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It's also true, however, that having conquered ...
by Rick Moody

It's also true, however, that having conquered the regional writer ghetto,
I am now intent on conquering the nationalist writer
ghetto and moving out into the world more.
- Rick Moody

My contention is that that style is just as stylized as an ornate style.
- Rick Moody

The Ice Storm, because of the movie,
has had,
or is to have, a vigorous life in other cultures.
- Rick Moody

Impotence, fetishism, bisexuality, and bondage are all facts of life,
and our fiction should reflect that.
- Rick Moody

 

I have worked really hard to defy categorization,
to break down a taxonomy whenever it comes my way.
- Rick Moody

Genre is a bookstore problem, not a literary problem.
- Rick Moody

I'm trying to make sure that there's comedy as well as sadness.
It makes the sadness more memorable.
- Rick Moody

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I didn't know how to kill off a character unless I was able,
as a narrator, to get really complicated.
Because it was a big deal.
I'd never killed a character before.
- Rick Moody

What genre it falls under is only of interest later.
- Rick Moody

When prose gets too stylized and out of control -
and Stein is sometimes a good example -
when you don't know what the hell is going on,
then it's kind of boring.
- Rick Moody

The point is to balance on the edge between musicality and content.
- Rick Moody

This is odd, but there are certain things that are
really embarrassing to talk about -
one is my job and the success that I've had in it,
and the other is money.
- Rick Moody

I love comic books and always did as a kid.
- Rick Moody

Maybe when I'm sixty-five I'll talk about my literary life.
- Rick Moody

So while it is true that I find really dark stuff funny sometimes,
it's also true that as a writer of books I want to
have the whole range of human emotions.
- Rick Moody

I'm trying to read more dead people because I keep
having to read stuff for juries and so forth.
- Rick Moody

The process of composition, messing around with paragraphs
and trying to make really good prose,
is hardwired into my personality.
- Rick Moody

I am in Boston right now, in fact, to do work at the
New England Historical Genealogical Library,
where I'm trying to finish up tracing my lineage back
to the seventeenth century.
- Rick Moody

All the stuff that I used to treat with contempt -
you know,
I'm an artist, man, I don't do that family stuff -
has begun to seem really important.
- Rick Moody

I turned forty, and I'm finally going to get married and maybe have a kid.
- Rick Moody

Literature precedes genre.
- Rick Moody

I made this list of stuff that it's time for me to try to do.
- Rick Moody

I judged about a zillion awards this year so I've been
reading a lot of books that just came out.
- Rick Moody

Nonfiction that uses novelistic devices and strategies to shape the work.
That's material that I really like.
- Rick Moody

I always wanted to write something illustrated,
and the Details strip finally gave me the opportunity.
- Rick Moody

Writing the book was itself a process of concealing and revealing.
- Rick Moody

I suppose I should say that I treasure blasphemy,
as a faith of the highest order.
- Rick Moody

It turns out that my memory is just not that great,
so for specific scenes with people doing stuff,
sometimes I'd have the details all wrong or I couldn't
remember what happened exactly,
so I just let that be.
- Rick Moody

But that incessant drive to be out there in the literary
universe that was important to me when I was in my twenties,
like going to a Paris Review party or whatever,
that seems totally irrelevant now.
- Rick Moody

My grandfather was a newspaper publisher and his paper
had all the comics in NYC,
so some of my earliest memories are of reading the
family paper and heading straight for the comics insert.
- Rick Moody

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again,
but expecting different results.
- Rita Mae Brown, also attributed to Einstein

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

Success consists of going from failure to failure
without loss of enthusiasm.
- Winston Churchill
(also quoted as: "Courage is going from failure to failure
without losing enthusiasm."

