Dreams are more real than reality itself, they're closer to the self.

โ€” Gao Xingjian

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Observing humans and observing oneself yields a clear-minded starting point for literature.

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In the history of literature there are many great enduring works which were not published in the lifetimes of the authors. If the authors had not achieved self-affirmation while writing, how could they have continued to write?

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You should know that there is little you can seek in this world, that there is no need for you to be so greedy, in the end all you can achieve are memories, hazy, intangible, dreamlike memories which are impossible to articulate. When you try to relate them, there are only sentences, the dregs left from the filter of linguistic structures.

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Some distance away is a white azalea bush which stuns me with its stately beauty. This is pristine natural beauty. it is irrepressible, seeks no reward, and is without goal, a beauty derived neither from symbolism nor metaphor and needing neither analogies nor associations.

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It's in literature that true life can be found.

It's under the mask of fiction that you can tell the truth.

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Love is so holy, so confusing. It makes a man anxious, tormented. Love, how can I define it?

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A good work can be communicated across languages .

.. [provided one does not] fall into the trap of narrow-minded nationalistic or chauvinistic thinking.

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Literature remains an indispensable human activity, in which the reader and the writer are engaged of their own volition. Hence, literature has no duty to the masses or society, and ethical or moral pronouncements added by busybody critics are of no concern to the writer.

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A good man never fights with a woman.

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I decided that I did not want to follow any of these ideologies or trends, because these also exerted a kind of pressure, and obstructed absolute creative freedom.

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Life is probably a tangle of love and hate permanently knotted together.

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Life is fragile, yet to obstinately struggle is natural.

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About Gao Xingjian

Quotes 59 sayings
Nationality Chinese
Profession Novelist
Birthday October 16

Once the buttons are undone, you know how it'll all end.

It's all in the game, there are no miracles.

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There are numerous layers to truth, and the simple and superficial statement of facts cannot satisfy the writer.

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Writing eases my suffering . . . writing is my way of reaffirming my own existence.

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In my view the time for rousing revolutionary literature has passed, because the revolution has already revolutionised itself to death and has left behind only bitterness and a sort of weariness, listlessness and even nausea.

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If you want to do anything, do it now, without compromise or concession, because you have only one life.

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In the century that has just passed, many of the intellectual elite went mad.

It was as if, with the death of God, everyone suddenly turned into a saviour who wanted either to annihilate the obsolete world order or to establish a utopia. Naturally, there were writers among those who went mad. The fact that they had knowledge did not exempt intellectuals: there is madness everywhere. When one loses control over one's self, the result is madness.

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In the snow outside my window I see a small green frog, one eye blinking and the other wide open, unmoving, looking at me. I know this is God.

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Everyone has to have either this or that problem, if he can't find any problem, he loses all reason for living.

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Realty exists only through experience, and it must be personal experience.

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I want to write a novel so profound that it would suffocate a fly.

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If, while observing the boundless universe, the writer is able to scrutinise his own self as well as others, the resulting incisiveness of his observations will far surpass objective descriptions of reality.

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You're safe only when you can't see anybody.

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The human need for language is not simply for the transmission of meaning, it is at the same time listening to and affirming a person's existence.

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Since it was announced that I had been awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has condemned my works and criticized them harshly. All of my works are now banned from getting into China or being published in China. What author would want to return to a country that banned his or her books?

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Body odour (known also as scent of the immortals) is a disgusting condition with an awful, nauseating smell.

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What is essential is whether it is perceived and not whether it exists.

To exist and yet not to be perceived is the same as not exist.

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Man tends to think that he is a creator, that he is like God.

This is especially true of intellectuals, and in the last century, intellectuals tended to forget that they were like everyone else. Writing this book was a description of man going from a state of God back to a state of man, back to being a normal person.

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Soul Mountain, the story of one manโ€™s quest for inner peace and freedom.

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Literature is subservient to nothing but truth.

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I believe in science but I also believe in fate.

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For me, writing [was] a question of survival.

..I could not trust anyone, even my family. The atmosphere was so poisoned. People even in your own family could turn you in.

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When you're telling a story, you've got to give details.

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As a male writer, women are always what men pursue, and their world is always a mystery. So I always tried to present as many views as possible on women's worlds.

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Loneliness is a prerequisite for freedom.

Freedom depends on the ability to reflect, and reflection can only begin when one is alone.

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I hadn't originally intended to do any reading, what if I did read one book more or one book less, whether I read or not wouldn't make a difference, I would still be waiting to get cremated.

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You contemplate and you wander without any worries, between heaven and earth, in your own private world, and in this way you acquire supreme freedom.

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The sand murmurs that it wants to swallow everything.

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Truth refuses to be subservient to either politics or the market.

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Literary revolution and revolutionary literature did not create a beautiful new world but instead divested literature of its basic nature, promoted violence, and, by resorting to linguistic violence, made a battlefield of this domain of spiritual freedom.

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Young man, nature is not frightening, it's people who are frightening! You just need to get to know nature and it will become friendly. This creature known as man is of course highly intelligent, he's capable of manufacturing almost anything from rumours to test-tube babies and yet he destroys two to three species every day. This is the absurdity of man.

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Only a lunatic would think that art is superior to nature.

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When I came overseas, I realized that there are many ideologies and many trends, and it's also very hard to produce honest art and honest literature. I decided that I didn't want to follow any of these ideologies or trends, because that's also a kind of pressure that doesn't allow absolute freedom. So I decided that I was only going to produce works that were satisfactory to me, and that meant not following any trends and being anti-ideological.

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If everyone is a hero, then disasters and atrocities lose their meaning.

It's only when certain people are heroes and others are not that these tragedies and disasters that mankind faces take on meaning.

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I don't want to be a strong hero who can save society. I just want to save myself.

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When you use words, you're able to keep your mind alive.

Writing is my way of reaffirming my own existence.

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With the beginning of life, comes the thirst for truth, whereas the ability to lie is gradually acquired in the process of trying to stay alive.

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When God talks to humans he doesn't want humans to hear his voice.

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