Angela Carter Quotes

 

Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.

 

In a secular age, an authentic miracle must purport to be a hoax, in order to gain credit in the world.

— Angela Carter

I haven’t changed much, over the years. I use less adjectives, now, and have a kinder heart, perhaps.

— Angela Carter

What is marriage but prostitution to one man instead of many?

— Angela Carter

That is what I’m looking forward to the most, practical learning. I want to be a registered nurse so getting to talk to people who already work in those jobs can really teach me what to expect when I get out in the real world.

— Angela Carter

I was sitting in the looping studio late one night, and I had this epiphany that they weren’t paying me for my acting, for God’s sake, but to own me. And from then on, it became clear and an awful lot easier to deal with.

— Angela Carter

Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us.

— Angela Carter

Where ambition can cover its enterprises, even to the person himself, under the appearance of principle, it is the most incurable and inflexible of passions.

— Angela Carter

Hollywood… was the place where the United States perpetrated itself as a universal dream and put the dream into mass production.

— Angela Carter

Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.

— Angela Carter

The bed is now as public as the dinner table and governed by the same rules of formal confrontation.

— Angela Carter

The notion of a universality of human experience is a confidence trick and the notion of a universality of female experience is a clever confidence trick.

— Angela Carter

Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths of these cults gives woman emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place.

— Angela Carter

It is far easier for a woman to lead a blameless life than it is for a man; all she has to do is to avoid sexual intercourse like the plague.

— Angela Carter

In the mythic schema of all relations between men and women, man proposes, and woman is disposed of.

— Angela Carter

I think it’s one of the scars in our culture that we have too high an opinion of ourselves. We align ourselves with the angels instead of the higher primates.

— Angela Carter

Reading a book is like re-writing it for yourself. You bring to a novel, anything you read, all your experience of the world. You bring your history and you read it in your own terms.

— Angela Carter

What a joy it is to dance and sing!

— Angela Carter

Nothing is a matter of life and death except life and death.

— Angela Carter

Anxiety is the beginning of conscience, which is the parent of the soul but is not compatible with innocence.

— Angela Carter

If the Barbarians are destroyed, who will we then be able to blame for the bad things?

— Angela Carter

A book is simply the container of an idea like a bottle; what is inside the book is what matters.

— Angela Carter

Nostalgia, the vice of the aged. We watch so many old movies our memories come in monochrome.

— Angela Carter

A day without an argument is like an egg without salt.

— Angela Carter

Soon, nostalgia will be another name for Europe.

— Angela Carter

It is, perhaps, better to be valued as an object of passion than never to be valued at all.

— Angela Carter

It’s every woman’s tragedy, that, after a certain age, she looks like a female impersonator. Mind you, we’ve known some lovely female impersonators, in our time.

— Angela Carter

Strangers used to gather together at the cinema and sit together in the dark, like Ancient Greeks participating in the mysteries, dreaming the same dream in unison.

— Angela Carter

To pin your hopes upon the future is to consign those hopes to a hypothesis, which is to say, a nothingness. Here and now is what we must contend with.

— Angela Carter

Aeneas carried his aged father on his back from the ruins of Troy and so do we all, whether we like it or not, perhaps even if we have never known them.

— Angela Carter

It shone on everyone, whether they had a contract or not. The most democratic thing I’d ever seen, that California sunshine.

— Angela Carter

Is not this whole world an illusion? And yet it fools everybody.

— Angela Carter

You must realize that I was suffering from love and I knew him as intimately as I knew my own image in a mirror. In other words, I knew him only in relation to myself.

— Angela Carter

My mother learned that she was carrying me at about the same time the Second World War was declared; with the family talent for magic realism, she once told me she had been to the doctor’s on the very day.

— Angela Carter

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