Joseph Epstein Quotes

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Joseph Epstein Quotes

I know from the middle distance I give off the look of being prolific, which is a funny compliment to receive.
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Of all the seven deadly sins, only Envy is no fun at all.

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[Snobbishness] is the desire for what divides men and the inability to value what unites them.

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We use books like mirrors, gazing into them only to discover ourselves.

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The study of the past is the main portal through which culture is acquired.

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To be in the middle of composing a book is almost always to feel oneself in a state of confusion, doubt and mental imprisonment ...

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The best way to ensure that your writing is as good as you can make it is simply to consult your imagination and judgment as you write and take note of whether you are using an expression that has found its way into the stream simply because it's always there, swirling lifelessly in an eddy, where it was recently deposited by some other writer you have read.

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The pleasure of jogging and running is rather like that of wearing a fur coat in Texas in August: the true joy comes in being able to take the damn thing off.

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One serious drawback about letters is that, in order to get them, one must send some out. When it comes to the mail, I feel it is better to receive than to give.

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By the way, the secret of speaking French is confidence. Whether you are right or wrong, you don't hesitate.

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I think the story is my form.

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No nostalgia runs deeper than that for something one has never known and now cannot obtain.

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Food has it over sex for variety. Hedonistically, gustatory possibilities are much broader than copulatory ones.

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Political correctness and so many of the political fashions of the day ... could only be perpetrated in adolescent minds: minds, that is, that are trained to search out one thing and one thing only ... Only an adolescent would find it worthwhile to devote his or her attention chiefly to the hunting of offenses, the possibility of slights, real and imagined.

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I have myself always been terrified of plagiarism - of being accused of it, that is. Every writer is a thief, though some of us are more clever than others at disguising our robberies. The reason writers are such slow readers is that we are ceaselessly searching for things we can steal and then pass off as our own: a natty bit of syntax, a seamless transition, a metaphor that jumps to its target like an arrow shot from an aluminum crossbow.

— Joseph Epstein

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