Quotes by Trinidadian authors


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"The world is always in movement"
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"We made no inquiries about India or about the families people had left behind. When our ways of thinking had changed, and we wished to know, it was too late. I know nothing of the people on my father's side; I know only that some of them came from Nepal"
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"In Trinidad, where as new arrivals we were a disadvantaged community, that excluding idea was a kind of protection; it enabled us - for the time being, and only for the time being - to live in our own way and according to our own rules, to live in our own fading India"
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"I'm the kind of writer that people think other people are reading"
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"As a child I knew almost nothing, nothing beyond what I had picked up in my grandmother's house. All children, I suppose, come into the world like that, not knowing who they are"
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"Argentine political life is like the life of an ant community or an African forest tribe: full of events, full of crisis and deaths, but life is always cyclical, and the year ends as it begins"
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"Whatever extra there is in me at any given moment isn't fully formed. I am hardly aware of it; it awaits the next book. It will - with luck - come to me during the actual writing, and it will take me by surprise"
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"I came to London. It had become the center of my world and I had worked hard to come to it. And I was lost"
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"What was past was past. I suppose that was the general attitude"
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"That element of surprise is what I look for when I am writing. It is my way of judging what I am doing - which is never an easy thing to do"
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"The biography of a writer - or even the autobiography - will always have this incompleteness"
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"Each book, intuitively sensed and, in the case of fiction, intuitively worked out, stands on what has gone before, and grows out of it. I feel that at any stage of my literary career it could have been said that the last book contained all the others"
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"But everything of value about me is in my books"
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"The world outside existed in a kind of darkness; and we inquired about nothing"
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"The reason is that they define how I have gone about my business. I have trusted to intuition. I did it at the beginning. I do it even now. I have no idea how things might turn out, where in my writing I might go next"
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"It was a good place for getting lost in, a city no one ever knew, a city explored from the neutral heart outward, until after many years, it defined itself into a jumble of clearings separated by stretches of the unknown, through which the narrowest of paths had been cut"
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"I will say I am the sum of my books"
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"This is unusual for me. I have given readings and not lectures. I have told people who ask for lectures that I have no lecture to give. And that is true"
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"One always writes comedy at the moment of deepest hysteria"
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"The world is what it is; men who are nothing, who allow themselves to become nothing, have no place in it"
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"I have trusted to my intuition to find the subjects, and I have written intuitively. I have an idea when I start, I have a shape; but I will fully understand what I have written only after some years"
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"I am the kind of writer that people think other people are reading"
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"All the details of the life and the quirks and the friendships can be laid out for us, but the mystery of the writing will remain. No amount of documentation, however fascinating, can take us there"
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"Because that is what such a city is, in the New World, a writer's heaven"
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"The personal vocabulary, the individual melody whose metre is one's biography, joins in that sound, with any luck, and the body moves like a walking, a waking island"
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"Any serious attempt to try to do something worthwhile is ritualistic"
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"Visual surprise is natural in the Caribbean; it comes with the landscape, and faced with its beauty, the sigh of History dissolves"
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"The sigh of History rises over ruins, not over landscapes, and in the Antilles there are few ruins to sigh over, apart from the ruins of sugar estates and abandoned forts"
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"Break a vase, and the love that reassembles the fragments is stronger than that love which took its symmetry for granted when it was whole"
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"The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself"
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