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    The hell with "love" anyway, and with every other phony, time-wasting, half-assed emotion in the world.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: world  emotion  hell 
     
    There's never been anything funny about a woman dying for love.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: women  funny  dying 
     
    In avoiding specific goals he had avoided specific limitations. For the time being the world, life itself, could be his chosen field.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: time  world  goal 
     
    Dying for love might be pitiable, but it wasn't much different, finally, from any other kind of dying.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: dying 
     
    It haunted him all night, while he slept alone; it was still there in the morning, when he swallowed his coffee and backed down the driveway in the crumpled old Ford. And riding to work, one of the youngest and healthiest passengers on the train, he sat with the look of a man condemned to a very slow, painless death. He felt middle-aged.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: death  men  work  night 
     
    Never say anything that doesn't improve on silence.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: silence 
     
    Are artists and writers the only people entitled to lives of their own?
    — Richard Yates
    tags: people  live  artist 
     
    Our ability to measure and apportion time affords an almost endless source of comfort.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: time  comfort 
     
    I'm only interested in stories that are about the crushing of the human heart.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: heart  human  stories 
     
    You want to play house, you got to have a job. You want to play very nice house, very sweet house, then you got to have a job you don't like. Great. This is the way ninety-eight-point-nine per cent of the people work things out, so believe me, buddy, you've got nothing to apologize for.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: people  work  believe  job 
     
    Being alone has nothing to do with how many people are around.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: people  alone 
     
    If my work has a theme, I suspect it is a simple one: that most human beings are inescapably alone, and therein lies their tragedy.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: work  lies  human  alone  tragedy 
     
    Intelligent, thinking people could take things like this in their stride, just as they took the larger absurdities of deadly dull jobs in the city and deadly dull homes in the suburbs. Economic circumstances might force you to live in this environment, but the important thing was to keep from being contaminated. The important thing, always, was to remember who you were.
    — Richard Yates
    She just happened to feel like it. Wasn't that after all, the only reason there was? Had she ever had a less selfish, more complicated reason for doing anything in her life?
    — Richard Yates
    No one forgets the truth; they just get better at lying.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: lying 
     
    Do you know what the definition of insane is? Yes. It's the inability to relate to another human being. It's the inability to love.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: human  definition 
     
    The Revolutionary Hill Estates had not been designed to accommodate a tragedy. Even at night, as if on purpose, the development held no looming shadows and no gaunt silhouettes. It was invincibly cheerful, a toyland of white and pastel houses whose bright, uncurtained windows winked blandly through a dappling of green and yellow leaves " A man running down these streets in desperate grief was indecently out of place.
    — Richard Yates
    You're painfully alive in a drugged and dying culture.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: culture  dying 
     
    if you wanted to do something absolutely honest, something true, it always turned out to be a thing that had to be done alone.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: alone  true 
     
    Why did everything always change when all you wanted, all you had ever humbly asked of whatever God there might be, was that certain things be allowed to stay the same?
    — Richard Yates
    tags: god 
     
    if you don't try at anything, you can't fail" it takes back bone to lead the life you want
    — Richard Yates
    And do you know a funny thing? I'm almost fifty years old and I've never understood anything in my whole life.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: funny  year 
     
    It's a disease. Nobody thinks or feels or cares any more; nobody gets excited or believes in anything except their own comfortable little God damn mediocrity.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: believe  care  god 
     
    Hopeless emptiness. Now you've said it. Plenty of people are onto the emptiness, but it takes real guts to see the hopelessness.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: people  real 
     
    Know what we did, Lucy? You and me? We spent our whole lives yearning. Isn't that the God damndest thing?
    — Richard Yates
    tags: live  god 
     
    He took each fact as it came and let it slip painlessly into the back of his mind, thinking, Okay, okay, I'll think about that one later; and that one; and that one; so that the alert, front part of his mind could remain free enough to keep him in command of the situation.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: facts  thinking  mind 
     
    Hard work, is the best medicine yet devised for all the ills of man- and of woman.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: work  women  medicine 
     
    People did change, and a change could be a bloom as well as a withering...
    — Richard Yates
    tags: people 
     
    He knew it was possible for shame to be nursed and doctored like an illness, if you wanted to keep it separate from the rest of your life, but that didn't mean there'd be any way to keep from knowing it was there.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: illness  knowing  shame 
     
    God knows there certainly ought to be a window around here somewhere, for all of us.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: god 
     
    Warren Cox, God knew, was no prize; a commercial person, a sales person, the kind of man who said things like "x numbers of dollars". At lunch today, laboriously trying to explain some business procedure, he had said "x number of dollars" three times.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: time  men  people  god  business 
     
    Remember what Anatole France said about the dog masturbating on your leg-'Sure, it's honest, but who needs it?
    — Richard Yates
    tags: dog 
     
    Acting might bring on emotional exhaustion, but writing tired your brains out. Writing led to depression and insomnia and walking around all day with a haggard look.
    — Richard Yates
    Every man has a right to keep his own sentiments if he pleases.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: men  right 
     
    Your cowardly self-delusions about "love" when you know as well as I do that there's never been anything between us but contempt and distrust and a terrible sickly dependence on each other's weakness- that's why. That's why I couldn't stop laughing about the Inability to Love, and that's why I can't stand to let you touch me, and that's why I'll never again believe in anything you think, let alone anything you say
    — Richard Yates
    tags: believe  alone 
     
    What a subtle, treacherous thing it was to let yourself go that way! Because once you've started it was terribly difficult to stop; soon you were saying "I'm sorry, of course you're right", and "Whatever you think is best", and "you're the most wonderful and valuable thing int he world", and the next thing you knew all honesty, all truth, was as far away and glimmering, as hopelessly unattainable as the world of the golden people.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: truth  people  world  honesty  saying  sorry 
     
    ...his job was the very least important part of his life, never to be mentioned except in irony.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: irony  job 
     
    If you haven't written a novel by the time you're forty you never will!
    — Richard Yates
    tags: time  novel 
     
    A man could rant and smash and grapple with the State Police, and still the sprinklers whirled at dusk on every lawn and the television droned in every living room.
    — Richard Yates
    tags: men  living 
     
    ...you found you were saying yes when you meant no, and "We've got to be together in this thing" when you meant the very opposite ... and then you were face to face, in total darkness, with the knowledge that you didn't know who you were. And how could anyone else be blamed for that?
    — Richard Yates
    tags: darkness  saying 
     
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    richard yates
    Birth    : February 3, 1926
    Death  : November 7, 1992
    Occupation  : Novelist