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Copulo, ergo sum

“Copulo, ergo sum. Eh? Carne, O te felicem!”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature

you didn’t do it

“—How you would have done it. That’s the way everything is, isn’t it. How you would have done it. Not how it should have been done, but how you would have done it. 44 more words

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coughed and stopped talking

“Otto offered a cigarette. Hannah did not smoke; and so the only way to impress her was to blow some in her direction. She coughed and stopped talking.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature

virtue is regarded as proof of stupidity

“There were poets here who painted; painters who criticized music; composers who reviewed novels; unpublished novelists who wrote poetry: but a poet entering might recall Petrarch finding the papal court at Avignon a “sewer of every vice, where virtue is regarded as proof of stupidity, and prostitution leads to fame.””

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature

They do that to confuse people

“—Look! said the Town Carpenter, waving a book from the floor. —Balloons! … Then he added, —Damn them, the French. Someone’s written it in the French language. 18 more words

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People believe that

“—Money gives significance to anything.
—Yes. People believe that, don’t they. People believe that.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

Literature

you have to know

“In the middle of all this how can I feel that … damn it, when you paint you don’t just paint, you don’t just put lines down where you want to, you have to know, you have to know that every line you put down couldn’t go any other place, couldn’t be any different … But in the midst of all this … rootlessness, how can you … damn it, do you talk to people? 9 more words

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