Marguerite Duras Quotes


23 Marguerite Duras quotes:



"The house a woman creates is a Utopia. She can't help it - can't help trying to interest her nearest and dearest not in happiness itself but in the search for it."
"For that's what a woman, a mother wants -- to teach her children to take an interest in life. She knows it's safer for them to be interested in other people's happiness than to believe in their own."
Author: Duras Quotes Category: Education Quotes Mothers Quotes
"Men like women who write. Even though they don't say so. A writer is a foreign country."
"To love one child and to love all children, whether living or dead --somewhere these two loves come together. To love a no-good but humble punk and to love an honest man who believes himself to be an honest man --somewhere these, too, come together."
"Paradoxically, the freedom of Paris is associated with a persistent belief that nothing ever changes. Paris, they say, is the city that changes least. After an absence of twenty or thirty years, one still recognizes it."
Author: Duras Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"A house means a family house, a place specially meant for putting children and men in so as to restrict their waywardness and distract them from the longing for adventure and escape they've had since time began."
"For that's what a woman, a mother wants - to teach her children to take an interest in life. She knows it's safer for them to be interested in other people's happiness than to believe in their own."
Author: Duras Quotes Category: Children Quotes
"Frigidity is desire imagined by a woman who doesn't desire the man offering himself to her. It's the desire of a woman for a man who hasn't yet come to her, whom she doesn't yet know. She's faithful to this stranger even before she belongs to him. Frigidity is the non-desire for whatever is not him."
Author: Duras Quotes Category: Desire Quotes Frigidity Quotes
"I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhood and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met."
Author: Duras Quotes Category: Childhood Quotes
"The woman is the home. That's where she used to be, and that's where she still is. You might ask me, What if a man tries to be part of the home - will the woman let him? I answer yes. Because then he becomes one of the children."
Author: Duras Quotes Category: Home Quotes
"I see journalists as the manual workers, the laborers of the word. Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate."
Author: Duras Quotes Category: French Novelist Quotes Journalism Quotes
"You have to be very fond of men. Very, very fond. You have to be very fond of them to love them. Otherwise they're simply unbearable."
"It was the men I deceived the most that I loved the most."
"When a woman drinks it's as if an animal were drinking, or a child. Alcoholism is scandalous in a woman, and a female alcoholic is rare, a serious matter. It's a slur on the divine in our nature."
"It's only women who are not really quite women at all, frivolous women who have no idea, who neglect repairs."
"I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhoods and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met."
"Heterosexuality is dangerous. It tempts you to aim at a perfect duality of desire."
"The best way to fill time is to waste it."
"In love there are no vacations. No such thing. Love has to be lived fully with its boredom and all that."
"It's afterwards you realize that the feeling of happiness you had with a man didn't necessarily prove that you loved him."



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