I think it's one of the scars in our culture that we have too high an opinion of ourselves. We align ourselves with the angels instead of the higher primates.

— Angela Carter

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In the mythic schema of all relations between men and women, man proposes, and woman is disposed of.

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Nostalgia, the vice of the aged. We watch so many old movies our memories come in monochrome.

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I haven't changed much, over the years.

I use less adjectives, now, and have a kinder heart, perhaps.

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I see her as a series of marvellous shapes formed at random in the kaleidoscope of desire.

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If Miss means respectably unmarried, and Mrs.

respectably married, then Ms. means nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

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Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.

You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.

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We must all make do with the rags of love we find flapping on the scarecrow of humanity.

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His wedding gift, clasped round my throat.

A choker of rubies, two inches wide, like an extraordinarily precious slit throat.

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Strangers used to gather together at the cinema and sit together in the dark, like Ancient Greeks participating in the mysteries, dreaming the same dream in unison.

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Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods.

If a revival of the myths of these cults gives woman emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place.

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Language is power, life and the instrument of culture, the instrument of domination and liberation.

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Cities have sexes: London is a man, Paris a woman, and New York a well-adjusted transsexual.

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About Angela Carter

Quotes 142 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

Moonlight, white satin, roses. A bride.

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She stood lost in eternity wearing a crazy dress, watching the immense sky.

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Is not this whole world an illusion? And yet it fools everybody.

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You must realize that I was suffering from love and I knew him as intimately as I knew my own image in a mirror. In other words, I knew him only in relation to myself.

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A day without an argument is like an egg without salt.

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The kind of power mothers have is enormous.

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A book is simply the container of an idea-like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.

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I don't really think that writers, even great writers, are prophets, or sages, or Messiah-like figures; writing is a lonely, sedentary occupation and a touch of megalomania can be comforting around five on a November afternoon when you haven't seen anybody all day.

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Just because we're sisters under the skin doesn't mean we've got much in common.

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I think the adjective post-modernist really means mannerist. Books about books is fun but frivolous.

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Aeneas carried his aged father on his back from the ruins of Troy and so do we all, whether we like it or not, perhaps even if we have never known them.

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She herself is a haunted house. She does not possess herself; her ancestors sometimes come and peer out of the windows of her eyes and that is very frightening. from "The Lady of the Haunted House

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Anxiety is the beginning of conscience, which is the parent of the soul but is not compatible with innocence.

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Not many people can boast a photo of their grandmother posing for kiddiporn.

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Nostalgia, the vice of the aged.

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The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of formal confrontation.

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There are lots of things that you can brush under the carpet about yourself until you're faced with somebody whose needs won't be put off.

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It shone on everyone, whether they had a contract or not. The most democratic thing I'd ever seen, that California sunshine.

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Drosselmeier had unwittingly exposed himself to an overdose of reality, and it had destroyed his reason.

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Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.

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Spindly branches of buttercups were secreted among gleaming stems still moist at the roots from last night's rain that had washedand refreshed the entire wood, had dowered it in poignant transparency, the unique, inconsolable quality of rainy countries, as if all was glimpsed through tears.

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It is far easier for a woman to lead a blameless life than it is for a man;

all she has to do is to avoid sexual intercourse like the plague.

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Your thin white face, chérie; he said, as if he saw it for the first time. Your thin white face, with its promise of debauchery only a connoisseur could detect.

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To pin your hopes upon the future is to consign those hopes to a hypothesis, which is to say, a nothingness. Here and now is what we must contend with.

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For most of human history, 'literature,' both fiction and poetry, has been narrated, not written — heard, not read. So fairy tales, folk tales, stories from the oral tradition, are all of them the most vital connection we have with the imaginations of the ordinary men and women whose labor created our world.

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Soon, nostalgia will be another name for Europe.

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The notion of a universality of human experience is a confidence trick and the notion of a universality of female experience is a clever confidence trick.

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Hollywood... was the place where the United States perpetrated itself as a universal dream and put the dream into mass production.

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What is marriage but prostitution to one man instead of many?

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If the Barbarians are destroyed, who will we then be able to blame for the bad things?

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It's every woman's tragedy, that, after a certain age, she looks like a female impersonator. Mind you, we've known some lovely female impersonators, in our time.

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There is a striking resemblance between the act of love and the ministrations of a torturer.

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They will be like shadows, they will be like wraiths, gray members of a congregation of nightmare; hark! his long wavering howl . . . an aria of fear made audible. The wolfsong is the sound of the rending you will suffer, in itself a murdering.

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Women's sexy underwear is a minor but significant growth industry of late-twentieth-century Britain in the twilight of capitalism.

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My mother learned that she was carrying me at about the same time the Second World War was declared; with the family talent for magic realism, she once told me she had been to the doctor's on the very day.

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Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself.

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And each stroke of his tongue ripped off skin after successive skin, all the skins of a life in the world, and left behind a nascent patina of shining hairs. My earrings turned back to water and trickled down my shoulders; I shrugged the drops off my beautiful fur.

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