Marguerite Duras

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Marguerite Donnadieu, better known as Marguerite Duras (April 4, 1914March 3, 1996) was a French writer and film director.


  • It's afterwards you realize that the feeling of happiness you had with a man didn't neccesarily prove that you loved him.
    • The Chimneys of India Song, from Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990)
  • It was the men I deceived the most that I loved the most.
    • The Chimneys of India Song, from Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990)
  • I see journalists as the manual workers, the laborers of the word. Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate.
    • Walesa's Wife, from Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990)
  • The best way to fill time is to waste it.
    • Wasting Time, from Practicalities (1987, trans. 1990)
  • Paradoxically, the freedom of Paris is associated with a persistent belief that nothing ever changes. Paris, they say, is the city that changes least. After an absence of twenty or thirty years, one still recognizes it.
    • Tourists in Paris, from Outside: Selected Writings (1984)

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