‘It is not possible to control the outside of yourself until you have mastered your breathing space.’

– Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

‘One thing I am certain of, I do not want to be betrayed, but that’s quite hard to say, casually, at the beginning of a relationship. It’s not a word people use very often, which confuses me, because there are different kinds of infidelity, but betrayal is betrayal wherever you find it. By betrayal, I mean promising to be on your side, then being on somebody else’s.’

– Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

‘The unknownness of my needs frightens me. I do not know how huge they are, or how high they are, I only know that they are not being met.’

– Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are not the only fruit

‘It is not the one thing nor the other that leads to madness, but the space in between them.’

– Jeanette Winterson, Oranges are not the only fruit

‘Fiction needs its specifics, it’s anchors. It needs also to pass beyond them. It needs to be weighed down with characters we can touch and know, it needs to fly right through them into larger, universal space. This paradox makes work readable and durable, from its impossible tension, something harmonious is born.’

– Jeanette Winterson, Introduction to Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

‘I miss God. I miss the company of someone utterly loyal. I still don’t think of God as my betrayer. The servants of God, yes, but servants by their very nature betray. I miss God who was my friend. I don’t even know if God exists, but I do know that if God is your emotional role model, very few human relationships will match up to it.’

– Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit 

‘Pastor Finch said that the possessed are given to uncontrollable rages, sudden bursts of wild laughter, and are always, always, very cunning. The Devil himself, he reminded us, can come as an angel of light.’

– Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit