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Harry Mathews Quotes and Sayings

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I left Princeton, but I graduated Harvard,
in 1952.
- Harry Mathews

My next project is to get back to that.
Actually, to learn how to write poetry.
I'm not kidding.
- Harry Mathews

I was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia,
for a while, about which the less said the better,
and then I was in the Mediterranean,
about which the more said the better.
- Harry Mathews

My Life in CIA is the first time that I've ever written a story in my own name.
- Harry Mathews

 

My idea was to go to Vienna to study conducting and
perhaps play in an orchestra first,
so I thought before I got to Vienna I could do with
a little training in Paris.
- Harry Mathews

I love teaching.
- Harry Mathews

I'd been brought up on the Upper East Side in a WASP society,
which was death on crutches.
- Harry Mathews

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What I said about John was that he liberated me from
my anxieties about writing in a correct,
acceptable way.
- Harry Mathews

And then, when I left Princeton in the middle of my sophomore year,
I went into the navy.
- Harry Mathews

Well, my relationship to America at the time I left was very limited.
- Harry Mathews

I graduated in 1952 and went to Europe,
with Niki and our first child Laura,
who was then a year old.
- Harry Mathews

I was immediately smitten with an attraction to this culture,
not in the sense of high culture but of the basic way
people behaved towards one another.
- Harry Mathews

Music had been my first love among the arts,
and I was fascinated by it, as I still am.
- Harry Mathews

When Niki and I moved to Paris, there was also the challenge of Paris,
an extremely daunting city.
- Harry Mathews

Well, I had this little notion - I started writing when I was eleven,
writing poetry.
I was passionately addicted to it; it was my great
refuge through adolescence.
- Harry Mathews

My mother could never understand why I didn't write a thriller,
which I've finally done.
- Harry Mathews

I think situations are more important than plot and character.
- Harry Mathews

And I finished college because I thought how much it
would upset my parents if I didn't.
- Harry Mathews

My dream, I remember, when I went to boarding school,
was to have a study all my own, a little nook someplace
where nobody could get at me -
nobody,
like the football coach.
- Harry Mathews

After the navy, I transferred to Harvard and finished there.
I was there the spring term of 1951 and I stayed through
the summer term and a whole other year,
so I was able to do two years in a little less than a year and a half.
- Harry Mathews

I thought Cheever was magnificent and that if I could
write like him that would be the best I could do.
And then I realized that what I really wanted to write
had nothing to do with what he was doing.
- Harry Mathews

I also had this mistaken dream, fantasy really -
perhaps because I'm good at languages -
of being able in both Italy and France to become someone
else through my fluency in the language.
- Harry Mathews

It has always been something I could do,
and it may seem odd that in my case I seem to create
an interesting narrative and frustrate the reader's
opportunities to follow it at every step.
- Harry Mathews

It's true, I had an extremely delicious life,
but that was my life at home, and perhaps because I was only a child,
or for whatever reasons, I found the company of others,
especially other boys, quite terrifying and upsetting.
- Harry Mathews

Well, the great thing for me about poetry is that in
good poems the dislocation of words,
that is to say, the distance between what they say
they're saying and what they are actually saying is at its greatest.
- Harry Mathews

What I wanted to do and what I needed to do was something entirely different,
and through reading Roussel I learned that I could
do what I wanted all on my own and that I didn't have
to rely on what had actually happened in my somewhat
limited life and reading.
- Harry Mathews

Regrets are the tears of good deeds left undone
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie PHOTO

Action is our greatest weapon against fear.
Left to molder, fear grows upon itself,
but in the face of action,
fear is left in the dust.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are not afraid to follow truth
wherever it may lead,
nor to tolerate any error
so long as reason is left free to combat it.
- Thomas Jefferson

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
- Anne Frank

Only put off until tomorrow
what you are willing to die having left undone.
- Pablo Picasso

The Tao abides in non-action,
Yet nothing is left undone.
- Lao Tzu

Self-care is critical to having a strong inner foundation.
Taking good care of YOU means the people in your life
will receive the best of you rather than what is left of you.
- Lorraine Cohen

