Julio Cortazar

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Julio Cortazar

Julio Cortazar

And do you accept the idea that there is no explanation?More Julio Cortazar [10/06/2011 03:10:27]
Everything can be killed except nostalgia for the kingdom, we carry it in the color of our eyes, in every love affair, in everything that deeply torments and unties and tricks.More Julio Cortazar [10/06/2011 03:10:32]
Only by living absurdly is it possible to break out of this infinite absurdity.More Julio Cortazar [10/06/2011 03:10:37]
Only in dreams, in poetry, in play do we sometimes arrive at what we were before we were this thing that, who knows, we are.More Julio Cortazar [10/06/2011 03:10:45]
What good is a writer if he can't destroy literature? And us... what good are we if we don't help as much as we can in that destruction?More Julio Cortazar [10/06/2011 03:10:50]
Why have we had to invent Eden, to live submerged in the nostalgia of a lost paradise, to make up utopias, propose a future for ourselves?More Julio Cortazar [10/06/2011 03:10:55]
Human history is the sad result of each one looking out for himself.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Only in dreams, in poetry, in play do we sometimes arrive at what we were before we were this thing that, who knows, we are.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Why have we had to invent Eden, to live submerged in the nostalgia of a lost paradise, to make up utopias, propose a future for ourselves?More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As if you could pick in love, as if it were not a lightning bolt that splits your bones and leaves you staked out in the middle of the courtyard. (...) You don't pick out the rain that soaks you to the skin when you come out of a concert.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Of all our feelings the only one which really doesn't belong to us is hope. Hope belongs to life, it's life itself defending itself. Etcetera.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
She would smile and show no surprise, convinced as she was, the same as I, that casual meetings are apt to be just the opposite, and that people who make dates are the same kind who need lines on their writing paper, or who always squeeze up from the bottom on a tube of toothpaste.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I realized that searching was my symbol, the emblem of those who go out at night with nothing in mind, the motives of a destroyer of compasses.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The short-story writer knows that he can't proceed cumulatively, that time is not his ally. His only solution is to work vertically, heading up or down in literary space.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
In quoting others, we cite ourselves.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Nothing is more comical than seriousness understood as a virtue that has to precede all important literatureMore Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We no longer believe because it is absurd: it is absurd because we must believe.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I sometimes longed for someone who, like me, had not adjusted perfectly with his age, and such a person was hard to find; but I soon discovered cats, in which I could imagine a condition like mine, and books, where I found it quite often.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The more a book is like an opium pipe, the more the Chinaman reader is satisfied with it and tends to discuss the quality of the drug rather than its lethargic effects.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The fantastic breaks the crust of appearance … something grabs us by the shoulders to throw us outside ourselves. I have always known that the big surprises await us where we have learned to be surprised by nothing, that is, where we are not shocked by ruptures in the order.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Memory is a mirror that scandalously lies.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
(memory is) A strange echo, which stores its replicas according to some other acoustic than consciousness or expectation.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Memory weaves and traps us at the same time according to a scheme in which we do not participate: we should never speak of our memory, for it is anything but ours; it works on its own terms, it assists us while deceiving us or perhaps deceives up to assist us.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Now that I think about it, it seems to me that’s what Idiocy is: the ability to be enthusiastic all the time about anything you like, so that a drawing on the wall does not have to be diminished by the memory of the frescoes of Giotto in Padua.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The best literature is always a take [in the musical sense]; there is an implicit risk in its execution, a margin of danger that is the pleasure of the flight, of the love, carrying with it a tangible loss but also a total engagement that, on another level, lends the theater its unparalleled imperfection faced with the perfection of film. I don’t want to write anything but takes.More Julio Cortazar [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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