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A S Byatt Quotes

Dogs teach us a lot of things but none more important than to love unconditionally - Dog Quotes
I meant to behave but there were too many other options - Funny Quotes
Men go shopping to buy what they need. Women go shopping to find out what they want - Funny Quotes
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary - Work Quotes
The darkest nights produce the brightest stars - Motivational Quotes
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why - Mark Twain Quotes
And then you meet one person and your life changes forever - Love Quotes
I like me a little bit more when i'm with you - Love Quotes
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I hated being a novelist when I was 20 - I had nothing to write about  (A S Byatt Quotes) Books that change you, even later in life, give you a kind of electrical shock as the world takes a different shape  (A S Byatt Quotes) I don’t only write about English literature; I also write about chaos theory and... ants. I can understand ants  (A S Byatt Quotes) I’m not very interested in myself. I do have a deep moral belief that you should always look out at other things and not be self-centred  (A S Byatt Quotes) In England, everyone believes if you think, then you don’t feel. But all my novels are about joining together thinking and feeling  (A S Byatt Quotes) As a little girl, I didn’t like stories about little girls. I liked stories about dragons and beasts and princes and princesses and fear and terror and the Four Musketeers and almost anything other than nice little girls making moral decisions about whether to tell the teacher about what the other little girl did or did not do  (A S Byatt Quotes) Cyclists. I really hate them. I wish they would not be so self-righteous and realise they are a danger to pedestrians. I wish cyclists would not vindictively snap off wing mirrors on cars when they were trying to cross in front of the car at a danger to motorists and pedestrians  (A S Byatt Quotes) I watch a lot of sport on television. I only watch certain sports, and I only watch them live - I don’t think I’ve ever been able to watch a replay of a match or game of which the result was already decided. I feel bound to cheat and look up what can be looked up  (A S Byatt Quotes) I am a profound pessimist both about life and about human relations and about politics and ecology. Humans are inadequate and stupid creatures who sooner or later make a mess, and those who are trying to do good do a lot more damage than those who are muddling along  (A S Byatt Quotes) I think the virtue I prize above all others is curiosity. If you look really hard at almost anybody, and try to see why they’re doing what they’re doing, taking a dig at them ceases to be what you want to do even if you hate them  (A S Byatt Quotes) I grew up with that completely fictive idea of motherhood, where the mother never strayed from the kitchen. All the women in my books are very afraid that if they do anything with their minds they won’t be complete women. I don’t think my daughters’ generation has that feeling  (A S Byatt Quotes) I worry about anthropomorphism as a form of self-deception. (The Christian religion is an anthropomorphic account of the universe.)  (A S Byatt Quotes) I did a lot of my writing as though I was an academic, doing some piece of research as perfectly as possible  (A S Byatt Quotes) I don’t like gurus. I don’t like people who ask you to follow or believe. I like people who ask you to think independently  (A S Byatt Quotes) I don’t understand why, in my work, writing is always so dangerous. It’s very destructive. People who write books are destroyers  (A S Byatt Quotes) There is a certain aesthetic pleasure in trying to imagine the unimaginable and failing, if you are a reader  (A S Byatt Quotes) Where would we be without inhibitions? Theyre quite useful things when you look at some of the things humans do if they lose them  (A S Byatt Quotes) You can understand a lot about yourself by working out which fairytale you use to present your world to yourself in  (A S Byatt Quotes) Well, I would hardly say I do write as yet. But I write because I like words. I suppose if I liked stone I might carve. I like words. I like reading. I notice particular words. That sets me off  (A S Byatt Quotes) Mine the long night The secret place Where lovers meet In long embrace In purple dark In silvered kiss Forget the world And grasp your bliss  (A S Byatt Quotes) Do I do as false prophets do and puff air into simulacra? Am I a Sorcerer--like Macbeth’s witches--mixing truth and lies in incandescent shapes? Or am I a kind of very minor scribe of a prophetic Book--telling such truth as in me lies, with aid of such fiction as I acknowledge mine, as Prospero acknowledged Caliban  (A S Byatt Quotes) I did a lot of my writing as though I was an academic, doing some piece of research as perfectly as possible  (A S Byatt Quotes) What literature can and should do is change the people who teach the people who don’t read the books.  (A S Byatt Quotes) There are things I take sides about, like capital punishment, which it seems to me there is only one side about: it is evil. But there are two or three sides to sexual harassment, and the moment you get into particular cases, there is injustice in every conceivable direction. It’s a mess.  (A S Byatt Quotes) Books that change you, even later in life, give you a kind of electrical shock as the world takes a different shape.  (A S Byatt Quotes) I don’t understand why, in my work, writing is always so dangerous. It’s very destructive. People who write books are destroyers.  (A S Byatt Quotes) I am suspicious of writers who go looking for issues to address. Writers are neither preachers nor journalists. Journalists know much more than most writers about what’s going on in the world. And if you want to change things, you do journalism.  (A S Byatt Quotes) America is full of readers of all different sorts who love books in many different ways, and I keep meeting them. And I think editors should look after them, and make less effort to please people who don’t actually like books.  (A S Byatt Quotes) That is human nature, that people come after you, willingly enough, provided only that you no longer love or want them.  (A S Byatt Quotes) Independent women must expect more of themselves, since neither men nor other more conventionally domesticated women will hope for anything, or expect any result other than utter failure.  (A S Byatt Quotes)
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