90 Total Quotes

Canadian Novelist Quotes

Robertson Davies
What we call luck is the inner man externalized. We make things happen to us.
Robertson Davies
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If the national mental illness of the United States is megalomania, that of Canada is paranoid schizophrenia.
Margaret Atwood
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Arthur Hailey
I set myself 600 words a day as a minimum output, regardless of the weather, my state of mind or if I'm sick or well. There must be 600 finished words-not almost right words.
Arthur Hailey
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Robertson Davies
Students today are a pretty solemn lot. One of the really notable achievements of the twentieth century has been to make the young old before their time.
Robertson Davies
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Robertson Davies
Canada is not really a place where you are encouraged to have large spiritual adventures.
Robertson Davies
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I've never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It's probably because they have forgotten their own.
Margaret Atwood
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Robertson Davies
Tristan and Isolde were lucky to die when they did. They'd have been sick of all that rubbish in a year.
Robertson Davies
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Robertson Davies
There is no nonsense so gross that society will not, at some time, make a doctrine of it and defend it with every weapon of communal stupidity.
Robertson Davies
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Robertson Davies
A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.
Robertson Davies
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Robertson Davies
To be a book-collector is to combine the worst characteristics of a dope fiend with those of a miser.
Robertson Davies
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Robertson Davies
Fanaticism is overcompensation for doubt.
Robertson Davies
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Robertson Davies
Literary critics, however, frequently suffer from a curious belief that every author longs to extend the boundaries of literary art, wants to explore new dimensions of the human spirit, and if he doesn't, he should be ashamed of himself.
Robertson Davies
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Coming from Canada, being a writer and Jewish as well, I have impeccable paranoia credentials.
Mordecai Richler
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Popular art is the dream of society; it does not examine itself.
Margaret Atwood
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Their mothers had finally caught up to them and been proven right. There were consequences after all but they were the consequences to things you didn't even know you'd done.
Margaret Atwood
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Robertson Davies
Pornography is rather like trying to find out about a Beethoven symphony by having somebody tell you about it and perhaps hum a few bars.
Robertson Davies
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Robertson Davies
Do not suppose, however, that I intend to urge a diet of classics on anybody. I have seen such diets at work. I have known people who have actually read all, or almost all, the guaranteed Hundred Best Books. God save us from reading nothing but the best.
Robertson Davies
#Canadian Novelist

If I were going to convert to any religion I would probably choose Catholicism because it at least has female saints and the Virgin Mary.
Margaret Atwood
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Robertson Davies
May I make a suggestion, hoping it is not an impertinence? Write it down: write down what you feel. It is sometimes a wonderful help in misery.
Robertson Davies
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Robertson Davies
You never see what you want to see, forever playing to the gallery.
Robertson Davies
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Robertson Davies
The drama may be called that part of theatrical art which lends itself most readily to intellectual discussion: what is left is theater.
Robertson Davies
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Another belief of mine; that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
Margaret Atwood
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We still think of a powerful man as a born leader and a powerful woman as an anomaly.
Margaret Atwood
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In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
Margaret Atwood
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Canada was built on dead beavers.
Margaret Atwood
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An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.
Margaret Atwood
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Never pray for justice, because you might get some.
Margaret Atwood
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This above all, to refuse to be a victim.
Margaret Atwood
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We thought we were running away from the grownups, and now we are the grownups.
Margaret Atwood
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Gardening is not a rational act.
Margaret Atwood
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