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I read The Old Curiosity Shop before I began Blackwood Farm.
by 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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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 fascinated by almost any mythology that I can get my hands on.
- 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

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

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

I broke with my religion in college.
- 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

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

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

When you make his sandwiches, put a sexy or loving note in his lunch box.
- 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'm definitely more influenced by European writers
than I am by American writers,
there's no doubt about that.
- Anne Rice

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

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

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

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

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

We're frightened of what makes us different.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

The illiterate are not those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

The highest and most beautiful things in life
are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but,
if one will, are to be lived.
- Soren Kierkegaard

We Learn...
10% of what we read,
20% of what we hear,
30% of what we see,
50% of what we see and hear,
70% of what we discuss,
80% of what we experience,
95% of what we teach others.
- William Glasser

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

However many holy words you read, however many you speak,
what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
- The Buddha

I once had a rose named after me
and I was very flattered.
But I was not pleased to read
the description in the catalogue:
no good in a bed, but fine up against a wall.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Each of us is of infinite value,
and each of us has the ability to make
a profound difference in the lives we touch.
We leave our most profoundly positive impact
on those around us by the nature of our lives
and the example we set -
not by how busy we are,
or how important we believe we are.
Setting an example of being loving, relaxed and joyful,
regardless of external circumstances,
is a great legacy for our family and for the world.
Self importance - ego - is not a path to happiness.
Focusing one's whole life on responsibilities,
without taking time for self-renewal and play,
abandons the joy and the true value of life.
I want my tombstone to read, "Inspired others,"
rather than, "Never missed a day at the office."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you read God's Word, you must
constantly be saying to yourself,
"It is talking to me, and about me."
- Soren Kierkegaard

To a philosopher all news,
as it is called, is gossip,
and they who edit and read it
are old women over their tea.
- Henry David Thoreau

I would rather exercise than read a newspaper.
- Kim Alexis

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
- Saint Augustine

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper.
Half never voted for President.
One hopes it is the same half.
- Gore Vidal

The more I read, the more I meditate;
and the more I acquire,
the more certain I am that I know nothing.
- Voltaire

Hubert Humphrey talks so fast that listening to him
is like trying to read Playboy magazine with your wife turning the pages.
- Barry Goldwater

If I read a book that impresses me,
I have to take myself firmly in hand
before I mix with other people;
otherwise they would think my mind rather queer.
- Anne Frank

The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read With loads of
learned lumber in his head.
- Alexander Pope


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