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I've just finished my next collection,
by Augusten Burroughs

I've just finished my next collection,
Possible Side Effects, and I'm now working on a collection
of holiday stories as well as a memoir about my relationship with my father.
- Augusten Burroughs

I'm like the guy who prepares your taxes or a dentist.
I'm very conservative and boring in a lot of ways.
- Augusten Burroughs

I love to both give and receive very old books.
- Augusten Burroughs

Once I decided to write, to be published,
I knew it would happen.
- Augusten Burroughs

 

With my own memoirs, they are truthful,
and I write everything fully expecting to some day
end up televised on Court TV,
and I'm fully prepared to be challenged legally on it.
- Augusten Burroughs

I like, though, that people have a hunger to connect with other people.
They're desperate to know that you're not lying to them or misleading them.
- Augusten Burroughs

As a writer, you can't allow yourself the luxury of
being discouraged and giving up when you are rejected,
either by agents or publishers.
You absolutely must plow forward.
- Augusten Burroughs

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And I tend to listen to NPR when I'm not writing.
- Augusten Burroughs

There's never a false note in a Berg novel.
- Augusten Burroughs

I think writers tend to be experience junkies,
and I think they also tend to want to be on the outside looking in.
- Augusten Burroughs

Because I've lived in one room my entire life,
working at the same table that you use to pay bills at and eat at.
It's going to be nice to have actual space.
- Augusten Burroughs

Before I'm a writer, I'm definitely a reader and when I read memoir,
I really want it to be true.
- Augusten Burroughs

I never listen to music when I write.
- Augusten Burroughs

But I can also write in crappy motel rooms,
while standing in line, or sitting in the dentist's chair.
- Augusten Burroughs

As a child, I was never drawn toward depraved or extreme situations;
I really wanted a normal little childhood.
Unfortunately, that's just not what happened.
- Augusten Burroughs

My only ritual is to just sit down and write,
write every day.
- Augusten Burroughs

But my favorite band is Curbside Life,
out of Chicago.
- Augusten Burroughs

I really look at my childhood as being one giant rusty
tuna can that I continue to recycle in many different shapes.
- Augusten Burroughs

Marriage is overdone.
As long as there are people, people are going to find it interesting.
- Augusten Burroughs

Reading takes solitude and it takes focus.
- Augusten Burroughs

I was in advertising for years.
That was cushy, you know? It's pretty cushy in a lot of ways,
but I hated it.
- Augusten Burroughs

I can't tell you how much I love Target and Costco,
that kind of culture, because it's something I never felt a part of.
I've always felt like a tourist because I have never fit in anywhere.
- Augusten Burroughs

The secret to being a writer is that you have to write.
It's not enough to think about writing or to study
literature or plan a future life as an author.
You really have to lock yourself away,
alone, and get to work.
- Augusten Burroughs

I'm always prepared for the worst.
I was prepared to have the book come out,
sell seven copies, and have to keep working in advertising,
so it was just great that it was received so well and by such a huge audience.
- Augusten Burroughs

My parents had this relationship that was really terrifying.
I mean, the level of hatred that they had,
and the level of physical abuse - my mother would beat up my father,
basically - and I think I was drawn to images on television
that were bright and reflective.
- Augusten Burroughs

I think people tend to see the bigger point,
which is maybe not fitting in and feeling like you
didn't have the childhood that you expected you would have,
or that you felt lonely or struggled with drugs and
alcohol or just that you were able to achieve your dreams.
- Augusten Burroughs

When people meet me, many times they're very surprised
because they expect someone who is kind of wacky with
seven piercings and very hip and cool and New York City,
and I'm not.
- Augusten Burroughs

I was on the cover of a lot of newspapers.
I was on the cover of USA Today for every single day for a month.
I was on the masthead, so I tend to get recognized a lot,
and in weird places.
It's always flattering, and it's always odd.
It's always at the worst possible time.
- Augusten Burroughs

I knew that if I wrote a new book every six months or every year,
if I continued to read great books, eventually I would
write something worthy of publication.
I understood I might be in my forties or my fifties or even my sixties,
but I felt confident that it would happen.
- Augusten Burroughs

Just when the caterpillar thought
the world was over, it became a butterfly.
- Anonymous

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow

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

Everything is a miracle,
not just the beautiful and lovely things.
- Anonymous

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

I love you just the way you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know the power and the peace of saying,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is NOT "Supposed to be Fair."
Know that there is no single way that life is "supposed" to be.
Demanding that life meet our expectations
is a sure fire recipe for a miserable existence.
Life is a game with no rules.
Life just happens to us regardless of our best intentions.
Our only path to happiness lies in being open
to receiving whatever life throws at us -
with Gratitude. Have NO Expectations of life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Is today a day to gather strength from the storm -
a day to to learn life lessons for the next battle?
Or is today a day to sit by the fire
and watch the storm rage outside?
Either way, the storm is just life.
Give thanks for all of Life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing,
of just going along,
listening to all the things you can't hear,
and not bothering.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

I have just three things to teach:
simplicity, patience, compassion.
These three are your greatest treasures.
- Lao Tzu

Hold on... Joyfully.
Holding-on does not have to be
a desperate teeth-gritting kind of holding-on.
Holding-on can be a joyful
"this is just the nature of Life,
so I may as well enjoy it"
kind of holding-on.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Intense love does not measure, it just gives.
- Mother Teresa

If you want to feel rich,
just count all of the things you have that money can't buy.
- Anonymous

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
- Dave Barry

Don't bother just to be better than
your contemporaries or predecessors.
Try to be better than yourself.
- William Faulkner

You don't need a reason to be happy,
just a choice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Just start dancing and the band will find you.
- Tama Kieves

For a happy marriage,
love and accept your spouse just the way they are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Just another cold, misty morning inviting,
"want to go again?"
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Do not quit!
Hundreds of times I have watched people throw in the
towel at the one-yard line while someone else comes
along and makes a fortune by just going that extra yard.
- E. Joseph Cossman

It is darkest just before the dawn.
- Proverb

Our greatest weakness lies in giving up.
The most certain way to succeed
is always to try just one more time.
- Thomas A. Edison

To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau

Leaders aren't born they are made.
And they are made just like anything else, through hard work.
And that's the price we'll have to pay
to achieve that goal, or any goal.
- Vince Lombardi

Never give up, for that
is just the place and time
that the tide will turn.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe

A closed mind is like a closed book;
just a block of wood.
- Chinese proverb

We ourselves feel that what we are doing
is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less
because of that missing drop.
- Mother Teresa

Just smiling goes a long way toward
making you feel better about life.
And when you feel better about life, your life is better.
- Art Linkletter

Innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding
and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

With every rising of the sun
Think of your life as just begun.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River of Life just flows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One can flow harmoniously with the River -
or one can struggle fearfully against the River -
and the River just flows.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

And just dance a little.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
- Marianne Williamson


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