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Last Reviewed on June 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 228

The Sheltering Sky, by Paul Bowles has a wealth of quotes that you can use in your assignments about the book that concern its main themes, including relationships, for example.

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Many quotes also relate to the dark outcomes of the book as well, such as “The Soul is the weariest part of the body.” The characters in the book, Port and Kit, suffer tragedies, so you can use this quote to speak to that if its relevant for what you’re working on.

There’s also a quote that speaks to the title of the book itself. It goes like this:

How fragile we are under the sheltering sky. Behind the sheltering sky is a vast dark universe, and we’re just so small.

This quote would work well with any assignment that’s summing up the book as a whole, since it always helps to include anything relevant to the title in such an endeavor.

Going with this theme of despair in the context of relationships, there’s the quote:

Illness reduces man to his basic state: a cloaca in which the chemical processes continue. The meaningless hegemony of the involuntary.

This quote has some big words in it, but it essentially means that illnesses, like the one Port suffers in the book, have a way of robbing people of their personality and what makes them unique.

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