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"The fin is coming early this siecle."

"This dance was the dance of death. The clowns danced it for the wretched of the earth, that they might witness their own wretchedness."

"They danced the dance of the outcasts for the outcasts who watched them, amid the louring trees, with a blizzard coming on."

"Art is good when it springs from necessity. This kind of origin is the guarantee of its value; there is no other."

"I was sitting in the looping studio late one night, and I had this epiphany that they weren't paying me for my acting, for God's sake, but to own me. And from then on, it became clear and an awful lot easier to deal with."

"Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us."

"Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions."

"As for my father, few souls are less troubled. He can be simply pleased with us, pleased that we exist, and, from the vantage point of his wondrously serene old age, he contemplates our lives almost as if they were books he can dip into whenever he wants. His back pages, perhaps."

"Hollywood... was the place where the United States perpetrated itself as a universal dream and put the dream into mass production."

"Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people."

"The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of formal confrontation."

"The notion of a universality of human experience is a confidence trick and the notion of a universality of female experience is a clever confidence trick."

"Midnight, and the clock strikes. It is Christmas Day, the werewolves birthday, the door of the solstice still wide enough open to let them all slink through."

"Women's sexy underwear is a minor but significant growth industry of late-twentieth-century Britain in the twilight of capitalism."

"Just because we're sisters under the skin doesn't mean we've got much in common."

"Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths of these cults gives woman emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place."

"I think the adjective "post-modernist" really means "mannerist." Books about books is fun but frivolous."

"It is far easier for a woman to lead a blameless life than it is for a man; all she has to do is to avoid sexual intercourse like the plague."

"There are lots of things that you can brush under the carpet about yourself until you're faced with somebody whose needs won't be put off."

"Pornographers are the enemies of women only because our contemporary ideology of pornography does not encompass the possibility of change, as if we were the slaves of history and not its makers. Pornography is a satire on human pretensions."

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