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Saturday, 18 November 2017
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"People who do not love themselves can adore others, because adoration is making someone else big and ourselves small. They can desire others, because desire comes out of a sense of inner incompleteness, which demands to be filled. But they can not love others, because love is an affirmation of the living growing being in all of us. If you don't have it, you can't give it." (Matthews, Andrew - Self-love)

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A novel that does not uncover a hitherto unknown segment of existence is immoral. Knowledge is the novel's only morality. - (Kundera, Milan - Fiction)
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A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past. - (Nabokov, Vladimir - Fiction)
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All great novels, all true novels, are bisexual. - (Kundera, Milan - Fiction)
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All that non-fiction can do is answer questions. It's fiction's business to ask them. - (Hughes, Richard - Fiction)
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Although our productions have afforded more extensive and unaffected pleasure than those of any other literary corporation in the world, no species of composition has been so much decried. And what are you reading, Miss -- -? Oh! it is only a novel! replies the young lady; while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda ; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humor, are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language. - (Austen, Jane - Fiction)
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But I hate things all fiction... there should always be some foundation of fact for the most airy fabric -- and pure invention is but the talent of a liar. - (Byron, Lord - Fiction)
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By its very nature, the novel indicates that we are becoming. There is no final solution. There is no last word. - (Fuentes, Carlos - Fiction)
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By measuring individual human worth, the novelist reveals the full enormity of the State's crime when it sets out to crush that individuality. - (Mcewan, Ian - Fiction)
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Democritus plucked his eye out because he could not look at a woman without thinking of her as a woman. If he had read a few of our novels, he would have torn himself to pieces. - (Stevens, Wallace - Fiction)
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Educating a son I should allow him no fairy tales and only a very few novels. This is to prevent him from having 1. the sense of romantic solitude (if he is worth anything he will develop a proper and useful solitude) which identification with the hero gives. 2. cant ideas of right and wrong, absurd systems of honor and morality which never will he be able completely to get rid of, 3. the attainment of ideals, of a priori desires, of a priori emotions. He should amuse himself with fact only: he will then not learn that if the weak younger son do or do not the magical honorable thing he will win the princess with hair like flax. - (Trilling, Lionel - Fiction)
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Fiction is like a spider's web, attached ever so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners. Often the attachment is scarcely perceptible. - (Woolf, Virginia - Fiction)
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Fiction is not imagination. It is what anticipates imagination by giving it the form of reality. This is quite opposite to our own natural tendency which is to anticipate reality by imagining it, or to flee from it by idealizing it. That is why we shall never inhabit true fiction; we are condemned to the imaginary and nostalgia for the future. - (Baudrillard, Jean - Fiction)
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Fiction is the truth inside the lie. - (King, Stephen - Fiction)
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For a Jewish Puritan of the middle class, the novel is serious, the novel is work, the novel is conscientious application -- why, the novel is practically the retail business all over again. - (Nemerov, Howard - Fiction)
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For if the proper study of mankind is man, it is evidently more sensible to occupy yourself with the coherent, substantial and significant creatures of fiction than with the irrational and shadowy figures of real life. - (Maugham, W. Somerset - Fiction)
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