Marguerite Duras

(1914-1996)

Marguerite Duras Quotes

  • ''It's afterwards you realize that the feeling of happiness you had with a man didn't neccesarily prove that you loved him.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "The Chimneys of India Song," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
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  • ''Men like women who write. Even though they don't say so. A writer is a foreign country.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "The M.D. Uniform," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
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  • ''To love one child and to love all children, whether living or dead—somewhere these two loves come together. To love a no-good but humble punk and to love an honest man who believes himself to be an honest man—somewhere these, too, come together.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. interview, repr. In Outside: Selected Writings (1984). "The Path of Joyful Despair," Le Monde (Paris, 1977).
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  • ''Paradoxically, the freedom of Paris is associated with a persistent belief that nothing ever changes. Paris, they say, is the city that changes least. After an absence of twenty or thirty years, one still recognizes it.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French journalist, author. repr. In Outside: Selected Writings (1984). "Tourists in Paris," France-Observateur (Paris, 1957).
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  • ''Nowhere is one more alone than in Paris ... and yet surrounded by crowds. Nowhere is one more likely to incur greater ridicule. And no visit is more essential.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. repr. In Outside: Selected Writings (1984). "Tourists in Paris," France-Observateur (Paris, 1957).
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  • ''I see journalists as the manual workers, the laborers of the word. Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "Walesa's Wife," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
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  • ''The best way to fill time is to waste it.''
    Marguerite Duras (b. 1914), French author, filmmaker. "Wasting Time," Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990).
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