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William H Gass Sayings: The expression "to write something down" suggests a descent of thought to the fingers whose The expression "to write something down" suggests a descent of thought to the fingers whose movements immediately falsify it.
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William H Gass Sayings: I get very tense working, so I often have to get up and wander around I get very tense working, so I often have to get up and wander around the house. It is very bad on my stomach. I have to be mad to be working well anyway, and then I am mad about the way things are going on the page in addition. My ulcer flourishes and I have to chew lots of pills. When my work is going well, I am usually sort of sick.
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William H Gass Sayings: We converse as we live by repeating, by combining and recombining a few elements over We converse as we live by repeating, by combining and recombining a few elements over and over again just as nature does when of elementary particles it builds a world.
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William H Gass Sayings: Her world must be flat because she disappeared all at once rather than a bit Her world must be flat because she disappeared all at once rather than a bit at a time.
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William H Gass Sayings: Words are the supreme objects. They are minded things. Words are the supreme objects. They are minded things.
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William H Gass Sayings: He hated not being heard, having to shout at the insides of himself, having to He hated not being heard, having to shout at the insides of himself, having to live in his dreams the way he lived in one of his rented rooms, being opposed, denied, neglected, refused. Kicked out.
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William H Gass Sayings: What we need, of course, is a language which will allow us to distinguish the What we need, of course, is a language which will allow us to distinguish the normal or routine fuck from the glorious, the rare, or the lousy one - a fack from a fick, a fick from a fock - but we have more names for parts of horses than we have for kinds of kisses, and our earthy words are all ... well ... 'dirty'. It says something dirty about us, no doubt, because in a society which had a mind for the body and other similarly vital things, there would be a word for coming down, or going up, words for nibbles on the bias, earlobe loving, and every variety of tongue track. After all, how many kinds of birds do we distinguish? We have a name for the Second Coming but none for a second coming. In fact our entire vocabulary for states of consciousness is critically impoverished.
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William H Gass Sayings: Surely it's better to live in the country, to live on a prairie by a Surely it's better to live in the country, to live on a prairie by a drawing of rivers, in Iowa or Illinois or Indiana, say, than in any city, in any stinking fog of human beings, in any blooming orchard of machines. It ought to be.
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William H Gass Sayings: There was a time when my hand, too, held heat and when its touch left There was a time when my hand, too, held heat and when its touch left a burn beneath the skin and I sought beauty like the bee his queen; but it was a high flight for an old tyrant, and not worth wings. Doubtless there were sweet and brave and foolish times between them. There may be sweet times now. Such times lie beyond my conjuring. I only know that thorough evil is as bright as perfect good and seems as fair; for animals that live in caves are bleached by darkness and so shine in their surroundings as the good soul does in its, albino as the stars.
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William H Gass Sayings: We were late among the living, and by the time God got to us ice We were late among the living, and by the time God got to us ice was already slipping from the poles as if from an imperfectly decorated cake.
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William H Gass Sayings: I do think of my reader, or listener, really, more often, if I give a I do think of my reader, or listener, really, more often, if I give a lecture, for example, and I know that I'm talking to these people; I enjoy sort of preening them a bit. But it's a matter of decorum, basically.
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William H Gass Sayings: Sports, politics, and religion are the three passions of the badly educated. Sports, politics, and religion are the three passions of the badly educated.
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William H Gass Sayings: Yet nature turns a dumb face toward us like a cow. When we read its Yet nature turns a dumb face toward us like a cow. When we read its wonders, we wonder whether we haven't written them ourselves. We are in ferment, but our greatness grows like a bubble of froth. We sense that existence itself lacks substance; that it is serious in the wrong sense; that its heaviness is that of wet air. The sublime ... ah, the sublime is far off, though we call for its coming. Yes. Life falls short
it is never what it should be. Rhymes will not rescue it. Days end, and begin again, automatically. Only the clock connects them. Sullen sunshine is followed by pitiless frost, and the consequence is we are a tick or two nearer oblivion, and the alarm for our unwaking.
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William H Gass Sayings: I am firmly of the opinion that people who can't speak have nothing to say. I am firmly of the opinion that people who can't speak have nothing to say. It's one more thing we do to the poor, the deprived: cut out their tongues ... allow them a language as lousy as their life
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William H Gass Sayings: And how would he learn his history now? Imagine growing up in a world where And how would he learn his history now? Imagine growing up in a world where only generals and geniuses, empires and companies, had histories, not your own town or grandfather, house or Samantha - none of the things you'd loved.
