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I can't get very far away from Christianity,
by Anne Rice

I can't get very far away from Christianity,
I can't get very far away from the angels and the saints.
I work them in always, in some way.
- Anne Rice

It is tragic that many in America think of us -
Christians -
as being people who hate others.
- Anne Rice

Memnoch the Devil happen to be my favorite of all The Vampire Chronicles.
- Anne Rice

What I did was take the Jesus of the Gospels,
the Son of God, the Son of the Virgin Mary,
and sought to make Him utterly believable,
a vital breathing character.
- Anne Rice

 

Dickens is a very underrated writer at the moment.
Everyone in his time admired him but I think right
now he's not spoken of enough.
- Anne Rice

That process by which you become a writer is a pretty lonely one.
We don't have a group apprenticeship like a violinist
might training for an orchestra.
- Anne Rice

I claim Dickens as a mentor.
He's my teacher.
He's one of my driving forces.
- Anne Rice

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I'm definitely more influenced by European writers
than I am by American writers,
there's no doubt about that.
- Anne Rice

I know nothing of God or the Devil.
I have never seen a vision nor learned a secret that
would damn or save my soul.
- Anne Rice

Invest in a feather duster - the possibilities are endless.
- Anne Rice

I was obsessed with religious questions,
the basics: Why are we here? Why is the world so beautiful?
- Anne Rice

We have to become saints.
We have to become like Christ.
Anything less is simply not enough.
- Anne Rice

I feel like an outsider, and I always will feel like one.
I've always felt that I wasn't a member of any particular group.
- Anne Rice

I want to love all the children of God -
Christian,
Jew, Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist - everyone.
I want to love gay Christians and straight Christians.
- Anne Rice

When you make his sandwiches, put a sexy or loving note in his lunch box.
- Anne Rice

To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.
- Anne Rice

Obviously, a writer can't know everything about what she writes.
It's impossible.
- Anne Rice

My own funeral, I'd like to be laid out in a coffin in my own house.
I would like my coffin to be put in the double parlor,
and I would like all the flowers to be white.
- Anne Rice

Obsession led me to write.
It's been that way with every book I've ever written.
I become completely consumed by a theme,
by characters, by a desire to meet a challenge.
- Anne Rice

I wish we had more visible Christian and Catholic leaders who talked about love.
- Anne Rice

I do not read the ancient languages,
but I am beginning to study Greek.
- Anne Rice

I loved words.
I love to sing them and speak them and even now,
I must admit, I have fallen into the joy of writing them.
- Anne Rice

I'm always looking, and I'm always asking questions.
- Anne Rice

To really ask is to open the door to the whirlwind.
The answer may annihilate the question and the questioner.
- Anne Rice

I'm fascinated by almost any mythology that I can get my hands on.
- Anne Rice

I love New Orleans physically.
I love the trees and the balmy air and the beautiful days.
I have a beautiful house here.
- Anne Rice

Writers, as they gain success, feel like outsiders
because writers don't come together in real groups.
- Anne Rice

Re-telling the Christian story is the essence of my vocation.
That has been going on since the Evangelists in one form or another.
- Anne Rice

We're frightened of what makes us different.
- Anne Rice

I broke with my religion in college.
- Anne Rice

I read The Old Curiosity Shop before I began Blackwood Farm.
I was amazed at the utter madness in that book.
- Anne Rice

Evil is always possible.
Goodness is a difficulty.
- Anne Rice

I do want to go another way - to write something completely different.
- Anne Rice

We need to stop fighting Christian against Christian.
I have no time for anything but trying to love other people.
That is a full-time job.
- Anne Rice

First-person narrators is the way I know how to write
a book with the greatest power and chance of artistic success.
- Anne Rice

The most difficult novel I have had to write in terms
of just getting it done was The Vampire Lestat.
It took a year to write.
- Anne Rice

I enjoy the Web site a lot and I like being able to talk to my readers.
I've always had a very close relationship with them.
- Anne Rice

I'm going to keep on dealing with the supernatural in a lot of ways.
- Anne Rice

The vampires have always been metaphors for me.
They've always been vehicles through which I can express things I have felt very,
very deeply.
- Anne Rice

The only pain in pleasure is the pleasure of the pain.
- Anne Rice

I thought The Shining was just absolutely wonderful.
Stephen King reaches all kinds of people.
In the beginning he was just dismissed out of hand,
which was terrible.
- Anne Rice

I can't keep up with Stephen King's output.
- Anne Rice

The thing should have plot and character,
beginning, middle and end.
Arouse pity and then have a catharsis.
Those were the best principles I was ever taught.
- Anne Rice

The world doesn't need any more mediocrity or hedged bets.
- Anne Rice

I gave up on the big screen.
The Witching Hour was at Warner Bros.
for 10 years and it just didn't work out.
- Anne Rice

You reach deep down and bring up what feels absolutely
authentic to you as you move along with the book,
but you don't know everything about it.
You can't.
- Anne Rice

You can look at the New York Times Bestseller List
and you can be pretty sure that the writers on that
list don't know each other very well.
- Anne Rice

When I write something, every word of it is meant.
I can't say it enough.
- Anne Rice

There may be writing groups where people meet but it's occasional.
You really do it all at your own computer or your own typewriter by yourself.
- Anne Rice

I'm usually working on my own mythology,
my own realm of created characters.
Stories in mythology inspire me, though I may not be conscious of it.
- Anne Rice

The whole theme of Interview with the Vampire was Louis's
quest for meaning in a godless world.
He searched to find the oldest existing immortal simply to ask,
What is the meaning of what we are?
- Anne Rice

Stephen King in many respects is a wonderful writer.
He has made a contribution.
People in the future will be able to pick up Stephen
King's books and learn a lot about who we were by reading those books.
- Anne Rice

People who cease to believe in God or goodness altogether
still believe in the devil.
I don't know why.
No, I do indeed know why.
Evil is always possible.
And goodness is eternally difficult.
- Anne Rice

Very few beings really seek knowledge in this world.
Mortal or immortal, few really ASK.
On the contrary, they try to wring from the unknown
the answers they have already shaped in their own minds.
- Anne Rice

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations.
I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty,
believe in them, and try to follow where they lead.
- Louisa May Alcott

Your example is far more influential and inspiring
than any words of instruction, or threats,
or even words of encouragement.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

A man in debt is so far a slave.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man loses pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
Let him step to the music which he hears,
however measured or far away.
- Henry David Thoreau

There are risks and costs to action.
But they are far less than the long range
risks of comfortable inaction.
- John F. Kennedy

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer
is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Most of us love, to be sure.
Yet far too often our love is passive.
We must be proactive in our love
in order for it to change our lives.
- Marianne Williamson

It is far better to be alone,
than to be in bad company.
- George Washington

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

From far beyond this life,
I hear the call.
From place beyond all place,
I feel the call.
From time before all time,
I know the call.
From one before all ones,
I am the call.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship,
and it is far the best ending for one.
- Oscar Wilde

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Working at a job you hate is unlikely
to bring you either happiness or success.
Do what you love. You are far more likely to gain success -
recognition and financial reward - if you are working
at something that inspires and excites you.
And, whether wealth follows or not, you will be happy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley


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