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We construct a narrative for ourselves,
by Paul Auster

We construct a narrative for ourselves,
and that's the thread that we follow from one day to the next.
People who disintegrate as personalities are the ones who lose that thread.
- Paul Auster

It was a wrong number that started it,
the telephone ringing three times in the dead of night,
and the voice on the other end asking for someone he was not.
- Paul Auster

Everything can change at any moment,
suddenly and forever.
- Paul Auster

You see, the interesting thing about books,
as opposed, say, to films, is that it's always just
one person encountering the book,
it's not an audience, it's one to one.
- Paul Auster

 

If you're not ready for everything, you're not ready for anything.
- Paul Auster

There's hope for everyone.
That's what makes the world go round.
- Paul Auster

You can't put your feet on the ground until you've touched the sky.
- Paul Auster

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It's extremely difficult to get these jobs because
you can't get a job on a ship unless you have seaman's paper's,
and you can't get seaman's papers unless you have a job on a ship.
There had to be a way to break through the circle,
and he was the one who arranged it for me.
- Paul Auster

I don't think that you can be prescriptive about anything,
I mean, life is too complicated.
Maybe there are novels where the author has not in
the least thought about it in terms of film,
which can be turned into good films.
- Paul Auster

All I wanted to do was write - at the time,
poems, and prose, too.
I guess my ambition was simply to make money however
I could to keep myself going in some modest way,
and I didn't need much, I was unmarried at the time,
no children.
- Paul Auster

I was always interested in French poetry sort of as
a sideline to my own work,
I was translating contemporary French poets.
That kind of spilled out into translation as a way to earn money,
pay for food and put bread on the table.
- Paul Auster

I don't know if she should worry too much,
I mean some of our greatest writers have had movies made of their books,
lots of Hemingway novels were turned into movies,
it doesn't hurt the book.
- Paul Auster

I guess I wanted to leave America for awhile.
It wasn't that I wanted to become an expatriate,
or just never come back, I needed some breathing room.
I'd already been translating French poetry,
I'd been to Paris once before and liked it very much,
and so I just went.
- Paul Auster

You have to protect it too, you can't let just any
stupid person take it and do something demoralizing with it.
At the same time, I don't believe in being so rigid
about controlling what happens either.
- Paul Auster

TIME is poisonous construct of our rattlesnake minds.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

TIME is yet another poisonous construct
of our rattlesnake minds.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Depression is the inability to construct a future.
- Rollo May

We are trying to construct a more inclusive society.
We are going to make a country in which no one is left out.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Athens will again be the host of the Games in 2004,
but there are rumors that they might be switched if
the Greeks don't begin to construct the sites faster.
- Bill Toomey

I recognise that Socialism has ended its purely theoretical course,
and that the hour to construct has come.
- John Burns

Size is not a reality, but a construct of the mind;
and space a construct to contain constructs.
- Robert Anton Wilson

Art is the symbol of the two noblest human efforts:
to construct and to refrain from destruction.
- Evelyn Waugh

I see stardom very clearly as a construct that's been
created in order to sell things.
- Julie Christie

When I first concluded to print the book,
I made an honest effort to construct it in the third person.
- John Sergeant Wise

There is no better way of elevating the novel than
by making it into a construct which contains ideas.
- Heinrich Mann

You can construct the character of a man and his age
not only from what he does and says,
but from what he fails to say and do.
- Norman Douglas

Nowadays I construct my books as if they're film scripts.
- Leon de Winter

If something is easy to repair, it is easy to construct.
- Leo Fender

Therapy, as opposed to analysis, is a whole construct of myth,
beautiful and creative.
- Dennis Potter

The world runs on individuals pursuing their self interests.
The great achievements of civilization have not come from government bureaus.
Einstein didn't construct his theory under order from a,
from a bureaucrat.
Henry Ford didn't revolutionize the automobile industry that way.
- Milton Friedman

Science cannot tell theology how to construct a doctrine of creation,
but you can't construct a doctrine of creation without
taking account of the age of the universe and the evolutionary
character of cosmic history.
- John Polkinghorne

These syllables, about 2,300 in number,
were mixed together and then drawn out by chance and
used to construct series of different lengths,
several of which each time formed the material for a test.
- Hermann Ebbinghaus

I don't think I would have been a writer if I hadn't been a mother.
I wanted to construct something that contained some
of these feelings that I had,
some of these discoveries or revelations.
- Carol Shields

What I'm trying to do now in my life -
not just with the building,
but with everything - is to construct things that will have enduring qualities,
and won't just be ephemeral flashes in the pan.
- Sylvester Stallone

In 2003, I introduced and passed The Tornado Shelters Act,
which allows local governments to use Community Development
Block Grant funds to construct storm shelters in manufactured housing communities.
- Spencer Bachus

I don't know how to construct a career that'll make me famous.
Except maybe get my ears pinned back,
get my teeth done, and go to America.
But then I'll be competing with billions of actors
who haven't got false teeth,
and who are 25.
- Ian Hart

