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  • But a myth, to speak plainly, to me is like a menu in a fancy French restaurant: glamorous, complicated camouflage for a fact you wouldn't otherwise swallow, like maybe lima beans.
    (William Peter Blatty, "The Exorcist")

  • From the cab stepped a tall old man. Black raincoat and hat and a battered valise. He paid the driver, then turned and stood motionless, staring at the house. The cab pulled away and rounded the corner of Thirty-sixty Street. Kinderman quickly pulled out to follow. AS he turned the corner, he noticed that the tall old man hadn't moved but was standing under the streetlight glow, in mist, like a melancholy traveler frozen in time.
    (William Peter Blatty, "The Exorcist")

  • God never talks. But the devil keeps advertising, Father. The devil does a lot of commercials.
    (William Peter Blatty, "The Exorcist")

  • How many husbands and wives must believe they have fallen out of love because their hearts no longer race at the sight of their beloveds!
    (William Peter Blatty, "The Exorcist")

  • Like the brief doomed flare of exploding suns that registers dimly on blind men's eyes, the beginning of the horror passed almost unnoticed; in the shriek of what followed, in fact, was forgotten and perhaps not connected to the horror at all.
    (William Peter Blatty, "The Exorcist")


  • Perhaps evil is the crucible of goodness... and perhaps even Satan - Satan, in spite of himself - somehow serves to work out the will of God.
    (William Peter Blatty, "The Exorcist")

  • This century hasn't got the lock on insanity.
    (William Peter Blatty, "The Exorcist")

  • We mourn the blossoms of May because they are to whither; but we know that May is one day to have its revenge upon November, by the revolution of that solemn circle which never stops---which teaches us in our height of hope, ever to be sober, and in our depth of desolation, never to despair.
    (William Peter Blatty, "The Exorcist")

  • Yet I think the demon's target is not the possessed; it is us . . . the observers . . . every person in this house. And I think---I think the point is to make us despair; to reject our own humanity, Damien: to see ourselves as ultimately bestial; as ultimately vile and putrescent; without dignity; ugly; unworthy.
    (William Peter Blatty, "The Exorcist")

  • You don't blame us for being here, do you? After all, we have no place to go. No home... Incidentally, what an excellent day for an exorcism...
    (William Peter Blatty, "The Exorcist")

  • I lived in Georgetown in the late '70s about four houses down from the steps.
    (William Peter Blatty)

  • Well, the research into it affected me. And the novel, it very much strengthened my faith.
    (William Peter Blatty)

  • I'm not aware that I was consciously influenced by any director, though these things often happen unnoticed, submerged in the unconscious.
    (William Peter Blatty)

  • I get cassettes near Academy Award time of every movie that's made that thinks it has some kind of chance for a nomination - that's when I watch my movies.
    (William Peter Blatty)

  • I'd sold the book first. Actually to a paperback publisher. I had nothing. I just had the idea.
    (William Peter Blatty)


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