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Vivian Gornick Quotes

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That’s the hardest thing to do-to stay with a sentence until it has said what it should say, and then to know when that has been accomplished.  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) No man worth his salt does not wish to be a husband and father; yet no man is raised to be a husband and father and no man would ever conceive of those relationships as instruments of his prime function in life. Yet every woman is raised, still, to believe that the fulfillment of these relationships is her prime function in life and, what’s more, her instinctive choice  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) The point of women’s liberation is not to stand at the door of the male world, beating our fists, and crying, ‘Let me in, damn you, let me in!’ The point is to walk away from the world and concentrate on creating a new woman  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) Papa’s love did indeed have wondrous properties: it not only compensated for her boredom and anxiety, it was the cause of her boredom and anxiety.  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) You can’t reduce an actual human being; you’re just writing! You’re not doing anything to another person.  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) Emotional sympathies just dry up and die as we change, and they are as mysterious in friendship as in love. It’s a relationship like any other.  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) What feminism did was make clear for me how much I longed for clarity. I got married twice, each time in a fog. I had so many complicated feelings I couldn’t understand.  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) They say writers sell everybody out. What can you do? You know only the people you know.  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) Of course love is a force in life. People will go on falling in love forever. And more important, sexual infatuation will enrapture everyone. Otherwise, no babies!  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) I don’t know if memoirs can produce literary work of the first order. But I do know that novels are doing it only rarely.  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) Women occupy, in great masses, the ‘household tasks’ of industry. They are nurses but not doctors, secretaries but not executives, researchers but not writers, workers but not managers, bookkeepers but not promoters  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) Being a housewife is an illegitimate profession... The choice to serve and be protected and plan towards being a family-maker is a choice that shouldn’t be. The heart of radical feminism is to change that  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) You are the instrument of your own illumination  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) What happened to the writer is not what matters; what matters is the large sense that the writer is able to make of what happened  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) We cannot depend on change, but we can depend on surprise. However, we cannot always depend on surprise either. This keeps us on our toes  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) A scientist or a writer is one who ruminates continuously on the nature of physical or imaginative life, experiences repeated relief and excitement when the insight comes, and is endlessly attracted to working out the idea  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) For the integrated human being there is no past: there is only the continual transformation of original experience  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) Scientists do what writers do. They also live with an active interiority, only the ongoing speculation in their heads is about relations in the physical world rather than the psychological one  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) Papa’s love did indeed have wondrous properties: it not only compensated for her boredom and anxiety, it was the cause of her boredom and anxiety  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) When the whole world is writing letters, it’s easy to lap into the quiet within, tell the story of an hour, keep alive the narrating inner life. To be alone in the presence of one’s thought is not a value, only a common practice  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) When cafe life thrives, talk is a shared limberness of the mind that improves appetite for conversation: an adequate sentence maker is then made good, a good one excellent, an excellent one extraordinary  (Vivian Gornick Quotes) A serious life, by definition, is a life one reflects on, a life one tries to make sense of and bear witness to. Truth in a memoir is achieved not through a recital of actual events; it is achieved when the reader comes to believe that the writer is working hard to engage with the experience at hand. What happened to the writer is not what matters; what matters is the large sense that the writer is able to make of what happened  (Vivian Gornick Quotes)