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All your youth you want to have your greatness taken for granted; when you find it taken for granted, you are unnerved.
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Art is one thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.
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Art is the only thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting.
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Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day.
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Education is not so important as people think.
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Experience isn't interesting until it begins to repeat itself. In fact, till it does that, it hardly is experience.
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Fantasy is toxic: the private cruelty and the world war both have their start in the heated brain.
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Fate is not an eagle, it creeps like a rat.
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Good-byes breed a sort of distaste for whomever you say good-bye to; this hurts, you feel, this must not happen again.
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I became, and remain, my characters' close and intent watcher: their director, never. Their creator I cannot feel that I was, or am.
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I think the main thing, don't you, is to keep the show on the road.
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If a theme or idea is too near the surface, the novel becomes simply a tract illustrating an idea.
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If you look at life one way, there is always cause for alarm.
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Illusions are art, for the feeling person, and it is by art that we live, if we do.
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Intimacies between women go backwards, beginning with revelations and ending up in small talk without loss of esteem.
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Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending in small talk without loss of esteem.
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Intimacies between women often go backwards, beginning in revelations and ending in small talk.
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Ireland is a great country to die or be married in.
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It is not helpful to help a friend by putting coins in his pockets when he has got holes in his pockets.
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It is not our exalted feelings, it is our sentiments that build the necessary home.
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Jealousy is no more than feeling alone against smiling enemies.
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Language is a mixture of statement and evocation.
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Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome of internal difficulties with thought.
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Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one's outlook; it only confirms one's idea that one is unique.
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Never to lie is to have no lock on your door, you are never wholly alone.
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No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.
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Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms.
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Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have.
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Nothing can happen nowhere. The locale of the happening always colours the happening, and often, to a degree, shapes it.
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One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.
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Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief, a forlorn hope; it is impossible.
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Silences have a climax, when you have got to speak.
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Some people are molded by their admirations, others by their hostilities.
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That is partly why women marry - to keep up the fiction of being in the hub of things.
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The best that an individual can do is to concentrate on what he or she can do, in the course of a burning effort to do it better.
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The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.
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The importance to the writer of first writing must be out of all proportion of the actual value of what is written.
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The innocent are so few that two of them seldom meet - when they do meet, their victims lie strewn all round.
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The wish to lead out one's lover must be a tribal feeling; the wish to be seen as loved is part of one's self-respect.
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There is no end to the violations committed by children on children, quietly talking alone.
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We are minor in everything but our passions.
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When you love someone all your saved up wishes start coming out.
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Who is ever adequate? We all create situations each other can't live up to, then break our hearts at them because they don't.
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