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to confuse people

“—Look! said the Town Carpenter, waving a book from the floor. —Balloons! … Then he added, —Damn them, the French. Someone’s written it in the French language. 18 more words

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a petty luxury of mediocre people

“Suffering, my dear Priscilla, is a petty luxury of mediocre people. You will find happiness a far more noble, and infinitely more refined state.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

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the Age of Publicity

“We’ve had the goddam Ages of Faith, we’ve had the goddam Age of Reason. This is the Age of Publicity.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

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just because they can’t

“—Damn it, am I the only one who feels this way? Have I made this all up alone? If you can do something other people can’t do, they think you ought to want to do it just because they can’t.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

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without touching it

“—He said, You can change a line without touching it.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

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sound theory for absurd practices

“—As Frazer says, Max explained indulgently, —the whole history of religion is a continuous attempt to reconcile old custom with new reason, to find sound theory for absurd practices …”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

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the words eaten away

“Even taking up a book she had read (Esther admired Henry James, but she trusted D. H. Lawrence), he did so anxiously, as though he might find the pages blank, the words eaten away by that hunger.”

— William Gaddis, The Recognitions

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