Jeanette Winterson Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old jeanette winterson quotes, jeanette winterson sayings, and jeanette winterson proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Cheating is easy. There's no swank to infidelity. To borrow against the trust someone has placed in you costs nothing at first. You get away with it, you take a little more and a little more until there is no more to draw on. Oddly, your hands should be full with all that taking but when you open them there's nothing there.     

Jeanette Winterson

No second chances at a single moment.     

Jeanette Winterson

I am good at walking away. Rejection teaches you how to reject.     

Jeanette Winterson

What you risk reveals what you value.     

Jeanette Winterson

Age is information failure. The body loses fluency.     

Jeanette Winterson

I would rather have regrets of excess than regrets of denial.     

Jeanette Winterson

Birth is a shipwreck, the mewling infant shored on unknown land.     

Jeanette Winterson

Your weak point is the open, vulnerable place where you can always be hurt. Love, in all its aspects, opens the self so fully.     

Jeanette Winterson

If art, all art, is concerned with truth, then a society in denial will not find much use for it.     

Jeanette Winterson

I am a writer who happens to love women. I am not a lesbian who happens to write.     

Jeanette Winterson

When she bleeds the smells I know change colour. There is iron in her soul on those days. She smells like a gun.     

Jeanette Winterson

Language always betrays us, tells the truth when we want to lie, and dissolves into formlessness when we would most like to be precise.     

Jeanette Winterson

Nothing has an unlikely quality. It is heavy.     

Jeanette Winterson

Gambling is not a vice, it is an expression of our humanness. We gamble. Some do it at the gaming table, some do not. You play, you win, you play, you lose. You play.     

Jeanette Winterson

What's invisible to us is also crucial for our own well being.     

Jeanette Winterson

The rebellion of art is a daily rebellion against the state of living death routinely called real life.     

Jeanette Winterson

The curious are always in some danger. If you are curious you might never come home.     

Jeanette Winterson

Curiosity is a feeling which causes us not to be content with the beauty and fragrance of the flower, but which prompts us to look under the rose.     

Jeanette Winterson

In the heat of her hands I thought, This is the campfire that mocks the sun.     

Jeanette Winterson

In therapy, the therapist acts as a container for what we daren't let out, because it is so scary, or what lets itself out every so often, and lays waste to our lives.     

Jeanette Winterson

A bridge is a meeting place. a possibility, a metaphor     

Jeanette Winterson

To be ill adjusted to a deranged world is not a breakdown.     

Jeanette Winterson

Walls protect and walls limit. It is in the nature of walls that they should fall. That walls should fall is the consequence of blowing your own trumpet.     

Jeanette Winterson

Moss that is concentrating on being green.     

Jeanette Winterson

The impulse to worship is impossible to eradicate. Even the most prosaic have to worship something.     

Jeanette Winterson

Naked is the best disguise.     

Jeanette Winterson

Islands are metaphors of the heart, no matter what poet says otherwise.     

Jeanette Winterson

It is helpful for a woman artist not to have a husband.     

Jeanette Winterson

London is a small place, and it is very incestuous. People know where you live. Everybody is sort of on top of each other.     

Jeanette Winterson

Slightest accidents open up new worlds.     

Jeanette Winterson