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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Writer
Nation: English
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One of the most adventurous things left us is to go to bed. For no one can lay a hand on our dreams.

Tags: Dreams, Hand, Left

Nothing is so boring as having to keep up a deception.

Tags: Boring, Deception, Keep

Americans are people who prefer the Continent to their own country, but refuse to learn its languages.

Tags: Country, Learn, Refuse

I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.

Tags: Late, Often, Wait

Nothing is wasted.

Tags: Wasted

The art of life is to show your hand.

Tags: Art, Life, Show

The French never allow a distinguished son of France to lack a statue.

Tags: France, Lack, Son

There are two words for everything.

Tags: Words

There can be no defence like elaborate courtesy.

Tags: Courtesy, Defence, Elaborate

There is no diplomacy like candor.

Tags: Candor, Diplomacy

You may lose by it now and then, but it will be a loss well gained if you do.

Tags: Lose, Loss, May

And how is clarity to be achieved? Mainly by taking trouble and by writing to serve people rather than to impress them.

Tags: Rather, Trouble, Writing

The most emphatic place in a clause or sentence is the end. This is the climax; and, during the momentary pause that follows, that last word continues, as it were, to reverberate in the reader's mind. It has, in fact, the last word.

Tags: End, Mind, Place

A man can make himself put down what comes, even if it seems nauseating nonsense; tomorrow some of it may not seem wholly nonsense at all.

Tags: May, Put, Tomorrow

At Munich we sold the Czechs for a few months grace, but the disgrace will last as long as history.

Tags: Few, History, Last

Most style is not honest enough.

Tags: Enough, Honest, Style

Poetry had far better imply things than preach them directly... in the open pulpit her voice grows hoarse and fails.

Tags: Far, Her, Poetry

The only hope I can see for the future depends on a wiser and braver use of the reason, not a panic flight from it.

Tags: Future, Hope, Reason

Apart from a few simple principles, the sound and rhythm of English prose seem to me matters where both writers and readers should trust not so much to rules as to their ears.

Tags: Few, Simple, Trust

The two World Wars came in part, like much modern literature and art, because men, whose nature is to tire of everything in turn... tired of common sense and civilization.

Tags: Art, Men, Nature

I actually spend very little time listening to any new music.

Tags: Actually, Music, Time

To make the bloody thing talk the way I do when I'm on a verbal roll, in my idioms and rhythms.

Tags: Bloody, Idioms, Talk

I have to plead basic ignorance of most new jazz artists here.

Tags: Artists, Here, Ignorance
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I don't think so, in so far as I always aspired to play the way I do now but just couldn't get the sounds out always due to technical limitations - now I can pretty much play what I hear in realtime.

Tags: Far, Hear, Pretty

I have no doubt that there are great people about though... the thing of it is, nothing to this day moves me like classical music (Debussy, Vaughn Williams).

Tags: Doubt, Great, Music

Maybe its a case of one guitar feeling a certain way to the hands that makes one subsequently move differently over the strings, but my intent is always to wring the maximum emotional resonance out of the object in hand.

Tags: Emotional, Feeling, Guitar

The ability and desire to transform the mundane materials at hand that we both bring into the collaboration well beyond the sum total of the parts - to birth a new baby neither of us could claim single parentage of.

Tags: Both, Desire, Single

While I shared many of the same emotions Bill describes, in no way did my experience ever degenerate into the grimness I find in his book - I didn't have to live with Don, and I think that made a big big difference.

Tags: Big, Book, Experience