Literary Birthday - 27 February - Peter De Vries

Peter De Vries was born 27 February 1910, and died 28 September 1993


  1. I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning.
  2. I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.
  3. We must love one another, yes, yes, that’s all true enough, but nothing says we have to like each other.
  4. Words fashioned with somewhat over precise diction are like shapes turned out by a cookie cutter.
  5. The satirist shoots to kill while the humorist brings his prey back alive and eventually releases him again for another chance.
  6. Human nature is pretty shabby stuff, as you may know from introspection.
  7. Confession is good for the soul only in the sense that a tweed coat is good for dandruff - it is a palliative rather than a remedy.
  8. Life is a zoo in a jungle.
  9. The greatest experience open to man then is the recovery of the commonplace. Coffee in the morning and whiskeys in the evening again without fear. Books to read without that shadow falling across the page.
  10. Gluttony is an emotional escape, a sign something is eating us.

De Vries was an American editor and novelist, who worked for The New Yorker magazine from 1944 to 1987. De Vries wrote short stories, reviews, poetry, essays, a play, novellas, and 23 novels.  

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