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“Like an enormous walnut in feeble, jittery squirrel hands, an idea, bigger and closer than any idea he had ever known, had been revolving in his mind for several days.”
“The conversation seemed just as boring and forgettable as details of American history around 1805, for example.”
“And no book, and possibly no painting, when it is finished, is ever exactly like the first dream of it.”
“I find the public passion for justice quite boring and artificial, for neither life nor nature cares if justice is ever done or not.”
“The first person you should think of pleasing, in writing a book, is yourself. If you can amuse yourself for the length of time it takes to write a book, the publisher and the readers can and will come later.”
“When I am thickening my plots, I like to think 'What if ... What if ... ' Thus my imagination can move from the likely, which everyone can think of, to the unlikely-but-possible, my preferred plot.”
“The kiss became the narrowed center of the still point of the turning world, so that even the park was turning in comparison to the still peace at their lips.”
“Life is a long failure of understanding ... a long, mistaken shutting of the heart.”
“Each book is, in a sense, an argument with myself, and I would write it, whether it is ever published or not.”
Patricia Highsmith, U.S. writer
(1921 - 1995)
Full name: Mary Patricia Plangman Highsmith. Sometimes wrote as Claire Morgan.