Anatole Broyard Quotes

A good book is never exhausted. It goes on whispering to you from the wall.

Anatole Broyard

The tension between "yes" and "no," between "I can" and "I cannot," makes us feel that, in so many instances, human life is an interminable debate with one's self.

Anatole Broyard

There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience.

Anatole Broyard

We are all tourists in history, and irony is what we win in wars.

Anatole Broyard

The first divorce in the world may have been a tragedy, but the hundred-millionth is not necessarily one.

Anatole Broyard

Such a fatigue of adjectives, a drone of alliterations, a huffing of hyphenated words hurdling the meter like tired horses. Such a faded upholstery of tears, stars, bells, bones, flood and blood†a thud of consonants in tongue, night, dark, dust, seed, wound and wind.

Anatole Broyard

There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience. Source?

Anatole Broyard

The contents of someone's bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral portrait.

Anatole Broyard

An aphorism is a generalization of sorts, and our present-day writers seem more at home with the particular.

Anatole Broyard

It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldnt wait to leave.

Anatole Broyard

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