Posted by Nightingale | 2:01 PM | , , | 7 comments »

There is an internal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives.

Those who are lucky enough to find it ease like water over a stone, onto its fluid contours, and are home.

Some find it in the place of their birth; others may leave a seaside town, parched, and find themselves refreshed in the desert. There are those born in rolling countryside who are really only at ease in the intense and busy lonliness of the city.

For some, the search is for the imprints of another; a child or a mother, a grandfather or a brother, a lover, a husband, a wife, or a foe.

We may go through our lives happy or unhappy, successful or unfulfilled, loved or unloved, without ever standing cold with the shock of recognition, without ever feeling the agony as the twisted iron in our soul unlocks itself and we slip at last into place.


The above quote is from Damage by Josephine Hart, one of my favorite books ever. It was also made into a motion picture starring Jeremy Irons (yum yum) and Juliette Binoche. Damage is a dark tale of mutual obsession so compelling you drown in the story.

A successful MP and doctor falls for his son's fiancee and his world is forever changed beyond recognition.


  1. Beth Trissel // August 10, 2009 at 2:53 PM  

    Lovely pensive quote, Linda. Thanks.

  2. Nightingale // August 10, 2009 at 3:32 PM  

    This is one of my favorite quotes. The entire book is very deep and thought-inspiring.

  3. Mary Marvella // August 10, 2009 at 3:35 PM  

    Wow, Linda. Very thought provoking. sometimes we need to take stock of things.

  4. Barbara Monajem // August 11, 2009 at 8:03 AM  

    Thanks for the quote, Linda. Hope you're feeling better!

  5. Scarlet Pumpernickel // August 11, 2009 at 9:07 PM  

    Scarlet chiming in late! Came home from school and went to sleep, so I completely missed your post yesterday! Sorry Linda. Thanks for sharing the excerpt. I've never read the story or seen the movie, I will be on the look out for it!

  6. Judy // August 11, 2009 at 9:22 PM  

    I like this, Linda! thanks for posting this. Very nice...

  7. Joanne // August 12, 2009 at 3:03 PM  

    Sorry to chime in late on this, Linda. My computer continues to give me problems.
    Great quote.