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So I'm not a Southern writer in the commonly held sense of the term,
by Donna Tartt

So I'm not a Southern writer in the commonly held sense of the term,
like Faulkner or Eudora Welty, who took the South for
their entire literary environment and subject matter.
- Donna Tartt

It's hard for me to show work while I'm writing,
because other people's comments will influence what happens.
- Donna Tartt

I think innocence is something that adults project
upon children that's not really there.
- Donna Tartt

Character, to me, is the life's blood of fiction.
- Donna Tartt

 

I'm not sure whay I've been drawn to this subject,
except that murder is a subject that has always drawn
people for as long as people have been telling stories.
- Donna Tartt

I really do work in solitude.
- Donna Tartt

I believe, in a funny way, the job of the novelist
is to be out there on the fringes and speaking for
an experience that has not really been spoken for.
- Donna Tartt

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There's an expectation these days that novels -
like any other consumer product -
should be made on a production line,
with one dropping from the conveyor belt every couple of years.
- Donna Tartt

The storytelling gift is innate: one has it or one doesn't.
But style is at least partly a learned thing:
one refines it by looking and listening and reading and practice -
by work.
- Donna Tartt

Sometimes you can do all the right things and not succeed.
And that's a hard lesson of reality.
- Donna Tartt

Children - if you think back really what it was like
to be a child and what it was like to know other children -
children lie all the time.
- Donna Tartt

Everything takes me longer than I expect.
It's the sad truth about life.
- Donna Tartt

Children love secret club houses.
They love secrecy even when there's no need for secrecy.
- Donna Tartt

The job of the novelist is to invent:
to embroider,
to color, to embellish, to make things up.
- Donna Tartt

But it's for every writer to decide his own pace,
and the pace varies with the writer and the work.
- Donna Tartt

Taking on challenging projects is the way that one
grows and extends one's range as a writer,
one's technical command, so I consider the time well-spent.
- Donna Tartt

I'd rather write one good book than ten mediocre ones.
- Donna Tartt

Well, I do have some maiden aunts that are not quite
like the aunts in the book,
but I definitely do have a couple of them,
and a couple of old aunties.
- Donna Tartt

I just finished writing an essay about William Maxwell,
an American writer whose work I admire very much.
- Donna Tartt

When I'm writing, I am concentrating almost wholly on concrete detail:
the color a room is painted,
the way a drop of water rolls off a wet leaf after a rain.
- Donna Tartt

The books I loved in childhood - the first loves -
I've read so often that I've internalized them in some really essential way:
they are more inside me now than out.
- Donna Tartt

You are - all your experience just kind of accumulates,
and the novel takes a richness of its own simply because
it has the weight of all those years that one's put into it.
- Donna Tartt

My novels aren't really generated by a single conceptual spark;
it's more a process of many different elements that
come together unexpectedly over a long period of time.
- Donna Tartt

I think it's hard to write about children and to have an idea of innocence.
- Donna Tartt

Storytelling and elegant style don't always go hand in hand.
- Donna Tartt

Actually, I enjoy the process of writing a big long novel.
- Donna Tartt

But romantic vision can also lead one away from certain very hard,
ugly truths about life that are important to know.
- Donna Tartt

I've written only two novels, but they're both long ones,
and they each took a decade to write.
- Donna Tartt

Children have very sharp powers of observation -
probably sharper than adults -
yet at the same time their emotional reactions are
murky and much more primitive.
- Donna Tartt

On the other hand, I mean, that is what writers have
always been supposed to do,
was to rely on their own devices and to -
I mean,
writing is a lonely business.
- Donna Tartt

Well, I think storytellers have always found murder a fascinating device.
- Donna Tartt

I love the tradition of Dickens, where even the most
minor walk-on characters are twitching and particular and alive.
- Donna Tartt

To really be centered and to really work well and to
think about the kinds of things that I need to think about,
I need to spend large amounts of time alone.
- Donna Tartt

In order for a long piece of work to engage a novelist
over an extended period of time,
it has to deal with questions that you find very important,
that you're trying to work out.
- Donna Tartt

The novel is about five students of classics who are
studying with a classics professor,
and they take the ideas of the things that they're
learning from him a bit too seriously,
with terrible consequences.
- Donna Tartt

The Little Friend is a long book.
It's also completely different from my first novel:
different landscape,
different characters, different use of language and diction,
different approach to story.
- Donna Tartt

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

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.
- Marianne Williamson

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Love does not claim possession, but gives freedom.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The beauty does not live out there;
the beauty's in my eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Lord, grant that I might not so much
seek to be loved as to love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

I am not afraid of storms
for I am learning how to sail my ship.
- Louisa May Alcott

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

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Everything has beauty,
but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

To know yet to think that one does not know is best;
Not to know yet to think that one knows
will lead to difficulty.
- Lao Tzu

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
- Lao Tzu

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

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

Self-respect is not a function of size, age, or wealth.
Breathe deep, sing loud and sweet,
"I am me, I am unique, I am magnificent."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I do not need anyone's permission to be my true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wise man in the storm prays God,
not for safety from danger,
but for deliverance from fear.
It is the storm within which endangers him,
not the storm without.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not the easy or convenient life
for which I search,
but life lived to the edge
of all that I may be.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

One does not discover new lands without consenting
to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
- Andre Gide

Circumstance does not make the man: it reveals him to himself.
- James Allen

We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children.
- Native American Proverb

Our lives are defined not by the challenges we encounter,
but by how we respond to those challenges.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The key to forgiveness is to forgive from the heart -
not from the mind.
- Sheri Rosenthal

A bird does not sing because it has an answer.
It sings because it has a song.
- Chinese Proverb

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle,
and the life of the candle will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases by being shared.
- The Buddha

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

Do not blame the thistle that you see no beauty.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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