Quotes by David Leavitt

"Novels are forged in passion, demand fidelity and commitment, often drive you to boredom or rage, sleep with you at night. They are the long haul. They are marriage. Stories, on the other hand, you can lose yourself in for a few weeks and then wrap up, or grow tired of and abandon and (maybe) return to later. They can cuddle you sweetly, or make you get on your knees and beg."

"When one writer tries to silence another, he silences every writer-and in the end he also silences himself."

"I could hear the knock and whistle of the water pipes, the purr of the calico cat. And at that moment a happiness filled me that was pure and perfect and yet it was bled with despair - as if I had been handed a cup of ambrosial nectar to drink from and knew that once I finished drinking, the cup would be withdrawn forever, and nothing to come would ever taste as good."

"We all spend so much time worrying about the future that the present moment slips right out of our hands. And so all we have left is retrospection and anticipation, retrospection and anticipation. In which case what's left to recall but past anticipation? What's left to anticipate but future retrospection?"

"Foi a bordo do Elevador da Bica que Edward me disse pela primeira vez que Iris era católica.
- Desconfio que a sua infância foi passada do seguinte modo - disse ele. - Com as freiras a darem-lhe pequenas penitências para cumprir. Mas, mal cumpria a primeira volta, já tinha cometido novo pecado. E assim para todo o sempre.
- Ela ainda é praticante?
- Já não. Desistiu quando casou comigo. Dos dogmas da fé, ainda que não dos terrores. Os terrores, esses são mais difíceis de nos vermos livres deles."

Books by David Leavitt

  • Family Dancing
  • 1,183 ratings
  • October 1st 1997 by Mariner Books

    (first published 1983)

  • The Page Turner
  • 860 ratings
  • June 16th 1999 by Mariner Books

    (first published 1998)

  • Equal Affections
  • 713 ratings
  • September 11th 1997 by Grove Press

    (first published May 25th 1989)

David Leavitt
  • David Leavitt

  • Date of birth: June 23, 1961
  • Born: in Pittsburgh, The United States.

  • Description: Leavitt is a graduate of Yale University and a professor at the University of Florida, where he is the co-director of the creative writing program. He is also the editor of Subtropics magazine, The University of Florida's literary review.

    Leavitt, who is openly gay, has frequently explored gay issues in his work. He divides his time between Florida and Tuscany, Italy.