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In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until he's about 75. ...
by Irwin Shaw

In Europe, a writer is supposed to improve up until he's about 75.
- Irwin Shaw

At the height of the McCarthy period,
writers were being hounded.
- Irwin Shaw

I am forced to say that I have many fiercer critics than myself.
- Irwin Shaw

Writing is finally play, and there's no reason why
you should get paid for playing.
- Irwin Shaw

 

You have to expect the raps when you have achieved popularity as a writer.
- Irwin Shaw

I haven't stuck to any formula.
Most great writers stick to the same style,
but I wanted to be more various.
- Irwin Shaw

The writer works in a lonely way.
- Irwin Shaw

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Posterity makes the judgments.
There are going to be a lot of surprises in store for everybody.
- Irwin Shaw

Kennedy was a man who liked writers and even I got
invited to the White House.
- Irwin Shaw

Isaac Singer was born in Poland and doesn't write in English.
Still, he's an American.
- Irwin Shaw

In America, we have the feeling of the doomed young artist.
Fitzgerald was the great example of that.
- Irwin Shaw

My attitudes have changed, but somebody would have
to read all my books to find out how they have.
- Irwin Shaw

In the theater, characters have to cut the umbilical
cord from the writer and talk in their own voices.
- Irwin Shaw

I reach my readers regardless of what the critics have written.
- Irwin Shaw

I never drink while I'm working, but after a few glasses
I get ideas that would never have occurred to me dead sober.
- Irwin Shaw

Writing for the theater, you find yourself living a nocturnal life.
- Irwin Shaw

My views naturally have mellowed.
Most of the critics have been more or less nice to me.
- Irwin Shaw

Writers of fiction, when they begin,
are more likely to try the short form.
- Irwin Shaw

Curiously, the United States is full of writers who
have one big work in their life and that's all.
- Irwin Shaw

There are too many books I haven't read,
too many places I haven't seen, too many memories I
haven't kept long enough.
- Irwin Shaw

If you're young enough, any kind of writing you do
for a short period of time is a marvelous apprenticeship.
- Irwin Shaw

I never show anything to anybody until I've finished it.
- Irwin Shaw

I cringe when critics say I'm a master of the popular novel.
What's an unpopular novel?
- Irwin Shaw

Every novelist has a different purpose -
and often several purposes which might even be contradictory.
- Irwin Shaw

People who light up like Roman candles come down in the dark very quickly.
- Irwin Shaw

The last paragraph, in which you tell what the story is about,
is almost always best left out.
- Irwin Shaw

A good editor understands what you're talking and writing
about and doesn't meddle too much.
- Irwin Shaw

I'm not as hopeful as I was when I was young.
- Irwin Shaw

My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever.
- Irwin Shaw

I don't think that the writer is regarded as a freak by Americans.
- Irwin Shaw

Ernest Hemingway did a great deal toward making the
writer an acceptable public figure;
obviously,
he was no sissy.
- Irwin Shaw

I've gone on the wagon, but my body doesn't believe it.
- Irwin Shaw

A writer has to live with a sense of honor.
- Irwin Shaw

I imagine that my characters have become much more
complicated than when I first began,
which would be normal.
- Irwin Shaw

No writer need feel sorry for himself if he writes and enjoys it,
even if he doesn't get paid.
- Irwin Shaw

All writers are the same - they forget a thousand good
reviews and remember one bad one.
- Irwin Shaw

It's those damn critics again.
- Irwin Shaw

The great writers just kept bringing them out.
They didn't care if they repeated themselves.
- Irwin Shaw

A writer is a human being.
He has to live with a sense of honor.
- Irwin Shaw

When I started out in the early 1930s,
there were a great many magazines that published short stories.
Unfortunately, the short-story market has dwindled to almost nothing.
- Irwin Shaw

In a novel, it's hard to keep track of everybody.
- Irwin Shaw

Writing is like a contact sport, like football.
You can get hurt, but you enjoy it.
- Irwin Shaw

