Louis Auchincloss

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Louis Auchincloss

Only little boys and old men sneer at love.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Keep doing good deeds long enough, and you'll probably turn out a good man in spite of yourself.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The glittering structure of her cultivation sits on her novels like a rather showy icing that detracts from the cake beneath.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
With her high pale brow under her faded brown hair, she was like a rock washed clean by years of her husband's absences at conventions, dinners, committee meetings or simply at the office.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A neurotic can perfectly well be a literary genius, but his greatest danger is always that he will not recognize when he is dull.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Perfection irritates as well as it attracts, in fiction as in life.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We were not as rich as the Rockefellers or Mellons, but we were rich enough to know how rich they were.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is a charm, even for homely things, in perfect maintenance.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It seems to me that the arts are rather flourishing. There's an awful lot of bad art about because of this, but that's true of every great era. I'm sure there was a lot dreadful art in the Renaissance that we fortunately don't see today.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If you can sense the corruption in me, it is ... because there's a dose of it in you.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Consider, children ... the pain of touching the tip of your finger to your mother's stove, even for a fraction of a second. That is an experience which most of you have suffered. Now try to imagine that pain, not simply on a fingertip but spread over the whole surface of your body, and not for a mere second, but everlastingly. That, children, is hellfire.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't particularly care about having [my characters] talk realistically, that doesn't mean very much to me. Actually, a lot of people speak more articulately than some critics think, but before the 20th century it really didn't occur to many writers that their language had to be the language of everyday speech. When Wordsworth first considered that in poetry, it was considered very much of a shocker. And although I'm delighted to have things in ordinary speech, it's not what I'm trying to perform myself at all: I wanMore Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Today is not forever.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The crowd has a way of being right.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A lot of writers ... sit in a log cabin by the lake and put their feet up by the fire in the silence and write. If you can have that that's all very well, but the true writer will learn to write anywhere -- even in prison.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It's very rare that a character comes to mind complete in himself. He needs additional traits that I often pick from actual people. One way you can cover your tracks is to change the sex.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Once somebody's aware of a plot, it's like a bone sticking out. If it breaks through the skin, it's very ugly.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You don't know the things in your childhood that influence you. You can't possibly know them. People today try to analyze the early environment and the reasons for something that happened, but if you look at children of the same family -- children who have identical parents, go to identical schools, have an almost identical upbringing, and yet who have totally different experiences and neuroses -- you realize that what influences the children is not so much the obvious externals as their emotional experiences. Of coursMore Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Your literary style reflects your personality.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I had always been considered such a nonentity where human relations were concerned that the idea that I might have an influence, even a corrupting influence ... penetrated my heart with a fierce little sting of pleasure.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A common objection to inherited wealth is that it stifles the urge to work. I have not generally observed this to be true.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Great lovers have made great sacrifices.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I used to go to church. I even went through a rather intense religious period when I was sixteen. But the idea of an everlasting life -- a never-ending banquet, as a stupid visiting minister to our church once appallingly described it -- filled me with a greater terror than the concept of extinction.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Society matters not so much. Words are everything.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There's no real alternative to what there is.More Louis Auchincloss [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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