better to do. Sadness was a luxury. ~ Clarice Lispector.

So long as I have questions to which there are no answers, I shall go on writing. ~ Clarice Lispector.

I work only with lost and founds. ~ Clarice Lispector.

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Freedom isn’t enough. What I desire doesn’t have a name yet. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Do not mourn the dead. They know what they are doing. ~ Clarice Lispector.

And it’s inside myself that I must create someone who will understand. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Inspiring Clarice Lispector Quotes

I write and that way rid myself of me and then at last I can rest. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Brazil is where I have to be, where I have my roots. ~ Clarice Lispector.

For one has the right to shout. So, I am shouting. ~ Clarice Lispector.

I want the following word: splendor, splendor is fruit in all its succulence, fruit without sadness. I want vast distances. My savage intuition of myself. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Holding someone’s hand was always my idea of joy. ~ Clarice Lispector.

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They gave me a name and alienated me from myself. ~ Clarice Lispector.

My life, the most truthful one, is unrecognizable, extremely interior, and there is no single word that gives it meaning. ~ Clarice Lispector.

I am only true when I’m alone. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Top Clarice Lispector Quotes

It is because I dove into the abyss that I am beginning to love the abyss I am made of. ~ Clarice Lispector.

You don’t understand music: you hear it. So hear me with your whole body. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Things were somehow so good that they were in danger of becoming very bad because what is fully mature is very close to rotting. ~ Clarice Lispector.

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Everything in the world began with a yes. One molecule said yes to another molecule and life was born. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Who has not asked himself at some time or other: am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person? ~ Clarice Lispector.

At the bottom of everything there is the hallelujah. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Great Clarice Lispector Quotes

Everything has an instant in which it is. I want to grab hold of the is of the thing. These instants passing through the air I breathe: in fireworks they explode silently in space. ~ Clarice Lispector.

Today at school I wrote an essay about Flag Day which was so beautiful, but ever so beautiful – for I even used words without really knowing what they meant. ~ Clarice Lispector.

I only achieve simplicity with enormous effort. ~ Clarice Lispector.

What I want is to live of that initial and primordial something that was what made some things reach the point of aspiring to be human. ~ Clarice Lispector.

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In the world there exists no aesthetic plane, not even the aesthetic plane of goodness. ~ Clarice Lispector.

I am obscure to myself. I let myself happen. I unfold only in the now. I am rudely alive. ~ Clarice Lispector.


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