Eventually we all have to accept full and total responsibility for our actions, everything we have done, and have not done.

— Hubert Selby, Jr.

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He didnt know what was defeating him, but he sensed it was something he could not cope with, something that was far beyond his power to control or even at this point in time comprehend.

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There's a sorrow and pain in everyone's life, but every now and then there's a ray of light that melts the loneliness in your heart and brings comfort like hot soup and a soft bed.

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But to believe that getting stuff is the purpose and aim of life is madness.

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Sometimes we have the absolute certainty there's something inside us that's so hideous and monstrous that if we ever search it out we won't be able to stand looking at it. But it's when we're willing to come face to face with that demon that we face the angel.

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They luxuriated in the feeling of deep and all pervading satisfaction, a feeling of knowing absolutely that all was well with the world and them and that the world was not only their oyster it was also their linguine with clam sauce. Not only were all things possible, but all things were theirs.

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I knew the alphabet. Maybe I could be a writer.

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No matter how beautiful the outside may be, the inside still has feelings and needs that just words don't fulfill.

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I suspect there will never be a requiem for a dream, simply because it will destroy us before we have the opportunity to mourn it's passing.

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I guess it could be said that the inspiration for 'Requiem for a Dream' is watching the American dream not only destroy so many lives in the U.S., but infect the rest of the world with its obsession with getting more, ignoring the deadly effect that has on the planet.

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But I knew that someday I was going to die.

And just before I died two things would happen; Number 1: I would regret my entire life. Number 2: I would want to live my life over again.

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There are a lot of people in this country who really like my writing.

And a lot of writers respect me. But the so-called establishment? They hate me.

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Writing, like any art, is a continuing process of discovering the infinite possibilities of Life.

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About Hubert Selby, Jr.

Quotes 34 sayings
Profession Writer
Birthday July 23, 1928

The responsibility of the artist is to transcend the human ego.

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I've always felt alienated. I realized that I've been terrified my entire life. So I can identify that fear which drives so many of the people that I write about.

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There was a sky somewhere above the tops of the buildings, with stars and a moon and all the things there are in a sky, but they were content to think of the distant street lights as planets and stars. If the lights prevented you from seeing the heavens, then preform a little magic and change reality to fit the need. The street lights were now planets and stars and moon.

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But you cant shut everyone out. I mean you have to have someone to love. . .someone to hold on to. . . someone--

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One of the things I have become aware of through the years is how much I love the people I write about.

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An extraordinary writer....It is the vastness of Nick Tosches’ heart that makes it possible to reveal the darkness.

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...and he just sat back and stared at the tube, almost interested in what was happening, trying to find the ability to believe in that lie so he could believe the one within.

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The voice so filled with nostalgia that you could almost see the memories floating through the blue smoke, memories not only of music and joy and youth, but perhaps, of dreams. They listened to the music, each hearing it in his own way, feeling relaxed and a part of the music, a part of each other, and almost a part of the world.

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However they may have felt when they left they were now committed, they had passed the point of no return.

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Sometimes it seems to stand still. Like you’re in a bag and you can’t get out and somebody’s always telling you that it will get better with time and time just seems to stand still and laugh at you and your pain.

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thats why you cant be worried about the world.

theyll just do you in anyway. you can't depend on them because sooner or later theyll turn on you or just disapear and leave you there alone.

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...and the night was comfortably warm as the soft filtered light continued to push the darkness into the shadows as they held each other and kissed and pushed each others darkness into the corner, believing in each others light, each others dream.

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I have rituals for cleaning out resentments, disappointments, heartbreak, depression and for work. One of the things I do is go over old stuff if I have been unable to write for a while.

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Everything about it was wrong. Thats why it worked so good.

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The resistance and the degree of the resistance to the natural phenomenon of life causes tremendous suffering.

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Obviously, I believe that to pursue the American Dream is not only futile but self-destructive because ultimately it destroys everything and everyone involved with it. By definition it must, because it nurtures everything except those things that are important: integrity, ethics, truth, our very heart and soul. Why? The reason is simple: because Life/life is giving, not getting.

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... I started to die 36 hours before I was born, so dying was a way of life for me.

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For weeks Tyrone thought he was going to die any minute, and there were also times when he was afraid he wasnt going to die.

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Life was not longer something to endure, but to live.

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All the energy of their frustration and fear going into their laughter.

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My writing is inspired by just about everything, yet I am unaware of so much of the process.

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