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A S Byatt
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She was a logical child, as far as children go. She did not understand how such a nice, kind, good God as the one they preyed to, could condemn the whole earth for sinfulness and flood it, or condemn his only Son to a disgusting death on behalf of everyone. This death did not seem to have done much good. A S Byatt
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Only write to me, write to me, I love to see the hop and skip and sudden starts of your ink. A S Byatt
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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
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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
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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
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If a novelist tells you something she knows or thinks, and you believe her, that is not because either of you think she is God, but because she is doing her work - as a novelist. A S Byatt
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Coherence and closure are deep human desires that are presently unfashionable. But they are always both frightening and enchantingly desirable. "Falling in love," characteristically, combs the appearances of the word, and of the particular lover's history, out of a random tangle and into a coherent plot. A S Byatt
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Autobiographies tell more lies than all but the most self-indulgent fiction . A S Byatt
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They took to silence. They touched each other without comment and without progression. A hand on a hand, a clothed arm, resting on an arm. An ankle overlapping an ankle, as they sat on a beach, and not removed. One night they fell asleep, side by side... He slept curled against her back, a dark comma against her pale elegant phrase. A S Byatt
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There is a peculiar aesthetic pleasure in constructing the form of a syllabus, or a book of essays, or a course of lectures. Visions and shadows of people and ideas can be arranged and rearranged like stained-glass pieces in a window, or chessmen on a board. A S Byatt
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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
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Our days weave together the simple pleasures of daily life, which we should never take for granted, and the higher pleasures of Art and Thought which we may now taste as we please, with none to forbid or criticise. A S Byatt
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Funny way to spend your life, though, studying another chap's versifying. A S Byatt
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Biographies are no longer written to explain or explore the greatness of the great. They redress balances, explore secret weaknesses, demolish legends. A S Byatt
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We talk about feelings. And about sex. And about bodies, and their gratification, violation, repair, decoration, deferred, maybe permanently deferred, mortality. Feelings are a bodily thing, and respecting them is called, is, kindness. A S Byatt
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The point of painting is not really deception or imitation. A S Byatt
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I think literary theory has not been terribly good for English studies in a while. It's not that theory isn't interesting, but it isn't about books, or the idiosyncrasies and complexities of putting language together. A S Byatt
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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
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I am not an academic who happens to have written a novel. I am a novelist who happens to be quite good academically. A S Byatt
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I hated being a novelist when I was 20 - I had nothing to write about. A S Byatt
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Never stop paying attention to things. Never make your mind up finally. Do not hold beliefs. A S Byatt
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There is a certain aesthetic pleasure in trying to imagine the unimaginable and failing, if you are a reader. A S Byatt
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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
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I think my characters with my fingers, I think my characters with my guts. But when I say I think them, that is what I do, I feel them with the sympathetic neurons and I work out with my brain what it is that I am trying to write about, or I can't do it. A S Byatt
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I'm quite interested in my own mental processes, simply because I'm a failed scientist, and because I'm interested in how the brain and the mind works, and I like to avoid easy descriptions. A S Byatt
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I find the attempt to find things out, which scientists are possessed by, to be as human as breathing, or feeding, or sex. And so the science has to be in the novels as science and not just as metaphors. A S Byatt
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There are things that happen and leave no discernible trace, are not spoken of or written of, though it would be wrong to say that subsequent events go on indifferently, all the same, as though such things had never been. A S Byatt
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He felt changed, but there was no one to tell. A S Byatt
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There are things that happen and leave no discernible trace, are not spoken or written of, though it would be very wrong to say that subsequent events go on indifferently, all the same, as though such things had never been. A S Byatt
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...it is not possible to create the opposite of what one has always known, simply because the opposite is believed to be desired. Human beings need what they already know, even horrors. A S Byatt
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Good writing is always new. A S Byatt
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Narrative is one of the best intoxicants or tranquilisers. A S Byatt
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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
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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
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You can understand a lot about yourself by working out which fairytale you use to present your world to yourself in. A S Byatt