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William H Gass Sayings: Lost in the corn rows, I remember feeling just another stalk, and thus this country Lost in the corn rows, I remember feeling just another stalk, and thus this country takes me over in the way I occupy myself when I am well ... completely - to the edge of both my house and body. No one notices, when they walk by, that I am brimming in the doorways.
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William H Gass Sayings: So to the wretched writer I should like to say that there's one body only So to the wretched writer I should like to say that there's one body only whose request for your caresses is not vulgar, is not unchaste, untoward, or impolite: the body of your work itself; for you must remember that your attentions will not merely celebrate a beauty but create one; that yours is love that brings it own birth with it, just as Plato has declared, and that you should therefore give up the blue things of this world in favor of the words which say them
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William H Gass Sayings: Prospects: a prickly word, a sour betrayer. It was supposed to fill your thoughts with Prospects: a prickly word, a sour betrayer. It was supposed to fill your thoughts with gold, or with clear air and great and lovely distances. Well, the metal came quickly enough to mind, but beards followed shortly, dirt and the deceptions of the desert, biscuits like powdered pumice, tin spoons, stinking mules, clattering cups, stinking water, deceiving air.
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Prospects. They made him think dirt. They made him think rags, snakes, picks, and the murder of companions.
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William H Gass Sayings: I want to rise so high that when I shit I won't miss anybody. I want to rise so high that when I shit I won't miss anybody.
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William H Gass Sayings: Only the slow reader will notice the odd crowd of images-flier, butcher, seal-which have gathered Only the slow reader will notice the odd crowd of images-flier, butcher, seal-which have gathered to comment on the aims and activities of the speeding reader, perhaps like gossips at a wedding.
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William H Gass Sayings: The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words. The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.
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William H Gass Sayings: Yes, we call it recursive, the act of reading, of looping the loop, of continually Yes, we call it recursive, the act of reading, of looping the loop, of continually returning to an earlier group of words, behaving like Penelope by moving our mind back and forth, forth and back, reweaving what's unwoven, undoing what's been done; and language, which regularly returns us to its origin, which starts us off again on the same journey, older, altered, Columbus one more time, but better prepared each later voyage, knowing a bit more, ready for more, equal to a greater range of tasks, calmer, confident - after all, we've come this way before, have habits that help, and a favoring wind - language like that is the language which takes us inside, inside the sentence - inside - inside the mind - inside - inside, where meanings meet and are modified, reviewed and revised, where no perception, no need, no feeling or thought need be scanted or shunted aside.
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William H Gass Sayings: Perceptions are always profound, associations deceiving. No watermelon tastes red. Apropos: while waiting for a Perceptions are always profound, associations deceiving. No watermelon tastes red. Apropos: while waiting for a bus once, I saw open down the arm of a midfat, midlife, freckled woman, suitcase tugging at her hand like a small boy needing to pee, a deep blue crack as wide as any in a Roquefort. Split like paper tearing. She said nothing. Stood. Blue bubbled up in the opening like tar. One thing is certain: a cool flute blue tastes like deep well water drunk from a cup.
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William H Gass Sayings: A cause is a lie with a fan club. A cause is a lie with a fan club.
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William H Gass Sayings: Philosophy has a great sort of appeal in terms of an artistic or aesthetic organization Philosophy has a great sort of appeal in terms of an artistic or aesthetic organization of concepts. It's a conceptual art.
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William H Gass Sayings: The speeding reader guts a book the way the skillful clean fish. The gills are The speeding reader guts a book the way the skillful clean fish. The gills are gone, the tail, the scales, the fins; then the fillet slides away swifly as though fed to a seal.
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William H Gass Sayings: More and more I knew my budding world was ruined if he were free in More and more I knew my budding world was ruined if he were free in it. As a specimen Mr. Wallace might be my pride. Glory to him in a jar. But free! Better to release the sweet moving tiger or the delicate snake, the monumental elephant. I was just a castaway to be devoured.
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William H Gass Sayings: Nipples may be said to resemble the ripest of raspberries or perhaps even a thimble, Nipples may be said to resemble the ripest of raspberries or perhaps even a thimble, but "why take the trouble when the trouble taken is so evident," though Gass himself is willing to do it and make it look effortless. Maybe they really look like "the lightly chewed ends of large pencil erasers," and for someone who spends his days at his desk that image can prove surprisingly effective.
