There is a certain age when a woman must be beautiful to be loved, and then there comes a time when she must be loved to be beautiful.
No woman wants a dress that another has tossed off, but in men they aren't so choosy.
It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the fronts people assume before one another's eyes, and the front a writer puts on the face of reality.
It's not doubt that drives people crazy, it's certainty that does.
No one ever has time to examine himself honestly, and most people look no further than their neighbors' eyes, in which they may see their own reflection.
Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal.
Writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters. If one tells oneself that life is like that, one feels it less arbitrary.
For me writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters. If one tells oneself that life is like that, one feels it less arbitrary.
Just because life is inelegant doesn't mean we have to behave likewise.
Passion is the salt of life, and that at the times when we are under its spell this salt is indispensable to us, even if we have got along very well without it before.
One can never speak enough of the virtues, the dangers, the power of shared laughter.
Art must take reality by surprise.
Francoise Sagan, The Art of Fiction No. 15, by Blair Fuller
Very broadly, I think one writes and rewrites the same book. I lead a character from book to book, I continue along with the same ideas. Only the angle of vision, the method, the lighting, change.
The one thing I regret is that I will never have time to read all the books I want to read.