Patrick Modiano

France
Born on 30 Jul 1945
Writer

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There is no better way to dispel the ghosts than looking directly into their eyes.

Dans le Café de la Jeunesse Perdue
Others, like him, even before I was born, had exhausted all the problems in order to allow us to feel just minor aches.

Dora Bruder
I believe that by time I had already realized that no one really answers the questions.

L'Herbe des Nuits
It seems to me now that I'm living in another person inside my everyday life.

L'Herbe des Nuits
Men die with their secrets.

Accident Nocturne
In life, it's not the future that counts, it's the past.

Rue des Boutiques Obscures (Missing Person)
Rather than constantly subjecting others to an interrogation, it would be better to take them on silence, as they are.

L'Herbe des Nuits
When we love someone, we have to accept their share of mystery. And that is precisely why we love.

Dans le Café de la Jeunesse Perdue
The memory itself is full of acid, and eventually they are is more than all the cries of pain, and all the horrified faces of the past, with increasingly deaf appeals, of which we glimpse vague outlines.

Livret de Famille
Focuses only on trivial things: fashion, literature, cinema, music concerts.

Villa Triste
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
Essays
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."
Essays