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Born: 1912-01-27
Profession: Writer
Nation: British
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It is not love that is blind, but jealousy.

Tags: Blind, Jealousy, Love

I had become, with the approach of night, once more aware of loneliness and time - those two companions without whom no journey can yield us anything.

Tags: Loneliness, Night, Time

The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.

Tags: Love, Richest, Time

Music was invented to confirm human loneliness.

Tags: Human, Loneliness, Music

Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened.

Tags: Laughter, Men, Young

A woman's best love letters are always written to the man she is betraying.

Tags: Best, Love, Woman

Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.

Tags: Forms, Rewarding, Travel

A city becomes a world when one loves one of its inhabitants.

Tags: Becomes, City, Loves

I imagine, therefore I belong and am free.

Tags: Belong, Free, Imagine

There are only three things to be done with a woman. You can love her, suffer for her, or turn her into literature.

Tags: Done, Love, Woman

Truth disappears with the telling of it.

Tags: Disappears, Telling, Truth

Music is only love looking for words.

Tags: Love, Music, Words

Old age is an insult. It's like being smacked.

Tags: Age, Insult, Old

Our inventions mirror our secret wishes.

Tags: Mirror, Secret, Wishes

Perhaps our only sickness is to desire a truth which we cannot bear rather than to rest content with the fictions we manufacture out of each other.

Tags: Cannot, Rather, Truth

The appalling thing is the degree of charity women are capable of. You see it all the time... love lavished on absolute fools. Love's a charity ward, you know.

Tags: Love, Time, Women

Everyone loathes his own country and countrymen if he is any sort of artist.

Tags: Artist, Country, Everyone

Guilt always hurries towards its complement, punishment; only there does its satisfaction lie.

Tags: Guilt, Lie, Punishment

History is an endless repetition of the wrong way of living.

Tags: History, Living, Wrong

I'm trying to die correctly, but it's very difficult, you know.

Tags: Die, Difficult, Trying

It takes a lot of energy and a lot of neurosis to write a novel. If you were really sensible, you'd do something else.

Tags: Else, Energy, Write

No one can go on being a rebel too long without turning into an autocrat.

Tags: Rebel, Turning

We are the children of our landscape; it dictates behavior and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it.

Tags: Behavior, Children, Thought

For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential - the imagination.

Tags: Art, Life, True

Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the will-whatever we may think.

Tags: Born, Few, May