John Banville Quotes

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John Banville Quotes

A man is not much if he cant depend on himself, and nothing if others cant depend on him.
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Given the world that he created, it would be an impiety against God to believe in him.

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I guard my memories of my lost one jealously, keep them securely under wraps, like a folio of delicate watercolours that must be protected from the harsh light of day.

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This is the way it is with me, always looking in or looking out, a chilly pane of glass between me and a remote and longed-for world.

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It's great people still care about books, and it's great you can still fashion a life from literature.

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When I say I don't like my own work, that doesn't mean it isn't better than everyone else's.

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I've been wrestling with Kafka since I was an adolescent. I think he's a great aphorist, a great letter writer, a great diarist, a great short story writer, and a great novelist - I'd put novelist last.

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How deceptively light they are, the truly decisive steps we take in life.

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What is money, after all? Almost nothing, when one has a sufficiency of it.

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How is it that in childhood everything new that caught my interest had an aura of the uncanny, since according to all the authorities the uncanny is not some new thing but a thing known returning in a different form, become a revenant?

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When you have once seen the chaos, you must make some thing to set between yourself and that terrible sight; and so you make a mirror, thinking that it shall be reflected the reality of the world; but then you understand that the mirror reflects only appearances, and that reality is somewhere else, off behind the mirror; and then you remember that behind the mirror there is only the chaos.

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Whom now would I love, and who would love me?

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I shall strip away layer after layer of grime
the toffee-colored varnish and caked soot left by a lifetime of dissembling
until I come to the very thing itself and know it for what it is. My soul. My self.

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This is the mortal world. It is a world where nothing is lost, where all is accounted for while yet the mystery of things is preserved; a world where they may live, however briefly, however tenuously, in the failing evening of the self, solitary and at the same time together somehow here in this place, dying as they may be and yet fixed forever in a luminous, unending instant.

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All one wants to do is make a small, finished, polished, burnished, beautiful object ... I mean, that's all one wants to do. One has nothing to say about the world, or society, or morals or politics or anything else. One just wants to get the damn thing done, you know? Kafka had it right when he said that the artist is the man who has nothing to say. It's true. You get the thing done, but you don't actually have anything to communicate, apart from the object itself.

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Throughout the 1960s and 1970s devoted Beckett readers greeted each successively shorter volume from the master with a mixture of awe and apprehensiveness; it was like watching a great mathematician wielding an infinitesimal calculus, his equations approaching nearer and still nearer to the null point.

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That's one of the many things I hate about life, that it's a hideously cliched business.

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A man is not much if he can't depend on himself, and nothing if others can't depend on him.

— John Banville

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