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Why do we take pleasure in gruesome death, neatly packaged as a puzzle to which we may find a satisfactory solution through clues - or if we are not clever enough, have it revealed by the all-powerful tale-teller at the end of the book? It is something to do with being reduced to, and comforted by, playing by the rules. A S Byatt
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The more research you do, the more at ease you are in the world you're writing about. It doesn't encumber you, it makes you free. A S Byatt
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It's a terrible poison, writing. A S Byatt
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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
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I like feeling my way into different minds and experiences. It comes naturally and always has. A S Byatt
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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
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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
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Think of this - that the writer wrote alone, and the reader read alone, and they were alone with each other. A S Byatt
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I shall from time to time write a small Clue - so that you may be the more thoroughly confounded. A S Byatt
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I worry about anthropomorphism as a form of self-deception. (The Christian religion is an anthropomorphic account of the universe.) A S Byatt
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...my Solitude is my Treasure, the best thing I have. A S Byatt
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No mere human can stand in a fire and not be consumed. A S Byatt
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I cannot bear not to know the end of a tale. I will read the most trivial things - once commenced - only out of a feverish greed to be able to swallow the ending - sweet or sour - and to be done with what I need never have embarked on. Are you in my case? Or are you a more discriminating reader? Do you lay aside the unprofitable? A S Byatt
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...words have been all my life, all my life-this need is like the Spider's need who carries before her a huge Burden of Silk which she must spin out-the silk is her life, her home, her safety-her food and drink too-and if it is attacked or pulled down, why, what can she do but make more, spin afresh, design anew.... A S Byatt
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You did not so much mind being -conventionally- betrayed, if you were not kept in the dark, which was humiliating, or defined only as a wife and dependent person, which was annihilating. A S Byatt
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Literary critics make natural detectives. A S Byatt
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I do not want to be a relative and passive being, anywhere. I want to live and love and write. A S Byatt
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The minds of stone lovers had colonised stones as lichens clung to them with golden or grey-green florid stains. The human world of stones is caught in organic metaphors like flies in amber. Words came from flesh and hair and plants. Reniform, mammilated, botryoidal, dendrite, haematite. Carnelian is from carnal, from flesh. Serpentine and lizardite are stone reptiles ; phyllite is leafy-green. A S Byatt
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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
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Human beings love stories because they safely show us beginnings, middles and ends. A S Byatt
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I don't think it is an easy thing to write and expect to be commercial, even if you are from Venus and a hermaphrodite. A S Byatt
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On buses and trains, I always think about the inexhaustible variety of human genes. We see types, and occasionally twins, but never doubles. All faces are unique, and this is exhilarating, despite the increasingly plastic similarity of TV stars and actors. A S Byatt
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You learn different things through fiction. Historians are always making a plot about how certain things came to happen. Whereas a novelist looks at tiny little things and builds up a sort of map, like a painting, so that you see the shapes of things. A S Byatt
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I'd like to write the way Matisse paints. A S Byatt
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I was no good at being a child. A S Byatt
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Once upon a time, when men and women hurtled through the air on metal wings, when they wore webbed feet and walked on the bottom of the sea, learning the speech of whales and the songs of the dolphins, when pearly-fleshed and jewelled apparitions of Texan herdsmen and houris shimmered in the dusk on Nicaraguan hillsides, when folk in Norway and Tasmania in dead of winter could dream of fresh strawberries, dates, guavas and passion fruits and find them spread next morning on their tables, there was a woman who was largely irrelevant, and therefore happy. A S Byatt
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She didn't like to be talked about. Equally, she didn't like not to be talked about, when the high-minded chatter rushed on as though she was not there. There was no pleasing her, in fact. She had the grace, even at eleven, to know there was no pleasing her. She thought a lot, analytically, about other people's feelings, and had only just begun to realize that this was not usual, and not reciprocated. A S Byatt
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Novels arise out of the shortcomings of History. A S Byatt
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Outside our small safe place flies mystery. A S Byatt
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I think vestigially there's a synesthete in me, but not like a real one who immediately knows what colour Wednesday is. A S Byatt
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I acquired a hunger for fairy tales in the dark days of blackout and blitz in the Second World War. A S Byatt
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I don't only write about English literature; I also write about chaos theory and... ants. I can understand ants. A S Byatt
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I have a dreadful fear that the more you try to prevent revealing the self, the more you do. A S Byatt
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I sort of mind living in a time when most of the literature is terribly personal. I suppose it's because I grew up on a love of history, philosophy, science and religion, but not to think too much about yourself. A S Byatt
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I'm more interested in books than people, and I always expect everybody else to be, but they're not. A S Byatt
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