The two men were greedily hunched over the table, like two wolves disputing a carcass, but their muttered speech in the echoing hall resembled more the grunting of pigs. One was less than a wolf: he was a public prosecutor. The other was more than a pig, he was a chief commissioner of police.

— Jan Neruda

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At least when one speaks of oneself one is passionate, well-informed and specific.

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I know that no reader ever asks a question. A writer must force his favors upon his readers.

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No one has the right to enter literature without fresh new ideas.

We’ve got too many dexterous drudges as it is.

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I hear there are people who actually enjoy moving.

Sounds like a disease to me - they must be unstable. Though it does have it’s poetry, I’ll allow that. When an old dwelling starts looking desolate, a mixture of regret and anxiety comes over us and we feel like we are leaving a safe harbor for the rolling sea. As for the new place, it looks on us with alien eyes, it has nothing to say to us, it is cold.

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Men are jealous of every woman, even when they don’t have the slightest interest in her themselves.

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