Jerzy Kosiński was born 14 June 1933 and died 3 May 1991
- Life is a state of mind.
- The process of writing is a process of inner expansion and reduction. It’s like an accordion: You open it and then you bring it back, hoping that additional sound—a new clarity—may come out. It’s all for clarity.
- Here was one place where I could find out who I was and what I was going to become. And that was the public library.
- The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.
- There’s a place beyond words where experience first occurs to which I always want to return. I suspect that whenever I articulate my thoughts or translate my impulses into words, I am betraying the real thoughts and impulses which remain hidden.
- I can create countries just as I can create the actions of my characters. That is why a lot of travel seems to me a waste of time.
- I suppress in my prose any language which calls attention to itself.
- I do like to live in other people’s homes. I enjoy being a guest. I am an inexpensive guest. When one lives in another’s home he can enter into the psychic kingdom of that person.
- The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
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