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Edmund White Quotes and Sayings
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In the case of my book, I don't think it's really the
coming-out gay novel that everyone really needed,
even though it was received as such.
The boy is too creepy, he betrays his teacher,
the only adult man with whom he's enjoyed a sexual experience,
etc.
- Edmund White

If I take a less defensive tone, I'd admit that I couldn't
write today a very jazzy,
contemporary look at America as I did in 1979 in States of Desire.
- Edmund White

I think sincerity was my sole aesthetic and realism
my experimental technique.
- Edmund White

Of course the success of A Boy's Own Story took me utterly off guard.
- Edmund White

 

These rejections hurt me terribly because I felt it
was my life that was being rejected.
- Edmund White

I didn't want to write a biographie romancee especially
since I already write novels,
nor did I want to challenge the rules of the biography game,
arbitrary as those rules might be.
- Edmund White

Whereas fiction is a continual discovery of what one wants to say,
what one feels, what one means, and is,
in that sense, a performance art, biography requires different skills -
research and organization.
- Edmund White

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I think that there are empty ecological niches in the
literary landscape crying to be filled and when a book
more or less fills a niche it's seized on,
even when it's a far from perfect fit.
- Edmund White

The first version of The Beautiful Room Is Empty was the first mss.
I'd ever submitted to New York editors.
- Edmund White

As a young teenager I looked desperately for things
to read that might excuse me or assure me I wasn't the only one,
that might confirm an identity I was unhappily piecing together.
- Edmund White

Biography can be the most middle-class of all forms,
the judgment of little people avenging themselves on the great.
- Edmund White

When one gets angry, it is always angry AT someone -
perhaps a friend or spouse, perhaps a stranger,
perhaps the nameless "they" - "those people at the bank wronged me,"
perhaps God, or perhaps oneself.
In any case, when one gets angry,
they want to find someone to be "responsible" for what happened.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who knows only his own side of the case, knows little of that.
- John Stuart Mill, On Liberty (1859)

People sort themselves into groups
of happy people and unhappy people
through two different, but complementary mechanisms,
influence and affinity.
I influence those around me
with my emotional state, either happy or unhappy.
At the same time, I feel an affinity
for others who are like me in some way -
in this case by sharing my emotional outlook on life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes I think we're alone.
Sometimes I think we're not.
In either case, the thought is staggering.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it.
Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return.
Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?
- Epictetus

In case you failed to notice,
in case you failed to see,
this is my heart,
bleeding before you,
this is me down on my knees.
- Jewel

A man cannot speak to his son, but as a father;
to his wife, but as a husband;
to his enemy, but upon terms:
whereas a friend may speak, as the case requires,
and not as it sorteth with the person.
- Francis Bacon

Love interrupts, if you like,
the consequences of your actions,
which in my case is very good news indeed,
because I've done a lot of stupid stuff.
- Bono

Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour
when every one has to throw off his mask?
Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked?
Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight
in order to avoid this? Or are you not terrified by it?
I have seen men in real life who so long deceived others
that at last their true nature could not reveal itself;...
In every man there is something which to a certain degree
prevents him from becoming perfectly transparent to himself;
and this may be the case in so high a degree,
he may be so inexplicably woven into relationships of life
which extend far beyond himself that he almost cannot reveal himself.
But he who cannot reveal himself cannot love,
and he who cannot love is the most unhappy man of all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The experience of God, or in any case the possibility of experiencing God,
is innate.
- Alice Walker

Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare.
In every case they are unique, poetic,
products of the heart.
- Arthur Erickson

Difficulties show men what they are.
In case of any difficulty,
remember that God has pitted you
against a rough antagonist
that you may be a conqueror,
and this cannot be without toil.
- Epictetus

Cagey trial lawyers have figured out there's a pretty
good likelihood their case -
no matter what its merit -
will literally get its day in court because of favorable judges.
- Dennis Hastert

It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself,
to resist invasions of it in the case of others:
or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his own.
- Thomas Jefferson

Wealth is not without its advantages and the case to the contrary,
although it has often been made, has never proved widely persuasive.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

What if everything is an illusion and nothing exists?
In that case, I definitely overpaid for my carpet.
- Woody Allen

Save a boyfriend for a rainy day -
and another, in case it doesn't rain.
- Mae West

From your confessor, lawyer and physician,
hide not your case on no condition.
- John Harington

Every citizen should be a soldier.
This was the case with the Greeks and Romans,
and must be that of every free state.
- Thomas Jefferson

Republicans are for both the man and the dollar,
but in case of conflict the man before the dollar.
- Abraham Lincoln

Luckily, in my case, I have managed,
by writing,
to do the one thing that I always wanted to do.
- Jonathan Coe

Swing hard, in case they throw the ball where you're swinging.
- Duke Snider

I see songs not as a commodity used up when the album goes off the charts,
which is often the case with pop songs.
I see them as a body of work.
Life should be breathed into them.
- Sting

