Quotes from “Sympathizer” by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Анна П.
Анна П.has quotedlast year
Love is being able to talk to someone else without effort, without hiding, and at the same time to feel absolutely comfortable not saying a word.
kazakovn
kazakovnhas quotedlast month
An audience member might love or hate this Movie, or dismiss it as only a story, but those emotions were irrelevant. What mattered was that the audience member, having paid for the ticket, was willing to let American ideas and values seep into the vulnerable tissue of his brain and the absorbent soil of his heart.
kazakovn
kazakovnhas quotedlast month
When was the last time an American president found it worth his while to write a speech on the importance of art and literature? I cannot recall. And yet at Yan’an, Mao said that art and literature were crucial to revolution. Conversely, he warned, art and literature could also be tools of domination. Art could not be separated from politics, and politics needed art in order to reach the people where they lived, through entertaining them.
kazakovn
kazakovnhas quotedlast month
The longer I worked on the Movie, the more I was convinced that I was not only a technical consultant on an artistic project, but an infiltrator into a work of propaganda. A man such as the Auteur would have denied it, seeing his Movie purely as Art, but who was fooling whom? Movies were America’s way of softening up the rest of the world, Hollywood relentlessly assaulting the mental defenses of audiences with the hit, the smash, the spectacle, the blockbuster, and, yes, even the box office bomb. It mattered not what story these audiences watched. The point was that it was the American story they watched and loved, up until the day that they themselves might be bombed by the planes they had seen in American movies.
kazakovn
kazakovnhas quotedlast month
The word that identified what we did not possess was “money,” of which the General might have enough for his own use, but certainly not for a counterrevolution. The other word was “votes,” so that together “money votes” was “open sesame” to the deep caverns of the American political system.
kazakovn
kazakovnhas quotedlast month
Let me tell you a secret, the Auteur said. You ready. Here it is. No one gives a shit.
Dmitry Gafarov
Dmitry Gafarovhas quotedlast month
Despair may be thick, but friendship’s thicker. After that, nothing more needed to be said, our camaraderie enough as we heeded the call of the Katyusha rockets, hissing in the distance like librarians demanding silence.
Dmitry Gafarov
Dmitry Gafarovhas quotedlast month
Whatever people say about the General today, I can only testify that he was a sincere man who believed in everything he said, even if it was a lie, which makes him not so different from most.
Dmitry Gafarov
Dmitry Gafarovhas quotedlast month
We were not a people who charged into war at the beck and call of bugle or trumpet. No, we fought to the tunes of love songs, for we were the Italians of Asia.
gayoun0612
gayoun0612has quoted3 months ago
finest coffee beans, land of booming waterfalls, of exasperated elephants
Masha Zhak
Masha Zhakhas quoted4 months ago
people who do not get the joke are dangerous people indeed.
Masha Zhak
Masha Zhakhas quoted4 months ago
I understand. Losing her hurts even if you didn’t love her. That’s human nature. You want her back. You don’t want to lose her to someone like me. But please, see it from my point of view. We didn’t plan anything. It’s just that when we started talking at the wedding, we couldn’t stop. Love is being able to talk to someone else without effort, without hiding, and at the same time to feel absolutely comfortable not saying a word. At least that’s one way I’ve figured out how to describe love. I’ve never been in love before. It leaves me with this strange need to find the right metaphor to describe being in love. Like I am a windmill, and she is the wind. Stupid, yes?
Masha Zhak
Masha Zhakhas quoted4 months ago
was unhappy, that might make some of you happier, but it would also make you uneasy, as no one is supposed to be unhappy in America. I believe our clever young man has intuited that while only the pursuit of happiness is promised to all Americans, unhappiness is guaranteed for many.
Masha Zhak
Masha Zhakhas quoted4 months ago
, because happiness, American style, is a zero-sum game, sir. Dr. Hedd slowly turned his head in an arc as he spoke, making sure that he saw every man in the room. For someone to be happy, he must measure his happiness against someone else’s unhappiness, a process which most certainly works in reverse. If I said I was happy, someone else must be unhappy, most likely one of you. But if I said I
Masha Zhak
Masha Zhakhas quoted4 months ago
Not only did Dr. Hedd have a measure of both, he also possessed an English accent, which affected Americans the way a dog whistle stimulated canines.
Masha Zhak
Masha Zhakhas quoted4 months ago
Americans on the average do not trust intellectuals, but they are cowed by power and stunned by celebrity.
Masha Zhak
Masha Zhakhas quoted4 months ago
I was in close quarters with some representative specimens of the most dangerous creature in the history of the world, the white man in a suit.
Masha Zhak
Masha Zhakhas quoted4 months ago
These questions required either Camus or cognac, and as Camus was not available I ordered cognac.
Masha Zhak
Masha Zhakhas quoted4 months ago
What am I dying for? he cried back. I’m dying because this world I’m living in isn’t worth dying for! If something is worth dying for, then you’ve got a reason to live.
Masha Zhak
Masha Zhakhas quoted4 months ago
They’re losers and losers always have excuses
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