Quotable – Natalia Ginzburg
Natalia Ginzburg was born 14 July 1916, and died 7 October 1991
- Every day silence harvests its victims. Silence is a mortal illness.
- When I write something I usually think it is very important and that I am a very fine writer. I think this happens to everyone. But there is one corner of my mind in which I know very well what I am, which is a small, a very small writer. I swear I know it. But that doesn’t matter much to me. … The important thing is to be convinced that this really is your vocation, your profession, something you will do all your life.
- We become adolescents when the words that adults exchange with one another become intelligible to us.
- When I sit down to write I feel extraordinarily at ease, and I move in an element which, it seems to me, I know extraordinarily well; I use tools that are familiar to me and they fit snugly in my hands. But when I write stories I am like someone who is in her own country, walking along streets that she has known since she was a child, between walls and trees that are hers.
- I think of a writer as a river: you reflect what passes before you.
- Today, as never before, the fates of men are so intimately linked to one another that a disaster for one is a disaster for everybody.
Ginzburg was an Italian author whose books explored family relationships, politics, and philosophy. She wrote novels, short stories and essays. Her works include The Little Virtues, All Our Yesterdays and Voices in the Evening.
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