The true self seeks release, not constraint. It doesnt want to be corseted in a sonnet or made to learn a system of musical notations. It wants liberation, which is why very often it fastens on the novel, for the novel seems spacious, undefined, free.

— Rachel Cusk

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Writing, more than any other art, is indexed to the worthiness of the self because it is identified in peoples minds with emotion.

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People are least aware of others when demonstrating their own power over them.

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Shame is something you'll find a lot of - particularly Catholic - girls feel about their bodies, about their sexuality, about their diet, about anything you like. Shame is the way you keep them down. That's the way to crush a girl.

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That's writing for you: when you make space for passion, it doesn't turn up.

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There is a slovenly disrespect for truth and reality that has infected and cross-infected the arts; the values of entertainment are relentlessly in the ascendant, to the extent that it becomes virtually impossible to write a naturalistic fictional sentence without feeling that the fabric of that sentence is already compromised.

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Leaving things behind and starting again is a way of coping with difficulties.

I learnt very early in my life that I was able to leave a place and still remain myself.

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If love is what is held to make us immortal, hatred is the reverse.

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Divorce also entails the beginning of a supposition that that familial reality might have obstructed one's ability to perceive others.

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The writing you allude to is a form of dissent, but it's also expressive of the need to evolve beyond what is turgid and stale in contemporary fiction.

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What I increasingly felt, in marriage and in motherhood, was that to live as a woman and to live as a feminist were two different and possibly irreconcilable things.

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The British have always made terrible parents.

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A sentence is born into this world neither good nor bad, and that to establish its character is a question of the subtlest possible adjustments, a process of intuition to which exaggeration and force are fatal.

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About Rachel Cusk

Quotes 20 sayings
Profession Novelist
Birthday 1967

A neighbor is something that belongs to the stable world of home life, the thing that lives next door to you.

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I suppose, I said, it is one definition of love, the belief in something that only the two of you can see.

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Reality might be described as the eternal equipoise of positive and negative.

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It is interesting how keen people are for you to do something they would never dream of doing themselves, how enthusiasticall y they drive you to your own destruction.

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My children are living, thinking human beings.

It isn't in my power to regret them, for they belong to themselves.

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I think a lot of artists no longer want to participate in or be associated with narrative because of its corruptedness in contemporary culture.

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I felt that I could swim for miles, out into the ocean: a desire for freedom, an impulse to move, tugged at me as though it were a thread fastened to my chest. It was an impulse I knew well, and I had learned that it was not the summons from a larger world I used to believe it to be. It was simply a desire to escape from what I had.

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