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I have relaxed into my persona as an author,
by David Guterson

I have relaxed into my persona as an author,
although I used to fight that.
- David Guterson

When I went to college I took a creative writing class
and decided in a week to be a writer.
- David Guterson

Fiction is socially meaningful.
- David Guterson

What sustains me is to be with my family and to write.
- David Guterson

 

It doesn't matter who you are, how many awards you've won,
how popular you are, or how much critical acclaim you've had.
- David Guterson

I grew up in Seattle, but I always knew I wanted to leave.
- David Guterson

I think of myself as a really happy person.
- David Guterson

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Even though I may not intend it when I set out to write the book,
these places just emerge as major players in what I'm doing,
almost as if they are insisting on it.
- David Guterson

I was born in Washington State and have lived here for 42 plus years.
- David Guterson

I'm interested in themes that endure from generation to generation.
- David Guterson

My book is traditional.
It runs counter to the post-modern spirit.
- David Guterson

I'm not an urban person.
- David Guterson

Cities produce in me melancholy or a tension I don't need.
- David Guterson

At one level you're condemned to the voice you have.
But within those confines, you have a certain amount
of freedom to range among your possible voices.
- David Guterson

I think you have an obligation to share what you know as a writer.
- David Guterson

It's a brooding melancholy that haunts me.
- David Guterson

There's a certain nostalgia and romance in a place you left.
- David Guterson

Hemingway said the only way to write about a place is to leave it.
- David Guterson

Post-modernism is dead because it didn't address human needs.
- David Guterson

I became paralyzed as an artist with writer's block.
- David Guterson

My father is a practicing criminal law attorney in the Seattle area.
- David Guterson

When it comes time to sit down and write the next book,
you're deathly afraid that you're not up to the task.
That was certainly the case with me after Snow Falling on Cedars.
- David Guterson

What some people interpret as brooding melancholy is serenity.
I don't feel required to grasp all the time.
- David Guterson

I was aware that there is an expectation that writers
inevitably falter at this stage,
that they fail to live up to the promise of their first successful book,
that the next book never pleases the way the prior one did.
It simply increased my sense of being challenged.
- David Guterson

The real question is: How do you react? What do you
do next? Evade responsibilities? Bury yourself in work?
What do you do? All three of my novels take up that question,
although none gives an answer.
- David Guterson

I was totally absorbed in the real world,
the politics, the history, the news,
and I just couldn't find my way into the fictional world...
When I finally could return to writing the novel,
it was in fits and starts.
- David Guterson

I write because something inner and unconscious forces me to.
That is the first compulsion.
The second is one of ethical and moral duty.
I feel responsible to tell stories that inspire readers
to consider more deeply who they are.
- David Guterson

Everybody has a world, and that world is completely
hidden until we begin to inquire.
As soon as we do, that entire world opens to us and yields itself.
And you see how full and complex it is.
- David Guterson

I often heard about his cases and I often sat in on his trials.
In the late 1960s when I was growing up I wanted to
be a crusader like him but I didn't want to wear a suit and commute.
- David Guterson

Don Quixote is one that comes to mind in comparison to mine,
in that they both involve journeys undertaken by older men.
That is unusual, because generally the hero of a journey story is very young.
- David Guterson

I have traveled the entire state and spent a lot of time out of doors.
So I have known the landscape of the Columbia Basin for quite a while,
and I have had this strong feeling about it for many years.
- David Guterson

Writing became an obsessive compulsive habit but I
had almost no money so I thought about being an urban
firefighter and having lots of free time in which to
write or becoming an English teacher and thinking about
books and writers on a daily basis.
That swayed me.
- David Guterson

Time made me change.
I gradually woke up to the realization that this is who I am,
an author, a public figure, and I couldn't just hide in my study,
tapping away at the keyboard and pretend that I didn't
have a role to play beyond stringing words together.
- David Guterson

Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself -
your relaxed, happy, and fully-present self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To achieve success, stay relaxed - not stressed.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Lighten up! Slow down the shopping.
Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself -
your relaxed, happy, and fully-present self.
Consider gifting hand-made cards with messages
of true appreciation in place of store-bought presents.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do the small things of life with a relaxed awareness.
When you are eating, eat totally -
chew totally, taste totally, smell totally.
Touch your bread, feel the texture.
Smell the bread, smell the flavor.
Chew it, let it dissolve into your being.
- Osho

