Donald Barthelme Quotes

And skepticism, although absolutely necessary, leads to not very much.

Donald Barthelme

Their methods are direct, not subtle. Dissolution, leaching, sandblasting, cracking and melting of fireproof doors, condemnation, water damage, slide presentations, clamps and buckles.

Donald Barthelme

Theres more to it than playing guitars and clapping along. Although that frequently gets people in the mood.

Donald Barthelme

Their Graves Registration procedures are scrupulousaccurate and fair.

Donald Barthelme

Things can get better, and in my opinion will.

Donald Barthelme

What have the rebels captured thus far? One zoo, not our best zoo, and a cemetery. The rebels have entered the cages of the tamer animals and are playing with them, gently.

Donald Barthelme

Yes, success is everything. Morally important as well as useful in a practical way.

Donald Barthelme

On the dedication page of the rebellion, we see the words To Clementine. A fine sentiment, miscellaneous organ music next, and, turning several pages, massed orange flags at the head of the column. This will not be easy, but neither will it be hard. Good will is everywhere, and the lighthearted song of the gondoliers is heard in the distance.

Donald Barthelme

It is not true that Kafka wanted Brod to burn his manuscripts after his death. Rather it is the case that Kafka was on fire to be published...rushed to the postbox day after day...ate with editors...intrigued for favorable notices...read the Writers Digest...consorted with critics...autographed napkins...made himself available to librarians...spoke on the radio...

Donald Barthelme

I am never needlessly obscure I am needfully obscure, when I am obscure.

Donald Barthelme

As Jules Renard said, no matter how much care an author takes to write as few books as possible, there will be people who havent heard of some of them.

Donald Barthelme

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