Jonathan Raban Quotes


5 Jonathan Raban quotes:



"One of the oddest features of western Christianized culture is its ready acceptance of the myth of the stable family and the happy marriage. We have been taught to accept the myth not as an heroic ideal, something good, brave, and nearly impossible to fulfil, but as the very fiber of normal life. Given most families and most marriages, the belief seems admirable but foolhardily."
Author: Raban Quotes Category: Acceptance Quotes
"The only nation I've ever been tempted to feel really racist about are the Swiss - a whole country of phobic hand washers living in a giant Barclays Bank"
Author: Raban Quotes Category: Country Quotes
"Over emphatic negatives always suggest that what is being denied may be what is really being asserted."
"In an underdeveloped country don't drink the water. In a developed country don't breathe the air."
"Life, as the most ancient of all metaphors insists, is a journey; and the travel book, in its deceptive simulation of the journey's fits and starts, rehearses life's own fragmentation. More even than the novel, it embraces the contingency of things."



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