Marguerite Duras

French author and filmmaker

Lived from: 1914-

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Marguerite Duras

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    A house means a family house, a place specially meant for putting children and men in so as to restrict their waywardness and distract them from the longing for adventure and escape they've had since time began.
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    Acting doesn't bring anything to a text. On the contrary, it detracts from it.
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    Alcohol is barren. The words a man speaks in the night of drunkenness fade like the darkness itself at the coming of day.
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    Before they're plumbers or writers or taxi drivers or unemployed or journalists, before everything else, men are men. Whether heterosexual or homosexual. The only difference is that some of them remind you of it as soon as you meet them, and others wait for a little while.
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    For that's what a woman, a mother wants to teach her children to take an interest in life. She knows it's safer for them to be interested in other people's happiness than to believe in their own.
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    Frigidity is desire imagined by a woman who doesn't desire the man offering himself to her. It's the desire of a woman for a man who hasn't yet come to her, whom she doesn't yet know. She's faithful to this stranger even before she belongs to him. Frigidity is the non-desire for whatever is not him.
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    I believe that always, or almost always, in all childhood and in all the lives that follow them, the mother represents madness. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we've ever met.
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    I see journalists as the manual workers, the laborers of the word. Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate.
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    It was the men I deceived the most that I loved the most.
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    It's afterwards you realize that the feeling of happiness you had with a man didn't necessarily prove that you loved him.
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    It's only women who are not really quite women at all, frivolous women who have no idea, who neglect repairs.
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    No other human being, no woman, no poem or music, book or painting can replace alcohol in its power to give man the illusion of real creation.
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    She represents the un-vowed aspiration of the male human being, his potential infidelity - and infidelity of a very special kind, which would lead him to the opposite of his wife, to the ''woman of wax'' whom he could model at will, make and unmake in any way he wished, even unto death.
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    The best way to fill time is to waste it.
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    The house a woman creates is a Utopia. She can't help it - can't help trying to interest her nearest and dearest not in happiness itself but in the search for it.
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