As one went to Europe to see the living past, so one must visit Southern California to observe the future.

— Alison Lurie

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Grosvenor and Burke suggest that continually, though silently, a school building tells students who they are and how they should think about the world. It can help to manufacture rote obedience or independent activity; it can create high self-confidence or low self-esteem.

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in a sense much great literature is subversive, since its very existence implies that what matters is art, imagination, and truth. In what we call the real world, on the other hand, what usually counts is money, power, and public success.

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Even when we say nothing our clothes are talking noisily to everyone who sees us, telling them who we are, where we come from, what we like to do in bed and a dozen other intimate things.

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With a pencil and paper, I could revise the world.

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Fashion is free speech, and one of the privileges, if not always one of the pleasures, of a free world

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There is a peculiar burning odor in the room, like explosives.

the kitchen fills with smoke and the hot, sweet, ashy smell of scorched cookies. The war has begun.

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The fashion industry is no more able to preserve a style that men and women have decided to abandon than to introduce one they do not choose to accept.

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Many Americans think of the rest of the world as a kind of Disneyland, a showplace for quaint fauna, flora and artifacts. They dress for travel in cheap, comfortable, childish clothes, as if they were going to the zoo and would not be seen by anyone except the animals.

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the fashion pages of magazines such as Cosmopolitan now seem to specialize in telling the career girl what to wear to charm the particular wrong type of man who reads Playboy, while the editorial pages tell her how to cope with the resulting psychic damage.

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But I think that sometimes, when one's behaved like a rather second-rate person, the way I did at breakfast, then in a kind of self-destructive shock one goes and does something really second-rate. Almost as if to prove it.

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We can lie in the language of dress or try to tell the truth;

but unless we are naked and bald, it is impossible to be silent.

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We all want to be guilty, because guilt is power.

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About Alison Lurie

Quotes 22 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

Most of the great works of juvenile literature are subversive in one way or another: they express ideas and emotions not generally approved of or even recognized at the time; they make fun of honored figures and piously held beliefs; and they view social pretenses with clear-eyed directness, remarking - as in Andersen's famous tale - that the emperor has no clothes.

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America has a history of political isolation and economic self-sufficiency;

its citizens have tended to regard the rest of the world as a disaster area from which lucky or pushy people emigrate to the Promised Land.

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We say something every morning when we decide how to dress.

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Nature can seem cruel, but she balances her books.

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There's a rule, I think. You get what you want in life, but not your second choice too.

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If nothing will finally survive of life besides what artists report of it, we have no right to report what we know to be lies.

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Real literature, like travel, is always a surprise.

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You get into the habit of being angry and hurt by life, and then when something good happens you can't accept it because it doesn't fit the pattern.

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Other wars end eventually in victory, defeat or exhaustion, but the war between men and women goes on forever.

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