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Reflections on the Revolution in France by Edmund Burke
"What first attracted me to Edmund Burke was the endorsement of a friend. “Burke is such a good writer,” he told me, “that he momentarily convinced me that monarchy is a great idea.” A writer good enough to do that, I thought, was worth a read; and..." Read more of this review »
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Eça de Queirós
“Assim acontece com as estrelas de acaso! Elas não são de uma essência diferente, nem contêm mais luz que as outras: mas, por isso mesmo que passam fugitivamente e se esvaem, parecem despedir um fulgor mais divino, e o deslumbramento que deixam nos olhos é mais perturbador e mais longo...”
Eça de Queirós, Os Maias

Michel Houellebecq
“People often say that the English are very cold fish, very reserved, that they have a way of looking at things – even tragedy – with a sense of irony. There’s some truth in it; it’s pretty stupid of them, though. Humor won’t save you; it doesn’t really do anything at all. You can look at life ironically for years, maybe decades; there are people who seem to go through most of their lives seeing the funny side, but in the end, life always breaks your heart. Doesn’t matter how brave you are, how reserved, or how much you’ve developed a sense of humor, you still end up with your heart broken. That’s when you stop laughing. In the end there’s just the cold, the silence and the loneliness. In the end, there’s only death.”
Michel Houellebecq, The Elementary Particles

Eça de Queirós
“Se não aparecerem mulheres, importam-se, que é em Portugal para tudo o recurso natural. Aqui importa-se tudo. Leis, ideias, filosofias, teorias, assuntos, estéticas, ciências, estilos, indústrias, modas, maneiras, pilhérias, tudo nos vem em caixotes pelo paquete. A civilização custa-nos caríssima, com os direitos de alfândega:e é tudo em segunda mão, não foi feita para nós, fica-nos curta nas mangas...”
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