Peter Conrad
Quotations


All that a city will ever allow you is an angle on it -- an oblique, indirect sample of what it contains, or what passes through it; a point of view.

The historianís job is to aggrandize, promoting accident to inevitability and innocuous circumstance to portent.

Losing faith in your own singularity is the start of wisdom, I suppose; also the first announcement of death.

New York is more now than the sum of its people and buildings. It makes sense only as a mechanical intelligence, a transporter system for the daily absorbing and nightly redeploying of the human multitudes whose services it requires.

The camera is a killing chamber, which speeds up the time it claims to be conserving. Like coffins exhumed and pried open, the photographs put on show what we were and what we will be again.

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