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Do you know what I dont understand about that ball game? I dont understand why I wanted to kill you.
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Art begins ... when someone interprets, when someone sees the world through his own eyes. Art happens when what is seen becomes mixed with the inside of the person who is seeing it.

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It's not a pretty world, Papa.'
'I've noticed,' my father said softly.

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I learned a long time ago, Reuven, that a blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something. A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives that span, he is something. He can fill that tiny span with meaning, so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant. Do you understand what I am saying? A man must fill his life with meaning, meaning is not automatically given to life.

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For all the pain you suffered, my mama. For all the torment of your past and future years, my mama. For all the anguish this picture of pain will cause you. For the unspeakable mystery that brings good fathers and sons into the world and lets a mother watch them tear at each other's throats. For the Master of the Universe, whose suffering world I do not comprehend. For dreams of horror, for nights of waiting, for memories of death, for the love I have for you, for all the things I remember, and for all the things I should remember but have forgotten, for all these I created this painting-an observant Jew working on a crucifixion because there was no aesthetic mold in his own religious tradition into which he could pour a painting of ultimate anguish and torment.

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Literature presents you with alternate mappings of the human experience. You see that the experiences of other people and other cultures are as rich, coherent, and troubled as your own experiences. They are as beset with suffering as yours. Literature is a kind of legitimate voyeurism through the keyhole of language where you really come to know other people's lives
their anguish, their loves, their passions. Often you discover that once you dive into those lives and get below the surface, the veneer, there is a real closeness.

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Oh, it makes a difference, I thought. And if it doesn't make a difference you will make it make a difference.

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And yet there are some magnificent things from Freud, profound insights into the nature of man.

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Each work seems to give me the most trouble at the time I'm working on it.

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But today we become aware of other readings of the human experience very quickly because of the media and the speed with which people travel the planet.

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I'm constantly revising. Once the book is written and typed, I go through the entire draft again.

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Yes, there is some thought about making a film of My Name Is Asher Lev.

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Honest differences of opinion should never be permitted to destroy a friendship, he told me. Haven't you learned that yet, Reuven?

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A word is worth one coin, silence is worth two

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Williamsburg was stifling, narcotized by the heat.

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They are so rigid,' he said in a sudden angry voice. 'Why do they not see that this rigidity turns away our greatest minds?

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I walked the streets and tasted the golden sun that lay across the city.

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I like his optimism,' I said. 'I like the way when he and some other rabbis saw a jackal in the ruins of Jerusalem, and the others began to cry, he laughed and said that just as the prophecy of the destruction of the temple was fulfilled, so the prophecy of the rebuilding would also be fulfilled. I like that.

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White is fearful to gaze upon for too long: it is the color of shrouds; it is all-color, the prism fused, undifferentiated, linked wave to wave and particle to particle.

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It was a large store and i did not like to go in it because its brightness was cold, like sunlight on distant ice.

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