Citas Literarias


‘The trouble is that the English nature is not at all easy to understand.  It has a great air of simplicity, it advertises itself as simple, but the more we consider it, the greater the problems we shall encounter.  People talk of the mysterious East, but the West also is mysterious. It has depths that do not reveal themselves at the first gaze. We know what the sea looks like from a distance: it is of one colour, and level, and obviously cannot contain such creatures as fish. But if we look into the sea over the edge of a boat, we see a dozen colours, and depth below depth, and fish swimming in the sea.  That sea is the English character - apparently imperturbable and even. The depths and the colours are the English romanticism and the English sensitiveness. We do not expect to find such things, but they exist. And - to continue my metaphor - the fish are the English emotions, which are always trying to get up to the surface, but don’t quite know how. For the most part we see them moving far below, distorted and obscure.  Now and then they succeed and we exclaim, “Why, the Englishman has emotions. He actually can feel!”  And occasionally we see that beautiful creature the flying fish, which rises out of the water altogether into the air and the sunlight. English literature is a flying fish.  It is a sample of the life that goes on day after day beneath the surface; it is a proof that beauty and emotion exist in the salt, inhospitable sea.’
Edward Morgan Foster (de "Notes on the English Character".1920) (1879.1970).



"Los libros tienen los mismos enemigos que el hombre: el fuego, la humedad, los animales, el tiempo y su propio contenido".
Paul Ambroise Valéry (1871-1945) 





"Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I’m always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it’s very shocking to the system."
Flannery O´Connor (1925-1964) 


“Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack."
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)


"America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn't standing still."
e.e. Cummings (1894-1962)