Anatole Broyard Quotes


16 Anatole Broyard quotes:



"Aphorisms are bad for novels. They stick in the reader's teeth."
"When friends stop being frank and useful to each other, the whole world loses some of its radiance."
"A whole generation of writers dined out on the dialectic between original cultures and their culture by "progress." They became traveling salesmen of metaphors."
Author: Broyard Quotes Category: Culture Quotes
"The epic implications of being human end in more than this: We start our lives as if they were momentous stories, with a beginning, a middle and an appropriate end, only to find that they are mostly middles."
"Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city."
"The tension between "yes" and "no," between "I can" and "I cannot," makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self."
Author: Broyard Quotes Category: American Critic Quotes Tension Quotes
"Ruefulness is one of the classical tones of American fiction. It fosters a native, deglamorized form of anxiety."
Author: Broyard Quotes Category: Fiction Quotes
"To be misunderstood can be the writer's punishment for having disturbed the reader's peace. The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding."
"The more I like a book, the more slowly I read. this spontaneous talking back to a book is one of the things that makes reading so valuable."
"It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave."
"There is something about seeing real people on a stage that makes a bad play more intimately, more personally offensive than any other art form."
"If a book is really good, it deserves to be read again, and if it's great, it should be read at least three times."
"The more I like a book, the more reluctant I am to turn the page. Lovers, even book lovers, tend to cling. No one-night stands or "reads" for them."
"There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience."
"Lapped in poetry, wrapped in the picturesque, armed with logical sentences and inalienable words."
"People have no idea what a hard job it is for two writers to be friends. Sooner or later you have to talk about each other's work."



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