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William H Gass Sayings: Here is history seen, endured, and created at the same time ... .. If you Here is history seen, endured, and created at the same time ... .. If you believe only that which you know to be true, you will trouble yourself with very little belief."
On Thucydides' "History of the Peloponnesian War" in "Fifty Literary Pillars".
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William H Gass Sayings: Freud thought that a psychosis was a waking dream, and that poets were daydreamers too, Freud thought that a psychosis was a waking dream, and that poets were daydreamers too, but I wonder if the reverse is not as often true, and that madness is a fiction lived in like a rented house
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William H Gass Sayings: There are few poets today who can equal, in their esthetic exploitation of language, in There are few poets today who can equal, in their esthetic exploitation of language, in their depth of commitment to their medium, in their range of conceptual understanding, in the purity of their closed forms, the work of Nabokov, Borges, Beckett, Barth, Broch, Gaddis, or Calvino, or any of half-a-dozen extraordinarily gifted South Americans.
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William H Gass Sayings: We must take our sentences seriously, which means we must understand them philosophically, and the We must take our sentences seriously, which means we must understand them philosophically, and the odd thing is that the few who do, who take them with utter sober seriousness, the utter sober seriousness of right-wing parsons and political saviors, the owners of Pomeranians, are the liars who want to be believed, the novelists and poets, who know that the creatures they imagine have no other being than the sounding syllables which the reader will speak into his own weary and distracted head. There are no magic words. To say the words is magical enough.
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William H Gass Sayings: Happiness is just a priest who reads us words of consolation while we walk up Happiness is just a priest who reads us words of consolation while we walk up the steps to the hangman.
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William H Gass Sayings: As Rilke observed, love requires a progressive shortening of the senses: I can see you As Rilke observed, love requires a progressive shortening of the senses: I can see you for miles; I can hear you for blocks, I can smell you, maybe, for a few feet, but I can only touch on contact, taste as I devour
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William H Gass Sayings: If there were genders to genres, fiction would be unquestionably feminine. If there were genders to genres, fiction would be unquestionably feminine.
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William H Gass Sayings: Still, he should be forgiven what we all want: forgetting within the fuck. Love is Still, he should be forgiven what we all want: forgetting within the fuck. Love is a nervous habit. Haven't many said so? Snacking. Smoking. Talking. Joking. Alike as light bulbs. Drinking. Drugging. Frigging. Fucking.
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William H Gass Sayings: What one wants to do with stories is screw them up. What one wants to do with stories is screw them up.
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William H Gass Sayings: The ladies egged him on; in Eve's name, they dared him; so he made love The ladies egged him on; in Eve's name, they dared him; so he made love with discreet verbs and light nouns, delicate conjunctions. They begged; they defied him to define ... define everything. They could not be scandalized - impossible, they said. Indecent prepositions such as in, on, up, merely made them smile, and the roundest exclamation broke upon them like a bubble's kiss, a butterfly's. Smooth and creamy adjectives enabled them to lick their lips upon the crudest story. How charmingly you speak, Reverend Furber, how much you've seen of this wicked world, and how alive you are to it, they said.
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William H Gass Sayings: I cannot walk under the wires. The sparrows scatter like handfuls of gravel. Really, wires I cannot walk under the wires. The sparrows scatter like handfuls of gravel. Really, wires are voices in thin strips. They are words wound in cables. Bars of connection.
William H Gass Sayings: They try to thrive. To multiply. To make murder a method of management. They try to thrive. To multiply. To make murder a method of management.
William H Gass Sayings: Excellence is inconveniently difficult. Excellence is inconveniently difficult.
William H Gass Sayings: I usually have poor to absent relations with editors because they have a habit of I usually have poor to absent relations with editors because they have a habit of desiring changes and I resist changes.
William H Gass Sayings: As Borges has taught us, all the books in the library are contemporary. Great poems As Borges has taught us, all the books in the library are contemporary. Great poems are like granaries: they are always ready to enlarge their store.
William H Gass Sayings: If you want to think about something really funny, kiddo, consider the fact that our If you want to think about something really funny, kiddo, consider the fact that our favorite modern bad guys became villains by serving as heroes first
to millions. It is now a necessary apprenticeship.
