Patrick Modiano Quotes

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Patrick Modiano Quotes

A man without scenery is completely disarmed.
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I quickly realised that it is difficult to get started when writing a novel. You have this dream of what you want to create, but it is like walking around a swimming pool and hesitating to jump in because the water is too cold.

— Patrick Modiano

I always have the impression that I write the same book.

— Patrick Modiano

At the beginning, I experienced writing as a sort of constraint. Starting so young as a writer is pitiable: it's beyond your powers; you have to lay bare things that are very heavy, and you don't have the means for that.

— Patrick Modiano

I write in the most classical French because this form is necessary for my novels: to translate the murky, floating, unsettling atmosphere I wanted them to have, I had to discipline it into the clearest, most traditional language possible.

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Really, I prefer not to read my early books. Not that I don't like them, but I don't recognize myself anymore, like an old actor watching himself as a young leading man.

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Writing is a strange and solitary activity. There are dispiriting times when you start working on the first few pages of a novel. Every day, you have the feeling you are on the wrong track. This creates a strong urge to go back and follow a different path. It is important not to give in to this urge but to keep going.

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The doctor used to tell me that every person about to die becomes a music box playing the melody that best describes his life, his character, and his hopes. For some, it's a popular waltz; for others, a march.

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Nice is a city of ghosts and specters, but I hope not to become one of them right away.

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For a long time - and this particular time with greater force than usual - summer has been a season that gives me a sense of emptiness and absence, and takes me back to the past.

— Patrick Modiano

But I am a patient man. I can wait for hours in the rain

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On winning Literature Nobel Prize: I was actually in the street. Yes, I was in the street. It was my daughter who notified me.

— Patrick Modiano

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