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" Anxiety is the beginning of conscience, which is the parent of the soul but is not compatible with innocence. "
" It's every woman's tragedy, that, after a certain age, she looks like a female impersonator. Mind you, we've known some lovely female impersonators, in our time. "
" I was sitting in the looping studio late one night, and I had this epiphany that they weren't paying me for my acting, for God's sake, but to own me. And from then on, it became clear and an awful lot easier to deal with. "
" Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms. "
" If the Barbarians are destroyed, who will we then be able to blame for the bad things? "
" Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people. "
" What a joy it is to dance and sing! "
" The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of formal confrontation. "
" Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions. "
" It is, perhaps, better to be valued as an object of passion than never to be valued at all. "
" I think it's one of the scars in our culture that we have too high an opinion of ourselves. We align ourselves with the angels instead of the higher primates. "
" In the mythic schema of all relations between men and women, man proposes, and woman is disposed of. "
Men And Women
" Nothing is a matter of life and death except life and death. "
Life And Death
" Is not this whole world an illusion? And yet it fools everybody. "
" A day without an argument is like an egg without salt. "
" The notion of a universality of human experience is a confidence trick and the notion of a universality of female experience is a clever confidence trick. "
" Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us. "
" A book is simply the container of an idea like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters. "
" In a secular age, an authentic miracle must purport to be a hoax, in order to gain credit in the world. "
" It is far easier for a woman to lead a blameless life than it is for a man; all she has to do is to avoid sexual intercourse like the plague. "
" What is marriage but prostitution to one man instead of many? "
" I haven't changed much, over the years. I use less adjectives, now, and have a kinder heart, perhaps. "
" Nostalgia, the vice of the aged. We watch so many old movies our memories come in monochrome. "
" Hollywood... was the place where the United States perpetrated itself as a universal dream and put the dream into mass production. "
" Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths of these cults gives woman emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place. "