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A friend of mine, now retired, was then a major exec at a major bank,
by Donald E. Westlake

A friend of mine, now retired, was then a major exec at a major bank,
and one of her jobs, the last four years,
was the farewell interview.
- Donald E. Westlake

Who's a boy gonna talk to if not his mother?
- Donald E. Westlake

All of the changes in publishing since 1960 are significant.
There are far fewer publishers.
- Donald E. Westlake

Everybody in New York is looking for something.
Once in a while, somebody finds it.
- Donald E. Westlake

 

Sorry; I have no space left for advice.
Just do it.
- Donald E. Westlake

If it weren't for received ideas, the publishing industry
wouldn't have any ideas at all.
- Donald E. Westlake

If you think of movie studio executives,
say, as society, then I root for the independent producers.
- Donald E. Westlake

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I loved it, but social reality impeded.
Now I wander in here at 9 in the morning or so,
and come back for a while in the afternoon.
I am a very lenient boss.
- Donald E. Westlake

I make a note, set it aside, and hope it makes sense
when the time comes to look at it again.
- Donald E. Westlake

Once he became a series character, I made the conscious
choice that he would never act like a series character,
never wink at the reader, never pull his punches.
Better for him, better for me.
- Donald E. Westlake

Nothing about it interested me.
Or about anything else, except making up stories.
If literacy weren't so nearly universal,
God knows what I'd be.
A drain on the State, I shouldn't wonder.
- Donald E. Westlake

I also wanted Parker to operate in the Internet age
without losing being Parker.
He's always operated in the world without really being with the world,
and cyberspace means that the rest of us are more and
more living the same way.
- Donald E. Westlake

I start with the story, almost in the old campfire sense,
and the story leads to both the characters,
which actors should best be cast in this story,
and the language.
The choice of words, more than anything else,
creates the feeling that the story gives off.
- Donald E. Westlake

My work schedule has changed over the years.
The one constant is, when at work on a novel,
I try to work seven days a week, so as not to lose touch with that world.
Within that, I'm flexible on hours and output.
- Donald E. Westlake

When Stark isn't off sulking somewhere,
or whatever he's doing when he won't return my calls,
I alternate between the two.
That usually works well, though occasionally an idea
for the wrong guy drifts through my mind.
- Donald E. Westlake

The many magazines, ranging from pulp to slick,
that used to serve as both farm teams for writers and lures to readers,
with hundreds of short stories every month,
don't exist.
Most of the doors for new people have been sealed.
- Donald E. Westlake

Seem to be telling this, but really telling that.
Three-dimensional writing, like three-dimensional chess.
Nabokov was the other master of that.
You could learn something from Nabokov on every page he ever wrote.
- Donald E. Westlake

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

This day I will marry my friend,
the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, love.
- Anonymous

The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.
- Maya Angelou

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you,
whose presence calls forth your best.
- Epictetus

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Health is the greatest possession.
Contentment is the greatest treasure.
Confidence is the greatest friend.
Non-being is the greatest joy.
- Lao Tzu

The meeting of two personalities is
like the contact of two chemical substances:
if there is any reaction, both are transformed.
- Carl Jung

Love is the only force capable of
transforming an enemy into friend.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I live to experience something new each day -
to learn something new,
meet a new friend,
bring joy into someone's life,
feel the wind newly on my skin,
touch a new fear, a new anger,
and with focused intent and good fortune,
find an ample measure of my own joy.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which
it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters.
- Thomas Jefferson

Work Hard. Do your best. Keep your word.
Never get too big for your britches.
Trust in God. Have no fear;
and Never forget a friend.
- Harry S. Truman

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us
to be what we know we could be.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Farewell My Friend
It was beautiful as long as it lasted
The journey of my life.
I have no regrets whatsoever
save the pain I'll leave behind.
Those dear hearts who love and care...
And the strings pulling at the heart and soul...
The strong arms that held me up
When my own strength let me down.
At every turning of my life
I came across good friends,
Friends who stood by me,
Even when the time raced me by.
Farewell, farewell my friends
I smile and bid you goodbye.
No, shed no tears for I need them not
All I need is your smile.
If you feel sad do think of me
for that's what I'll like
when you live in the hearts
of those you love, remember then
you never die.
- Gitanjali Ghei

Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
- William Shakespeare

The finest kind of friendship is between people
who expect a great deal of each other but never ask it.
- Anonymous

The easiest kind of friendship for me
is with ten thousand people.
The hardest is with one.
- Joan Baez

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
- Henry David Thoreau

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.
It is an intelligence above language.
- Henry David Thoreau

The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that
they can grow separately without growing apart.
- Elisabeth Foley

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me
was when one asked me what I thought,
and attended to my answer.
- Henry David Thoreau

I never considered a difference of opinion
in politics, in religion, in philosophy,
as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
- Thomas Jefferson

If you wish to succeed in life,
make perseverance your bosom friend,
experience your wise counselor,
caution your elder brother,
and hope your guardian genius.
- Joseph Addison

The best way to destroy an enemy
is to make him a friend.
- Abraham Lincoln

What is a friend? I will tell you ...
it is someone with whom you dare to be yourself.
- Frank Crane

Life without a friend is like death without a witness.
- Spanish proverb

The walls we build around us to
keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.
- Jim Rohn

A friend is someone who understands my past,
believes in my future,
and accepts me just the way I am.
- Anonymous

A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
- Abraham Lincoln

In everyone's life, at some time,
our inner fire goes out.
It is then burst into flame
by an encounter with another human being.
We should all be thankful for those people
who rekindle the inner spirit.
- Albert Schweitzer

A friend is one who walks in when others walk out
- Walter Winchell

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

An injured friend is the bitterest of foes.
- Thomas Jefferson

The proper office of a friend is to side with you
when you are in the wrong.
Nearly anybody will side with you when you are in the right.
- Mark Twain

When it hurts to look back,
and you're scared to look ahead,
you can look beside you
and your best friend will be there.
- Anonymous

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
- Benjamin Franklin

A real friend is one who walks in
when the rest of the world walks out.
- Walter Winchell

A friend knows the song in my heart
and sings it to me when my memory fails.
- Donna Roberts

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar,
but I cherish the friend who for me
does not consult his calendar.
- Robert Brault

Each friend represents a world in us,
a world possibly not born until they arrive,
and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
- Anais Nin

My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.
- Henry Ford

A true friend is the one who
walks in when others walk out.
- Walter Winchell

Your friend is the man who knows all about you,
and still likes you.
- Elbert Hubbard

Choose a friend as thou dost a wife,
till death separate you.
- William Penn

A friend in need is a friend indeed.
- Latin Proverb

The only reward of virtue is virtue;
the only way to have a friend is to be one.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A true friend is a rock upon whom you can depend.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A holiday, the day I first named you, "friend."
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A friend to all is a friend to none.
- Aristotle

A friend is someone who won't stop
until he finds you and brings you home.
- Fraser Sr. in the movie Due South

An old friend will help you move.
A good friend will help you move a dead body.
- Jim Hayes

The only thing to do is to hug one's friend tight and do one's job.
- Edith Wharton

Walking with a friend in the dark is better
than walking alone in the light.
- Helen Keller

Moreover if your brother shall trespass against you,
go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
- Matthew 18:15


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