Assia Djebar quotes

  • Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.

  • Because of a friend, life is a little stronger, fuller, more gracious thing for the friend's existence, whether he be near or far. If the friend is close at hand, that is best; but if he is far away he still is there to think of, to wonder about, to hear from, to write to, to share life and experience with, to serve, to honor, to admire, to love.

  • If the first requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite, the second is to put in your apprenticeship as a feeder when you have enough money to pay the check but not enough to produce indifference of the total.

  • The oldOld winds that blewWhen chaos was, what doThey tell the clattered trees that IShould weep?

  • Generalities are intellectually necessary evils.

  • In the quiet hours when we are alone and there is nobody to tell us what fine fellows we are, we come sometimes upon a moment in which we wonder, not how much money we are earning, nor how famous we have become, but what good we are doing.

  • It seems sometimes as if one were powerless to do any more from within to overcome troubles, and that help must come from without.

  • We're enamored with the concept that there's always a price. But sometimes, your goal is to build a great company, not sell it.

  • Sometimes things are the way they are and can't be changed, other times it's because no one ever tried. Your job is to find the latter.

  • Not every song has to be about love and tenderness, sometimes you have those strictly physical feelings for somebody and it's okay to have those feelings.