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Mary McCarthy

Data de nascimento: 21. Junho 1912
Data de falecimento: 25. Outubro 1989
Outros nomes: Mary McCarthyová, Mary Therese McCarthy

Mary Therese McCarthy foi uma escritora, crítica literária e ativista política estadunidense.


„Na violência, esquecemos quem somos.“

„We are the hero of our own story.“


„What's the use of falling in love if you both remain inertly as you were?“ Between Friends: The Correspondence of Hannah Arendt and Mary McCarthy, 1949-1975

„Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’."
(on Lillian Hellman)“

„Life is a system of recurrent pairs, the poison and the antidote being eternally packaged together by some considerate heavenly druggist.“

„I really tried, or so I thought, to avoid lying, but it seemed to me that they forced it on me by the difference in their vision of things, so that I was always transposing reality for them into something they could understand.“ Memories of a Catholic Girlhood

„In violence we forget who we are.“

„We all live in suspense from day to day; in other words you are the hero of your own story.“


„One of the big features of living alone was that you could talk to yourself all you wanted and address imaginary audiences, running the gamut of emotion.“ The Group:

„You can date the evolving life of a mind, like the age of a tree, by the rings of friendship formed by the expanding central trunk.“ How I Grew

„There are no new truths, but only truths that have not been recognized by those who have perceived them without noticing.“

„If [she] had come to prefer the company of odd ducks, it was possibly because they had no conception of oddity, or rather, they thought you were odd if you weren't.“ The Group


„A novelist is an elephant, but an elephant who must pretend to forget.“

„I understand what you are feeling,” he said. “As Socrates showed, love cannot be anything else but the love of the good. But to find the good is very rare. That is why love is rare, in spite of what people think. It happens to one in a thousand, and to that one it is a revelation. No wonder he cannot communicate with the other nine hundred and ninety-nine.“ The Group:

„What I really do is take real plums and put them in an imaginary cake.“

„You mustn’t force sex to do the work of love or love to do the work of sex—that’s quite a thought, isn’t it?“ The Group:

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