William H Gass Sayings: One thing - one thing exceeds the eternity of the star, he cries, and that One thing - one thing exceeds the eternity of the star, he cries, and that is the dark which surrounds it.
William H Gass Sayings: I publish a piece in order to kill it, so that I won't have to I publish a piece in order to kill it, so that I won't have to fool around with it any longer.
William H Gass Sayings: In general, I would think that at present prose writers are much in advance of In general, I would think that at present prose writers are much in advance of the poets. In the old days, I read more poetry than prose, but now it is in prose where you find things being put together well, where there is great ambition, and equal talent. Poets have gotten so careless, it is a disgrace. You can't pick up a page. All the words slide off.
William H Gass Sayings: If someone asks me, "Why do you write?" I can reply by pointing out that If someone asks me, "Why do you write?" I can reply by pointing out that it is a very dumb question. Nevertheless, there is an answer. I write because I hate. A lot. Hard. And if someone asks me the inevitable next dumb question, "Why do you write the way you do?" I must answer that I wish to make my hatred acceptable because my hatred is much of me, if not the best part. Writing is a way of making the writer acceptable to the world - every cheap, dumb, nasty thought, every despicable desire, every noble sentiment, every expensive taste.
William H Gass Sayings: If you were a fully realized person-whatever the hell that would be-you wouldn't fool around If you were a fully realized person-whatever the hell that would be-you wouldn't fool around writing books.
William H Gass Sayings: Sing of disappointments more repeated than the batter of the sea, of lives embittered by Sing of disappointments more repeated than the batter of the sea, of lives embittered by resentments so ubiquitous the ocean's salt seems thinly shaken, of letdowns local as the sofa where I copped my freshman's feel, of failures as frequent as first love, first nights, last stands; do not warble of arms or adventurous deeds or shepherds playing on their private fifes, or of civil war or monarchies at swords; consider rather the slightly squinkered clerk, the soul which has become as shabby and soiled in its seat as worn-out underwear, a life lit like a lonely room and run like a laddered stocking.
William H Gass Sayings: I was struck by the way in which meanings are historically attached to words: it I was struck by the way in which meanings are historically attached to words: it is so accidental, so remote, so twisted. A word is like a schoolgirl's room
a complete mess
so the great thing is to make out a way of seeing it all as ordered, as right, as inferred and following.
William H Gass Sayings: If we had the true and complete history of one man - which would be If we had the true and complete history of one man - which would be the history of his head - we would sign the warrants and end ourselves forever, not because of the wickedness we would find within that man, no, but because of the meagerness of feeling, the miniaturization of meaning, the pettiness of ambition, the vulgarities, the vanities, the diminution of intelligence, the endless trivia we'd encounter, the ever present dust.
William H Gass Sayings: Public libraries have succumbed to the same pressures that have overwhelmed the basic cultural functions Public libraries have succumbed to the same pressures that have overwhelmed the basic cultural functions of museums and universities, aims that should remain what they were, not because the old ways are always better but because in this case they were the right ones: the sustaining of standards, the preservation of quality, the conservation of literacy's history, the education of the heart, eye and mind. Now libraries devote far too much of their restricted space, and their limited budget, to public amusement. It is a fact of philistine life that amusement is where the money is.
William H Gass Sayings: In the spring I'd shit with the door open, watching the blackbirds In the spring I'd shit with the door open, watching the blackbirds
William H Gass Sayings: His father had a dream: to keep his hands forever clean. Joey wasn't clear whether His father had a dream: to keep his hands forever clean. Joey wasn't clear whether his father had ever understood that it takes a lot of digging in the dirt to do that.
William H Gass Sayings: Literature is composed of quarter truths, and the quarters are often spent on penny candy. Literature is composed of quarter truths, and the quarters are often spent on penny candy.
William H Gass Sayings: Getting even is one reason for writing. Getting even is one reason for writing.
William H Gass Sayings: It is discouraging to leave the past behind only to see it coming toward you It is discouraging to leave the past behind only to see it coming toward you like the thunderstorm which drenched you yesterday.
William H Gass Sayings: Poetry is cathartic only for the unserious, for in front of the rush of expressive Poetry is cathartic only for the unserious, for in front of the rush of expressive need stands the barrier of form, and when the hurdler's scissored legs and outstretched arms carry him over the bars, the limp in his life, the headache in his heart, the emptiness he's full of, are as absent as his street-shoes, which will pinch and scrape his feet in all the old leathery ways once the race is over and he has to walk through the front door of his future like a brushman with some feckless patter and a chintzy plastic prize.
