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" A masterpiece of fiction is an original world and as such is not likely to fit the world of the reader. "
" Complacency is a state of mind that exists only in retrospective: it has to be shattered before being ascertained. "
" Life is a great sunrise. I do not see why death should not be an even greater one. "
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" Imagination, the supreme delight of the immortal and the immature, should be limited. In order to enjoy life, we should not enjoy it too much. "
" Caress the detail, the divine detail. "
" Turning one's novel into a movie script is rather like making a series of sketches for a painting that has long ago been finished and framed. "
" I confess, I do not believe in time. "
" Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it. "
" There is only one school of literature - that of talent. "
" Happy is the novelist who manages to preserve an actual love letter that he received when he was young within a work of fiction, embedded in it like a clean bullet in flabby flesh and quite secure there, among spurious lives. "
" The more gifted and talkative one's characters are, the greater the chances of their resembling the author in tone or tint of mind. "
" A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past. "
" It is a short walk from the hallelujah to the hoot. "
" I have often noticed that after I had bestowed on the characters of my novels some treasured item of my past, it would pine away in the artificial world where I had so abruptly placed it. "
" I cannot conceive how anybody in his right mind should go to a psychoanalyst. "
" The cradle rocks above an abyss, and common sense tells us that our existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness. "
" Genius is an African who dreams up snow. "
" All my stories are webs of style and none seems at first blush to contain much kinetic matter. For me style is matter. "
" Literature and butterflies are the two sweetest passions known to man. "
" There are aphorisms that, like airplanes, stay up only while they are in motion. "
" Revelation can be more perilous than Revolution. "
" Satire is a lesson, parody is a game. "
" The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. "
" I would like to spare the time and effort of hack reviewers and, generally, persons who move their lips when reading. "
" I think it is all a matter of love: the more you love a memory, the stronger and stranger it is. "
" Nothing is more exhilarating than philistine vulgarity. "
" I think like a genius, I write like a distinguished author, and I speak like a child. "
" To play safe, I prefer to accept only one type of power: the power of art over trash, the triumph of magic over the brute. "
" There is nothing in the world that I loathe more than group activity, that communal bath where the hairy and slippery mix in a multiplication of mediocrity. "
" A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist. "
" You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style. "