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Peter De Vries quotes: Human nature is pretty shabby stuff, as you may know from introspection. Human nature is pretty shabby stuff, as you may know from introspection.
Peter De Vries quotes: I am not impressed by big words,' said my uncle, who was always read enough to bandy 'predestination' and 'infralapsarianism. I am not impressed by big words,' said my uncle, who was always read enough to bandy 'predestination' and 'infralapsarianism.
Peter De Vries quotes: I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning. I write when I'm inspired, and I see to it that I'm inspired at nine o'clock every morning.
Peter De Vries quotes: We turned on one another deep, drowned gazes, and exchanged a kiss that reduced my bones to rubber and my brain to gruel. We turned on one another deep, drowned gazes, and exchanged a kiss that reduced my bones to rubber and my brain to gruel.
Peter De Vries quotes: Love's blindness consists oftener in seeing what is not there than in seeing what is. Love's blindness consists oftener in seeing what is not there than in seeing what is.
Peter De Vries quotes: The rich aren't like us, they pay less taxes. The rich aren't like us, they pay less taxes.
Peter De Vries quotes: Deep down, he's shallow. Deep down, he's shallow.
Peter De Vries quotes: Pain is the question mark turned like a fishhook in the human heart. Pain is the question mark turned like a fishhook in the human heart.
Peter De Vries quotes: Try the Lamentations of Jeremiah. They always pick me up. Try the Lamentations of Jeremiah. They always pick me up.
Peter De Vries quotes: Mrs Thicknesse and I agreed that a business of his own was probably the only solution for him because he was obviously unemployable. Mrs Thicknesse and I agreed that a business of his own was probably the only solution for him because he was obviously unemployable.
Peter De Vries quotes: What people believe is a measure of what they suffer. What people believe is a measure of what they suffer.
Peter De Vries quotes: We are nothing but a string of gut on a stick of bone riding this piece of astral soot for one piteous splinter of eternity. We are nothing but a string of gut on a stick of bone riding this piece of astral soot for one piteous splinter of eternity.
Peter De Vries quotes: The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character. The difficulty with marriage is that we fall in love with a personality, but must live with a character.
Peter De Vries quotes: I wondered whether any woman could be happy with a man who says 'folderol'. I wondered whether any woman could be happy with a man who says 'folderol'.
Peter De Vries quotes: Celibacy is the worst form of self-abuse. Celibacy is the worst form of self-abuse.
Peter De Vries quotes: Anyone informed that the universe is expanding and contracting in pulsations of eighty billion years has a right to ask. What's in it for me? Anyone informed that the universe is expanding and contracting in pulsations of eighty billion years has a right to ask. What's in it for me?
Peter De Vries quotes: Dead drunk and cold-sober, he wandered out into the garden in the cool of the evening, awaiting the coming of the Lord. Dead drunk and cold-sober, he wandered out into the garden in the cool of the evening, awaiting the coming of the Lord.
Peter De Vries quotes: What we are assigned to bear is in a sense a measure of our stature. What we are assigned to bear is in a sense a measure of our stature.
Peter De Vries quotes: If there's anything I hate it's the word humorist-I feel like countering with the word seriousist. If there's anything I hate it's the word humorist-I feel like countering with the word seriousist.
Peter De Vries quotes: My father hated radio and could not wait for television to be invented so he could hate that too. My father hated radio and could not wait for television to be invented so he could hate that too.
Peter De Vries quotes: The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds - they mature slowly. The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds - they mature slowly.
Peter De Vries quotes: You believe what you must in order to stave off the conviction that it's all a tale told by an idiot You believe what you must in order to stave off the conviction that it's all a tale told by an idiot
Peter De Vries quotes: Everybody hates me because I'm so universally liked. Everybody hates me because I'm so universally liked.
Peter De Vries quotes: The murals in restaurants are on par with the food in museums. The murals in restaurants are on par with the food in museums.
Peter De Vries quotes: Look at it this way: Psychoanalysis is a permanent fad. Look at it this way: Psychoanalysis is a permanent fad.
Peter De Vries quotes: Nostalgia ain't what it used to be. Nostalgia ain't what it used to be.
Peter De Vries quotes: We know the human brain is a device to keep the ears from grating on one another. We know the human brain is a device to keep the ears from grating on one another.
Peter De Vries quotes: Marriage has driven more than one man to sex. Marriage has driven more than one man to sex.
Peter De Vries quotes: Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff - it is a palliative rather than a remedy. Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff - it is a palliative rather than a remedy.
Peter De Vries quotes: When I can no longer bear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of intact ones. When I can no longer bear to think of the victims of broken homes, I begin to think of the victims of intact ones.
Peter De Vries quotes: A hundred years ago Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter was given an A for adultery; today she would rate no better than a C-plus. A hundred years ago Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter was given an A for adultery; today she would rate no better than a C-plus.
Peter De Vries quotes: The writer can only explore the inner space of his characters by perceptively navigating his own. The writer can only explore the inner space of his characters by perceptively navigating his own.
