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Mary McCarthy
(1912-1989) born on
Jun 21
US novelist, critic. She was noted for witty acerbic novels and writings about art and politics; wrote "The Company She Keeps," 1942 and "How I Grew," 1987.
There are no new truths, but only truths that have not been recognized by those who have perceived them without noticing. A truth is something that everybody can be shown to know and to have known, as people say, all along.

Understanding is often a prelude to forgiveness, but they are not the same, and we often forgive what we cannot understand (seeing nothing else to do) and understand what we cannot pardon.
It has to be acknowledged that in capitalist society, with its herds of hippies, originality has become a sort of fringe benefit, a mere convention, accepted obsolescence . . .
I am putting real plums into an imaginary cake.
I suppose everyone continues to be interested in the quest for the self, but what you feel when you're older, I think, is that. . . you really must make the self.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: "The Vita Activa," in New Yorker (18 Oct. 1958; repr. in On the Contrary, 1961).
R: The Writing on the Wall and Other Literary Essays
A: Hanoi, "Language" (1968).
N: On "The Group,," her 1963 novel about eight 1933 Vassar alumnae; in NY "Herald Tribune," 5 Jan 64
K: Interview in Writers at Work (Second Series, ed. by George Plimpton, 1963).

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