Antonio Tabucchi Quotes


28 Antonio Tabucchi quotes:



"I live quietly at home among my family and friends."
"As a writer, I've always been interested in others."
"But democracy isn't a state of perfection. It has to be improved, and that means constant vigilance."
"But I don't think I have any particular talent for prediction, because when you have three or four elements in hand, you don't have to be a genius to reach certain conclusions."
"I prefer insomnia to anaesthesia."
"The most important basis of any novel is wanting to be someone else, and this means creating a character."
"When you have a foreign invasion - in this case by the Indonesian army - writers, intellectuals, newspapers and magazines are the first targets of repression."
"Doubts are like stains on a shirt. I like shirts with stains, because when I'm given a shirt that's too clean, one that's completely white, I immediately start having doubts."
"Eco sees the intellectual as an organizer of culture, someone who can run a magazine or a museum. An administrator, in fact. I think this is a melancholy situation for an intellectual."
"I claim the right to take a stand once in a while."
"I don't go for people who lead full and satisfying lives."
"I don't have any doubts either about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Perhaps some more should be added to the list, but I don't have the slightest doubt about human rights."
"I don't know whether these people are going to find themselves, but as they live their lives they have no choice but to face up to the image others have of them. They're forced to look at themselves in a mirror, and they often manage to glimpse something of themselves."
"I don't want to promote my own image either. I don't like going on television or mixing in literary circles."
"I've always been drawn to tormented people full of contradictions."
"In a novel, my feelings and sense of outrage can find a broader means of expression which would be more symbolic and applicable to many European countries."
"It's the job of intellectuals and writers to cast doubt on perfection."
"It's very useful when politicians have doubts because there are so many choices to be made in the world."
"Literature for me isn't a workaday job, but something which involves desires, dreams and fantasy."
"Literature is my life of course, but from an ontological point of view. From an existential point of view, I like being a teacher."



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