Marguerite Duras

(1914-1996)

Marguerite Duras Quotes

  • ''Acting doesn't bring anything to a text. On the contrary, it detracts from it.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. International Herald Tribune (Paris, March 28, 1990).
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  • ''The thing that's between us is fascination, and the fascination resides in our being alike. Whether you're a man or a woman, the fascination resides in finding out that we're alike.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "Men," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''In heterosexual love there's no solution. Man and woman are irreconcilable, and it's the doomed attempt to do the impossible, repeated in each new affair, that lends heterosexual love its grandeur.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "Men," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''In homosexual love the passion is homosexuality itself. What a homosexual loves, as if it were his lover, his country, his art, his land, is homosexuality.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "Men," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''You have to be very fond of men. Very, very fond. You have to be very fond of them to love them. Otherwise they're simply unbearable.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "Men," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''Frigidity is desire imagined by a woman who doesn't desire the man offering himself to her. It's the desire of a woman for a man who hasn't yet come to her, whom she doesn't yet know. She's faithful to this stranger even before she belongs to him. Frigidity is the non-desire for whatever is not him.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "Men," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''Before they're plumbers or writers or taxi drivers or unemployed or journalists, before everything else, men are men. Whether heterosexual or homosexual. The only difference is that some of them remind you of it as soon as you meet them, and others wait for a little while.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "Men," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''Heterosexuality is dangerous. It tempts you to aim at a perfect duality of desire.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "Men," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
  • ''Journalism without a moral position is impossible. Every journalist is a moralist. It's absolutely unavoidable. A journalist is someone who looks at the world and the way it works, someone who takes a close look at things every day and reports what she sees, someone who represents the world, the event, for others. She cannot do her work without judging what she sees.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. Outside: Selected Writings, foreword (1984).
  • ''It was the men I deceived the most that I loved the most.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "The Chimneys of India Song," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).

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