john banville Quotes

I guard my memories of my lost one jealously, keep them securely under wraps, like a folio of delicate water colours that must be protected from the harsh light of day.
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— John Banville
How I envy writers who can work on aeroplanes or in hotel rooms. On the run I can produce an article or a book review, or even a film script, but for fiction I must have my own desk, my own wall with my own postcards pinned to it, and my own window not to look out of.
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— John Banville
I sometimes think that I might be slightly autistic. There might be a syndrome that hasn't been named. I don't seem to see the world in the same way that most people I know see it. They don't seem to be baffled by it.
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— John Banville
I'd given up Catholicism in my teens but something of it stays with me. I try to create the perfect sentence - that's as close to godliness as I can get.
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— John Banville
Death is such a strange thing. One minute you're here and then just gone. You'd think there would be an anteroom, a place where you could be visited before you go.
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— John Banville
When I started writing, I was a great rationalist and believed I was absolutely in control. But the older one gets, the more confused, and for an artist I think that is quite a good thing: you allow in more of your instinctual self; your dreams, fantasies and memories. It's richer, in a way.
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— John Banville
Why does the past seem so magical, so fraught, so luminous? At the time it was just, ugh, another boring bloody day. But, to look back on, it's a day full of miracles and light and extraordinary events. Why is this? What process do we apply to the past, to give it this vividness? I don't know.
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— John Banville
I want my art to make people look at the world in a new way. I mean, what's the point of the art of writing if it doesn't take you into the mysterious?
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— John Banville
We're constantly losing - we're losing time, we're losing ourselves. I don't feel for the things I lost.
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— John Banville
When you're writing there's a deep, deep level of concentration way below your normal self. This strange voice, these strange sentences come out of you.
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— John Banville
I don't see how English as we use it in Europe can be revivified. It's like Latin must have been in about A.D. 300, tired and used up. All one can do is press very hard stylistically to make it glow.
— John Banville
We writers are shy, nocturnal creatures. Push us into the light and the light blinds us.
— John Banville
You can't write about fantasy without being ridiculous.
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— John Banville
You know, artists don't really have all that much experience of life. We make a huge amount out of the small experience that we do have.
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— John Banville
When young writers approach me for advice, I remind them, as gently as I can, that they are on their own, with no help available anywhere. Which is how it should be.
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— John Banville
I always think that if you know somebody's name then there's something slightly fraudulent about that person. Otherwise we wouldn't have heard of him or her.
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— John Banville
When fans of mine meet me, I can see the disappointment in their eyes. Every artist knows of this phenomenon.
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— John Banville
My work is frequently described as cold, which is baffling, since it seems to me embarrassingly, shame-makingly, scandalously warm. I find my work filled with sentiment, and I can't imagine why people find it cold.
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— John Banville
All novels must be autobiographical because I am the only material that I know. All of the characters are me. But at the same time, a novel is never autobiographical even if it describes the life of the author. Literary writing is a completely different medium.
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— John Banville
Office life is very, very strange. It's like no other way of living. You have an intimacy with people who you work with in the office, yet if you meet them on the streets, you both look the other way because you're embarrassed.
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— John Banville
I know some of my memories are made up and they are far more powerful than the things that actually happened. For example, I always remember my brother posting me a copy of 'Dubliners' from Africa, but he says he never did.
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— John Banville
When I say I don't like my own work, that doesn't mean it isn't better than everyone else's.
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— John Banville
With crime fiction, you have to write a half-dozen before they catch on.
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— John Banville
I've been wrestling with Kafka since I was an adolescent. I think he's a great aphorist, a great letter writer, a great diarist, a great short story writer, and a great novelist - I'd put novelist last.
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— John Banville
I suppose it's possible that a writer would have feeling for his characters, but I can't see how, because writing is such a meticulous, intricate, technical business. I wish I could say that I love my characters and that frequently they take over the book and run away with the plot and so on. But they don't exist.
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— John Banville
Writers are just like other people, except slightly more obsessed.
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— John Banville
No two things the same, the equals sign a scandal.
— John Banville
When I finish a sentence, after much labor, it's finished. A certain point comes at which you can't do any more work on it because you know it will kill the sentence.
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— John Banville
How flat all sounds are at the seaside, flat and yet emphatic, like the sound of gunshots heard at a distance.
— John Banville
And indeed nothing had happened, a momentous nothing, just another of the great world's shrugs of indifference.
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— John Banville
Where I went, no one could follow. Yet someone managed to hold my hand.
— John Banville
A man is not much if he can't depend on himself, and nothing if others can't depend on him.
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— John Banville
Sleep is uncanny, I have always found it so, a nightly dress-rehearsal for being dead.
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— John Banville
Perhaps all of life is no more than a long preparation for the leaving of it.
— John Banville
All I wanted was to be left alone. They abhor a vacuum, other people. You find a quiet corner where you can hunker down in peace, and the next minute there they are, crowding around you in their party hats, tooting their paper whistles in your face and insisting you get up and join in the knees-up.
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— John Banville
Given the world that he created, it would be an impiety against God to believe in him.
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— John Banville
If I was asked to say what was the greatest invention of human beings, I would say the sentence.
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— John Banville
All art at a certain level is entertainment. We go to a tragedy by Sophocles to be entertained.
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— John Banville
Dogs are dim creatures, do not speak to me of their good sense-have you ever heard of a team of tomcats hauling a sled across the frozen wastes?
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— John Banville
With the crime novels, its delightful to have protagonists I can revisit in book after book. Its like having a fictitious family.
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— John Banville
john banville
Birth    : December 8, 1945
Occupation  : Novelist