12 Beautiful Quotes from Anthony Doerr’s ‘All the Light We Cannot See’

I just loved the writing in this book so much that I wanted to immortalize some of my favorite lines in a Medium post.

“He sees a forest of dying sunflowers. He sees a flock of blackbirds explode out of a tree.”

“..then a piano comes on, playing a lonely song that sounds to Werner like a golden boat traveling a dark river, a progression of harmonies that transfigures Zollverein: the houses turned to mist, the mines filled in, the smokestacks fallen, an ancient sea spilling through the streets, the air streaming with possibility.”

“The weather in this place: you can feel it between your fingers.”

“The rising sun makes a pinhole on the horizon.”

“Storms rinse the sky, the beaches, the streets, and a red sun dips into the sea.”

“His blood sloshes back and forth inside him like mercury.”

“God is only a white cold eye, a quarter-moon poised above the smoke, blinking, blinking, as the city is gradually pounded to dust.”

“The clouds present diffuse bands of tender grays and blues, and below them the ocean does the same.”

“[The sea] contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are dragging across it, and patches of sunlight are touching down everywhere. White strings of gulls drag over it like beads.

It is my favorite thing, I think, that I have ever seen. Sometimes I catch myself staring at it and forget my duties. It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel.”

“The way she tucks her ankles up against her bottom. The way her fingers flutter through the space around her. Each a thing he hopes never to forget.”

“That first peach slithers down his throat like rapture. A sunrise in his mouth.

“The sea is heavy and slate-gray. There are no plaques for Germans who died here.”