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  • Once upon a time, when men and women hurtled through the air on metal wings, when they wore webbed feet and walked on the bottom of the sea, learning the speech of whales and the songs of the dolphins, when pearly-fleshed and jewelled apparitions of Texan herdsmen and houris shimmered in the dusk on Nicaraguan hillsides, when folk in Norway and Tasmania in dead of winter could dream of fresh strawberries, dates, guavas and passion fruits and find them spread next morning on their tables, there was a woman who was largely irrelevant, and therefore happy.

    FaceBook post by A.S. Byatt from Aug 27, 2011
  • I am a profound pessimist both about life and about human relations and about politics and ecology. Humans are inadequate and stupid creatures who sooner or later make a mess, and those who are trying to do good do a lot more damage than those who are muddling along.

    FaceBook post by A.S. Byatt from Aug 31, 2011
  • We two remake our world by naming it / Together, knowing what words mean for us / And for the other for whom current coin / Is cold speech - but we say, the tree, the pool, / And see the fire in the air, the sun, our sun, / Anybody's sun, the world's sun, but here, now / Particularly our sun.

    A S Byatt (2012). “Possession: A Romance”, p.114, Random House
  • A surprising number of people - including many students of literature - will tell you they haven't really lived in a book since they were children.

  • Literary critics make natural detectives.

    "Possession". Book by A. S. Byatt, 1990.
  • On buses and trains, I always think about the inexhaustible variety of human genes. We see types, and occasionally twins, but never doubles. All faces are unique, and this is exhilarating, despite the increasingly plastic similarity of TV stars and actors.

  • I think the virtue I prize above all others is curiosity. If you look really hard at almost anybody, and try to see why they're doing what they're doing, taking a dig at them ceases to be what you want to do even if you hate them.

  • I have a dreadful fear that the more you try to prevent revealing the self the more you do.

    "A.S. Byatt tells stories out of school". Interview with Todd Leopold, www.cnn.com. April 5, 2001.
  • The minds of stone lovers had colonised stones as lichens clung to them with golden or grey-green florid stains. The human world of stones is caught in organic metaphors like flies in amber. Words came from flesh and hair and plants. Reniform, mammilated, botryoidal, dendrite, haematite. Carnelian is from carnal, from flesh. Serpentine and lizardite are stone reptiles ; phyllite is leafy-green.

    A S Byatt (2011). “A Stone Woman (Storycuts)”, p.11, Random House
  • A beautiful woman, Simone Weil said, seeing herself in the mirror, knows "This is I." An ugly woman knows with equal certainty, "This is not I." Maud knew this neat division represented an over-simplification. The doll-mask she saw had nothing to do with her, nothing.

  • There are things that happen and leave no discernible trace, are not spoken or written of, though it would be very wrong to say that subsequent events go on indifferently, all the same, as though such things had never been.

    FaceBook post by A.S. Byatt from Sep 30, 2011
  • I worry about anthropomorphism as a form of self-deception. (The Christian religion is an anthropomorphic account of the universe.)

  • I grew up with that completely fictive idea of motherhood, where the mother never strayed from the kitchen. All the women in my books are very afraid that if they do anything with their minds they won't be complete women. I don't think my daughters' generation has that feeling.

  • You are safe with me." "I am not at all safe, with you. But I have no desire to be elsewhere.

  • I acquired a hunger for fairy tales in the dark days of blackout and blitz in the second world war.

    "Happy ever after" by A. S. Byatt, www.theguardian.com. January 3, 2004.
  • I am not an academic who happens to have written a novel. I am a novelist who happens to be quite good academically.

  • She didn't like to be talked about. Equally, she didn't like not to be talked about, when the high-minded chatter rushed on as though she was not there. There was no pleasing her, in fact. She had the grace, even at eleven, to know there was no pleasing her. She thought a lot, analytically, about other people's feelings, and had only just begun to realize that this was not usual, and not reciprocated.

  • I do not want to be a relative and passive being, anywhere. I want to live and love and write.

  • He felt changed, but there was no one to tell.

    FaceBook post by A.S. Byatt from Apr 27, 2011
  • For my true thoughts have spent more time in your company than in anyone else's, these last two or three months, and where my thoughts are, there am I, in truth".

  • It's because I'm a feminist that I can't stand women limiting other women's imaginations. It really makes me angry.

  • What I need to write well is a combination of heat, light and solitude.

    "As Byatt" by A. S. Byatt, www.theguardian.com. August 14, 2004.
  • Vocabularies are crossing circles and loops. We are defined by the lines we choose to cross or to be confined by.

    FaceBook post by A.S. Byatt from Aug 04, 2013
  • It's a terrible poison, writing.

  • In our world of sleek flesh and collagen, botox and liposuction, what we most fear is the dissolution of the body-mind, the death of the brain.

    "Soul searching" by A. S. Byatt, www.theguardian.com. February 13, 2004.
  • Lists are a form of power.

  • I don't like gurus. I don't like people who ask you to follow or believe. I like people who ask you to think independently.

  • Everything is surprising, rightly seen.

    A. S. Byatt (2012). “Angels & Insects: Two Novellas”, p.183, Vintage
  • I watch a lot of sport on television. I only watch certain sports, and I only watch them live - I don't think I've ever been able to watch a replay of a match or game of which the result was already decided. I feel bound to cheat and look up what can be looked up.

    "Lie back and think of Europe" by A. S. Byatt, www.theguardian.com. June 28, 2008.
  • I think vestigially there's a synesthete in me but not like a real one who immediately knows what colour Wednesday is.

    "AS Byatt: woman of letters and ...science!". "All In The Mind" with Antonia Byatt, www.abc.net.au. August 21, 2010.
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