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Jay McInerney Quote: “The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Sometimes I think the difference between what we want and what we’re afraid of is about the width of an eyelash.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “But what you are left with is a premonition of the way your life will fade behind you, like a book you have read too quickly, leaving a dwindling trail of images and emotions, until all you can remember is a name.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “He insisted on a single trade secret: that you had to survive, find some quiet, and work hard every day.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “I think men talk to women so they can sleep with them and women sleep with men so they can talk to them.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Your heartbreak is just another version of the same old story.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “You have friends who actually care about you and speak the language of the inner self. You have avoided them of late. Your soul is as disheveled as your apartment, and until you can clean it up a little you don’t want to invite anyone inside.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Everything becomes symbol and irony when you’ve been betrayed.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “I’d like to have the kind of house someday where a carousel horse wouldn’t be out of place in the living room.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Love is the eternal quest: almost everyone wants to love and be loved.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “If it’s red, French, costs too much, and tastes like the water that’s left in the vase after the flowers have died and rotted, it’s probably Burgundy.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Something changed. Somewhere along the line you stopped accelerating.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Your presence here is is only a matter of conducting an experiment in limits, reminding yourself of what you aren’t.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Bottles of wine aren’t like paintings. At some point you have to consume them. The object in life is to die with no bottles of wine in your cellar. To drink your last bottle of wine and go to sleep that night and not wake up.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “You keep thinking that with practice you will eventually get the knack of enjoying superficial encounters, that you will stop looking for the universal solvent, stop grieving. You will learn to compound happiness out of small increments of mindless pleasure.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “I remain a fan of my friend Bret Easton Ellis’s ‘American Psycho.’ I think as a book about New York in the ’80s it was pretty excellent.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “There is a shabby nobility in failing all by yourself.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “You are the kind of guy who always hopes for a miracle at the last minute.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Eat, drink and remarry is my motto.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “You are a republic of voices tonight. Unfortunately, that republic is Italy.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Here you are again. All messed up and no place to go.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “I don’t want to have my life fall apart for my work.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “The sound of the tumblers in the locks of your apartment door puts you in mind of dungeons. The place is haunted. Just this morning you found a makeup brush beside the toilet. Memories lurk like dustballs at the backs of drawers. The stereo is a special model that plays only music fraught with poignant associations.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “You know, Im always surprised when I read profiles, and they make me sound so jaded. I am so not jaded.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “It’s the cynics who never get married.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Add anchovies to almost anything, in moderation, and it will taste better.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “A modest critique of an age in which an actor is the President, in which fashion models are asked for their opinions, in which getting into a nightclub is seen as a significant human achievement.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Growing up meant admitting you couldn’t have everything.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “A creative writing program is only as good as its teachers, and I was fortunate in having two great writers as mentors.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Memories lurk like dustballs in the backs of drawers. The stereo is a special model that plays only music fraught with poignant associations.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “The intercom buzzes while you’re changing your shirt. You push the Talk button: “Who is it?” “Narcotics squad. We’re soliciting donations for children all over the world who have no drugs.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “The problem is, for some reason you think you are going to meet the kind of girl who is not the kind of girl who would be at a place like this at this time of the morning.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Delia’s arms were inscribed with a grid of self- inflicted wounds, an intricate text of self-loathing.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “The girl with the shaved head has a scar tattooed on her scalp. It looks like a long, sutured gash. You tell her it is very realistic. She takes this as a compliment and thanks you. You meant as opposed to romantic. “I could use one of those right over my heart,” you say.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “I love to imagine inside the head of a woman.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “When you catch yourself lying to your therapist, you know it’s a waste of money.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Most of the people I write about have been ambitious outlanders who have been attracted to New York from other parts of the world.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “If being a spokesman for a generation is a fleeting occupation, being a symbol of an era is downright dangerous for anyone who has the bad luck to outlive it.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Your brain at this moment is composed of brigades of tiny Bolivian soldiers. They are tired and muddy from their long march through the night. There are holes in their boots and they are hungry. They need to be fed. The need the Bolivian Marching Powder.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “My former wife is a very eccentric woman, which is why I still love her.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “We’ve been hearing about the death of the novel ever since the day after Don Quixote was published.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “You feel that if only you could make yourself sit down at a typewriter you could give shape to what seems merely a chain reaction of pointless disasters.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “The only sensible approach is not to take it too seriously. What counts is the writing.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Tim Thornton’s portrait of a pop culture obsession is so convincing that one can’t help wishing that his fictional alt rock band actually existed, or suspecting that they did. The Alternative Hero is a weirdly compelling portrait of fanatic fandom which reads like High Fidelity at high volume.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “There’s a socialist bias to the consensus of the literary world: a ’30s mentality that says factory workers are more worthy of our attention.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “The most interesting things that happen in my books are usually the things that arise spontaneously, the things that surprise me.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “Anybody who becomes a movie star becomes successful at projecting a certain image to the public.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “I envy those writers who outline their novels, who know where they’re going. But I find writing is a process of discovery.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “There aren’t many shy writers left.”
Jay McInerney Quote: “I realized that I might not ever make it as a writer, that it might be because I wasn’t good enough, or that it might be because the odds were just too long.”
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