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Language is a mixture of statement and evocation.
 

Mechanical difficulties with language are the outcome of internal difficulties with thought.
 

Meeting people unlike oneself does not enlarge one's outlook; it only confirms one's idea that one is unique.
 

Never to lie is to have no lock on your door, you are never wholly alone.
 

No object is mysterious. The mystery is your eye.
 

Nobody can be kinder than the narcissist while you react to life in his own terms.
 

Nobody speaks the truth when there is something they must have.
 

Nothing can happen nowhere. The locale of the happening always colours the happening, and often, to a degree, shapes it.
 

One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.
 

Pity the selfishness of lovers: it is brief, a forlorn hope; it is impossible.
 

Proust has pointed out that the predisposition to love creates it's own objects: is this not also true of fear?
 

Silences have a climax, when you have got to speak.
 

Some people are molded by their admirations, others by their hostilities.
[Motivation]
 

That is partly why women marry - to keep up the fiction of being in the hub of things.
 

The best that an individual can do is to concentrate on what he or she can do, in the course of a burning effort to do it better.
 

The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.
 

The importance to the writer of first writing must be out of all proportion of the actual value of what is written.
 

The innocent are so few that two of them seldom meet - when they do meet, their victims lie strewn all round.
 

The wish to lead out one's lover must be a tribal feeling; the wish to be seen as loved is part of one's self-respect.
 

There is no end to the violations committed by children on children, quietly talking alone.
 


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