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Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "One learns much more by writing fiction, because the insights come from those deeper subconscious levels where the greater and more interesting truths lie."

One learns much more by writing fiction, because the insights come from those deeper subconscious levels where the greater and more interesting truths lie.




Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "Americans and their desire to be novelists, the American novel should be listed in medical dictionaries alongside Megalomania and Obsessional Neuroses."

Americans and their desire to be novelists, the American novel should be listed in medical dictionaries alongside Megalomania and Obsessional Neuroses.




Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "Only friends will tell you the truths you need to hear to make your life bearable."

Only friends will tell you the truths you need to hear to make your life bearable.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "Why are there no great women artists?' sounds as ignorant of human geography as the query 'Why are there no Eskimo tennis teams?"

Why are there no great women artists?' sounds as ignorant of human geography as the query 'Why are there no Eskimo tennis teams?




Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "I shall never cease to marvel at the way we beg for love and tyranny."

I shall never cease to marvel at the way we beg for love and tyranny.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "All our parents have levels of deviousness. We're driven to write about this discrepancy between the bright shining selves they invented and the monsters lurking underneath."

All our parents have levels of deviousness. We're driven to write about this discrepancy between the bright shining selves they invented and the monsters lurking underneath.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "Like most writers I know, I love being on stage. I’ve sublimated the dramatic urge by teaching and by making people laugh."

Like most writers I know, I love being on stage. I’ve sublimated the dramatic urge by teaching and by making people laugh.




Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "The vast Pacific ocean would always remain the islanders' great solace, escape and nourishment, the amniotic fluid that would keep them hedonistic and aloof, guarded, gentle and mysterious."

The vast Pacific ocean would always remain the islanders' great solace, escape and nourishment, the amniotic fluid that would keep them hedonistic and aloof, guarded, gentle and mysterious.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "Lovers, children, heroes, none of them do we fantasize as extravagantly as we fantasize our parents."

Lovers, children, heroes, none of them do we fantasize as extravagantly as we fantasize our parents.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "If I were ever to go mad it would be on Thanksgiving Day, that day of guilt and grace when the family hangs upon you like an ax over a sacrificial victim, like the oven's heat on that poor bird."

If I were ever to go mad it would be on Thanksgiving Day, that day of guilt and grace when the family hangs upon you like an ax over a sacrificial victim, like the oven's heat on that poor bird.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "Mine [parents] started out more from scratch, because I'm constantly aware of what they suffered in the war."

Mine [parents] started out more from scratch, because I'm constantly aware of what they suffered in the war.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "I think it's one of the reasons I wrote my book later in life. My parents didn't have these extreme alternations of conduct. They were very sweet to me."

I think it's one of the reasons I wrote my book later in life. My parents didn't have these extreme alternations of conduct. They were very sweet to me.




Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "I didn't find this memoir of these two eccentric people so different from doing my memoirs of De Sade or Simone Weil. My parents in their own way are as odd as Sade."

I didn't find this memoir of these two eccentric people so different from doing my memoirs of De Sade or Simone Weil. My parents in their own way are as odd as Sade.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "I think we're much more eager to know about our parents than we were in the seventies."

I think we're much more eager to know about our parents than we were in the seventies.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "Oh, save me God, but not quite yet."

Oh, save me God, but not quite yet.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "The choice between starving and being eaten is an exotic one."

The choice between starving and being eaten is an exotic one.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "how the French can talk. About a stew, about a fly on the parapet, about death, about anything."

how the French can talk. About a stew, about a fly on the parapet, about death, about anything.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "The irreversibility of time. That's the hardest thing to accept at our age, that's the most violent aspect of death."

The irreversibility of time. That's the hardest thing to accept at our age, that's the most violent aspect of death.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "one forgives parents as naturally as one emancipates oneself from them - usually shortly afterward."

one forgives parents as naturally as one emancipates oneself from them - usually shortly afterward.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "As to why people like Joseph Lelyveld are writing memoirs, I think they're just catching on the coattails of the trend."

As to why people like Joseph Lelyveld are writing memoirs, I think they're just catching on the coattails of the trend.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "I venture that those of us who are most serene when faced with the possibility of nothingness are the ones who've reached furthest to the downward and upward of their beings."

I venture that those of us who are most serene when faced with the possibility of nothingness are the ones who've reached furthest to the downward and upward of their beings.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "Art is both a vengeance against reality and a reconciliation with it."

Art is both a vengeance against reality and a reconciliation with it.



Francine Du Plessix Gray Quotes: "Only friends will tell you the truths you need to hear to make ... your life bearable."

Only friends will tell you the truths you need to hear to make ... your life bearable.