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#1. In 1907 Edmund Gosse thought he had to leave his father to become himself; seventy years later Geoffrey Wolff knows he cannot leave his father because he has become his father. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#2. When the whole world is writing letters, it's easy to lap into the quiet within, tell the story of an hour, keep alive the narrating inner life. To be alone in the presence of one's thought is not a value, only a common practice. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#3. When cafe life thrives, talk is a shared limberness of the mind that improves appetite for conversation: an adequate sentence maker is then made good, a good one excellent, an excellent one extraordinary. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#4. They may recognize themselves in what you're writing, and then they have to say, "Well, she doesn't see me as I see myself." All a writer has is her own experience, and that experience comes out of human relationships. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#5. I began to realize what everyone in the world knows and routinely forgets: that to be loved sexually is to be loved not for one's actual self but for one's ability to arouse desire in the other...Only the thoughts in one's mind or intuitions of the spirit can attract permanently... - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#6. You can't reduce an actual human being; you're just writing! You're not doing anything to another person. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#7. I don't write fiction but I do write narrative; I write memoirs that I treat like stories, so whenever I'm using somebody I actually know as a model, I am submitting them to the agenda of a storyteller, and I feel free to do what I want. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#8. The older I grow, the more I realize how unfit we are for relationships. We are all such antagonists. It's part of the human condition to be deeply unfaithful to constancy. I do believe that. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#9. Whatever a scientist is doing - reading, cooking, talking, playing - science thoughts are always there at the edge of the mind. They are the way the world is taken in; all that is seen is filtered through an everpresent scientific musing. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#10. I hated being "Mrs." from the first second each time. I didn't know why. All I knew was how uncomfortable it felt. I hated being one half of a couple, without understanding that it wasn't the husband or the man I hated, it was situation, the identity. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#11. There are two categories of friendship: those in which people enliven one another and those in which people must be enlivened to be with one another. In the first category one clears the decks to be together; in the second one looks for an empty space in the schedule. I - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#12. What Independence Has Come to Mean to Me: The Pain of Solitude. The Pleasure of Self-Knowledge - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#13. The desire for narration keeps on reasserting itself, so that since modernism and fiction brought narration to an end, it is sought in memoirs. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#14. It seems that fiction no longer produces work that makes one feel the human condition deeply. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#15. Papa's love did indeed have wondrous properties: it not only compensated for her boredom and anxiety, it was the cause of her boredom and anxiety. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#16. Agnes Smedley also knows what the century knows: that we become what is done to us. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#17. The memoirist, like the poet and the novelist, must engage the world, because engagement makes experience, experience makes wisdom, and finally it's the wisdom-or rather the movement toward it-that counts. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#18. When I work I feel more alive than under any other circumstances. There's not an 'I love you' in the world that can match it. I feel safe, excited, at peace, erotic, centered. Nothing can touch me. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#19. The whole sickening trickery in life
the idea that one cannot fight for one's humanity without, ironically, losing it ... that trickery is the real enemy and the very essence of the thing we must continually be on our guard against. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#20. I may cause someone to feel badly, not because I'm doing something to them, but because the way in which I see might cause pain. But I am not doing the hurting. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#21. You're growing old together," she said to me. "You and what frightens you. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#22. For me, the beauty of feminism is that it is a social and political movement that has redefined the power and obligation of the self: self-possession and self-regulation as a tool for social reform. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#23. Man is free only when he is doing what the deepest self likes, and knowing what the deepest self likes, ah! that takes some diving. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#24. She leans into the memory. She stares. She concentrates. What IS it that's she's looking for, trying to get straight at last? - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#25. Just as once upon a time you could make the experience of religion or nature a great metaphor, so now it is with love. It's just not the kind of thing you can put at the center of a work of literature and have it really reveal us to ourselves. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#26. Of course love is a force in life. People will go on falling in love forever. And more important, sexual infatuation will enrapture everyone. Otherwise, no babies! - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#27. The point of women's liberation is not to stand at the door of the male world, beating our fists, and crying, 'Let me in, damn you, let me in!' The point is to walk away from the world and concentrate on creating a new woman. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#28. They say writers sell everybody out. What can you do? You know only the people you know. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#29. Being a housewife is an illegitimate profession ... The choice to serve and be protected and plan towards being a family-maker is a choice that shouldn't be. The heart of radical feminism is to change that - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#30. You are the instrument of your own illumination. