Alexander Theroux Quotes

On this page you can find the TOP of Alexander Theroux's best quotes! We hope you will find some sayings from Novelist Alexander Theroux's in our collection, which will inspire you to new achievements! There are currently 4 quotes on this page collected since August 17, 1939! Share our collection of quotes with your friends on social media so that they can find something to inspire them!
All quotes by Alexander Theroux: Books more...
  • One's style holds one, thankfully, at bay from the enemies of it but not from the stupid crucifixions by those who must willfully misunderstand it.

    Stupid   Style   Enemy  
  • The urge for Chinese food is always unpredictable: famous for no occasion, standard fare for no holiday, and the constant as to demand is either whim, the needy plebiscite of instantly famished drunks, or pregnancy.

  • The ears, which master the face of a dunce, are that part of the head which most publishes stupidity.

    Stupidity   Faces   Ears  
  • A lover is never a completely self-reliant person viewing the world through his own eyes, but a hostage to a certain delusion.

    Eye   Self   World  
  • Adultery is the vice of equivocation. It is not marriage but a mockery of it, a merging that mixes love and dread together like jackstraws. There is no understanding of contentment in adultery.... You belong to each other in what together you've made of a third identity that almost immediately cancels your own. There is a law in art that proves it. Two colors are proven complimentary only when forming that most desolate of all colors--neutral gray.

    Art   Color   Law  
  • We all end up living secret lives. We create what we are willing to admire and admiring what we shouldn't confess to the secret ofour own sin, our own insufficiency, our own sadness. We all end up taking our secrets into the world and handing them over to strangers, only to realize it's often too late to claim them back. The very nature of time passing is sad beyond words. Memories mean they're gone.

    Time   Memories   Sadness  
  • I kneel to my Lord because I am such a failure. I pray, I hope, I look to the Gospels.

    Looks   Praying   Lord  
  • Book-publishing is all about politics. Agents, editors, which books will be puffed, which ignored, etc.

    Book   Editors   Agents  
  • Nothing is more subtly destructive than a closed circle of artists feeding on one another. Envy grows from insignificant differences between people, not from overwhelming inequalities... it was envy that forced them to emulate each other, not esteem.

  • Being natural is one of the most irritating poses I know in people.

    Hair   People   Irritated  
  • The man who has faith in logic is always cuckolded by reality.

    Alexander Theroux (1981). “Darconville's cat”, Doubleday Books
  • The parrot holds its food for prim consumption as daintily as any debutante, [with] a predilection for pot roast, hashed-brown potatoes, duck skin, butter, hoisin sauce, sesame seed oil, bananas and human thumb.

    Oil   Ducks   Skins  
  • To value the tradition of, and the discipline required for, the craft of fiction seems today pointless. The real Arcadia is a lonely, mountainous plateau, overbouldered and strewn with the skulls of sheep slain for vellum and old bitten pinions that tried to be quills. It's forty rough miles by mule from Athens, a city where there's a fair, a movie house, cotton candy.

    Lonely   Real   Cities  
  • Nothing is quite as bad as being without privacy and lonely at the same time.

  • Hypocrisy is the essence of snobbery, but all snobbery is about the problem of belonging.

  • September: it was the most beautiful of words, he’d always felt, evoking orange-flowers, swallows, and regret.

    Alexander Theroux (1981). “Darconville's cat”, Doubleday Books
  • Faculty Meetings are held whenever the need to show off is combined with the imperative of accomplishing nothing.

    Needs   Faculty   Shows  
    Alexander Theroux (1981). “Darconville's cat”, Doubleday Books
  • Brent Berlin and Paul Kay in Basic Color Terms demonstrate exhaustively and empirically, the very simple thesis that anywhere in the world, as a language develops and acquires names for color, the colors always enter in the same order. The most primitive are black and white. Then red. Then either green or yellow.

  • New Hampshire has always been cheap, mean, rural, small-minded, and reactionary. It's one of the few states in the nation with neither a sales tax nor an income tax. Social services are totally inadequate there, it ranks at the bottom in state aid to education--the state is literally shaped like a dunce cap--and its medical assistance program is virtually nonexistent. Expecting aid for the poor there is like looking for an egg under a basilisk.... The state encourages skinflints, cheapskates, shutwallets, and pinched little joykillers who move there as a tax refuge to save money.

    Moving   Mean   Eggs  
  • The particular source of frustration of women observing their own self-study and measuring their worth as women by the distance they kept from men necessitated that a distance be kept, and so what vindicated them also poured fuel on the furnace of their rage. One delight presumed another dissatisfaction, but their hatefulness confessed to their own lack of power to please. They hated men because they needed husbands, and they loathed the men they chased away for going.

    Husband   Distance   Men  
  • I thought... their elegance... lies not so much in their clothes as in their bodies, and their bodies have received it, and continue to unceasingly receive it, from their souls, which are just like yours, lovely Simonetta.

    Lying   Clothes   Soul  
  • Why should a blacksmith put his hands in the fire if he has tongs?

    Fire   Hands   Burning  
  • Will I have to use a dictionary to read your book?" asked Mrs. Dodypol. "It depends," says I, "how much you used the dictionary before you read it.

    Book   Use   Dictionary  
    Alexander Theroux (1981). “Darconville's cat”, Doubleday Books
  • I hate injustice, I despise inequity, I condemn hypocrisy, I abhor the lack of reason.

  • Yellow is vagueness and luminousness, both.

  • Reviewing books is all about coziness. It is all of it a kind of caucus race. Women review women, Jewish writers review and praise Jewish writers, blacks review blacks, etc.

    Book   Race   Etc  
  • Where there is no style, there is in effect no point of view. There is, essentially, no anger, no conviction, no self. Style is opinion, hung washing, the caliber of a bullet, teething beads.

    Self   Views   Style  
  • Ordinary persons, he said, smiling, found no differences between men. The artist found them all.

    Alexander Theroux (1981). “Darconville's cat”, Doubleday Books
  • It's true, you can never eat a pet you name. And anyway, it would be like a ventriloquist eating his dummy.

    Names   Pet   Would Be  
  • There is a terrible blindness in the love that wants only to accommodate. It's not only to do with omissions and half-truths. It implants a lack of being in the speaker and robs the self of an identity without which it is impossible for one to grow close to another.

Page of
We hope you have found the saying you were looking for in our collection! At the moment, we have collected 4 quotes from the Novelist Alexander Theroux, starting from August 17, 1939! We periodically replenish our collection so that visitors of our website can always find inspirational quotes by authors from all over the world! Come back to us again!
Alexander Theroux quotes about: Books