ben whishaw quote

I understand now that boundaries between noise and sound are conventions. All boundaries are conventions, waiting to be transcended. One may transcend any convention if only one can first conceive of doing so. Moments like this, I can feel your heart beating as clearly as I feel my own, and I know that separation is an illusion. My life extends far beyond the limitations of me.
—  Robert Frobisher, Cloud Atlas

My dearest Sixsmith, I shot myself through the roof of my mouth this morning with Vivian Ayrs’ Luger. A true suicide is a paced, disciplined certainty. People pontificate suicide is a coward’s act. Couldn’t be further from the truth. Suicide takes tremendous courage. Don’t let them say I killed myself for love. Had my infatuations, but we both know in our hearts who is the sole love of my short, bright life.

Cloud Atlas (2012)


You asked it as if nothing else mattered to you.


London Spy (2015) - episode 4 - “ I Know”

Danny: Do you believe in soul mates?

Alex: No. Not only do I not believe in them, It’s not even a nice idea.

Danny: Not a nice idea?

Alex: That there’s only one other person out there for you. What are the odds this person would be in the same country, or the same city, that their paths would even cross? It would mean almost everyone in the world is with the wrong person.

I believe there is another world waiting for us, a better world. And I’ll be waiting for you there.

Robert Frobisher (Cloud Atlas)

With Cloud Atlas Sextet playing at the background, notes by notes, here I quote Robert’s final letter to Sixsmith. Their story arc is the most heart-breaking, not only they don’t get the happy ending, also Robert might never understand how much he meant to Sixsmith. Let’s hope they met again then. 

The one I love best is Ode to A Nightingale. I was just looking at it again this morning because when I was at Cannes I got asked to recite poetry on the spot and I crumbled under the pressure. So I was in the shower this morning and I thought, “I’d better refresh some poetry”. So I was rereading Ode To A Nightingale and it seemed to be a different poem to the one I remember, you know? I think all great work does that – it changes as you change or you change with it, or whatever happens.
—  Ben Whishaw on his favourite Keats poem