E. L. Doctorow

American writer

Lived from: 1931-

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: E. L. Doctorow

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    I try to avoid experience if I can. Most experience is bad.
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    In the twentieth century one of the most personal relationships to have developed is that of the person and the state. It's become a fact of life that governments have become very intimate with people, most always to their detriment.
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    It's like driving a car at night. You never see further than your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
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    Like art and politics, gangsterism is a very important avenue of assimilation into society.
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    The writer isn't made in a vacuum. Writers are witnesses. The reason we need writers is because we need witnesses to this terrifying century.
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    There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction; there's only narrative.
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    Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.
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