Not all characters approve of their authors

by look i have opinions

 “A writer may write for thirty years without ever knowing why he spent all those years writing. I am not a man of letters and have no wish to be one; I would consider it indecent and despicable to drag my soul onto the literary market and turn it inside out while describing my feelings in beautiful words.”

—the narrator of The Adolescent, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, as translated by Andrew MacAndrew

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