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John Fante Quotes

Someday, as an exercise, you might ask a writer to give himself the questions he wants to answer. If you really want a writers opinions, you have to ask for them. What you read might surprise you.
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Almighty God, I am sorry I am now an atheist, but have You read Nietzsche?

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I have wanted women whose very shoes are worth all I have ever possessed.

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So fuck you, Los Angeles, fuck your palm trees, and your highassed women, and your fancy streets, for I am going home, back to Colorado, back to the best damned town in the USA - Boulder, Colorado.

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All that was good in me thrilled in my heart at that moment, all that I hoped for in the profound, obscure meaning of my existence. Here was the endlessly mute placidity of nature, indifferent to the great city; here was the desert beneath these streets, around these streets, waiting for the city to die, to cover it with timeless sand once more. There came over me a terrifying sense of understanding about the meaning and the pathetic destiny of men. The desert was always there, a patient white animal, waiting for men to die, for civilizations to flicker and pass into the darkness. Then men seemed brave to me, and I was proud to be numbered among them. All the evil of the world seemed not evil at all, but inevitable and good and part of that endless struggle to keep the desert down.

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I was twenty then. What the hell, I used to say, take your time, Bandini. You got ten years to write a book, so take it easy, get out and learn about life, walk the streets. That's your trouble: your ignorance of life.

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I didn't ask any questions. Everything I wanted to know was written in tortured phrases across the desolation of her face.

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I told him, "The writing instinct has always lain dormant in me. Now it is in the process of metamorphosis. The era of transition has passed. I am on the threshold of expression."
He said, "Balls.

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Bandini looked at a patch of blue in the east.
'Pretty soon we'll have spring', he said.
'We sure will!

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Like my father, I am very impatient. I have a strong bullshit detector. I may finish one book in twenty that I have started.

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Well, this is good for me, this is experience, I am here for a reason, these moments run into pages, the seamy side of life.

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Literary criticism is generally bunk. Nonsense. Usually based on self-serving post-intellectual bullshit.

— John Fante

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