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French criminal turned Novelist and Dramatist. Leading figure in the avant garde theatre, especially the Theatre of the Absurd. 1910-1986
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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The force of what was called Panther rhetoric or word mongering resided not in elegant discourse but in strength of affirmation (or denial), in anger of tone and timbre. When the anger led to action there was no turgidity or over-emphasis. Anyone who has witnessed political rows among the Whites will have to admit that the Whites aren't overburdened with poetic imagination.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“A great wind swept over the ghetto, carrying away shame, invisibility and four centuries of humiliation. But when the wind dropped people saw it had been only a little breeze, friendly, almost gentle.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“There is a close relationship between flowers and convicts. The fragility and delicacy of the former are of the same nature as the brutal insensitivity of the latter.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Perhaps all music, even the newest, is not so much something discovered as something that re-emerges from where it lay buried in the memory, inaudible as a melody cut in a disc of flesh. A composer lets me hear a song that has always been shut up silent within me.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Anyone who knows a strange fact shares in its singularity.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“What I did not yet know so intensely was the hatred of the white American for the black, a hatred so deep that I wonder if every white man in this country, when he plants a tree, doesn't see Negroes hanging from its branches.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Power may be at the end of a gun, but sometimes it's also at the end of the shadow or the image of a gun.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“We know that their adventures are childish. They themselves are fools. They are ready to kill or be killed over a card-game in which an opponent -- or they themselves -- was cheating. Yet, thanks to such fellows, tragedies are possible.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“Crimes of which a people is ashamed constitute its real history. The same is true of man.”

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    I Like this quote I dislike this quote“The fame of heroes owes little to the extent of their conquests and all to the success of the tributes paid to them.”

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