This post is a collection of quotes from the book - Piranesi by Susanna Clarke. Piranesi is a gorgeous, spellbinding mystery that gently unravels page by page.


I am determined to explore as much of the World as I can in my lifetime.

As a scientist and an explorer I have a duty to bear witness to the Splendours of the World.

I write down what I observe in my notebooks. I do this for two reasons. The first is that Writing inculcates habits of precision and carefulness. The second is to preserve whatever knowledge I possess.

I can see that it is in the nature of men to prefer one thing to another, to find one thing more meaningful than another.

It has occurred to me that there may be more wisdom in birds than appears at first sight, a wisdom that reveals itself only obliquely and intermittently.

Two memories. Two bright minds which remember past events differently. It is an awkward situation. There exists no third person to say which of us is correct.

My contemporaries did not understand this. They were all enamoured with the idea of progress and believed that whatever was new must be superior to what was old. As if merit was a function of chronology!

It was no good bewailing the Past; what was needed now was to plan for the Future.

Perhaps that is what it is like being with other people. Perhaps even people you like and admire immensely can make you see the World in ways you would rather not.

The Beauty of the House is immeasurable; its Kindness infinite.