Anatole Broyard

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The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.
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Anatole Broyard (July 16, 1920 - October 11, 1990) was an American literary critic for the New York Times. He is notable for denying his African ancestry by passing as white.

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  • The contents of someone's bookcase are part of his history, like an ancestral portrait.

It is one of the paradoxes of American literature that our writers are forever looking back with love and nostalgia at lives they couldn't wait to leave.”

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There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience.

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