The Muslims have, as everyone else says,
the right to practice their religion and they have
the right to construct a mosque at ground zero if they wish.
What I am saying, though, is that they should listen to public opinion,
they should listen to the deep wounds and anguish that
this is causing to so many good people.
- Peter King

I don't necessarily believe there's a message in the
fact that I'm an African-American Republican.
I think there is a message that America as a whole,
we are now awake.
We are looking at a political construct and we're fairly disappointed.
I think the message is no matter where you come from in this country,
there is great potential.
- Tim Scott

And we will accept the creation of the Iberian Federation
of a socialist republic which will give each region
the right to construct its life in accordance with
its economic possibilities and political preponderance.
- Frederica Montseny

Sometimes it is claimed by those who argue that race
is just a social construct that the human genome project
shows that because people share roughly 99% of their genes in common,
that there are no races.
This is silly.
- J. Philippe Rushton

Our main reasons for fearing males having sex with
males is that you really had to construct a more powerful
social role to keep men in their place than you did
to keep women in their place.
- Warren Farrell

I better make the plot good.
I wanted to make it grip people on the first page and
have a big turning point in the middle,
as there is, and construct the whole thing like a roller coaster ride.
- Mark Haddon

If God had sufficient wisdom and power to construct
such a beautiful world as this,
then we must admit that his wisdom and power are immeasurably
greater than that of man,
and hence he is qualified to reign as king.
- Orson Pratt

I think it's very clear that the American people are
frustrated with this move toward socialism.
And so whether you're back or white,
if you believe that the conservative construct is in
the best interest of our future,
than you too would be voting with Republicans,
and if you had the opportunity to run you'd join us as well.
- Tim Scott

Stories where the author has known very little,
but run a computer program that tells him how to construct a planet,
and looked up specific things about rocketry and so on,
really suck.
- Frederik Pohl

The greatest real thrill that life offers is to create,
to construct, to develop something useful.
Too often we fail to recognize and pay tribute to the creative spirit.
It is that spirit that creates our jobs.
- Alfred P. Sloan

I try to construct a picture in which shapes,
spaces, colors, form a set of unique relationships,
independent of any subject matter.
At the same time I try to capture and translate the
excitement and emotion aroused in me by the impact with the original idea.
- Milton Avery

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being.
Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric?
Think first about the foundations of humility.
The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation.
- Saint Augustine

I see TV as a picture medium rather than a narrative medium.
- Brian Eno

I do insist on making what I hope is sense so there's
always a coherent narrative or argument that the reader can follow.
- Howard Nemerov

First person narrative is a very effective tool but
you have to know as a writer how to make it work.
- James McBride

The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is
made more by the readers than by writers.
Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse.
- Robert Morgan

An epic is not made by piecing together a set of heroic lays,
adjusting their discrepancies and making them into a continuous narrative.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

Well, if storytelling is important, then your narrative ability,
or your ability to put into words or use what someone
else has put into words effectively,
is important too.
- Howard Gardner

I did not think much what I was writing them for,
except that I knew I wanted my next novel to be in
some less conventional form than straight narrative.
- Nicholas Mosley

We have a lot of long narrative poems written in the 20th century,
but they're not very well known, and they're not read by very many people.
- Robert Morgan

And I sense it was a rather constructed,
almost half narrative fiction film in some ways.
A lot of it was staged and manipulated to get those
things in there that I knew to be strong.
- Terry Zwigoff

True terror is a language and a vision.
There is a deep narrative structure to terrorist acts,
and they infiltrate and alter consciousness in ways
that writers used to aspire to.
- Don DeLillo

I think that rap is narrative, when it's done right.
- Ajay Naidu

It's probably why I'm a short story writer.
I tend to remember things in the past in narrative form,
in story form, and I grew up around people who told stories all the time.
- Tobias Wolff

I prefer to bring these to the service of story rather
than to let them replace narrative.
- James Gunn

The purpose of narrative is to present us with complexity and ambiguity.
- Scott Turow

Narrative art, the novel, from Murasaki to Proust,
has produced great works of poetry.
- Eugenio Montale

My purpose is to make my narrative as truthful as possible.
- George Armstrong Custer

Southern poets are still writing narrative poems,
poems in forms, dramatic poems.
- Robert Morgan

I'm Godless.
I've had to make my God, and my God is narrative filmmaking.
- Darren Aronofsky

It's actually pretty complex, because there's two levels
of reality in the narrative.
One is what really took place, and the other is Spider's
poisoned version of what took place.
- Gabriel Byrne

National Standards was not a narrative of past events
but was leftwing revisionism and Political Correctness.
- Phyllis Schlafly

To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.
- Lord Chesterfield

There is no longer any such thing as fiction or nonfiction;
there's only narrative.
- E. L. Doctorow

The narrative impulse is always with us;
we couldn't imagine ourselves through a day without it.
- Robert Coover


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