To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.
After Proust, there are certain things that simply cannot be done again. He marks off for you the boundaries of your talent.
There is a certain age when a woman must be beautiful to be loved, and then there comes a time when she must be loved to be beautiful.
Every little girl knows about love. It is only her capacity to suffer because of it that increases.
Art must take reality by surprise.
There are moments when you feel trapped, ill at ease. A year later the same feeling can turn out to be the theme of a book.
It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the "fronts" people assume before one another's eyes, and the "front" a writer puts on the face of reality.
Life has confirmed for me the thoughts and impressions I had when I was 18, as if it was all intuition.
A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to take it off of you.
The one thing I regret is that I will never have time to read all the books I want to read.
One can never speak enough of the virtues, the dangers, the power of shared laughter.
Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.
Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal.
Writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters. If one tells oneself that life is like that, one feels it less arbitrary.
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