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Anatole Broyard Quotes: "The contents of someone's bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral portrait."

The contents of someone's bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral portrait.




Anatole Broyard Quotes: "To be misunderstood can be the writer's punishment for having disturbed the reader's peace. The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding."

To be misunderstood can be the writer's punishment for having disturbed the reader's peace. The greater the disturbance, the greater the possibility of misunderstanding.




Anatole Broyard Quotes: "In an age like ours, which is not given to letter-writing, we forget what an important part it used to play in people's lives."

In an age like ours, which is not given to letter-writing, we forget what an important part it used to play in people's lives.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "If a book is really good, it deserves to be read again, and if it's great, it should be read at least three times."

If a book is really good, it deserves to be read again, and if it's great, it should be read at least three times.




Anatole Broyard Quotes: "Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city."

Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "The first divorce in the world may have been a tragedy, but the hundred-millionth is not necessarily one."

The first divorce in the world may have been a tragedy, but the hundred-millionth is not necessarily one.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "A bookcase is as good as a view, as much of a panorama as the sight of a city or a river. There are dawns and sunsets in books - storms and zephyrs."

A bookcase is as good as a view, as much of a panorama as the sight of a city or a river. There are dawns and sunsets in books - storms and zephyrs.




Anatole Broyard Quotes: "The more I like a book, the more reluctant I am to turn the page. Lovers, even book lovers, tend to cling. No one-night stands or "reads" for them."

The more I like a book, the more reluctant I am to turn the page. Lovers, even book lovers, tend to cling. No one-night stands or "reads" for them.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave."

It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "There are few things more subtly distressing than an inappropriate gift from someone close to you."

There are few things more subtly distressing than an inappropriate gift from someone close to you.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "The tension between 'yes' and no', between 'I can' and 'I cannot,' makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self."

The tension between 'yes' and no', between 'I can' and 'I cannot,' makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars."

We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.




Anatole Broyard Quotes: "When friends stop being frank and useful to each other, the whole world loses some of its radiance."

When friends stop being frank and useful to each other, the whole world loses some of its radiance.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "Either a writer doesn't want to talk about his work, or he talks about it more than you want."

Either a writer doesn't want to talk about his work, or he talks about it more than you want.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "A book is meant not only to be read, but to haunt you, to importune you like a lover or a parent, to be in your teeth like a piece of gristle."

A book is meant not only to be read, but to haunt you, to importune you like a lover or a parent, to be in your teeth like a piece of gristle.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience."

There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "I remember a table in BarchesterTowers that had more character than the combined heroes of three recent novels I've read."

I remember a table in BarchesterTowers that had more character than the combined heroes of three recent novels I've read.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "An aphorism is a generalization of sorts, and our present-day writers seem more at home with the particular."

An aphorism is a generalization of sorts, and our present-day writers seem more at home with the particular.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "Chic is a convent for unloved women."

Chic is a convent for unloved women.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "People ... have no idea what a hard job it is for two writers to be friends. Sooner or later you have to talk about each other's work."

People ... have no idea what a hard job it is for two writers to be friends. Sooner or later you have to talk about each other's work.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "Two people making love, she once said, are like one drowned person resuscitating the other."

Two people making love, she once said, are like one drowned person resuscitating the other.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "We don't simply read books. We become them."

We don't simply read books. We become them.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "Ruefulness is one of the classical tones of American fiction. It fosters a native, deglamorized form of anxiety."

Ruefulness is one of the classical tones of American fiction. It fosters a native, deglamorized form of anxiety.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "There is something about seeing real people on a stage that makes a bad play more intimately, more personally offensive than any other art form."

There is something about seeing real people on a stage that makes a bad play more intimately, more personally offensive than any other art form.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "Sometimes it seems that we might have been happier if we had once had an aristocracy to blame everything on."

Sometimes it seems that we might have been happier if we had once had an aristocracy to blame everything on.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "I feel about lending a book the way most fathers feel about their daughters living with a man out of wedlock."

I feel about lending a book the way most fathers feel about their daughters living with a man out of wedlock.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "The more I like a book, the more slowly I read. this spontaneous talking back to a book is one of the things that makes reading so valuable."

The more I like a book, the more slowly I read. this spontaneous talking back to a book is one of the things that makes reading so valuable.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "A whole generation of writers dined out on the dialectic between original cultures and their culture by "progress."

A whole generation of writers dined out on the dialectic between original cultures and their culture by "progress.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "The moment a book is lent I begin to miss it."

The moment a book is lent I begin to miss it.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "Paranoids are the only ones who notice things anymore."

Paranoids are the only ones who notice things anymore.



Anatole Broyard Quotes: "The contents of someone's bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral port"

The contents of someone's bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral port