Quotes by Ottessa Moshfegh

"Rejection, I have found, can be the only antidote to delusion"

"People truly engaged in life have messy houses."

"Sleep felt productive. Something was getting sorted out. I knew in my heart—this was, perhaps, the only thing my heart knew back then—that when I'd slept enough, I'd be okay. I'd be renewed, reborn. I would be a whole new person, every one of my cells regenerated enough times that the old cells were just distant, foggy memories. My past life would be but a dream, and I could start over without regrets, bolstered by the bliss and serenity that I would have accumulated in my year of rest and relaxation."

"It was proof that I had not always been completely alone in this world. But I think I was also holding on to the loss, to the emptiness of the house itself, as though to affirm that it was better to be alone than to be stuck with people who were supposed to love you, yet couldn’t."

"Here is how I spend my days now. I live in a beautiful place. I sleep in a beautiful bed. I eat beautiful food. I go for walks through beautiful places. I care for people deeply. At night my bed is full of love, because I alone am in it. I cry easily, from pain and pleasure, and I don’t apologize for that. In the mornings I step outside and I’m thankful for another day. It took me many years to arrive at such a life."


Books by Ottessa Moshfegh

  • Less Than Zero
  • 78,228 ratings
  • 2019 by Picador

    (first published May 1985)

  • Eileen
  • 37,519 ratings
  • August 18th 2015 by Penguin Press
  • McGlue
  • 3,994 ratings
  • November 4th 2014 by Fence Books

    (first published September 22nd 2014)

  • Dark Tales
  • 3,563 ratings
  • October 10th 2017 by Penguin Classics

    (first published 2013)

  • The Weirdos
  • 65 ratings
  • October 2013 by http://www.theparisreview.org/
Ottessa Moshfegh
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