„Pain is easy to write. In pain we're all happily individual. But what can one write about happiness?“

Source: The End of the Affair

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Graham Greene164
English writer, playwright and literary critic 1904 - 1991

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„Don't punish yourself,' she heard her say again, but there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness, too. That was writing.“

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Variant: ... there would be punishment and pain, and there would be happiness, too. That was writing.
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„This writing wasn't painful. It was like being high.“

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—  Dejan Stojanovic poet, writer, and businessman 1959

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„The act of writing the book was painful at times, but it was easier than talking to someone.“

—  Piper Laurie actress 1932

About writing her memoir. Theodore P. Mahne, "Actress Piper Laurie charms audience, interviewer at Tennessee Williams Festival" (25 March 2012), Times-Picayune at nola.com (New OrleansNet) http://www.nola.com/arts/index.ssf/2012/03/actress_piper_laurie_charms_au.html

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„What can I write about Vytautas Juozapaitis?“

—  Vytautas Juozapaitis Lithuanian opera singer 1963

Months ago, a singer with this same name gave one of the most Mozartean accounts of Don Giovanni I've ever experienced: a lean, yet warm sound, exciting and a little on the dangerous side - utterly (and wonderfully) self-absorbed. The man singing Giorgio Germont could not possibly have been this same artist. This was Verdi singing of the highest order - as if to the manor born. A molten, rich expressivity and attention to Verdian line that in its size, detail and musicality recalled the greats: Gorin, Merrill... you get the idea. The name may not trip off American tongues with ease... yet, but in an era often thought bereft of Verdian voices Juozapaitis is the real deal. Every moment of his Germont was filled passion and, like all of the cast members, every word of the Italian was naturally produced and understandable. Mama mia this man's got it!
Paolo Padillo, "A Traviata of Note: Teatro Lirico d'Europa". Opera - L (March, 2004) http://listserv.cuny.edu/Scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind0403d&L=opera-l&F=&S=&P=15287

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