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Antonio Tabucchi Quotes


28 Antonio Tabucchi quotes:



"I live quietly at home among my family and friends."
"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."
"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."
"I don't go for people who lead full and satisfying lives."
"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."
"It's the job of intellectuals and writers to cast doubt on perfection."
"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."
"No, I'm happy to go on living the life I've chosen. I'm a university teacher and I like my job."
"The salt of any interesting civilization is mixture."
"We all want to be someone else but without ceasing to be ourselves. I think it's very important to defend this idea in real life too."
"As a writer, I've always been interested in others."
"I prefer insomnia to anaesthesia."
"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."



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