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Eve Babitz

  • ... by the time I'd grown up, I naturally supposed that I'd grown up.

  • It takes a certain kind of innocence to like L.A. ...

  • My grandmother wants me to get married like her and have ingrates for children and grandchildren who hang up on her.

  • It's the frames which make some things important and some things forgotten. It's all only frames from which the content rises.

  • There are only three things to say about cocaine. One, there is no such thing as enough. Two, it will never be as good as the first time. Three, those first two facts constitute a tragedy of expense in ways that can't be experienced unless you've had cocaine. ... Your brain will settle into a puddle around your sinuses and you will die.

  • There are three basic personality factors in cats: The kind who run up when you say hello and rub against you in cheap romance; the kind who run away certain that you mean to ravish them; and the kind who just look back and don't move a muscle. I love all three kinds.

  • ... I find myself coming out of the library with all women writers. I keep hoping the library attendant won't notice, but when 8 out of 8 of the books you take out are by women, you try not to look too dykey.

  • I was always much too elated to imagine despair.

Eve Babitz, U.S. writer, artist

(1942)