Happy Birthday, Edward St. Aubyn, born 14 January 1960
Edward St Aubyn: 10 Quotes
- It seems people spend the majority of their lives believing they’re dying, with the only consolation being that at one point they get to be right.
- In the absence of God, we have the omniscience of gossip to keep us preoccupied with who knows what.
- Just as a novelist may sometimes wonder why he invents characters who do not exist and makes them do things which do not matter, so a philosopher may wonder why he invents cases that cannot occur in order to determine what must be the case.
- It was hard to know what grown-ups meant when they said things. One day he had worked out a way of guessing what they were going to do: no meant no, maybe meant perhaps, yes meant maybe and perhaps meant no, but the system did not work, and he decided that maybe everything meant perhaps.
- Surely: the adverb of a man without an argument.
- After I’ve written a novel, I feel a little bit clearer and freer than I did before, but while I’m writing it, it’s horrible, it’s intensely upsetting. But for some reason I feel obliged to go on doing it. It’s the only thing I can do.
- You transform experience into, for want of a better word, art. I’m interested in structure and character. Otherwise it would be very boring for everyone else.
- Mind you, I don’t know why people get so fixated on happiness, which always eludes them, when there are so many other invigorating experiences available, like rage, jealousy, disgust, and so forth.
- An editor sleeping with his writer was not as bad as a psychoanalyst sleeping with his patient, or even a professor sleeping with an undergraduate, let alone a president with an intern.
- I see the author as the person who has written; the writer, the one involved in the process of writing. And they’re not necessarily friends. The writer is the one I want to reinforce; the author would just feed on the reviews – so I’m in favour of starving him.
Edward St. Aubyn is a British author. He wrote The Patrick Melrose Novels: Never Mind, Bad News, Some Hope, and Mother’s Milk. Mother’s Milk was short-listed for the 2006 Man Booker Prize, won the 2007 Prix Femina Etranger, and won the 2007 South Bank Show award on literature.
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