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

Swimming is normal for me.
I'm relaxed.
I'm comfortable, and I know my surroundings.
It's my home.
- Michael Phelps

When I'm home, I'm relaxed.
- Marion Jones

It's so important to look relaxed.
- Loretta Young

There is a fine line between assertiveness and being relaxed.
- Justin Guarini

Experience has taught me how important it is to just keep going,
focusing on running fast and relaxed.
Eventually it passes and the flow returns.
It's part of racing.
- Frank Shorter

The older I get, the more relaxed I am.
- Claire Forlani

I think I'd have done better if I had been a little
more relaxed-if I had not pressed quite so hard,
if I'd not lost quite so much sleep.
- Charles Kuralt

I'm more relaxed about life now that I'm older.
I like it-despite the wrinkles.
It's what I feel inside that's precious.
- Melanie Griffith

There's no hope of me becoming completely relaxed on stage.
If I did, I'd sit down and doze off.
- Robert Smith

To me I've just really, really found a relaxed,
peaceful side of my life and I'm enjoying it.
- Greg Norman

The greatest thing about where my life is right now
is it's very relaxed and chill.
I'm just hanging out, being myself and doing my work.
- Lucas Grabeel

Over the years I attempted to make my style a bit more
relaxed 'cause the initial style you couldn't watch
for more than ten minutes without wanting to kill me.
- Jo Brand

We've become much more casual and much more relaxed in social interactions,
where there was a formality and maybe a kind of respect
at that time that doesn't exist now.
- Radha Mitchell

The squeeze machine is not going to cure anybody,
but it may help them relax; and a relaxed person will
usually have better behavior.
- Temple Grandin

I mean I can do it when I'm very relaxed,
and with good friends, then I think I can be amusing.
- Rowan Atkinson

I mean, all alternative comedy is are comedians that
have being doing it for so long,
for so long, that they were relaxed enough to start
becoming personal on stage.
- Patton Oswalt

Prince Charles is very relaxed at the table,
throwing his salad around willy-nilly.
I didn't find him stiff at all.
- Madonna Ciccone

The more relaxed you can get, the better you'll do.
- Isaac Mizrahi

I'm relaxed about my career.
I've been making movies for over 20 years,
so I've earned at least the right to relax.
- Eddie Murphy

I'd distract myself until finally it was a combination of things.
The show was over and I had time on my hands.
I had taken time and played and just relaxed.
- Paul Reiser

When law becomes despotic, morals are relaxed,
and vice versa.
- Honore de Balzac

Although I was entirely relaxed on camera,
if I had to stand up and say something to an assembled group of people,
I was rendered all but inarticulate.
- Jessica Savitch

The pursuit of peace and progress cannot end in a few
years in either victory or defeat.
The pursuit of peace and progress, with its trials and its errors,
its successes and its setbacks, can never be relaxed and never abandoned.
- Dag Hammarskjold

We came around the corner, I kissed her and after I kissed her she relaxed.
And then I grabbed her and kissed her again and she was shocked!
And that was what we wanted.
- Rod Steiger

I have time to breathe, time to be myself more often,
I am a lot more relaxed and less guarded.
- Cathy Freeman

I went to Zimbabwe.
I know how white people feel in America now;
relaxed!
Cause when I heard the police car I knew they weren't coming after me!
- Richard Pryor

I like a girl to look relaxed.
Tight jeans and rock t-shirts are cute!
- Devon Werkheiser

I'm more relaxed when I can hear the beat clearly all the time I'm singing.
- Jimmy Rushing

We are all encouraged that Bush appears,
really for the first time in his experience on the
stage of presidential politics,
relaxed.
His comfort is our comfort.
- John Dean

I've been on sets where things weren't relaxed because
someone was creating tension for no reason.
- Kevin Spacey

Everything you need to get that relaxed driving that
brings consistency only comes with practice.
- John Surtees

So, my style has hopefully changed over the years and it is more relaxed,
and I do tend to smile and have more than one expression these days hopefully -
which I didn't at the beginning.
- Jo Brand

This is such a special summer holiday for me.
I haven't known myself so relaxed in years.
- Kylie Minogue


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