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Exile

  • ... like all people who have lived long in exile, she sometimes felt that everything peculiar to the strange place where she found herself was a spreading sore, bubo of a plague that will infect and kill if there is not instant flight to the aseptic.

  • Fog rolled in like a form of sorrow. To live exiled from a place you have known intimately is to experience sensory deprivation. A wide-awake coma. ... The sea was a memory bank into which everything fell and was lost. I dove in but came out empty-handed.

  • Exile: A tomb in which you can get mail.

    • Madame de Staël,
    • 1812, in J. Christopher Herold, Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Staël ()
  • ... doesn't everyone feel rather exiled? ... the mere passage of time makes us all exiles.

    • Joyce Carol Oates,
    • in Robert Phillips, "Joyce Carol Oates: The Art of Fiction LXXII," The Paris Review ()
  • But for the exile, as for ailing / Or jailed folk, always have I bled. / Deep shadows are your lone path veiling / And ever sour is alien bread.

    • Anna Akhmatova,
    • "I Am Not One of Those Abdicators," Anno Domini ()
  • ... exile ... might be the largest new state created by the twentieth century and the psychology of the twenty-first century.