You're just left with yourself all the time,
whatever you do anyway.
You've got to get down to your
own God in your own temple.
It's all down to you, mate.
- John Lennon

Walk on road, hmmm?
Walk left side, safe. Walk right side, safe.
Walk middle, sooner or later get squish just like grape.
Here, karate, same thing.
Either you karate do "yes" or karate do "no."
You karate do "guess so," squish just like grape. Understand?
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

The best effort of a fine person
is felt after we have left their presence.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lovers who have been left, lose confidence and become afraid.
They learn to leave relationships first.
The broken hearted become the heart breakers.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

First, wash all car. Then wax. Wax on...
Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off.
Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off.
Don't forget to breathe, very important.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

I rest in the light of forgiveness.
I forgive myself and others for that
which is done (and better left undone)
and also that which is not done (and better if done).
I give myself permission to enjoy this moment without guilt.
I freely release all uncertainty, regret, and fear.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Regrets are the tears of choices not made
and of good deeds left undone.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Being divorced is like being hit by a Mack truck.
If you live through it, you start looking
very carefully to the right and to the left.
- Jean Kerr

Life is a journey. It is not a race to test
who can finish first or who can end up with the most loot.
Rather, life is best enjoyed as a meander -
watching the view to left and right - above and below -
as the days slowly move past in dress review.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A wise girl kisses but doesn't love,
listens but doesn't believe,
and leaves before she is left.
- Marilyn Monroe

Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything.
It's the time we spent together that matters,
not how we left it.
- Trey Parker

Things may come to those who wait,
but only the things left by those who hustle.
- Abraham Lincoln

For disappearing acts, it's hard to beat what happens
to the eight hours supposedly left after eight of sleep and eight of work.
- Doug Larson

Love is always open arms.
If you close your arms about love you will find that
you are left holding only yourself.
- Leo Buscaglia

Politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.
- Charles de Gaulle

When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left,
and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.
- Erma Bombeck

War does not determine who is right -
only who is left.
- Bertrand Russell

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.
- Christopher Columbus

A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when
there is nothing left to add,
but when there is nothing left to take away.
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Children have to be educated, but they have also to
be left to educate themselves.
- Ernest Dimnet

One of the most adventurous things left us is to go to bed.
For no one can lay a hand on our dreams.
- E. V. Lucas

Politics, it seems to me, for years,
or all too long,
has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.
- Richard Armour

Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend;
you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.
- Aldo Leopold

It doesn't matter about money; having it,
not having it.
Or having clothes, or not having them.
You're still left alone with yourself in the end.
- Billy Idol

Any man who has $10,000 left when he dies is a failure.
- Errol Flynn

The left dismisses talk about the collapse of family
life and talks instead about the emergence of the growing
new diversity of family types.
- Christopher Lasch

Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
- Dr. Seuss

I left the "eye for an eye" God
when I walked out of Bible school,
but God Within is a daily part of my personal experience.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I know of no more disagreeable situation than to be
left feeling generally angry without anybody in particular to be angry at.
- Frank Moore Colby

I wish my mother had left me something about how she felt growing up.
I wish my grandmother had done the same.
I wanted my girls to know me.
- Carol Burnett

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche
that must have been left behind in the Sixties,
that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal.
- John Lennon

Reason is our soul's left hand, faith her right.
- John Donne

In comic strips, the person on the left always speaks first.
- George Carlin

I was obsessed with romance.
When I was in high school, I saw 'Doctor Zhivago' every
day from the day it opened until the day it left the theater.
- John Hughes

Because I believe that humans are computers,
I conjectured that computers, like people,
can have left- and right-handed versions.
- Philip Emeagwali

A husband is what is left of a lover,
after the nerve has been extracted.
- Helen Rowland

Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.
- David Ogden Stiers

Show me your hands.
Do they have scars from giving? Show me your feet.
Are they wounded in service? Show me your heart.
Have you left a place for divine love?
- Fulton J. Sheen


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