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Quotes by Paul Auster

'Half the people I know want to be writers.

Why do you say want? If you're already doing it, then it's not about the future. It already exists in the present.

'Every novel is an equal collaboration between the writer and the reader and it is the only place in the world where two strangers can meet on terms of absolute intimacy.'

'Nobody asks you to do this. The world out there is not panting after another novelist. We choose it.'

quoted in an interview with his wife, novelist Siri Hustvedt

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