Marguerite Duras

(1914-1996)

Marguerite Duras Quotes

  • ''Alcohol doesn't console, it doesn't fill up anyone's psychological gaps, all it replaces is the lack of God. It doesn't comfort man. On the contrary, it encourages him in his folly, it transports him to the supreme regions where he is master of his own destiny.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author. "Alcohol," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
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  • ''Alcohol is barren. The words a man speaks in the night of drunkenness fade like the darkness itself at the coming of day.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author. "Alcohol," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author. "Alcohol," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''When a woman drinks it's as if an animal were drinking, or a child. Alcoholism is scandalous in a woman, and a female alcoholic is rare, a serious matter. It's a slur on the divine in our nature.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author. "Alcohol," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''The house a woman creates is a Utopia. She can't help it—can't help trying to interest her nearest and dearest not in happiness itself but in the search for it.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "House and Home," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''It's only women who are not really quite women at all, frivolous women who have no idea, who neglect repairs.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "House and Home," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''For that's what a woman, a mother wants—to teach her children to take an interest in life. She knows it's safer for them to be interested in other people's happiness than to believe in their own.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "House and Home," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "House and Home," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''A house means a family house, a place specially meant for putting children and men in so as to restrict their waywardness and distract them from the longing for adventure and escape they've had since time began.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "House and Home," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''The woman is the home. That's where she used to be, and that's where she still is. You might ask me, What if a man tries to be part of the home—will the woman let him? I answer yes. Because then he becomes one of the children.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "House and Home," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).

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