We say of an animal that it is intelligent,
and we say the same thing of a woman;
but in neither case is it usually appropriate,
clearly for very different reasons.
- Jose Bergamin

The term 'giant' is used too often to describe artists.
But in the case of Akira Kurosawa, we have one of the
rare instances where the term fits.
- Martin Scorsese

In my case, self-absorption is completely justified.
I have never discovered any other subject quite so worthy of my attention.
- Jay Dratler

I think we do better as a country when we go step by step toward a goal,
and the goal in this case should be reducing health care costs.
- Lamar Alexander

If an ad campaign is built around a weak idea -
or as is so often the case,
no idea at all - I don't give a damn how good the execution is,
it's going to fail.
- Morris Hite

This growth in the number, speed of formation,
permanence, delicacy and complexity of associations
possible for an animal reaches its acme in the case of man.
- Edward Thorndike

It is no coincidence that the growth of modern tyrants
has in every case been heralded by the growth of prejudice.
- Henry A. Wallace

The case for freedom, the case for our constitutional
principles the case for our heritage has to be made anew in each generation.
The work of freedom is never done.
- Anthony Kennedy

Things have changed a great deal since the days of Mr. Mayer.
The studios no longer control, as they did in those days,
artists or directors or producers, as the case may be.
- Lew Wasserman

While the form of treachery varies slightly from case to case,
liberals always manage to take the position that most
undermines American security.
- Ann Coulter

Certainly the Australians were buried in Korea.
But I think that from Vietnam on, all the killed were
brought home to America or to Australia,
in our case.
- Peter Scott

Sequels are very rarely a good idea,
and in any case,
the success of the book changed my relationship with the club in some ways.
- Nick Hornby

I am bound to tell what I am told, but not in every case to believe it.
- Herodotus

In the latter case life rests upon a thousand presuppositions
which the individual can never trace back to their origins,
and verify; but which he must accept upon faith and belief.
- Georg Simmel

I and life: The case was settled chivalrously.
The opponents parted without having made up.
- Karl Kraus

I knew that for this movie to work it had to be very hot and very real,
and it wasn't going to be a case of doing it Hollywood
all covered with a nice little sheet.
- Natasha Richardson

But when they needed love or help or had a problem of any kind,
they could always go to Roselle because she was always there for them.
That was not always the case with me.
- Perry Como

I've never canceled a subscription to a newspaper because
of bad cartoons or editorials.
If that were the case, I wouldn't have any newspapers or magazines to read.
- Richard M. Nixon

I write for somebody who has my own limitations.
My reader has a certain difficulty with concentrating,
which in my case comes from being a film viewer.
- Manuel Puig

You sit up there, and you see the whole gamut of human nature.
Even if the case being argued involves only a little fellow and $50,
it involves justice.
That's what is important.
- Earl Warren

You can't bomb a people just in case.
- Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

Once I'd chosen the songs, it seemed like it would
just be a question then of recording them.
But it's a case of trying to re-invent the songs;
taking them in different directions.
- Martin Gore

Nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person.
- Arthur Conan Doyle

I think that what we've been able to do is put together
both a good group of scholars and analysts and people
who aggressively want to make the case to the American public.
- John Podesta

Babies have big heads and big eyes, and tiny little
bodies with tiny little arms and legs.
So did the aliens at Roswell!
I rest my case.
- William Shatner

One problem was that my direct testimony was in writing,
so a lot of people didn't get to see it.
I hope they see it, because I think it built a very strong case.
- Jim Barksdale

I want just to be happy and peaceful.
And that's not always the case when you're married.
- Olivier Martinez

Membership of the United Nations gives every member
the right to make a fool of himself,
and that is a right of which the Soviet Union in this
case has taken full advantage.
- Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr.

God created a number of possibilities in case some
of his prototypes failed -
that is the meaning of evolution.
- Graham Greene

In case of a thunderstorm, stand in the middle of the
fairway and hold up a one iron.
Not even God can hit a one iron.
- Lee Trevino

It's a discovery of a story when I write a book,
a case of inching ahead on each page and discovering
what's beyond in the darkness,
beyond where you're writing.
- Michael Ondaatje

Gentlemen, I find the law very explicit on murdering your fellow man,
but there's nothing here about killing a Chinaman.
Case dismissed.
- Roy Bean

In any case, A New Kind of Science is a wonderful book,
and I'm still absorbing its teachings.
- Rudy Rucker

You increase muscle bulk by training against resistance.
For example, weights.
And in ballet, this isn't the case.
- Deborah Bull

Fame has sent a number of celebrities off the deep end,
and in the case of Michael Jackson, to the kiddy pool.
- Bill Maher

No, but you've got to be here in case something does happen.
- Bob Paisley

Know how and how much to tip people who expect gratuities,
even in the case of poor service.
- Marilyn vos Savant


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