Harry Mathews Quotes

33 Harry Mathews quotes:

"Music had been my first love among the arts, and I was fascinated by it, as I still am."
"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."
"My Life in CIA is the first time that I've ever written a story in my own name."
"My mother could never understand why I didn't write a thriller, which I've finally done."
"My next project is to get back to that. Actually, to learn how to write poetry. I'm not kidding."
"Since then I've found many other places in the U.S. where I feel absolutely comfortable - most recently, Key West, where I've been very, very happy."
"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."
"What I said about John was that he liberated me from my anxieties about writing in a correct, acceptable way."
"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."
"When Niki and I moved to Paris, there was also the challenge of Paris, an extremely daunting city."
"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."
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