Quotes

11 November 2014
It is not difficult to deceive the first time, for the deceived possesses no antibodies; unvaccinated by suspicion, she overlooks latenesses, accepts absurd excuses, permits the flimsiest patchings to repair great rents in the quotidian.
11 November 2014
Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner.
11 November 2014
By the time a partnership dissolves, it has dissolved.
11 November 2014
The first breath of adultery is the freest; after it, constraints aping marriage develop.
11 November 2014
I love my government not least for the extent to which it leaves me alone.
11 November 2014
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
11 November 2014
It rots a writer's brain, it cretinises you. You say the same thing again and again, and when you do that happily you're well on the way to being a cretin. Or a politician.
11 November 2014
Customs and convictions change; respectable people are the last to know, or to admit, the change, and the ones most offended by fresh reflections of the facts in the mirror of art.
11 November 2014
Sex is like money; only too much is enough.
11 November 2014
Looking foolish does the spirit good. The need not to look foolish is one of youth's many burdens; as we get older we are exempted from more and more, and float upward in our heedlessness, singing Gratia Dei sum quod sum.

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