Patrick Modiano Quotes
Nice is a city of ghosts and specters, but I hope not to become one of them right away.
One has to retire eventually, Guy.
She had the right idea, old man, don't you think - to disappear before it gets too late?
My wife's a lot younger than me ... thirty years difference . . . You should never marry a woman a lot younger than you...never
I've never known who I was. I authorize my biographer to simply call me "a man," and I wish him luck. I've been unable to lengthen my stride, my breath, or my sentences. He won't understand the first thing about this story. Neither do I. We're even.
Lots of people perish on the highways. All those faces should be preserved, engagements kept, promises upheld. Impossible. I walked out instantly. Fleeing the scene of a crime. That kind of game can destroy you.
This man had spent forty years of his life on beaches or by the sides of swimming pools, chatting pleasantly with summer visitors and rich idlers. He is to be seen, in his bathing costume, in the corners and backgrounds of thousands of holiday snaps, among groups of happy people, but no one knew his name and why he was there. And no one noticed when one day he vanished from the photographs. I did not dare tell Hutte, but I felt that "the beach man" was myself.
In the end, we were all "beach men" and that "the sand" - I am quoting his own words - "keeps the traces of our footsteps only a few moments.
Jean Patrick Modiano was born on 30 July 1945. He is a French novelist and recipient of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature.
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