David Lodge Quotes

Morris read through the letter. Was it a shade too fulsome? No that was another law of academic life: it is impossible to be excessive in flattery of one's peers.

Every decoding is another encoding.

I respect a man who can recognize a quotation. It's a dying art.

Life after all should go forwards not backwards.

It was Adam Appleby's misfortune that at the moment of awakening from sleep his consciousness was immediately flooded with everything he least wanted to think about

I'm a bit of a deconstructionist myself. It's kind of exciting - the last intellectual thrill left. Like sawing through the branch you're sitting on.

I never did like working out - it bears the same relationship to real sport as masturbation does to real sex

Universities are the cathedrals of the modern age. They shouldn't have to justify their existence by utilitarian criteria.

Literature is mostly about having sex and not much about having children. Life is the other way round.

To read is to surrender oneself to an endless displacement of curiosity and desire from one sentence to another

Jogging I believe they call it. It seems to be an epidemic psychological illness afflicting Americans these days. A form of masochism like the flagellantes in the Middle Ages.

Walt Whitman he who laid end to end words never seen in each other's company before outside of a dictionary.

It's the only thing that keeps me going these days travelling. Changes of scene changes of faces

Perhaps that's what we're all looking for - desire undiluted by habit.

Information is the religion of the modern world.