Quotation by Maurice Blanchot

A writer who writes, "I am alone" ... can be considered rather comical. It is comical for a man to recognize his solitude by addressing a reader and by using methods that prevent the individual from being alone. The word alone is just as general as the word bread. To pronounce it is to summon to oneself the presence of everything the word excludes.
Maurice Blanchot (b. 1907), French literary theorist, author. repr. In The Gaze of Orpheus, ed. P. Adams Sitney (1981). "From Dread to Language," Faux Pas (1943).
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