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Nathalie Sarraute Quotes

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Women have seen that they have locked themselves up with feminist writing.
- Nathalie Sarraute

Those who live in a world of human beings can only retrace their steps.
- Nathalie Sarraute

I have never sought the reason why I write.
- Nathalie Sarraute

The novel moves like all the arts.
It's transforming itself all the time.
- Nathalie Sarraute

 

It's a question of not copying the masters,
to look for something, good or bad, for oneself.
To enter this liberated state of mind,
one cannot copy the others.
- Nathalie Sarraute

One can't write without having read -
you have to read before beginning to write -
and universities offer a very good opportunity to read.
- Nathalie Sarraute

One can't write for all readers.
A poet cannot write for people who don't like poetry.
- Nathalie Sarraute

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I don't admire Freud as much as some people do.
Imagine Shakespeare being aware of the Oedipal complex when he wrote Hamlet.
It would have been a disaster.
- Nathalie Sarraute

All psychological research is completely barred by
the interpretations of the psychoanalysts.
Everything happens in the unconscious,
and I don't know what this unconscious is.
- Nathalie Sarraute

Television has lifted the manufacture of banality out
of the sphere of handicraft and placed it in that of a major industry.
- Nathalie Sarraute

Suspicion is one of the morbid reactions by which an
organism defends itself and seeks another equilibrium.
- Nathalie Sarraute

The reader has to be creative when he's reading.
He has to try to make the thing alive.
A good reader has to do a certain amount of work when he is reading.
- Nathalie Sarraute

I have often heard that the novel is dead.
But I see novels produced, I don't know how many a week,
in France.
I have the impression it's carrying along quite well.
- Nathalie Sarraute

Literature is always trying to show other parts of
this immense universe in which we live.
It's endless.
I'm sure there will be other writers who will discover new worlds.
- Nathalie Sarraute

The act of writing is a kind of catharsis,
a liberation, but I never really concerned myself with that.
I write because it interests me.
- Nathalie Sarraute

It's the duty of all novelists, all painters,
all musicians, all people who try to make art move:
to look for something they feel authentically,
without paying attention to styles.
- Nathalie Sarraute

We Can Do It!
- WW II US Government Poster

Whenever a man or women is truly inspired,
it is because the same One Universal Spirit
is doing the inspiring.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
- Socrates

Women don't want to hear what you think.
Women want to hear what they think -
in a deeper voice.
- Bill Cosby

Many societies have educated their male children
on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
- Margaret Mead

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
- Marilyn Monroe

Women are like teabags.
We don't know our true strength
until we are in hot water!
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Men and women belong to different species and communications
between them is still in its infancy.
- Bill Cosby

I'm always rather nervous about how you talk
about women who are active in politics,
whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians.
- John F. Kennedy

Friendship is not possible between two women
one of whom is very well dressed.
- Laurie Colwin

The difference between men friends and women friends
is that men tend to do things together,
women tend to just be together.
- Art Jahnke

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

Women must try to do things as men have tried.
When they fail their failure must be
but a challenge to others.
- Amelia Earhart

Men kick friendship around like a football,
but it doesn't seem to crack.
Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Achievement seems to be connected with action.
Successful men and women keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

Women marry men hoping they will change.
Men marry women hoping they will not.
- Albert Einstein

Love men and women not for their strength
but their softness,
not for their fullness but their hunger,
not for their plenty but their need.
- Anais Nin
(paraphrase)

There are only three things women need in life:
food,
water, and compliments.
- Chris Rock

Women want mediocre men,
and men are working to be as mediocre as possible.
- Margaret Mead

Anyone who says he can see through women is missing a lot.
- Groucho Marx

I want to live darkly and richly in my femaleness.
- Anais Nin

Men always want to be a woman's first love -
women like to be a man's last romance.
- Oscar Wilde

All successful people men and women are big dreamers.
They imagine what their future could be,
ideal in every respect,
and then they work every day toward
their distant vision,
that goal or purpose.
- Brian Tracy

To a philosopher all news,
as it is called, is gossip,
and they who edit and read it
are old women over their tea.
- Henry David Thoreau

I, with a deeper instinct,
choose a man who compels my strength,
who makes enormous demands on me,
who does not doubt my courage or my toughness,
who does not believe me naive or innocent,
who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
- Anais Nin

My decision to register women confirms what is already obvious
throughout our society -
that women are now providing
all types of skills in every profession.
The military should be no exception.
- Jimmy Carter

The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The time-traveling is just too dangerous.
Better that I devote myself to study
the other great mystery of the universe - women!
- the movie Back to the Future II

Women must pay for everything.
They do get more glory than men for comparable feats,
but, they also get more notoriety when they crash.
- Amelia Earhart

I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure.
I make mistakes, I am out of control
and at times hard to handle.
But if you can't handle me at my worst,
then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.
- Marilyn Monroe

I would rather trust a woman's instinct than a man's reason.
- Stanley Baldwin

There are practical little things in housekeeping
which no man really understands.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Women's natural role is to be a pillar of the family.
- Grace Kelly

Equality and development will not be achieved however
if peace is not understood from women's' point of view.
- Jenny Shipley

Men have a much better time of it than women.
For one thing, they marry later; for another thing,
they die earlier.
- H. L. Mencken

I married beneath me, all women do.
- Nancy Astor

Women are the only exploited group in history to have
been idealized into powerlessness.
- Erica Jong

A women's greatest asset is her beauty.
- Alex Comfort

Obviously I faced the possibility of not returning
when first I considered going.
Once faced and settled there really wasn't
any good reason to refer to it.
- Amelia Earhart

Women have to harness their power - its absolutely true.
It's just learning not to take the first no.
And if you can't go straight ahead, you go around the corner.
- Cher

If sex and creativity are often
seen by dictators as subversive activities,
it's because they lead to the knowledge
that you own your own body
(and with it your own voice), and that's
the most revolutionary insight of all.
- Erica Jong

A woman under stress is not immediately concerned
with finding solutions to her problems
but rather seeks relief
by expressing herself and being understood.
- John Gray

If women didn't exist, all the money in the world would have no meaning.
- Aristotle Onassis

The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress.
- Charles Fourier

Bachelors know more about women than married men;
if they didn't they'd be married too.
- H. L. Mencken

The woman who can create her own job
is the woman who will win fame and fortune.
- Amelia Earhart

So women are at the beginning of building a language,
and not all women are conscious of it.
- Judy Chicago

More countries have understood that women's equality
is a prerequisite for development.
- Kofi Annan

Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away.
- Fay Weldon

Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain
about what he wants and sets out to get it,
no holds barred.
Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money.
- Donald Trump

I think housework is the reason most women go to the office.
- Heloise Cruse

Whoever, fleeing marriage and the sorrows that women cause,
does not wish to wed comes to a deadly old age.
- Hesiod

I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization
is the influence of good women.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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