Harry Mathews Quotes

33 Harry Mathews quotes:

"After the navy, I transferred to Harvard and finished there. I was there the spring term of 1951 and I stayed through the summer term and a whole other year, so I was able to do two years in a little less than a year and a half."
"It has always been something I could do, and it may seem odd that in my case I seem to create an interesting narrative and frustrate the reader's opportunities to follow it at every step."
"My dream, I remember, when I went to boarding school, was to have a study all my own, a little nook someplace where nobody could get at me - nobody, like the football coach."
"What I wanted to do and what I needed to do was something entirely different, and through reading Roussel I learned that I could do what I wanted all on my own and that I didn't have to rely on what had actually happened in my somewhat limited life and reading."
"My mother could never understand why I didn't write a thriller, which I've finally done."
"And I finished college because I thought how much it would upset my parents if I didn't."
"And then, when I left Princeton in the middle of my sophomore year, I went into the navy."
"As for characters, I think that very little is needed. You just give a hint and the reader will make up the character on his or her own."
"But I soon learned that this was an absolute dead-end street: I would always be an American. And once I realized this, life became a joy."
"I left Princeton, but I graduated Harvard, in 1952."
"It wasn't anything he said; it was his whole attitude towards literature that made me realize that I could do absolutely anything I wanted to."
"Well, I had this little notion - I started writing when I was eleven, writing poetry. I was passionately addicted to it; it was my great refuge through adolescence."
"Well, my relationship to America at the time I left was very limited."
"Well, the great thing for me about poetry is that in good poems the dislocation of words, that is to say, the distance between what they say they're saying and what they are actually saying is at its greatest."
"My idea was to go to Vienna to study conducting and perhaps play in an orchestra first, so I thought before I got to Vienna I could do with a little training in Paris."
"Syntax and vocabulary are overwhelming constraints --the rules that run us. Language is using us to talk --we think we're using the language, but language is doing the thinking, we're its slavish agents."
Author: Mathews Quotes Category: Language Quotes
"But what I love most is storytelling."
"I thought Cheever was magnificent and that if I could write like him that would be the best I could do. And then I realized that what I really wanted to write had nothing to do with what he was doing."
"I was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, for a while, about which the less said the better, and then I was in the Mediterranean, about which the more said the better."
"I also had this mistaken dream, fantasy really - perhaps because I'm good at languages - of being able in both Italy and France to become someone else through my fluency in the language."

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