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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.
         
   
F
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.

R
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.
A
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 . . .
N
I am putting real plums into an imaginary cake.
K
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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