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John Barth Quotes





Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.
 

If you are a novelist of a certain type of temperament, then what you really want to do is re-invent the world. God wasn't too bad a novelist, except he was a Realist.
 

More history is made by secret handshakes than by battles, bills and proclamations.
 

More history's made by secret handshakes than by battles, bills and proclamations.
 

Nothing is intrinsically valuable; the value of everything is attributed to it, assigned to it from outside the thing itself, by people.
 

The Bible is not man's word about God, but God's word about man.
 

This is an exciting time. A new chapter in our history.
 

Tis e'er the wont of simple folk to prize the deed and overlook the motive, and of learned folk to discount the deed and lay open the soul of the doer.
 

You're certain to get a decision in a trial.