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JANE BOWLES ~ I AM A WRITER…

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Jane Bowles American Writer

 

“I am a writer and I want to write.”
― Jane Bowles

 

Jane Bowles with her little dog.

Fear and Hope

“Like most people, you are not able to face more than one fear during your lifetime. You also spend your life fleeing from your first fear towards your first hope. Be careful that you do not, through your own wiliness, end up always in the same position in which you began. I do not advise you to spend your life surrounding yourself with those things which you term necessary to your existence. This is regardless of whether or not they are objectively interesting in themselves or even to your own particular intellect.

I believe sincerely that only those men who reach the stage where it is possible for them to combat a second tragedy within themselves, and not the first over and over again, are worthy of being called mature. When you think someone is going ahead, make sure that he is not really standing still. In order to go ahead, you must leave things behind which most people are unwilling to do.

Your first pain, you carry it with you like a lodestone in your breast because all tenderness will come from there. You must carry it with you through your whole life but you must not circle around it. You must give up the search for those symbols which only serve to hide its face from you. You will have the illusion that they are disparate and manifold but they are always the same. if you are only interested in a bearable life, perhaps this letter does not concern you. For god’s sake, a ship leaving port is still a wonderful thing to see.”

Jane Bowles, American Writer (1917-1973)

 

Jane Bowles and her husband the writer Paul Bowles.

 

Tavik Simon ~ “Vilma reading on a Sofa”

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Tavik Simon Vilam reading books on a sofa

Series Women and their Passion for Books

 

Tavik Simon, Vilma reading on a Sofa, 1912

 

“What on earth could be more luxurious than a sofa, a book, and a cup of coffee?”

Anthony Trollope

 

 

DORIS LESSING ~ THE WAY TO READ BOOKS

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Doris-Lessing
Doris Lessing

 

ONE WAY TO READ A BOOK

In the opinion of the famous writer Doris Lessing there is only one way to read.

“There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, skipping the parts that drag-and never, never reading anything because you feel you ought, or because it is part of a trend or a movement. Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you. ”
― Doris Lessing

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RALPH WALDO EMERSON ~ ON BOOKS

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Some books leave us free and some books make us free – Ralph Waldo Emerson

EUDORA WELTY ~ A PASSION FOR BOOKS

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“It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass. Yet regardless of where they come from, I cannot remember a time when I was not in love with them — with the books themselves, cover and binding and the paper they were printed on, with their smell and their weight and with their possession in my arms, captured and carried off to myself. Still illiterate, I was ready for them, committed to all the reading I could give them …”
― Eudora Welty, One Writer’s Beginnings

Lady Clementina Hawarden
Lady Clementina’s daughter, also called Clementina
1860s

VIRGINIA WOOLF ~ SOLITUDE

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“To love makes one solitary, she thought.”
Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (1925)

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT ~ READ TO LIVE

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“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
― Gustave Flaubert

Henri Roger-Viollet
1893

EUDORA WELTY ~ ON WRITING A NOVEL

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Writing a story or a novel is one way of discovering sequence in experience, of stumbling upon cause and effect in the happenings of a writer’s own life.
Eudora Welty

ANAIS NIN ~ THE ROLE OF A WRITER

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“The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say.”
Anais Nin

On the photo Anais Nin with Henry Miller

SAUL BELLOW ~ ON ADVICE

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“When we ask for advice, we are usually looking for an accomplice.”
Saul Bellow

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