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J. M. Coetzee

South African,  Author
Total Quotes : 26
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The writers who have the deepest influence on one are those one reads in ones more impressionable, early life, and often it is the more youthful works of those writers that leave the deepest imprint.

- J. M. Coetzee

Happy About Comic Books

Everyone seems to see bleakness and despair in my books. I don't read them that way. I see myself as writing comic books, books about ordinary people trying to live ordinary, dull, happy lives while the world is falling to pieces around them.

- J. M. Coetzee

Some Date Other

As for September 11, let us not too easily grant the Americans possession of that date on the calendar. Like May 1 or July 14 or December 25, September 11 may seem full of significance to some people, while to other people it is just another day.

- J. M. Coetzee

Means Elizabeth Diligently

Elizabeth, Lady C, claims to be writing at the limits of language. Would it not be insulting to her if I were diligently to follow after her, explaining what she means but is not smart enough to say?

- J. M. Coetzee

Thought Treat Fiction

As you see, I do not treat the creation of fiction, that to say the invention and development of fantasies, as a form of abstract thought. I don't wish to deny the uses of the intellect, but sometimes one has the intuition that the intellect by itself will lead one nowhere.

- J. M. Coetzee

Writing Storytelling

All autobiography is storytelling; all writing is autobiography.

- J. M. Coetzee

Intellectual Say European

I say that I represent this movement because my intellectual allegiances are clearly European, not African.

- J. M. Coetzee

Own Constant I Write

I see no marks of Wordsworths style of writing or style of thinking in my own work, yet Wordsworth is a constant presence when I write about human beings and their relations to the natural world.

- J. M. Coetzee

Thought Prize Occupation

In its conception the literature prize belongs to days when a writer could still be thought of as, by virtue of his or her occupation, a sage, someone with no institutional affiliations who could offer an authoritative word on our times as well as on our moral life.

- J. M. Coetzee

Fiction Tend Invitations

I tend to resist invitations to interpret my own fiction.

- J. M. Coetzee

Why Fiction Clearer

If there were a better, clearer, shorter way of saying what the fiction says, then why not scrap the fiction?

- J. M. Coetzee

Suffering Cruel Other

In order to be cruel we have to close our hearts to the suffering of the other.

- J. M. Coetzee

Own Belong Very

If it is indeed impossible - or at least very difficult - to inhabit the consciousness of an animal, then in writing about animals there is a temptation to project upon them feelings and thoughts that may belong only to our own human mind and heart.

- J. M. Coetzee

Question May Been

My response, a dubious and hesitant one, is that it has been and may continue to be, in the time that is left to me, more productive to live out the question than to try to answer it in abstract terms.

- J. M. Coetzee

News South Africa Activist

Islamic fundamentalism in its activist manifestation is bad news. Religious fundamentalism in general is bad news. We know about religious fundamentalism in South Africa. Calvinist fundamentalism has been an unmitigated force of benightedness in our history.

- J. M. Coetzee

Prove Tell Literary

That has always seemed to me one of the stranger aspects of literary fame: you prove your competence as a writer and an inventor of stories, and then people clamour for you to make speeches and tell them what you think about the world.

- J. M. Coetzee

Nature Cruel

We are not by nature cruel.

- J. M. Coetzee

Law The Most Important

The most important of all rights is the right to life, and I cannot foresee a day when domesticated animals will be granted that right in law.

- J. M. Coetzee

Consciousness Mode Species

The mode of consciousness of nonhuman species is quite different from human consciousness.

- J. M. Coetzee

Truth Confession Tell

The end of confession is to tell the truth to and for oneself.

- J. M. Coetzee