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By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

There comes a time in a man's life when to get where he has to go - if there are no doors or windows he walks through a wall.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bernard Malamud

Reader, I am myself the subject of my book; you would be unreasonable to spend your leisure on so frivolous and so vain a matter.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bernard Malamud

Overnight business could go down enough to hurt; yet as a rule it slowly recovered-sometimes it seemed to take forever-went up, not high enough to be really up, only not down.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

We didn't starve but nobody ate chicken unless we were sick or the chicken was.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bernard Malamud

A man is an island in the only sense that matters, not an easy way to be. We live in mystery, a cosmos of separate lonely bodies, men, insects, stars. It is all loneliness and men know it best.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

You could not pity anything if you weren't a man; pity was a surprise to God. It was not his invention.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

Writers who can't invent stories often substitute style for narrative. They remind me of the painter who couldn't paint people, so he painted chairs.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Bernard Malamud

She waited uneasily and shyly. From afar he saw that her eyes--clearly her father's--were filled with desperate innocence. He pictured, in her, his own redemption. Violins and lit candles revolved in the sky. Leo ran forward with flowers out-thrust.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bernard Malamud

It was all those biographies in me yelling, 'We want out. We want to tell you what we've done to you.'

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

We can't all be friends and relatives as the world is; most of us have to be strangers.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Bernard Malamud

I fix what's broken - except in the heart.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bernard Malamud

I work with language. I love the flowers of afterthought.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bernard Malamud

Somewhere I put it this way: first drafts are for learning what one’s fiction wants him to say. Revision works with that knowledge to enlarge and enhance an idea, to reform it. Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bernard Malamud

Space plus whatever you feel equals more whatever you feel, marvelous for happiness, God save you otherwise.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

To any writer: Teach yourself to work in uncertainty. Many writers are anxious when they begin, or try something new. Even Matisse painted some of his Fauvist pictures in anxiety. Maybe that helped him to simplify. Character, discipline, negative capability count. Write, complete, revise. If it doesn't work, begin something else.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

The whole history of baseball has the quality of mythology.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bernard Malamud

I write a book at least three times-once to understand it, the second time to improve the prose, and a third to compel it to say what it still must say.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bernard Malamud

Prufrock had measured out his life with measuring spoons; Dubin, in books resurrecting the lives of others.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bernard Malamud

Some men are by nature explorers; my nature is to stay under the same moon and stars, and if the weather is wet, under the same roof. It's a strange world, why make it stranger?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bernard Malamud

As long as a man stays alive he can't tell what chances will pop up next. But a dead man signs no checks.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bernard Malamud

A writer is a spectator, looking at everything with a highly critical eye.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bernard Malamud

... it's possible to let love fly by like a cloud in a windy sky if one is too timid, or perhaps unable to believe he is entitled to good fortune.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bernard Malamud

I am somewhat of a meliorist. That is to say, I act as an optimist because I find I cannot act at all, as a pessimist. One often feels helpless in the face of the confusion of these times, such a mass of apparently uncontrollable events and experiences to live through, attempt to understand, and if at all possible, give order to; but one must not withdraw from the task if he has some small things to offer - he does so at the risk of diminishing his humanity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

At thirty-three the Whammer still enjoyed exceptional eyesight. He saw the ball spin off Roy's fingertips and it reminded him of a white pigeon he had kept as a boy, that he would send into flight by flipping it into the air. The ball flew at him and he was conscious of its bird-form and white flapping wings, until it suddenly disappeared from view. He heard a noise like the bang of a firecracker at his feet and Sam had the ball in his mitt. Unable to believe his ears he heard Mercy intone a reluctant strike.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Bernard Malamud

It was a strange thing about people- they could look the same but be different.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bernard Malamud

If you ever forget you are a Jew a goy will remind you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bernard Malamud

Revision is one of the exquisite pleasures of writing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

There is in the darkness a unity, if you will, that cannot be achieved in any other environment, a blending of self with what the self perceives, and exquisite mystical experience.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

The past exudes legend: one can't make pure clay of time's mud. There is no life that can be recaptured wholly; as it was.Which is to say that all biography is ultimately fiction.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bernard Malamud

Ithink Isaid'All menare Jews excepttheydon't know it.'I doubt I expected anyone to take the statement literally. But I think it's an understandable statement and a metaphoric way of indicating how history, sooner or later, treats all men.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

We have in my country (Russia) a quotation: "It is impossible to make out of apology a fur coat.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

We have two lives, the life we learn with and the life we live with after that. Suffering is what brings us toward happiness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bernard Malamud

If your train's on the wrong track every station you come to is the wrong station.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

The idea is to get the pencil moving quickly.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

You see in others who you are.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

You can't eat language but it eases thirst.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bernard Malamud

If you don't hear His voice so let Him hear yours. When prayers go up blessings descend.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

We're persecuted in the most civilized languages.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bernard Malamud

Of course it would cost something, but he was an expert in cutting corners; and when there were no more corners left he would make circles rounder.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

Without heroes, we are all plain people and don't know how far we can go.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

There are no wrong books. What's wrong is the fear of them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bernard Malamud

I love metaphor. It provides two loaves where there seems to be one. Sometimes it throws in a load of fish.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bernard Malamud

Completed, most lives were alike in stages of living-joys, celebrations, crises, illusions, losses, sorrows.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

... we are all terribly alone no matter what people say.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Bernard Malamud

You write by sitting down and writing.  There's no particular time or place—you suit yourself, your nature.  How one works, assuming he's disciplined, doesn't matter.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Bernard Malamud

Children were strangers you loved because you could love. If they gave back love when they were grown you were ahead of the game.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Bernard Malamud

When I don't feel hurt, I hope they bury me.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Bernard Malamud

They say God appeared in history and used it for his purposes, but if that was so he had no pity for men.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Bernard Malamud

Teach yourself to work in uncertainty.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Bernard Malamud

First drafts are for learning what your novel or story is about. Revision is working with that knowledge to enlarge & enhance an idea, to reform it . . . Revision is one of the true pleasures of writing.