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" Fantasy is toxic: the private cruelty and the world war both have their start in the heated brain. "
" Who is ever adequate? We all create situations each other can't live up to, then break our hearts at them because they don't. "
" Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome of internal difficulties with thought. "
" Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms. "
" We are minor in everything but our passions. "
" That is partly why women marry - to keep up the fiction of being in the hub of things. "
" If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm. "
" The importance to the writer of first writing must be out of all proportion of the actual value of what is written. "
" Nothing can happen nowhere. The locale of the happening always colours the happening, and often, to a degree, shapes it. "
" One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it. "
" The best that an individual can do is to concentrate on what he or she can do, in the course of a burning effort to do it better. "
" When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out. "
" Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one's outlook; it only confirms one's idea that one is unique. "
" Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies. "
" Ireland is a great country to die or be married in. "
" The wish to lead out one's lover must be a tribal feeling; the wish to be seen as loved is part of one's self-respect. "
" Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending in small talk. "
" I think the main thing, don't you, is to keep the show on the road. "
" Language is a mixture of statement and evocation. "
" The innocent are so few that two of them seldom meet - when they do meet, their victims lie strewn all round. "
" There is no end to the violations committed by children on children, quietly talking alone. "
" Never to lie is to have no lock on your door, you are never wholly alone. "
" Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do. "
" Education is not so important as people think. "
" All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved. "
" Silences have a climax, when you have got to speak. "
" The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends. "
" Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day. "
" If a theme or idea is too near the surface, the novel becomes simply a tract illustrating an idea. "
" Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting. "
" Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat. "