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Quote Left To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god. Quote Right
Quote Left A writer needs loneliness, and he gets his share of it. He needs love, and he gets shared and also unshared love. He needs friendship. In fact, he needs the universe. To be a writer is, in a sense, to be a day-dreamer - to be living a kind of double life. Quote Right
Quote Left It is worth remembering that every writer begins with a naively physical notion of what art is. A book for him or her is not an expression or a series of expressions, but literally a volume, a prism with six rectangular sides made of thin sheets of papers which should include a cover, an inside cover, an epigraph in italics, a preface, nine or ten parts with some verses at the beginning, a table of contents, an ex libris with an hourglass and a Latin phrase, a brief list of errata, some blank pages, a colophon and a publication notice: objects that are known to constitute the art of writing. Quote Right
Quote Left Don't talk unless you can improve the silence. Quote Right
Quote Left Not a single star will be left in the night. The night will not be left. I will die and, with me, the weight of the intolerable universe. I shall erase the pyramids, the medallions, the continents and faces. I shall erase the accumulated past. I shall make dust of history, dust of dust. Now I am looking on the final sunset. I am hearing the last bird. I bequeath nothingness to no one. Quote Right
Quote Left The art of writing is mysterious; the opinions we hold are ephemeral , and I prefer the Platonic idea of the Muse to that of Poe, who reasoned, or feigned to reason, that the writing of a poem is an act of the intelligence. It never fails to amaze me that the classics hold a romantic theory of poetry, and a romantic poet a classical theory. Quote Right
Quote Left Music, feelings of happiness, mythology, faces worn by time, certain twilights and certain places, want to tell us something, or they told us ... Quote Right
Quote Left I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. Quote Right
Quote Left Every writer creates his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future. Quote Right
Quote Left My father and he had one of those English friendships which begin by avoiding intimacies and eventually eliminate speech altogether. Quote Right
Quote Left Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire. Quote Right
Quote Left The original is unfaithful to the translation. Quote Right
Quote Left If alcohol is queen, then tobacco is her consort. It's a fond companion for all occasions, a loyal friend through fair weather and foul. People smoke to celebrate a happy moment, or to hide a bitter regret. Whether you're alone or with friends, it's a joy for all the senses. What lovelier sight is there than that double row of white cigarettes, lined up like soldiers on parade and wrapped in silver paper? I love to touch the pack in my pocket, open it, savor the feel of the cigarette between my fingers, the paper on my lips, the taste of tobacco on my tongue. I love to watch the flame spurt up, love to watch it come closer and closer, filling me with its warmth. Quote Right
Quote Left Reality is not always probable, or likely. Quote Right
Quote Left The flattery of posterity is not worth much more than contemporary flattery, which is worth nothing. Quote Right
Quote Left In truth, the Library includes all verbal structures, all variations permitted by the twenty-five orthographical symbols, but not a single example of absolute nonsense. Quote Right
Quote Left Everything beautiful has its moment and then passes away. Quote Right
Quote Left Life itself is a quotation. Quote Right
Quote Left Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone. Quote Right
Quote Left Life and death have been lacking in my life. Quote Right
Quote Left To die for a religion is easier than to live it absolutely. Quote Right
Quote Left Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment - the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is. Quote Right
Quote Left Nothing is built on stone all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone. Quote Right
Quote Left There is a concept which corrupts and upsets all others. I refer not to Evil, whose limited realm is that of ethics; I refer to the infinite. Quote Right
Quote Left Imprecision is tolerable and verisimilar in literature, because we always tend towards it in life. Quote Right
Quote Left It is known that Whistler when asked how long it took him to paint one of his "nocturnes" answered: "All of my life." With the same rigor he c... Quote Right
Quote Left Art always opts for the individual, the concrete; art is not Platonic. Quote Right
Quote Left There is a concept which corrupts and upsets all others. I refer not to Evil, whose limited realm is that of ethics I refer to the infinite. Quote Right
Quote Left It is known that Whistler when asked how long it took him to paint one of his 'nocturnes' answered: 'All of my life.' With the same rigor he c... Quote Right
Quote Left The truth will set you free. Quote Right
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Member Quotes About Luis

Quote Left If the poem or thought does not impact an emotion on the reader, the writing is a waste of time. Luis M. Lambert Quote Right