Peter De Vries quotes: There are times when parenthood seems nothing more than feeding the hand that bites you. There are times when parenthood seems nothing more than feeding the hand that bites you.
Peter De Vries quotes: We pay for security with boredom, for adventure with bother. We pay for security with boredom, for adventure with bother.
Peter De Vries quotes: When I see a paragraph shrinking under my eyes like a strip of bacon in a skillet, I know I'm on the right track. When I see a paragraph shrinking under my eyes like a strip of bacon in a skillet, I know I'm on the right track.
Peter De Vries quotes: Let us hope ... that a kind Providence will put a speedy end to the acts of God under which we have been laboring. Let us hope ... that a kind Providence will put a speedy end to the acts of God under which we have been laboring.
Peter De Vries quotes: Every novel should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Every novel should have a beginning, a middle, and an end.
Peter De Vries quotes: We are not primarily put on this earth to see through one another, but to see one another through. We are not primarily put on this earth to see through one another, but to see one another through.
Peter De Vries quotes: There are times when breakfast seems the one thing worth getting up for ... There are times when breakfast seems the one thing worth getting up for ...
Peter De Vries quotes: There is a point when life, having showered us with jewels for nothing, begins to exact our life's blood for paste. There is a point when life, having showered us with jewels for nothing, begins to exact our life's blood for paste.
Peter De Vries quotes: Life is a zoo in a jungle Life is a zoo in a jungle
Peter De Vries quotes: A man has to believe in something, and I believe I'll have another drink. A man has to believe in something, and I believe I'll have another drink.
Peter De Vries quotes: The satirist shoots to kill while the humorist brings his prey back alive and eventually releases him again for another chance. The satirist shoots to kill while the humorist brings his prey back alive and eventually releases him again for another chance.
Peter De Vries quotes: Are you pro- or anti-macassar? Are you pro- or anti-macassar?
Peter De Vries quotes: Do you believe in astrology? -I don't even believe in astronomy. Do you believe in astrology? -I don't even believe in astronomy.
Peter De Vries quotes: Words fashioned with somewhat over precise diction are like shapes turned out by a cookie cutter. Words fashioned with somewhat over precise diction are like shapes turned out by a cookie cutter.
Peter De Vries quotes: Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us. Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us.
Peter De Vries quotes: How do you expect mankind to be happy in pairs when it is miserable separately? How do you expect mankind to be happy in pairs when it is miserable separately?
Peter De Vries quotes: I tried to write worse but it was no good; my generalizations came out as before, each more exquisite than the last. I grew discouraged. I tried to write worse but it was no good; my generalizations came out as before, each more exquisite than the last. I grew discouraged.
Peter De Vries quotes: I wanted to be bored to death, as good a way to go as any. I wanted to be bored to death, as good a way to go as any.
Peter De Vries quotes: Time heals nothing-which should make us better able to minister. Time heals nothing-which should make us better able to minister.
Peter De Vries quotes: The trouble with treating people as equals is that the first thing you know they may be doing the same thing to you. The trouble with treating people as equals is that the first thing you know they may be doing the same thing to you.
Peter De Vries quotes: Exercise is an unnatural act. Exercise is an unnatural act.
Peter De Vries quotes: I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork. I love being a writer. What I can't stand is the paperwork.
Peter De Vries quotes: Write drunk; edit sober. Write drunk; edit sober.
Peter De Vries quotes: Life is a crowded superhighway with bewildering cloverleaf exits on which a man is liable to find himself speeding back in the direction he came. Life is a crowded superhighway with bewildering cloverleaf exits on which a man is liable to find himself speeding back in the direction he came.
Peter De Vries quotes: All couples must bear the strain of getting acquainted, having been, up to then, merely intimate. All couples must bear the strain of getting acquainted, having been, up to then, merely intimate.
Peter De Vries quotes: A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetric-ally once, and by car forever after. A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetric-ally once, and by car forever after.
Peter De Vries quotes: We must love one another, yes, yes, that's all true enough, but nothing says we have to like each other. We must love one another, yes, yes, that's all true enough, but nothing says we have to like each other.
Peter De Vries quotes: I can still hear my mother wailing over some new kitchen crisis, "Oh God," and my father answering cozily from the silo, "Were you calling me, dear? I can still hear my mother wailing over some new kitchen crisis, "Oh God," and my father answering cozily from the silo, "Were you calling me, dear?
Peter De Vries quotes: Why is the awfulness of families such a popular reason for starting another? Why is the awfulness of families such a popular reason for starting another?
Peter De Vries quotes: The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe. The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe.
Peter De Vries quotes: I suppose I shall marry eventually One does that, one drifts into stability I suppose I shall marry eventually One does that, one drifts into stability
Peter De Vries quotes: Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums. Murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.
Peter De Vries quotes: The tuba is certainly the most intestinal of instruments, the very lower bowel of music. The tuba is certainly the most intestinal of instruments, the very lower bowel of music.