24 of the Best Mervyn Peake Quotes

Almost 49 years after his death, Mervyn Peake (1911-1968) is still inspiring new art today. Dark Arteries is a ballet score premiering in London this year. The literary inspiration comes from a line in Mervyn Peake’s coal mining poem ‘Rhondda Valley’ with its three individual movement titles taken from ‘GB84’ by David Peace. 4barsrest

So, looking for inspiration? Delve into these quotes from the man himself…

  1. 123133_29jun14_unbearable_1 Found on Craftster
  2. The sun sank with a sob and darkness waded in from all horizons so that the sky contracted and there was no more light left in the world, when, at this very moment of annihilation, the moon, as though she had been waiting for her cue, sailed up the night.
  3. Lingering is so very lonely when one lingers all alone.
  4. What is Time… That you speak of it so subserviently? Are we to be the slaves of the sun, that second-hand, overrated knob of gilt, or of his sister, that fatuous circle of silver paper? A curse upon their ridiculous dictatorship! – Found on AZ Quotes
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  6. noon-ripe-as-thunder-and-silent-as-thought-had-fled-unfingered-quote-1 Found on Picture Quotes
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  8. something-to-remember-that-cats-for-missiles-quote-1 Found on Picture Quotes
  9. I am the wilderness lost in man. – Found on Quote Fancy
  10. 1051393-mervyn-peake-quote-life-is-too-fleet-for-onomatopoeia
  11. 1051377-mervyn-peake-quote-cold-love-s-the-loveliest-love-of-all-so-clear
  12. 1051367-mervyn-peake-quote-and-now-my-poor-old-woman-why-are-you-crying-so Found on Quote Fancy
  13. 1051399-mervyn-peake-quote-i-am-clever-enough-to-know-that-i-am-clever Found on Quote Fancy
  14. This tower, patched unevenly with black ivy, arose like a mutilated finger from among the fists of knuckled masonry and pointed blasphemously at heaven. At night the owls made of it an echoing throat; by day it stood voiceless and cast its long shadow. – Found on Quote Fancy
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  17. 1051361-mervyn-peake-quote-there-is-a-brotherhood-among-the-kindly-closer Found on Quote Fancy
  18. 1051373-mervyn-peake-quote-and-there-shall-be-a-flame-green-daybreak-soon Found on Quote Fancy
  19. Each day I live in a glass room unless I break it with the thrusting of my senses and pass through the splintered walls to the great landscape.
  20. as-i-see-it-life-is-an-effort-to-grip-before-they-slip-through-ones-fingers-and-slide-into-oblivion-quote-1
  21. i-was-brooding-boy-than-which-there-is-no-richer-pastime-it-muffles-one-with-rotting-plumes-it-quote-1 Found on Picture Quotes
  22. to-live-at-all-is-miracle-enough-quote-1
  23. oh-how-i-hate-people-quote-1 Found on Picture Quotes
  24. why-break-the-heart-that-never-beat-from-love-quote-1 Found on Picture Quotes

Side note: has anyone seen The Web (1987)? I haven’t, just wondering if it’s worth getting hold of?


-Peake in the garden at Wallington, early 1930’s – from MervynPeake.org

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