Anatole Broyard quote

"To choose a writer for a friend is like palling around with your cardiologist, who might be musing as you talk to him that you are a sinking man. A writer's love for another writer is never quite free of malice. He may enjoy discussing your failures even more than you do. He probably sees you as tragic, like his characters - or unworthy of tragedy, which is worse."

Anatole Broyard

Born: July 16, 1920

Die: October 11, 1990

Occupation: Writer

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A book is meant not only to be read, but to haunt you, to importune you like a lover or a parent, to be in your teeth like a piece of gristle.

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If a book is really good, it deserves to be read again, and if it's great, it should be read at least three times.

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