Quotes by James Salter

"Sometimes you are aware when your great moments are happening, and sometimes they rise from the past. Perhaps it's the same with people."
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"They lay silently. She was staring at something across the room. She was making him feel uncomfortable. 'It wouldn't work. It's the attraction of opposites,' he said.

We're not opposites.'

I don't mean just you and me. Women fall in love when they get to know you. Men are just the opposite. When they finally know you they're ready to leave."
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"Women fall in love when they get to know you. Men are just the opposite. When they finally know you they're ready to leave"
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"Their life is mysterious, it is like a forest; from far off it seems a unity, it can be comprehended, described, but closer it begins to separate, to break into light and shadow, the density blinds one. Within there is no form, only prodigious detail that reaches everywhere: exotic sounds, spills of sunlight, foliage, fallen trees, small beasts that flee at the sound of a twig-snap, insects, silence, flowers.
And all of this, dependent, closely woven, all of it is deceiving. There are really two kinds of life. There is, as Viri says, the one people believe you are living, and there is the other. It is this other which causes the trouble, this other we long to see."
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"The book was in her lap; she had read no further. The power to change one’s life comes from a paragraph, a lone remark. The lines that penetrate us are slender, like the flukes that live in river water and enter the bodies of swimmers. She was excited, filled with strength. The polished sentences had arrived, it seemed, like so many other things, at just the right time. How can we imagine what our lives should be without the illumination of the lives of others?"
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Books by James Salter

  • Cassada
  • 289 ratings
  • November 29th 2001 by Counterpoint

    (first published 2000)

  • The Art of Fiction
  • 269 ratings
  • April 11th 2016 by University of Virginia Press

    (first published 2016)

  • Bangkok
  • 30 ratings
  • July 2003 by www.theparisreview.org
James Salter
  • James Salter

  • Date of birth: June 10, 1925
  • Died: June 19, 2015
  • Born: in New York City, The United States.

  • Description: James Salter (1925 - 2015) was a novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter. Salter grew up in New York City and was a career officer and Air Force pilot until his mid-thirties, when the success of his first novel (The Hunters, 1957) led to a fulltime writing career. Salter’s potent, lyrical prose earned him acclaim from critics, readers, and fellow novelists. His novel A Sport and a Pastime (1967) was hailed by the New York Times as “nearly perfect as any American fiction.”

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