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by J.M. Coetzee

Disgrace Quotes

Find the perfect quote to float your boat. Shmoop breaks down key quotations from Disgrace.

Sex Quotes

For a man of his age, fifty-two, divorced, he has, to his mind, solved the problem of sex rather well. On Thursday afternoons he drives to Green Point. Punctually at two p.m. he presses the buzzer...

Family Quotes

He himself has no son. His childhood was spent in a family of women. As his mother, aunts, sisters fell away, they were replaced in due course by mistresses, wives, a daughter. The company of women...

Violence Quotes

Yes, he says, he is guilty; but when we try to get specificity, all of a sudden it is not abuse of a young woman he is confessing to, just an impulse he could not resist, with no mention of the pai...

Old Age Quotes

That is his temperament. His temperament is not going to change, he is too old for that. His temperament is fixed, set. The skull, followed by the temperament: the two hardest parts of the body. (1.8)

Men and Masculinity Quotes

"It was a male. Whenever there was a bitch in the vicinity it would get excited and unmanageable, and with Pavlovian regularity the owners would beat it. This went on until the poor dog didn't know...

Women and Femininity Quotes

Demand. She means command. Her shrillness surprises him: There has been no intimation of it before. But then, what should a predator expect when he intrudes into the vixen's nest, into the home of...

Contrasting Regions Quotes

Curious that he and her mother, cityfolk, intellectuals, should have produced this throwback, this sturdy young settler. (7.17)

Suffering Quotes

"You can have him back afterwards," says Bev Shaw. "I will help him through, that's all." Though she tries to control her voice, he can hear the accents of defeat. The goat hears them too: he kicks...

Justice and Judgment Quotes

"It's always complicated, this harassment business, David, complicated as well as unfortunate, but we believe our procedures are good and fair, so we'll just take it step by step, play it by the bo...

Hate Quotes

"We never thought we were sending our daughter into a nest of vipers. No, Professor Lurie, you may be high and mighty and have all kinds of degrees, but if I was you I'd be very ashamed of myself,...

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