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Eleanor Clark

"Rome is ... an impossible compounding of time, in which no century has respect for any other and all hit you in a jumble at every turn ... "

Eleanor Clark, Rome and a Villa (1952)

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"Rome is everybody's memory ... "

Eleanor Clark, Rome and a Villa (1952)

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"Even a tourist can tell in a Roman street that he is in something and not outside of something as he would be in most cities. In Rome to go out is to go home."

Eleanor Clark, Rome and a Villa (1952)

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"The Roman form of serenade is to race a motorcycle motor under the girl's window, but mufflers are not common in any situation; the only things as dearly loved as a good noise are breakneck speed and eye-splitting lights, preferably neon -- all expressions of well-being, like a huge belly-laugh."

Eleanor Clark, Rome and a Villa (1952)

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"It is like a party all the time; nobody has to worry about giving one or being invited; it is going on every day in the street and you can go down or be part of it from your window ... "

Eleanor Clark, Rome and a Villa (1952)

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" ... there is a shock of freshness to it. Intimations of the ages of man, some piercing intuition of the sea and all its weeds and breezes shiver you a split second from that little stimulus on the palate. You are eating the sea ... "

Eleanor Clark, The Oysters of Locmariaquer (1964)

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"Music or the color of the sea are easier to describe than the taste of one of these Armoricaines ... "

Eleanor Clark, The Oysters of Locmariaquer (1964)

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"I think you write only out of a great trouble. A trouble of excitement, a trouble of enlargement, a trouble of displacement in yourself."

Eleanor Clark, in Roy Newquist, Conversations (1967)

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" The fresh start is always an illusion but a necessary one."

Eleanor Clark, Eyes, Etc. (1977)

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"Shame can be self-indulgence too."

Eleanor Clark, Eyes, Etc. (1977)

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"Doubt remains a luxury I won't do without."

Eleanor Clark, Eyes, Etc. (1977)

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"How smartly September comes in, like a racing gig, all style, no confusion."

Eleanor Clark, Eyes, Etc. (1977)

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"Anybody who's against birth control and abortion has to be a criminal idiot."

Eleanor Clark, Eyes, Etc. (1977)

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"To be first-rate at anything you have to stake your all. Nobody's an artist 'on the side.'"

Eleanor Clark, Eyes, Etc. (1977)

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Eleanor Clark, U.S. writer
(1913 - 1996)