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  • The novel as we knew it in the nineteenth century was killed off by Proust and Joyce.

    Proust   Century   Novel  
  • Yes, one uses what one knows, but autobiography means something else. I should never be able to write a real autobiography; I always end by falsifying and fictionalizing—I’m a liar, in fact. That means I’m a novelist, after all. I write about what I know.

    Real   Liars   Writing  
  • Modern man-whether in the womb of the masses, or with his workmates, or with his family, or alone-can never for one moment forget that he is living in a world in which he is a means and whose end is not his business.

    Mean   Men   World  
  • When you aren't sincere you need to pretend, and by pretending you end up believing yourself; that's the basic principle of every faith.

    "The Time of Indifference". Book by Alberto Moravia (p. 238), 1929.
  • When I sit at my table to write, I never know what it's going to be until I'm under way. I trust in inspiration, which sometimes comes and sometimes doesn't. But I don't sit back waiting for it. I work every day.

  • Every true writer is like a bird; he repeats the same song, the same theme, all his life. For me, this theme as always been revolt.

    Song   Bird   Theme  
  • The ratio of literacy to illiteracy is constant, but nowadays the illiterates can read and write.

    Quoted in Observer (London), 14 Oct. 1979
  • Our ideals, laws and customs should be based on the proposition that each generation in turn becomes the custodian rather than the absolute owner of our resources - and each generation has the obligation to pass this inheritance on in the future.

  • This thought strengthened in me my belief that all men, without exception, deserve to be pitied, if only because they are alive.

    Men   Alive   Belief  
    Alberto Moravia (2011). “The Woman of Rome”, p.202, Steerforth
  • The less one notices happiness, the greater it is.

    Alberto Moravia (2011). “Contempt”, p.4, New York Review of Books
  • There are many reasons for keeping a diary: to make a note of facts that one considers important; to open one's heart, to give vent to one's feelings, to make confessions; from the instinct of economy which sometimes encourages a writer to make good use of even the smallest crumbs of his life, so that he may have one more book to publish; or again from vanity and self- satisfaction.

    Book   Heart   Vanity  
  • In life there are no problems, that is, objective and external choices; there is only the life which we do not resolve as a problem but which we live as an experience, whatever the final result may be.

    Choices   Finals   May  
  • Because the world to-day is so constructed that no one can do what he would like to do, and he is forced, instead, to do what others wish him to do. Because the question of money always intrudes—into what we do, into what we are, into what we wish to become, into our work, into our highest aspirations, even into our relations with the people we love!

    People   Wish   World  
    Alberto Moravia (2011). “Contempt”, p.170, New York Review of Books
  • War has become an affair of machines...and soldiers are little more than clever mechanics.

    Clever   War   Soldier  
  • Loyalty, Signor Molteni, not love. Penelope is loyal to Ulysses but we do not know how far she loved him...and as you know people can sometimes be absolutely loyal without loving. In certain cases, in fact, loyalty is form of vengeance, of black-mail, of recovering one's self-respect. Loyalty, not love.

    Loyalty   Self   People  
    Alberto Moravia (2011). “Contempt”, p.93, New York Review of Books
  • And we all know love is a glass which makes even a monster appear fascinating.

  • I don't think it's possible to write a good novel around a negative personality.

  • It is what we are forced to do that forms our character, not what we do of our own free will.

  • An uncertain evil causes anxiety because, at the bottom of one's heart, one goes on hoping till the last moment that it may not be true; a certain evil, on the other hand, instills, for a time, a kind of dreary tranquillity.

    Heart   Hands   Evil  
    Alberto Moravia (2011). “Contempt”, p.75, New York Review of Books
  • Good writers are monotonous, like good composers. They keep trying to perfect the one problem they were born to understand.

    "The New Yorker" Interview, May 7, 1955.
  • I do not foresee a time when I shall feel that I have nothing to say.

  • boredom might be described as a malady affecting external objects and consisting of a withering process; an almost instantaneous loss of vitality--just as though one saw a flower change in a few seconds from a bud to decay and dust.

    Flower   Loss   Dust  
    Alberto Moravia (2011). “Boredom”, p.5, New York Review of Books
  • A writer survives in spite of his beliefs.

    Belief   Spite  
  • You can't think on purpose about somebody or something. Either you think about them naturally or you don't think at all.

    Alberto Moravia (1961). “The Empty Canvas”, London : Secker & Warburg
  • I like to compare my method with that of painters centuries ago, proceeding from layer to layer.

  • Dictatorships are one-way streets. Democracy boasts two-way traffic.

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