Peter Carey

Quotes: Peter Carey

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    All our heroes, all our great stories are about failure.
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    Good writing of course requires talent, and no one can teach you to have talent.
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    I don't think you have the right to shout about other people's private life.
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    I'm always the one with the activist friends. I've been an activist very little.
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    I'm interested in where we are, where we're going, where we've come from.
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    If you ever read one of my books I hope you'll think it looks so easy. In fact, I wrote those chapters 20 times over, and over, and over, and that if you want to write at a good level, you'll have to do that too.
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    My greatest pleasure is to invent. My continual mad ambition is to make something true and beautiful that never existed in the world before.
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    Nostalgia is something we think of as fuzzy. But it's pain. Pain concerning the past.
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    Swimming always cleans your soul.
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    The great thing about using the past is that it gives you the most colossal freedom to invent. The research is necessary, of course, but no one writes a novel to dramatically illustrate what everybody already knows.
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    To know you will be lonely is not the same as being lonely.
    Source: Oscar and Lucinda (2010) 261
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