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:
- Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we’ve ever met.
- Acting doesn’t bring anything to a text. On the contrary, it detracts from it.
- When the past is recaptured by the imagination, breath is put back into life.
- Men like women who write. Even though they don’t say so. A writer is a foreign country.
- Writing is trying to know beforehand what one would write if one wrote, which one never knows until afterward.
- 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.
- 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.