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John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "Think. In a minute from now you could be saying, I risked death. I threw for life, and I won life. It is a very wonderful feeling. To have survived."

Think. In a minute from now you could be saying, I risked death. I threw for life, and I won life. It is a very wonderful feeling. To have survived.




John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself."

The most important questions in life can never be answered by anyone except oneself.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "You're not me. You can't feel like I feel.""I can feel.""No you can't. You just choose not to feel or something and everything's fine.""It's not fine. It's just not so bad."

You're not me. You can't feel like I feel.""I can feel.""No you can't. You just choose not to feel or something and everything's fine.""It's not fine. It's just not so bad.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "Wolves don't hunt singly, but always in pairs. The lone wolf was a myth."

Wolves don't hunt singly, but always in pairs. The lone wolf was a myth.




John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "To write poetry and to commit suicide, apparently so contradictory, had really been the same, attempts at escape."

To write poetry and to commit suicide, apparently so contradictory, had really been the same, attempts at escape.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "Now I understand why you grow so many flowers."She shifted her head, not understanding.I said, "To cover the stink of sulphur."

Now I understand why you grow so many flowers."She shifted her head, not understanding.I said, "To cover the stink of sulphur.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "The height the dupe has fallen is measured by his anger."

The height the dupe has fallen is measured by his anger.




John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "I'm only happy when I forget to exist. When just my eyes or my ears or my skin exist."

I'm only happy when I forget to exist. When just my eyes or my ears or my skin exist.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "Liking other people is an illusion we have to cherish in ourselves if we are to live in society."

Liking other people is an illusion we have to cherish in ourselves if we are to live in society.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "I needed a new mystery."

I needed a new mystery.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "I don't believe in God. And I certainly don't feel chosen.""I think you may be."I smiled dubiously. "Thank you.""It is not meant as a compliment. Hazard makes you elect. You cannot elect yourself."

I don't believe in God. And I certainly don't feel chosen.""I think you may be."I smiled dubiously. "Thank you.""It is not meant as a compliment. Hazard makes you elect. You cannot elect yourself.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "That is how war corrupts us. It plays on our pride in our own free will."

That is how war corrupts us. It plays on our pride in our own free will.




John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "Because they died, we know we still live. Because a star explodes and a thousand worlds like ours die, we know this world is. That is the smile: that what might not be, is."

Because they died, we know we still live. Because a star explodes and a thousand worlds like ours die, we know this world is. That is the smile: that what might not be, is.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "Death starves us of life. So we learn to fabricate our own immortalities."

Death starves us of life. So we learn to fabricate our own immortalities.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "Sometimes to return is a vulgarity."

Sometimes to return is a vulgarity.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "The craving to risk death is our last great perversion. We come from night, we go into night. Why live in night?"

The craving to risk death is our last great perversion. We come from night, we go into night. Why live in night?



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "Liking other people is an illusion we have to cherish if we are to live in society. It is one I have long ago banished from my life. You wish to be liked. I wish simply to be."

Liking other people is an illusion we have to cherish if we are to live in society. It is one I have long ago banished from my life. You wish to be liked. I wish simply to be.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "The world began in hazard and will end in it."

The world began in hazard and will end in it.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "Why should I struggle through hundreds of pages of fabrication to reach half a dozen very little truths?''For fun?''Fun!' He pounced on the word. 'Words are for truth. For facts. Not fiction."

Why should I struggle through hundreds of pages of fabrication to reach half a dozen very little truths?''For fun?''Fun!' He pounced on the word. 'Words are for truth. For facts. Not fiction.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "Labor is a man crowning glory.""Not this man's.""I quote Marx"I raised my hands. The pickaxe handle had been rough."I quote blisters."

Labor is a man crowning glory.""Not this man's.""I quote Marx"I raised my hands. The pickaxe handle had been rough."I quote blisters.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "...there are times when silence is a poem."

...there are times when silence is a poem.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "And I envy you. You have the one thing that matters. You have all your discoveries before you."

And I envy you. You have the one thing that matters. You have all your discoveries before you.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "If a person is intelligent, then of course he is either an agnostic or an atheist. Just as he is a physical coward. They are automatic definitions of high intelligence."

If a person is intelligent, then of course he is either an agnostic or an atheist. Just as he is a physical coward. They are automatic definitions of high intelligence.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "He had the charm of all people who believe implicitly in themselves, that of integration."

He had the charm of all people who believe implicitly in themselves, that of integration.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "An answer is always a form of death."

An answer is always a form of death.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "Poetry had always seemed something I could turn to in need - an emergency exit, a lifebuoy, as well as a justification."

Poetry had always seemed something I could turn to in need - an emergency exit, a lifebuoy, as well as a justification.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "But he was absolutely alone. No one ever wrote to him. Visited him. Totally alone. And I believe the happiest man I have ever met."

But he was absolutely alone. No one ever wrote to him. Visited him. Totally alone. And I believe the happiest man I have ever met.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "The dead live." "How do they live?" "By love."

The dead live." "How do they live?" "By love.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "He was one of the most supremely stupid men I have ever met. He taught me a great deal."

He was one of the most supremely stupid men I have ever met. He taught me a great deal.



John Fowles, The Magus Quotes: "So that the smile was not so much an attitude to be taken to life as the nature of the cruelty of life, a cruelty we cannot even choose to avoid, since it is human existence."

So that the smile was not so much an attitude to be taken to life as the nature of the cruelty of life, a cruelty we cannot even choose to avoid, since it is human existence.