Night Train to LisbonDVD - 2012
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Quotes (8 of 8) from NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD)
"Imagination is our last sanctuary." and "Intimacy is our last sanctuary."
"In youth we live as if we were immortal. Knowledge of mortality surrounds us like a brittle paper ribbon that barely touches our skin. When, in life, does that change? When does the ribbon tighten until finally it strangles?"
Last quote repeated - "We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place. We stay there even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there. We travel to ourselves when we go to a place. That we have covered a stretch of our life, no matter how brief it may have been."
Quotes (7 or 8) from NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD)
Speech (part 3 of 3) - "I would not want to live in a world without cathedrals, and in the lustre of their windows, their coll stillness, their imperious silence. I need the holiness of words, the grandeur of great poetry, but just as much, I need the freedom to rebel against everything that is cruel in this world. For the one is nothing without the other, and no one may force me to choose."
Quotes (6 of 8) from NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD)
Speech (part 2 of 3) - "But what is a man without secrets, without thoughts and wishes that he, and he alone, knows? Does the Lord, our God, not consider he is stealing our souls with this unbridled curiosity? A soul that should be immortal. But who would, in all seriousness, want to be immortal? How boring to know that what happens today, this month, this year, does not matter. Nothing will count. No one here knows what it will be like to live eternally. And it's a blessing we never will. One thing I can assure you, it would be hell, this endless paradise of immortality. It is death, and only death, that gives each moment beauty and horror. Only through death is time a living thing. Why does the Lord not know this? Why does he threaten us with an endlessness that can only be unbearably desolate?
Quotes (5 of 8) from NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD)
Speech (part 1 of 3) - "I would not like to live in a world without cathedrals. I need their beauty and grandeur against the dirty colours of military uniforms. I love the powerful words of the bible. I need the force of its poetry. I need it against the decay of language and the dictatorship of worthless slogans. But there is another world in which I do not wish to live in. A world in which independent thinking is disparaged, and the finest things we can experience denounced as sin. A world in which our love is demanded by tyrants, oppressors and assassins. And most absurdly, people are exhorted from the pulpit to forgive these creatures and even to love them. But it is for this reason we cannot just put the bible aside. We have to throw it away completely for it speaks only of a vain, holier-than-thou, God. In his omnipresence the Lord, observing us day and night, he takes note of our acts and thoughts.
Quotes (4 of 8) from NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD)
"The decisive moments of life, when its direction changes forever are not always marked by loud and shrill dramatics. In truth, the dramatic moments of a life-determining experience are often unbelievable low key. When it unfolds its revolutionary affect and ensures that a life be revealed in a brand new light, it does that silently, and in this wonderful silence resides its special nobility."
School: "...I had to count the days so as not to be crushed by them."
Before graduation speech: "Religion - loyalty; values - truth above all else"
Quotes (3 of 8) from NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD)
"Is it ultimately a question of self image the determining idea one has made for oneself of what one has to have accomplished and experienced so that one can approve of the life one has lived? If this is the case, the fear of death might be described as the fear of not being able to become whom one planned to be. If the uncertainty befalls us that it will never be achieved, that wholeness, we suddenly don't know how to live the time that can no longer be part of a whole life."
"The real director of life is accident [fate or chance, randomness chance]; a director full of cruelty, compassion and bewitching charm."
Quotes (2 of 8) from NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD)
"We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place. We stay there even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there. We travel to ourselves when we go to a place. That we have covered a stretch of our life, no matter how brief it may have been. But by traveling to ourselves we must confront our own loneliness. And isn't it so that everything we do is done out of fear of loneliness? Isn't that why we renounce all the things we will regret at the end of our life?"
On his grave: "When dictatorship is a fact, revolution is a duty."
Quotes (1 of 8) from NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON (DVD)
"If it is so that we live only a small part of the life that is within us, what happens to the rest?"
"We live here and now. Everything before other places is past, mostly forgotten. What could, what should, be done with all the time that lies ahead of us, open and unshaped, feather-light in its freedom and lead-heavy in its uncertainty? Is it a wish, dreamlike and nostalgic to stand once again at that point in life and be able to take a completely different direction to the one that has made us who we are?"
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