Art must take reality by surprise.
Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.
To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.
A dress makes no sense unless it inspires men to take it off of you.
One can never speak enough of the virtues, the dangers, the power of shared laughter.
The one thing I regret is that I will never have time to read all the books I want to read.
Every little girl knows about love. It is only her capacity to suffer because of it that increases.
After Proust, there are certain things that simply cannot be done again. He marks off for you the boundaries of your talent.
It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the ""fronts"" people assume before one another's eyes, and the ""front"" a writer puts on the face of reality.
Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal.