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Writers may be disreputable, incorrigible, early to decay or late to bloom but they dare to go it alone.

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The substance of fictional architecture is not bricks and mortar but evanescent consciousness.

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What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.

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Professionalism in art has this difficulty: To be professional is to be dependable, to be dependable is to be predictable, and predictability is esthetically boring - an anti-virtue in a field where we hope to be astonished and startled and at some deep level refreshed.

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Art is like baby shoes. When you coat them with gold, they can no longer be worn.

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The cinema has done more for my spiritual life than the church. My ideas of fame, success and beauty all originate from the big screen. Whereas Christian religion is retreating everywhere and losing more and more influence: film has filled the vacuum and supports us with myths and action-controlling images.

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Inspiration arrives as a packet of material to be delivered.

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Dreams come true: without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.

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To be a human being is to be in a state of tension between your appetites and your dreams, and the social realities around you and your obligations to your fellow man.

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