V.S. Pritchett quotes

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In our family, as far as we are concerned, we were born and what happened before that is myth.
The difference between farce and humour in literature is, I suppose, that farce strums louder and louder on one string, while humo ...
The principle of procrastinated rape is said to be the ruling one in all the great bestsellers.
How extraordinary it is that one feels most guilt about the sins one is unable to commit.
Life--how curious is that habit that makes us think it is not here, but elsewhere.
Well, youth is the period of assumed personalities and disguises. It is the time of the sincerely insincere.
It is often said that in Ireland there is an excess of genius unsustained by talent; but there is talent in the tongues.
The only serious rival to Pepys is Boswell, but Boswell is a snail without a shell. He trails through life unhoused and exclamator ...
The detective novel is the art-for-art's-sake of our yawning Philistinism, the classic example of a specialized form of art remove ...
The American Civil War was the first modern war. It is true that the Crimean War, some eight years earlier, has resemblances with ...
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