William H Gass Sayings: For suppose, and mind it narrowly, that life is simply a shadow bodies cast inside For suppose, and mind it narrowly, that life is simply a shadow bodies cast inside themselves when struck by all those queerly various bits and particles, those pieces, those streams of - what? - of science. Death in such a case would be only another arrangement.
William H Gass Sayings: The censor pretends he is protecting tender hearts, shielding children from sex and violence, keeping The censor pretends he is protecting tender hearts, shielding children from sex and violence, keeping the righteous in the right path, guarding against temptation, preserving virtue. How? by burning books, tearing out tongues, stretching necks, stoning women; through torture and imprisonment; by threats of violence against the victim's friends and family; by force-feeding his own people a philosophy not only false and wicked now but false and wicked the day it was first announced by some imaginary lord and used to purchase or preserve his privileges and hoodwink the world.
William H Gass Sayings: Is it really possible that the finest sensations in life are simple: the delicate brush Is it really possible that the finest sensations in life are simple: the delicate brush of Lou's hair across my chest, for instance? Yes. It is possible. Or was it the feeling I felt in each length as they drifted over me, the love I perceived in their gentle tickle? Yes. That was possible too. With Lou's soft first kiss, wasn't it mainly the miracle of its happening at all which made it so wondrous, so plainly impossible? And was I waiting on the stair for the world's wind to do the same, to display for me that rare union of meaning, gesture, and understanding, which the artist gnaws up knuckles to achieve? O. Oooh ... the decades I've done in and then abandoned without even waiting for the wounds to bleed!
William H Gass Sayings: He wanted to sink down and hug the coals to his chest. Flamboyant...coins of light...oil, He wanted to sink down and hug the coals to his chest. Flamboyant...coins of light...oil, wood, tatters...fumes from acids, soap, smoke...the sunlight shattered.
William H Gass Sayings: And I am in retirement from love. And I am in retirement from love.
William H Gass Sayings: Birthdays, like weddings, anniversaries, baptisms, bar mitzvahs, wakes, are occasions to retie family ties, renew Birthdays, like weddings, anniversaries, baptisms, bar mitzvahs, wakes, are occasions to retie family ties, renew family feuds, restore family feeling, add to family lore, tribalize the psyche, generate guilt, exercise power, wave a foreign flag, talk in tongues, exchange lies, remember dates and the old days, to be fond of how it was, be angry at what it should be, and weep at why it isn't.
William H Gass Sayings: Why were they whining then? ... whining, damn them, whining ... Because they'd have to Why were they whining then? ... whining, damn them, whining ...
Because they'd have to give up their hope of living like an animal and return to an honest, conscious, human life. The prospect was hard.
William H Gass Sayings: Of course, in philosophy, you settle one bill only by neglecting another, a strategy which Of course, in philosophy, you settle one bill only by neglecting another, a strategy which must eventually fail since all of them fall due at the same time.
William H Gass Sayings: Words, so much more readily remembered, gradually replace our past with their own. Our birth Words, so much more readily remembered, gradually replace our past with their own. Our birth pangs become pages. Our battles, our triumphs, our trophies, our stubbed toes, will survive only in their descriptions; because it is the gravestone we visit, when we visit, not the grave. It is against the stone we stand our plastic flowers. Who wishes to bid good morrow to a box of rot and bones? We say a name, and only a faint simulacrum of its object forms itself (if any at all does)- forms itself in that grayless gray area of consciousness where we put imaginary maps and once heard music; where we hunt for lost articles and diagram desire.
William H Gass Sayings: I write because I hate. A lot. Hard. I write because I hate. A lot. Hard.
William H Gass Sayings: The alcoholic trance is not just a haze, as though the eyes were also unshaven. The alcoholic trance is not just a haze, as though the eyes were also unshaven. It is not a mere buzzing in the ears, a dizzinessor disturbance of balance. One arrives in the garden again, at nursery time, when the gentle animals are fed and in all the world there are only toys.
William H Gass Sayings: Writing. Not writing. Twin Terrors. Putting one's mother into words ... It may have been Writing. Not writing. Twin Terrors. Putting one's mother into words ... It may have been easier to put her in her grave.
