Quotations From FRANÇOISE SAGAN

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  • 1.
    After Proust, there are certain things that simply cannot be done again. He marks off for you the boundaries of your talent.
    Françoise Sagan (b. 1935), French novelist, playwright. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, Ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
  • 2.
    To jealousy, nothing is more frightful than laughter.
    Françoise Sagan (b. 1935), French novelist. Lucile, in La Chamade, ch. 9 (1965).

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  • 3.
    Writing is a question of finding a certain rhythm. I compare it to the rhythms of jazz. Much of the time life is a sort of rhythmic progression of three characters. If one tells oneself that life is like that, one feels it less arbitrary.
    Françoise Sagan (b. 1935), French novelist, playwright. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).

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  • 4.
    It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the "fronts" people assume before one another's eyes, and the "front" a writer puts on the face of reality.
    Françoise Sagan (b. 1935), French novelist, playwright. Interview, Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).

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  • 5.
    Jazz music is an intensified feeling of nonchalance.
    Françoise Sagan (b. 1935), French novelist. Dominique, in A Certain Smile, pt. 1, ch. 7 (1956).

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  • 6.
    Of course the illusion of art is to make one believe that great literature is very close to life, but exactly the opposite is true. Life is amorphous, literature is formal.
    Françoise Sagan (b. 1935), French novelist, playwright. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).

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