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#31. A scientist or a writer is one who ruminates continuously on the nature of physical or imaginative life, experiences repeated relief and excitement when the insight comes, and is endlessly attracted to working out the idea. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#32. I don't know if memoirs can produce literary work of the first order. But I do know that novels are doing it only rarely. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#33. Psychoanalysis showed me that I might be neurotic because I was a girl but, as Chekhov might have put it, I alone had to squeeze the slave out of myself, drop by drop. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#34. Emotional sympathies just dry up and die as we change, and they are as mysterious in friendship as in love. It's a relationship like any other. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#35. Awareness of the self is more acutely at the heart of things than it has ever been before. On the foundation of self-awareness alone rest all our hopes for a new politics, a new society, a revitalized life. If we do not genuinely know ourselves, the void will now, at last, surely rise up to meet us. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#36. The difference between me in my work and the me who is here in front of you is that on the page I create a consistency, a voice that must sound really reliable; whereas in person I am free - obviously! - to sound every which way. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#37. Science, like art, religion, political theory, or psychoanalysis - is work that holds out the promise of philosophic understanding, excites in us the belief that we can 'make sense of it all. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#38. Scientists do what writers do. They also live with an active interiority, only the ongoing speculation in their heads is about relations in the physical world rather than the psychological one. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#39. For the integrated human being there is no past: there is only the continual transformation of original experience. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#40. Feminism gave me a way to see myself in culture, in society, in history, and that was very important. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#41. What feminism did was make clear for me how much I longed for clarity. I got married twice, each time in a fog. I had so many complicated feelings I couldn't understand. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#42. When was the first I knew something about her in a world where men were sex, but women? - weren't we just supposed to get out of the way when we saw it coming? - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#43. What you feel when you're writing is the relief of thinking: if you write the sentence correctly, you're clarifying. If you write the right sentence, nothing feels as good. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#44. Writing enters into us when it gives us information about ourselves we are in need of *at the time that we are reading.* How obvious the thought seems once it has been articulated! As with love, politics, or friendship: readiness is all. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#45. I once wrote a book on women in science. I realized when I was interviewing them that they were the equivalent of writers, or anyone else who tries to make art out of life. Through science they had reached the expressive. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#46. Very young, I was not able to find myself interesting without intelligent response. I required the company of minds attuned to my own, but no one around gave me back the words I needed to hear. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#47. That's the hardest thing to do-to stay with a sentence until it has said what it should say, and then to know when that has been accomplished. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#48. Nettie, it quickly developed, had no gift for mothering. Many women have no gift for it. They mimic the recalled gestures and mannerisms of the women they've been trained to become and hope for the best. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#49. Penetrating the familiar is by no means a given. On the contrary, it is hard work. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#50. Research is the live heart of the scientific life ... Greatness of position, respect for past accomplishments, the Nobel Prize itself
none of these can compensate for the loss of vitality only research provides. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#51. Every work [of literature] has both a situation and a story. The situation is the context or circumstance, sometimes the plot; the story is the emotional experience that preoccupies the writer: the insight, the wisdom, the thing one has come to say - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#52. Love can't be a metaphor anymore. If you try to make literature out of it, it doesn't work. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#53. We cannot depend on change, but we can depend on surprise. However, we cannot always depend on surprise either. This keeps us on our toes. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#54. Everyone longs for expressiveness. That's why love carries so much weight. Because so many lives are without other means of expressiveness. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#55. Women occupy, in great masses, the 'household tasks' of industry. They are nurses but not doctors, secretaries but not executives, researchers but not writers, workers but not managers, bookkeepers but not promoters. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#56. I was never an activist, in the sense that I didn't really join a lot of organizations. I wasn't out in the streets. But what I did become was a writer. My activism was in writing. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#57. Self-possession is the ability to face without fear life in all its contradictions. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#58. If you don't leave home you suffocate, if you go too far you lose oxygen. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#59. Wharton thought no one could have freedom, but James knew no one wanted freedom. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#60. In New York there's such diversity that there's no one central identity; everyone is marginal. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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#61. Sex is the killer. Sexual love makes you feel more vulnerable than any other kind of love. That's one reason that people are so thorny and so vulnerable and so easily wounded when in love. - Author: Vivian Gornick
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