William H Gass Sayings: Seldom was blue for blue's sake present till Pollock hurled pigment at his canvas like Seldom was blue for blue's sake present till Pollock hurled pigment at his canvas like pies.
William H Gass Sayings: Blue is therefore most suitable as the color of interior life. Blue is therefore most suitable as the color of interior life.
William H Gass Sayings: Loneliness is the diary keeper's lover. It is not narcissism that takes them to their Loneliness is the diary keeper's lover. It is not narcissism that takes them to their desk every day. And who "keeps" whom, after all? The diary is demanding; it imposes its routine; it must be chored the way one must milk a cow; and it alters your attitude toward life, which is lived, finally, only in order that it may makes it way to the private page.
[From "Fifty Literary Pillars", p.35]
William H Gass Sayings: Look: if a bird were to rub its beak on a limb, you'd hear it Look: if a bird were to rub its beak on a limb, you'd hear it - sure - and if a piece of water were to move an unaccustomed way, you'd feel it - that's right - and if a fox were to steal a hen, you'd see-you'd see it - even in the middle of the night; but, heaven help you, if a friend a friend - god - were to slit your throat with his - his love - hoh, you'd bleed a week to notice it.
William H Gass Sayings: Furthermore, the sense of passion or of power, of depth and vibrancy, feeling and vision, Furthermore, the sense of passion or of power, of depth and vibrancy, feeling and vision, we take away from any work is the result of the intermingling, balance, play, and antagonism between these: it is the arrangement of blues, not any blue itself, which lets us see the mood it formulates, whether pensive melancholy or thoughtless delight, so that one to whom aesthetic experience comes easily will see, as Schopenhauer suggested, sadness in things as readily as smoky violet or moist verdigris.
William H Gass Sayings: No one could say, looking at her lined, pale and puffy face, the shapeless garish No one could say, looking at her lined, pale and puffy face, the shapeless garish sack she had double-pinned around her, or the misfocusing eyes and slack wet mouth, that she had led the right life, and she knew it, not even with Freud's fist could she repress that ...
William H Gass Sayings: Furthermore, the initial page, always crucial, passed every test, with its promises and divisions, its Furthermore, the initial page, always crucial, passed every test, with its promises and divisions, its portentous opening paragraph like the great door of a church, its exotic setting and strange names, the rolling orchestration of its prose.
William H Gass Sayings: Works of art are meant to be lived with and loved, and if we try Works of art are meant to be lived with and loved, and if we try to understand them, we should try to understand them as we try to understand anyone - in order to know them better, not in order to know something else.
William H Gass Sayings: Fiction becomes visual by becoming verbal Fiction becomes visual by becoming verbal
William H Gass Sayings: But the body fails us and the mirror knows, and we no longer insist that But the body fails us and the mirror knows, and we no longer insist that the gray hush be carried off its surface by the cloth, for we have run to fat, and wrinkles encircle the eyes and notch the neck where the skin wattles, and the flesh of the arms hangs loose like an overlarge sleeve, veins thicken like ropes and empurple the body as though they had been drawn there by a pen, freckles darken, liver spots appear, the hairah, the hair is exhausted and gray and lusterless, in weary rolls like cornered lint.
William H Gass Sayings: Nature punishes gluttony, not avarice or hate. Nature punishes gluttony, not avarice or hate.
William H Gass Sayings: I hate ideologies of all kinds, so I avoid jargon. I've done enough philosophy to I hate ideologies of all kinds, so I avoid jargon. I've done enough philosophy to know that some specialized terms are really needed. I don't complain when Kant does it. Or when Aristotle introduces all kinds of new words; he needed them. But these other people [modern philosophers] are just obfuscating. It just makes me annoyed.
William H Gass Sayings: Wills aren't really strong or weak; it is the characters that they express and serve Wills aren't really strong or weak; it is the characters that they express and serve that are.
William H Gass Sayings: I should like to suggest that at least on the face of it a stroke I should like to suggest that at least on the face of it a stroke by stroke story of a copulation is exactly as absurd as a chew by chew account of the consumption of a chicken's wing.
William H Gass Sayings: As a teacher, it's a great help to be teaching philosophical systems you don't believe. As a teacher, it's a great help to be teaching philosophical systems you don't believe. You can actually do a better job of presenting them if you leave your beliefs at the door.
