The New York Trilogy – Paul Auster

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“For more than a month, the only thing I did was copy out passages from books. One of them, from Spinoza, I tacked onto my wall: ‘And when he dreams he does not want to write, he does not have the power to dream he wants to write; and when he dreams he wants to write, he does not have the power to dream he does not want to write.'”

“Stories happen only to those who are able to tell them, someone once said.”

“You felt there was a secret core in him that could never be penetrated, a mysterious centre of hiddenness. To imitate him was somehow to participate in that mystery, but it was also to understand that you could never really know him.”

“You remind me of a somesuch or a groan, I don’t know which.”

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