... the novelist is bound by the reasonable possibilities, not the probabilities, of his culture.
(Flannery O'Connor (1925-1964), U.S. fiction writer and essayist. Mystery and Manners, part 5 (1969).
From "Novelist and Believer," a paper given in March 1963 at a symposium at Sweet Briar College, Virginia.)
Culture and possessionsthere is the bourgeoisie for you.
(Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Der Zauberberg, Fischer (1924). The Magic Mountain, ch. 7, p. 513, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, The Modern Library, McGraw-Hill (1955).
Naphta's Marxist critique of class and consciousness.)