Elizabeth Hardwick Quotes

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In general I'd rather talk about other people.  Gossip, or as we gossips like to say, character analysis.
— Elizabeth Hardwick

gossip

Letters are above all useful as a means of expressing the ideal self; and no other method of communication is quite so good for this purpose.
— Elizabeth Hardwick
Since films and television have staged everything imaginable before it happens, a true event, taking place in the real world, brings to mind the landscape of films.

film

The greatest gift is the passion for reading.  It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites, it gives you knowledge of the world and experience of a wide kind.  It is a moral illumination.

reading

We would not want to think of the essay as the country of old men, but it is doubtful that the slithery form, wearisomely vague and as chancy as trying to catch a fish in the open hand, can be taught.

essays

Biographers, the quick in pursuit of the dead, research, organize, fill in, contradict and make in this way a sort of completed picturepuzzle with all the scramble turned into a blue eye and the parts of the right leg fitted together.
— Elizabeth Hardwick

biography