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Bernard Malamud

Bernard Malamud

American novelist

Alive from: 1914-1986

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    A man is an island in the only sense that matters, not an easy way to be. We live in mystery, a cosmos of separate lonely bodies, men, insects, stars. It is all a loneliness and men know it best.
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    Ah, Dubin, you meet a pretty girl on the road and are braced to hop on a horse in pursuit of youth.
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    Children were strangers you loved because you could love. If they gave back love when they were grown you were ahead of the game.
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    If your train's on the wrong track every station you come to is the wrong station.
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    It was all those biographies in me yelling, We want out. We want to tell you what we've done to you.
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    It's one thing for a man not to know, not to have learned; it's another not to be able to live by what one does know.
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    Levin wanted friendship and got friendliness; he wanted steak and they offered spam.
    Source: A New Life
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    Mourning is a hard business, Cesare said. If people knew there'd be less death.
    Source: Life is Better than Death, in Idiots First
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    No one had written a good long life of Schubert. He had lived long in music and short in life.
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    Once you've got some words looking back at you, you can take two or three or throw them away and look for others.
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    One can't make pure clay of time's mud. There is no life that can be recaptured wholly; as it was. Which is to say that all biography is ultimately fiction.
    Source: Dubins Lives p. 27.
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    Prufrock had measured out his life with measuring spoons; Dubin, in books resurrecting the lives of others.
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    Reader, I am myself the subject of my book; you would be unreasonable to spend your leisure on so frivolous and so vain a matter.
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    She entered his dreams sane and left mad. She began with words of love and ended with sounds that frightened him.
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    Stay with it... ultimately you teach yourself something very important about yourself.
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