Muriel Barbery

Literary Birthday – 28 May – Muriel Barbery

Happy Birthday, Muriel Barbery, born 28 May 1969.

Seven Quotes

  1. Personally I think that grammar is a way to attain beauty.
  2. I followed a long, boring course of studies in philosophy. I expected it to help me understand better that which surrounds me: but it didn’t work out that way. Literature has taught me more.
  3. The real ordeal is not leaving those you love but learning to live without those who don’t love you.
  4. To tell a group of adolescents who already know how to speak and write that that is the purpose of grammar is like telling someone that they need to read a history of toilets through the ages in order to pee and poop.
  5. Writing is an intimate, almost secret, activity. I only follow with my pen my own sensations and desires.
  6. People aim for the stars, and they end up like goldfish in a bowl. I wonder if it wouldn’t be simpler just to teach children right from the start that life is absurd.
  7. Talent consists not in inventing shapes but in causing those that were invisible to emerge.

Muriel Barbery is a French novelist and professor of philosophy. she is the author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

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by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 28th May 2014