You must avoid giving hostages to fortune,
like getting an expensive wife, an expensive house,
and a style of living that never lets you aford the
time to take the chance to write what you wish.
- Irwin Shaw

The romantic idea is that everybody around a writer
must suffer for his talent.
I think a writer is a citizen of humanity,
part of his nation, part of his family.
He may have to make some compromises.
- Irwin Shaw

Special-interest magazines are dangerous places for
writers to start out in because the writing quickly
falls into a routine and people are likely to find
themselves artistically exhausted when they want to
work on something of their own.
- Irwin Shaw

An absolutely necessary part of a writer's equipment,
almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment,
both the punishment the world hands out and the punishment
he inflicts upon himself.
- Irwin Shaw

More than any other in Western Europe,
Britain remains a country where a traveler has to think
twice before indulging in the ordinary food of ordinary people.
- Joseph Lelyveld

The Christian missionary may preach the gospel
to the poor naked heathen,
but the spiritual heathen who populate Europe
have as yet heard nothing of Christianity.
- Carl Jung

The construction of Europe is an art.
It is the art of the possible.
- Jacques Chirac

Accordingly the Northern races of Europe found their
inspiration in the Bible;
and the enthusiasm for it has not yet quite faded away.
- Lafcadio Hearn

Our pat-down approach is very similar to what is being utilized in Europe and,
as we know, around the world.
It's even much more thorough in other parts of the world.
- John Pistole

In the villages in Europe, there are still healers who tell stories.
- Yannick Noah

If there was to be a new Europe, there not only had to be a common market,
but also great mobility in labor.
- Paul Hoffman

The choice is not normally between the north and south.
It might be between Britain and Europe.
- John Prescott

Europe is weird songs that would never make it in America.
- Mike Myers

There is extraordinary similarities between the Midwest
in America and Europe in that there is this sense of vast,
open sky and loneliness and cold.
- Ajay Naidu

Europe and America must act together in the face of evil.
It's high time for Americans and Europeans to restore
that unity and be able to take actions collectively together.
- Wesley Clark

The fortress of Europe with its frontiers must be held and will be held too,
as long as is necessary.
- Heinrich Himmler

In Europe, there is no television filmmaking legislation
that could assist film production because private broadcasters
are not interested in supporting Polish film.
- Andrzej Wajda

For Europe, the fall of Communism has to be taken into account,
and the fact that in the fight against Communism the
recovery of Europe's Christian roots was the driving force.
- Rocco Buttiglione

So you're quite right that when...
as the Cold War grew and expanded out of Europe,
we ourselves had to take refuge behind the shield of the Monroe Doctrine.
- E. Howard Hunt

I declare myself an Austrian and a European.
A united Europe will be a peaceful Europe.
- Heinz Fischer

This revision of the Constitution will not be perfect.
But at least the Constitution will not be inflexible.
It will be a step towards the Social Europe which we wish.
- Laurent Fabius

I was pretty much prepared because I was already playing
in extremely good ways when I arrived from Europe because
I played jazz four or five years before I arrived here.
- Miroslav Vitous

When I've seen my operas in Europe, they have always
struck me as more American than when I hear them here.
I can't tell you what that phenomenon is.
- Carlisle Floyd

Then, after I came home from Europe,
I found I was under condemnation; and I was condemned
at that time because I did not endorse the financial
policy of the General Conference.
- John Harvey Kellogg

I notice that teams are now more interested in Japanese
players than when I first went to Europe.
- Hidetoshi Nakata

No student of Chinese history can say that the Chinese
are incapable of religious experience,
even when judged by the standards of medieval Europe or pious India.
- Hu Shih

In Europe, it appears that in the name of democracy,
elites are pursuing an autocratic, centralized power,
seeking economic control and social regimentation.
- Maggie Gallagher

Eighty percent of married men cheat in America.
The rest cheat in Europe.
- Jackie Mason

Remember one thing - that Sweden is performing better than the rest of Europe.
- Goran Persson


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