Mary McCarthy Quotes


34 Mary McCarthy quotes:



"Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted."
"Is it really so difficult to tell a good action from a bad one? I think one usually knows right away or a moment afterward, in a horrid flash of regret."
"The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof."
"Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism."
"Life for the European is a career; for the American it is a hazard."
"The suspense of a novel is not only in the reader, but in the novelist, who is intensely curious about what will happen to the hero."
"The theater is the only branch of art much cared for by people of wealth; like canasta, it does away with the brother of talk after dinner."
"We are the hero of our own story."
Author: McCarthy Quotes Category: American Author Quotes Hero Quotes
"Every word she writes is a lie, including and and the."
"I'm afraid I'm not sufficiently inhibited about the things that other women are inhibited about for me. They feel that you've given away trade secrets."
"I am putting real plums into an imaginary cake."
"The Crucifixion and other historical precedents notwithstanding, many of us still believe that outstanding goodness is a kind of armor, that virtue, seen plain and bare, gives pause to criminality. But perhaps it is the other way around."
"The American character looks always as if it had just had a rather bad haircut, which gives it, in our eyes at any rate, a greater humanity than the European, which even among its beggars has an all too professional air."
"We all live in suspense, from day to day, from hour to hour; in other words, we are the hero of our own story."
"We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words, you are the hero of your own story."
"When an American heiress wants to buy a man, she at once crosses the Atlantic. The only really materialistic people I have ever met have been Europeans."
"People with bad consciences always fear the judgment of children."
"In violence, we forget who we are."
"Liberty, as it is conceived by current opinion, has nothing inherent about it; it is a sort of gift or trust bestowed on the individual by the state pending good behavior."
"Labor is work that leaves no trace behind it when it is finished, or if it does, as in the case of the tilled field, this product of human activity requires still more labor, incessant, tireless labor, to maintain its identity as a ''work'' of man."



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