10-4-2015

What task awaits one that is so defining that one could end it all as soon as it was carried out, as Michelstaedter did? 

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What if we were to treat people we've seen before and on whom we've eavesdropped in the same manner that we treat celebrities out in public?  

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There are moments when I have just awoken from a deep sleep that everything in life seems clearest to me and unhindered by precepts, prejudices and abstractions--Clarity's proximity to dreaming.  

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Strive to be the sort of writer one reads guiltily in small bursts in between some other hefty tome one reads in order to get it over with.  

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Write several books at once. Read several books at once. Read and write what you like, as though death were no object.  

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There exist writers of maxims who are merely clever at reversals. Rather than writing half truths, they write half thoughts and let the reader do the rest.  

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A novelist wishing to write like the masters may fail to create a legitimate piece of art, though the world may come to be more like the world of the old master because of him.  

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Every time I give up on a book, a distinct twinge of pride swells within me.