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Anatole Broyard

Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.

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Aphorisms are bad for novels. They stick in the reader's teeth.

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We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.

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Lapped in poetry, wrapped in the picturesque, armed with logical sentences and inalienable words.

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When friends stop being frank and useful to each other, the whole world loses some of its radiance.

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People have no idea what a hard job it is for two writers to be friends. Sooner or later you have to talk about each other's work.

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The more I like a book, the more slowly I read. this spontaneous talking back to a book is one of the things that makes reading so valuable.

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There is something about seeing real people on a stage that makes a bad play more intimately, more personally offensive than any other art form.

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There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience.

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It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.

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