Majority rule only works if you're also
considering individual rights,
because you can't have five wolves and one sheep
voting on what to have for dinner.
- Larry Flynt

People do not seem to realize that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Non-violence means avoiding not only external physical violence
but also internal violence of spirit.
You not only refuse to shoot a man,
but you refuse to hate him.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Where love is, there God is also.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also.
- Carl Jung

The world is moved along, not only
by the mighty shoves of its heroes,
but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes
of each honest worker.
- Helen Keller

It is a fine thing to be honest,
but it is also very important to be right.
- Winston Churchill

All the world is full of suffering.
It is also full of overcoming.
- Helen Keller

Non-violence requires a double faith,
faith in God and also faith in man.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Non-violence is the first article of my faith.
It is also the last article of my creed.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Everything deep is also simple
and can be reproduced simply
as long as its reference
to the whole truth is maintained.
But what matters is not what is witty
but what is true.
- Albert Schweitzer

If co-operation is a duty, I hold that non-co-operation
also under certain conditions is equally a duty.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Words are also actions,
and actions are a kind of words.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To accomplish great things,
we must not only act, but also dream;
not only plan, but also believe.
- Anatole France

Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
- Thomas Jefferson
(also attributed to Benjamin Franklin and Lord Chesterfield)

People seem not to see that
their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love is an act of faith,
and whoever is of little faith is also of little love.
- Erich Fromm

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it.
- Helen Keller

You are never given a wish without also
being given the power to make it true.
You may have to work for it, however.
- Richard Bach

No one ever found wisdom without also being a fool.
Writers, alas, have to be fools in public,
while the rest of the human race can cover its tracks.
- Erica Jong

Choose to adopt the attitude toward failure that sports teams do.
In each game, one team succeeds and one fails.
Then the next week they both get out and play again.
Life is also a game - with some successes and some failures.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have also seen children successfully
surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance.
That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Life becomes harder for us when we live for others,
but it also becomes richer and happier.
- Albert Schweitzer

Never in any case say I have lost such a thing, but I have returned it.
Is your child dead? It is a return. Is your wife dead? It is a return.
Are you deprived of your estate? Is not this also a return?
- Epictetus

Although the world is full of suffering,
it is full also of the overcoming of it.
My optimism, then, does not rest on the absence of evil,
but on a glad belief in the preponderance of good
and a willing effort always to cooperate with the good,
that it may prevail.
- Helen Keller

Rainbows and butterflies are themselves beautiful and highly symbolic,
but they are also representative of
all the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him,
for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low,
could still be saved; the bitterest enemy
and also he who was your friend could again be your friend;
love that has grown cold can kindle
- Soren Kierkegaard

We should not pretend to understand
the world only by the intellect;
we apprehend it just as much by feeling.
Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is,
at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest,
also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
- Carl Jung

Have you ever hugged a tree?
Hug a tree, and one day you will come to know
that it is not only that
you have hugged the tree
but that the tree also responds,
the tree also hugs you.
- Osho

Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough.
Not only have I found that when I talk to the little flower
or to the little peanut they will give up their secrets,
but I have found that when I silently commune with people
they give up their secrets also - if you love them enough.
- George Washington Carver

We all tend to measure our worth by what we DO -
the actions we take.
We also highly value what we SAY.
However, the greatest impact we have
on our family, our friends,
and our world is our kindness and love.
A bowl of soup served with love
is a greater gift than a steak dinner served brusquely.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If something is important to you,
attend to it immediately, and regularly.
If something is not really important to you,
that's great also -
just scratch it off your to-do list forever,
and never worry about it again.
Choose how you invest your time, and honor your choices.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Seeing my glass of life as mostly full
triggers an amazing cycle of transformation
Appreciation for the abundance of life incites gratitude -
which brings on that warm comfortable
feeling of joy and satisfaction with life.
Gratitude for abundance also creates increasing abundance.
Being truly grateful for the abundance that
is now in my life causes an ever greater abundance
to flow in my direction.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Look at this butterfly, so beautiful, so delicate.
I can enjoy this butterfly from a distance,
but if I touched her, she would die.
While not quite as delicate as butterflies,
people also need private space and private time
away from the demands of the world -
even away from the attentions of those
with whom they are most bonded.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stupidity is also a gift of God,
but one mustn't misuse it.
- Pope John Paul II

When we come into the present,
we begin to feel the life around us again,
but we also encounter whatever we have been avoiding.
We must have the courage to face whatever is present -
our pain, our desires, our grief,
our loss, our secret hopes our love -
everything that moves us most deeply.
- Jack Kornfield

It is my choice to care deeply about others.
No kindness is too small to be important -
the smile to the bank teller,
the sincere "thank you" for all kindnesses received,
the reassuring hand on the shoulder of a loved one or friend.
There is compassion in selfless generosity,
but there is also compassion in heartfelt empathy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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