John Fowles

1926 -

A Quote by John Fowles on laughter, life, love, mankind, men, politics, rest, seriousness, war, and women

I am going to explain to you why we went to war. Why mankind always does to war. It is not social or political. It is not countries that go to war, but men. It is like salt. Once one has been to war, one has salt for the rest of one's life. Men love war because it allows them to look serious. Because it is the one thing that stops women from laughing at them.

John Fowles (1926 -)

Source: The Magus,1965

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A Quote by John Fowles on hope and newspapers

The newspapers are full of what we would like to happen to us and what we hope will never happen to us.

John Fowles (1926 -)

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A Quote by John Fowles on evolution

Evolution did not intend trees to grow singly. Far more than ourselves they are social creatures, and no more natural as isolated specimens than man is as a marooned sailor or hermit.

John Fowles (1926 -)

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A Quote by John Fowles on animals, body, death, and rest

You are like a porcupine. When the animal has its spines erect, it cannot eat. If you do not eat, you will starve. And your prickles will die with the rest of your body.

John Fowles (1926 -)

Source: The Magus

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A Quote by John Fowles on words

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I knew words were like chains, they held me back . . . the act of description taints the description.

John Fowles (1926 -)

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