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William Boyd

Geburtstag: 7. März 1952

William Boyd, CBE ist ein schottischer Schriftsteller, Drehbuchautor und Regisseur.

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„Ich bin für gute Unterhaltung, feuchtfröhliche Abende, Intimität, vins rouges en carafe, Lesen, relative Einsamkeit, Straßenbekanntschaften … Ich bin für die europäischen Verworrenheiten, die unergründlichen und mannigfachen Schichtungen der Alten Welt, für den Norden, für die Welt der Gedanken. Ich bin für das Hôtel de la Louisiane.“ The Destiny of Nathalie X

„It's true: lives do drift apart for no obvious reason. We're all busy people, we can't spend our time simply trying to stay in touch. The test of a friendship is if it can weather these inevitable gaps.“ Any Human Heart

„Maybe we should go by tube', he said.

A taxi'll come', she said. 'I'm in no hurry'.

She remembered something a woman in Paris had told her once. A woman in her forties, much married, elegant, a little world-weary. There is nothing easier in this world, this woman had claimed, than getting a man to kiss you. Oh really? Eva had said, so how do you do that? Just stand close to a man, the woman has said, very close, as close as you can without touching - he will kiss you in one minute or two. It's inevitable. For them it's like an instinct - they can't resist. Infaillible.

So Eva stood close to Romer in the doorway of the shop on Frith Street as he shooted and waved at the passing cars moving down the dark street, hoping one of them might be a taxi.

We're out of luck', he said, turning, to find Eva standing very close to him, her face lifted.

I'm in no hurry', she said.

He reached for her and kissed her.“

„We never love anyone. Not really. We only love our idea of another person. It is some conception of our own that we love. We love ourselves, in fact.“ Cork

„I have to start my real life soon, before I die of boredom and frustration.“ Any Human Heart

„True learning only occurs when you love the subject you are studying and then the acquiring of knowledge is effortless because it is also a pleasure.“ Any Human Heart

„We keep a journal to entrap that collection of selves that forms us, the individual human being.“ Any Human Heart

„The last thing we learn about ourselves is our effect.“ Brazzaville Beach

„I felt shocked and then saddened. life does this to you sometimes - leads you up a path and then drops you in the shit, to mix a metaphor.“ Any Human Heart

„We talked filth for a pleasant half hour.“ Any Human Heart

„Are our lives just the aggregate of the lies we've told? ('Lives' - the 'v' is silent.)“ Any Human Heart

„It terrifies me, the fragility of these moments in our lives.“ Any Human Heart

„Every life is both ordinary and extraordinary - it is the respective proportion of those two categories that make that life appear interesting or humdrum.“ Any Human Heart

„The pleasures of my life here are simple – simple, inexpensive and democratic. A warm hill of Marmande tomatoes on a roadside vendor’s stall. A cold beer on a pavement table of the Café de France – Marie Thérèse inside making me a sandwich au camembert. Munching the knob of a fresh baguette as I wander back from Sainte-Sabine. The farinaceous smell of the white dust raised by a breeze from the driveway. A cuckoo sounding the perfectly silent woods beyond the meadow. A huge grey, cerise, pink, orange and washed-out blue of a sunset seen from my rear terrace. The drilling of the cicadas at noon – the soft dialing-tone of the crickets at dusk slowly gathers. A good book, a hammock and a cold, beaded bottle of blanc sec. A rough red wine and steak frites. The cool, dark, shuttered silence of my bedroom – and, as I go to sleep, the prospect that all this will be available to me again, unchanged, tomorrow.“ Any Human Heart

„She's half mad and three parts drunk.“ Waiting for Sunrise

„There are things in life we don't understand, and when we meet them, all we can do is let them alone.“ Any Human Heart

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