„Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren't. I'm not surprised some people prefer books.“

—  Julian Barnes, buch Flauberts Papagei

Quelle: Flaubert's Parrot

Letzte Aktualisierung 3. Juni 2021. Geschichte
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—  Elaine Dundy American journalist, actress 1921 - 2008

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Kontext: The Big Personalities weighed in. Soon after its publication Irwin Shaw wrote to me praising it. Terry Southern, calling me "Miss Smarts," said I was "a perfect darling." Gore Vidal phoned one morning saying, "You’ve got the one thing a writer needs: You’ve got your own voice. Now go." Ernest Hemingway said to me, "I liked your book. I liked the way your characters all speak differently." And then added, "My characters all sound the same because I never listen." All this, and heaven too. Laurence Olivier told me that now that my book was making a lot of money we could elope and I could support us. The Financial Times ran an item which read, "Such and such stock: No dud avocado." Groucho Marx wrote me, "I had to tell someone how much I enjoyed The Dud Avocado.… If this was actually your life, I don’t know how the hell you got through it." When people ask me how autobiographical the book is I say, all the impulsive, outrageous things my heroine does, I did. All the sensible things she did, I made up.

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„She reads a lot of books. Good things, books.“

—  Thorne Smith an American writer of humorous supernatural fantasy fiction 1892 - 1934

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„She thought a writer should work harder writing a book than she did reading it.“

—  Jeffrey Eugenides, buch The Marriage Plot

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„When she wanted to escape her life, she read books“

—  Jodi Picoult Author 1966

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„Some say life is the thing, but I prefer reading.“

—  Ruth Rendell, buch A Judgement in Stone

Quelle: A Judgement in Stone

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„It will come as no surprise to those of you in the book trade when I say that although books do not cause cancer, books in general do not sell as well as cigarettes.“

—  Gene Wolfe American science fiction and fantasy writer 1931 - 2019

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„People say that life is the thing, but I prefer reading.“

—  Logan Pearsall Smith British American-born writer 1865 - 1946

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„But I was still alive, and in my book, where there's life, there's hope.“

—  Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One

Quelle: The Power of One

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„I did not do it because I wanted to one day have a book deal…I did it because I loved it, and I enjoyed it, and I did not know where it was going to take me. I did it out of love of the art.“

—  Imbolo Mbue Cameroonian writer 1982

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„There were some books that reached through the noise of life to grab you by the collar and speak only of the truest things.“

—  Jeffrey Eugenides, buch The Marriage Plot

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Quelle: The Marriage Plot

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