Marguerite Duras (b. April 4th): “Men like women who write.”

4 Apr

Marguerite Duras, born 4 April 1914 and died 3 March 1996, was a French novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, essayist and director of experimental films. She is best known for writing the 1959 film Hiroshima mon amour, which earned her a nomination for Best Original Screenplay at the Academy Awards.

Quotes on writing & life:

  1. Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we’ve ever met.
  2. Acting doesn’t bring anything to a text. On the contrary, it detracts from it.
  3. When the past is recaptured by the imagination, breath is put back into life.
  4. Men like women who write. Even though they don’t say so. A writer is a foreign country.
  5. Writing is trying to know beforehand what one would write if one wrote, which one never knows until afterward.
  6. The thing that’s between us is fascination, and the fascination resides in our being alike. Whether you’re a man or a woman, the fascination resides in finding out that we’re alike.
  7. A journalist is someone who looks at the world and the way it works, someone who takes a close look at things every day and reports what she sees, someone who represents the world, the event, for others. She cannot do her work without judging what she sees.

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