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Born: 1914-06-10
Profession: Novelist
Nation: American
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Everybody knows there is no fineness or accuracy of suppression; if you hold down one thing, you hold down the adjoining.

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I think that New York is not the cultural centre of America, but the business and administrative centre of American culture.

Tags: America, American, Business

Whoever wants to reach a distant goal must take small steps.

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You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.

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With a novelist, like a surgeon, you have to get a feeling that you've fallen into good hands - someone from whom you can accept the anesthetic with confidence.

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In Los Angeles all the loose objects in the country were collected, as if America had been tilted and everything that wasn't tightly screwed down had slid into Southern California.

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A man is only as good as what he loves.

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A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.

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All a writer has to do to get a woman is to say he's a writer. It's an aphrodisiac.

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There is an immense, painful longing for a broader, more flexible, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are and what this life is for.

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Hapiness can only be found if you can free yourself of all other distractions.

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Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.

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No realistic, sane person goes around Chicago without protection.

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If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things.

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A fool can throw a stone in a pond that 100 wise men can not get out.

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What is art but a way of seeing?

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I've never turned over a fig leaf yet that didn't have a price tag on the other side.

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She was what we used to call a suicide blonde - dyed by her own hand.

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We are always looking for the book it is necessary to read next.

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Goodness is achieved not in a vacuum, but in the company of other men, attended by love.

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I'm glad I haven't lived in vain.

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In expressing love we belong among the undeveloped countries.

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People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.

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There are evils that have the ability to survive identification and go on for ever... money, for instance, or war.

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When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.

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Psychoanalysis pretends to investigate the Unconscious. The Unconscious by definition is what you are not conscious of. But the Analysts already know what's in it - they should, because they put it all in beforehand.

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A good novel is worth more then the best scientific study.

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A novel is balanced between a few true impressions and the multitude of false ones that make up most of what we call life.

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Any artist should be grateful for a naive grace which puts him beyond the need to reason elaborately.

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California is like an artificial limb the rest of the country doesn't really need. You can quote me on that.

Tags: California, Country, Rest

Conquered people tend to be witty.

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