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Gao Xingjian


Chinese-born novelist, playwright, and critic.
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Gao Xingjian
Indeed, loft aspirations produce ideas.
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In the snow outside my window I see a small green frog, one eye blinking and the other wide open, unmoving, looking at me . I know this is God.
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Grandfather, when you saw the tiger were you scared? Bad people scare me, not tigers.
Grandfather, have you ever run into bad people?
There arenít many tigers but lots of bad people, only you canít shoot people.




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The creature known as man is of course highly intelligent, he's capable of manufacturing almost anything from rumours to test-tube babies and yet he destroys two to three species every day. This is the absurdity of man.
Xingjian Gao
They say it only takes an instant to have a dream; a dream can be compressed into hardtack.
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When God talks to humans he doesnít want humans to hear his voice.
Gao Xingjian
Body odour (known also as scent of the immortals) is a disgusting condition with an awful, nauseating smell.
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Not knowing what one is looking for is pure agony. Too much analytical thinking, too much logic, too many meanings! Life has no logic, so why does there have to be logic to explain what it means? Also, what is logic? I think I may need to break away from analytical thinking; this is the cause of all my anxieties.
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What is essential is whether it is perceived and not whether it exists. To exist and yet not to be perceived is the same as not exist.
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I want to write a novel so profound that it would suffocate a fly.
Gao Xingjian
A good man never fights with a woman.




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She says she doesnít know what to do! But he says coldly that he knows what he wants to do, but he canít.
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The writer is an ordinary man, not a spokesman for the people, and that literature can only be the voice of one individual. Writing that becomes an ode to a country, the standard of a nation, the voice of a party... loses its natureóit is no longer literature. Writers do not set out to be published, but to know themselves. Although Kafka or Pessoa resorted to language, it was not in order to change the world. I, myself, believe in what I call cold literature: a literature of flight for one's life, a literature that is not utilitarian, but a spiritual self-preservation in order to avoid being stifled by society. I believe in a literature of the moment, for the living. You have to know how to use freedom. If you use it in exchange for something else, it vanishes.
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Life is fragile, yet to obstinately struggle is natural.
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Life is probably a tangle of love and hate permanently knotted together.
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I hadn't originally intended to do any reading, what if I did read one book more or one book less, whether I read or not wouldn't make a difference, I would still be waiting to get cremated.
Gao Xingjian
I came to the riverbank. The sand underfoot crunches and sounds like my grandmother sighing. She is fond of chattering endlessly, although no-one understands her. If you ask, Grandmother, what did you say? She will look up absentmindedly and, after a while, say, oh, youíre back from school? Are you hungry? There are sweet potatoes in the bamboo steamer. When she chatters it is best not to interrupt; she is talking about when she was a young woman. But if you eavesdrop from behind her chair, she seems to be saying. Itís hidden, itís hidden, everything is hidden, everythingÖ All these memories are making noises in the sand under your feet.
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The sand murmurs that it wants to swallow everything.
Gao Xingjian
Realty exists only through experience, and it must be personal experience.
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Some distance away is a white azalea bush which stuns me with its stately beauty.____ This is pristine natural beauty. it is irrepressible, seeks no reward, and is without goal, a beauty derived neither from symbolism nor metaphor and needing neither analogies nor associations.
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