In my photographs it is apparent that there was no posing at the moment I released the shutter.— Jerzy Kosinski
The most joyful Jerzy Kosinski quotes that are little-known but priceless
Here was one place where I could find out who I was and what I was going to become. And that was the public library.
Going around under an umbrella interferes with one's looking up at the sky.
The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.
In London, the weather would affect me negatively.
I react strongly to light. If it is cloudy and raining, there are clouds and rain in my soul.
She seemed to belong to that pagan, primitive kingdom of birds and forests where everything was infinitely abundant, wild, blooming, and royal in its perpetual decay, death, and rebirth; illicit and clashing with the human world.
The planned sit-down reception is an artificial forum where one is presented with a limited number of persons with whom he can hold a conversation.
Persons who have been homeless carry within them a certain philosophy of life which makes them apprehensive about ownership.
Travel gives me the opportunity to walk through the sectors of cities where one can clearly see the passage of time.
The principle of art is to pause, not bypass.
There are many types of participation.
One can observe so intensely that one becomes part of the action, but without being an active participant.
The popular culture says . . . Do what you do, your life is predestined, like the installment plan on your house. There's not much you can do about it. Make your payments, live it, get sick, die, don't make any trouble. It is the Master Charge of destiny. Try to get your high credit rating.
And really the purpose of art - for me, fiction - is to alert, to indicate to stop, to say: Make certain that when you rush through you will not miss the moment which you might have had, or might still have.
I do like to live in other people's homes.
I enjoy being a guest. I am an inexpensive guest. When one lives in another's home he can enter into the psychic kingdom of that person.
Mapplethorpe presented the body as a sexual object, separating it from the humanity of the person. He added nothing to photography as a medium. I hold his work in low regard.
Homelessness is a part of our American system.
There should be nothing wrong with this condition as long as the individual is not sentenced to unnecessary suffering and punishment.
A novelist has a specific poetic license which also applies to his own life.
I look back into past history, the stored experiences or products of the imagination. I look no further forward than the evening.
Banks introduced the installment plan.
The disappearance of cash and the coming of the credit card changed the shape of life in the United States.
A trait which differentiated New York from European cities was the incredible freedom and ease in which life, including sexual life, could be carried on, on many levels.
- Growth has its season. There are spring and summer, but there are also fall and winter. And then spring and summer again. As long as the roots are not severed, all is well and all be well.
I collect human relationships very much the way others collect fine art.
I write for a certain sphere of readers in the United States who on average watch seven and a half hours of multichannel television per day.
As I go to sleep I remember what my father said-that one can never be sure if one will awake. The way my health is now, this is becoming more and more real.
I am going to put myself to sleep now for a bit longer than usual. Call it Eternity
Lovers are not snails; they don't have to protrude from their shells and meet each other halfway. Meet me within your own self.
You don't die in the United States, you underachieve.
It's not that you aren't likable. On the contrary. You are. It's just that one wonders if you haven't made a career out of being so likable.
It is not sex by itself that interests me, but its particular role in American consciousness, and in my own life.
Chance was to work in the garden, where he would care for plants and grasses and trees which grew there peacefully. He would be as one on them: quiet, open hearted in the sunshine and heavy when it rained.
Take whatever you can from others, and when there is nothing left, forget about them.
There must be no worse punishment to a totalitarian nation than the withdrawal of capital.
Take a look at the books other people have in their homes.
People say, "Well, you went on television, it enlarged your readership.
" It did not at all, not at all. I might as well tell you, I lost some readership, because the profound audience felt somehow bothered by my too easy manner.
I always have a sense of trembling, but so does a compass, after all.
There's a place beyond words where experience first occurs to which I always want to return. I suspect that whenever I articulate my thoughts or translate my impulses into words, I am betraying the real thoughts and impulses which remain hidden.
I can create countries just as I can create the actions of my characters.
That is why a lot of travel seems to me a waste of time.
If we reduce social life to the smallest possible unit we will find that there is no social life in the company of one.
I was pushing myself to extremes in order to discover my many selves.
Photography was the first foreign language of my artistic expression.
All my father saw was what he wanted to see.
It seems that what I really want is a drug that will increase my consciousness of others, not myself.
Like nature, our economic system remains, in the long run, stable and rational.
..We welcome the inevitable seasons of our economy! How foolish of us.
It is possible to stand around with a cocktail in one's hand and talk with everyone, which means with no one.
Gatherings and, simultaneously, loneliness are the conditions of a writer's life.
I do not gather things, I prefer to rent them rather than to possess them.
Physical comfort has nothing to do with any other comfort.
All my life I've been hiding.
My choice of a life of adventure may well have been a result of the fact that action raised my blood pressure giving me enough energy to live.
I don't fret over lost time - I can always use the situations in a novel.