Renata Adler

1938 -

A Quote by Renata Adler on novelty and philosophy

There follows a little obscenity here, a dash of philosophy there, considerable whining overall, and a modern satirical novel is born.

Renata Adler (1938 -)

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A Quote by Renata Adler on irony, principles, and time

Moral self-infatuation has its own corruptions, after all. With time, almost every other principle of the magazine acquired an ironic echo, a sort of cackling aftermath.

Renata Adler (1938 -)

Source: Renata Adler in Gone: The Last Days of The New Yorker, (Simon & Schuster)

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A Quote by Renata Adler on direction and tourists

At six one morning, Will went out in jeans and frayed sweater to buy a quart of milk. A tourist bus went by. The megaphone was directed at him. "There's one," it said. That was in the l960s. Ever since, he's wondered. There's one what?

Renata Adler (1938 -)

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A Quote by Renata Adler on secrets

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No one ever confides a secret to one person only. No one destroys all copies of a document.

Renata Adler (1938 -)

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A Quote by Renata Adler on world

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In the strange heat all litigation brings to bear on things, the very process of litigation fosters the most profound misunderstandings in the world.

Renata Adler (1938 -)

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A Quote by Renata Adler on experience, generations, history, and style

It is always self-defeating to pretend to the style of a generation younger than your own; it simply erases your own experience in history.

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A Quote by Renata Adler on community, life, people, and quality

Nothing defines the quality of life in a community more clearly than people who regard themselves, or whom the consensus chooses to regard, as mentally unwell.

Renata Adler (1938 -)

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A Quote by Renata Adler on kindness, life, and people

People have been modeling their lives after films for years, but the medium is somehow unsuited to moral lessons, cautionary tales or polemics of any kind.

Renata Adler (1938 -)

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A Quote by Renata Adler on boredom, cruelty, people, and sleep

Bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel.

Renata Adler (1938 -)

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A Quote by Renata Adler on accidents, boredom, cruelty, idleness, people, sleep, and time

Idle people are often bored and bored people, unless they sleep a lot, are cruel. It is not accident that boredom and cruelty are great preoccupations in our time.

Renata Adler (1938 -)

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