Louis Begley's Quotes
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I have no interest in writing confessions, in deliberately baring myself to my readers. I prefer to remain behind a screen.Tags: Behind, Interest, Writing
If a comparative-literature major had existed at Harvard College for undergraduates I would have surely gone in that direction.Tags: College, Direction, Gone
As you know, I am a novelist, and I really want to write novels. But I knew enough about the Dreyfus case to understand immediately why what happened to Dreyfus was not merely a cause celebre from the end of the 19th century, but an event that could be shown to teach us lessons of the greatest importance for our own time.Tags: End, Greatest, Time
I may well do some more polemical writing, if a subject that fires me up comes along. Apart from that possibility, I would like to continue to tell stories so long as I have stories to tell.Tags: May, Tell, Writing
I think I am less self-assured when I write English than I would be if I were writing in my first language. I have to test each sentence over and over to be sure that it's right, that I haven't introduced some element that isn't English.Tags: Sure, Write, Writing
I think that Jews - because they are a distinct, gifted and successful group that differentiates itself from societies in which it lives - are vulnerable wherever the rule of law is not paramount.Tags: Group, Law, Successful
In legal practice, in the representation of clients, I have always felt deeply engaged, serene, and not all inclined to stand aside. I have always done whatever needed to be done, and have usually gotten my way.Tags: Done, Legal, Whatever
My views about the safety of Jews in the world have not been changed by the work on the Dreyfus affair or, for that matter, by the work I did on Franz Kafka for the book on him I published a year before the Dreyfus book appeared.Tags: Book, Him, Work
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