William H Gass Sayings: Some people say their life is full of darkness and I wonder why they don't Some people say their life is full of darkness and I wonder why they don't just try and switch the lights on.
William H Gass Sayings: The body of Our Saviour shat but Our Saviour shat not. The body of Our Saviour shat but Our Saviour shat not.
William H Gass Sayings: I do have a very conscious desire not to be academic. I'm antiacademic. I hate I do have a very conscious desire not to be academic. I'm antiacademic. I hate jargon. I hate that sort of pretension. I am a person who [commits] breaches of decorum - not in private life, but in my work. They are part of my mode of operation. That kind of playfulness is part of my nature in general. The paradox that, in a way, to take something very seriously, you can't always be serious about it.
William H Gass Sayings: One may decide that the nipple most nearly resembles a newly ripened raspberry (never, be One may decide that the nipple most nearly resembles a newly ripened raspberry (never, be it noted, the plonk of water on a pond at the commencement of a drizzle, a simple bladder nozzle built on the suction principal gum bubble, mole, or birth ward, bumpy metal button, or the painful red eruption of a swelling), but does one care to see his breakfast fruit as a sweetened milky bowl of snipped nips? no.
William H Gass Sayings: Knowing has two poles, and they are always poles apart: carnal knowing, the laying on Knowing has two poles, and they are always poles apart: carnal knowing, the laying on of hands, the hanging of the fact by head or heels, the measurement of mass and motion, the calibration of brutal blows, the counting of supplies; and spiritual knowing, invisibly felt by the inside self, who is but a fought-over field of distraction, a stage where we recite the monotonous monologue that is our life, a knowing governed by internal tides, by intimations, motives, resolutions, by temptations, secrecy, shame, and pride.
William H Gass Sayings: Joseph thought he knew the plants that had sought out the twitterers, and those that Joseph thought he knew the plants that had sought out the twitterers, and those that had risen for the wren, or a fern that turned, not to the sun, but toward the chatter of the chickadee, so quick were the petals of its song, so sharp so plentiful so light, so showy in their symmetry, so suddenly in shade.
William H Gass Sayings: Words [are] more beautiful than a found fall leaf. Words [are] more beautiful than a found fall leaf.
William H Gass Sayings: If death itself were to die, would it have a ghost, and would the ghost If death itself were to die, would it have a ghost, and would the ghost of death visit the dead in the guise of someone alive, if only to fright them from any temptation to return?
William H Gass Sayings: It is not a single cowardice that drives us into fiction's fantasies. We often fear It is not a single cowardice that drives us into fiction's fantasies. We often fear that literature is a game we can't afford to play - the product of idleness and immoral ease. In the grip of that feeling it isn't life we pursue, but the point and purpose of life - its facility, its use.
William H Gass Sayings: The word itself has another color. It's not a word with any resonance, although the The word itself has another color. It's not a word with any resonance, although the e was once pronounced. There is only the bump now between b and l, the relief at the end, the whew. It hasn't the sly turn which crimson takes halfway through, yellow's deceptive jelly, or the rolled-down sound in brown. It hasn't violet's rapid sexual shudder or like a rough road the irregularity of ultramarine, the low puddle in mauve like a pancake covered in cream, the disapproving purse to pink, the assertive brevity of red, the whine of green.
William H Gass Sayings: Yes, words were superior; they maintained a superior control; they touched without your touching; they Yes, words were superior; they maintained a superior control; they touched without your touching; they were at once the bait, the hook, the line, the pole, and the water in between.
William H Gass Sayings: For me, the short story is not a character sketch, a mouse trap, an epiphany, For me, the short story is not a character sketch, a mouse trap, an epiphany, a slice of suburban life. It is the flowering of a symbol center. It is a poem grafted onto sturdier stock.
William H Gass Sayings: The death of God represents not only the realization that gods have never existed, but The death of God represents not only the realization that gods have never existed, but the contention that such a belief is no longer even irrationally possible: that neither reason nor the taste and temper of the times condones it. The belief lingers on, of course, but it does so like astrology or a faith in a flat earth.
William H Gass Sayings: One day they came and knocked the cornices from the watch repair and pasted campaign One day they came and knocked the cornices from the watch repair and pasted campaign posters on the windows. Torn across, by now, by boys, they urge you still to vote for half an orange beblazoned man who as a whole one failed two years ago to win at his election. Everywhere, in this manner, the past speaks, and it mostly speaks of failure.