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Type: Novelist
Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 15/07/1919
Date of Death: 08/02/1999




 

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Every man needs two women, a quiet home-maker, and a thrilling nymph.
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He was a sociologist; he had got into an intellectual muddle early on in life and never managed to get out.
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%%Love%%%%Love - is the extremely difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.
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The cry of equality pulls everyone down.
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Philosophy! Empty thinking by ignorant conceited men who think they can digest without eating!
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Only lies and evil come from letting people off.
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No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base.
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In almost every marriage there is a selfish and an unselfish partner. A pattern is set up and soon becomes inflexible, of one person always making the demands and one person always giving way.
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I daresay anything can be made holy by being sincerely worshipped.
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Falling out of love is very enlightening. For a short while you see the world with new eyes.
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Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.
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Anything that consoles is fake.
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A bad review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia.
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We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.
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The notion that one will not survive a particular catastrophe is, in general terms, a comfort since it is equivalent to abolishing the catastrophe.
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The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular body and its indifference to substitutes is one of life's major mysteries.
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Perhaps when distant people on other planets pick up some wavelength of ours all they hear is a continuous scream.
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One doesn't have to get anywhere in a marriage. It's not a public conveyance.
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Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.
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I see myself as Rhoda, not Mary Tyler Moore.
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Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.
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But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.
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Art is the final cunning of the human soul which would rather do anything than face the gods.
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All art is a struggle to be, in a particular sort of way, virtuous.
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We shall be better prepared for the future if we see how terrible, how doomed the present is.
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