Quotes

11 November 2014
All good biography, as all good fiction, comes down to the study of original sin, of our inherent disposition to choose death when we ought to choose life.
11 November 2014
Men must be capable of imagining and executing and insisting on social change if they are to reform or even maintain civilization, and capable too of furnishing the rebellion which is sometimes necessary if society is not to perish of immobility.
11 November 2014
I wonder if we are all wrong about each other, if we are just composing unwritten novels about the people we meet?
11 November 2014
Everyone realizes that one can believe little of what people say about each other. But it is not so widely realized that even less can one trust what people say about themselves.
11 November 2014
Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one's own Trojan horse.
11 November 2014
There is no wider gulf in the universe than yawns between those on the hither and thither side of vital experience.
11 November 2014
There is no such thing as conversation. It is an illusion. There are intersecting monologues, that is all.
11 November 2014
Most magazines have that look of being predestined to be left which one sees on the faces of the women whose troubles bring them to the Law Courts.
11 November 2014
... it is nearly impossible to understand those who are beyond our sight, who are not explained to us by ties of birth or the contact of the flesh.
11 November 2014
International relationships are ... preordained to be clumsy gestures based on imperfect knowledge.

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