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I started writing seriously when I was 18,
by Sue Grafton

I started writing seriously when I was 18,
wrote my first novel when I was 22, and I've never stopped writing since.
- Sue Grafton

Of the first seven novels I wrote, numbers four and five were published.
Numbers one, two, three, six, and seven,
have never seen the light of day...
and rightly so.
- Sue Grafton

Kinsey was never a lawyer.
She's strictly blue collar.
- Sue Grafton

The truth is, I could no more dictate her nature than she could dictate mine.
Kinsey's happy as she is and she doesn't need to be rescued,
improved, or saved.
- Sue Grafton

 

My primary lesson, however, was that I'm a solo writer,
happiest when I'm making all the executive decisions.
I've always been willing to rise or fall on my own merits.
- Sue Grafton

I was an English major in college with minors in Fine Arts and Humanities.
- Sue Grafton

Henry is entirely invented though by now I feel he's
as real as anyone I know.
- Sue Grafton

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We all need to look into the dark side of our nature -
that's where the energy is,
the passion.
People are afraid of that because it holds pieces of us we're busy denying.
- Sue Grafton

I spent the first twenty years of my writing career
preparing for the mystery genre,
which is my favorite literary form.
- Sue Grafton

Ideas are easy.
It's the execution of ideas that really separates the sheep from the goats.
- Sue Grafton

Books are like movies of the mind and it's better to
leave Kinsey where she is.
- Sue Grafton

I focus on the writing and let the rest of the process take care of itself.
I've learned to trust my own instincts and I've also learned to take risks.
- Sue Grafton

After my years in Hollywood, I got tired of apologizing
for work that really wasn't mine to begin with.
- Sue Grafton

Having reached the halfway mark in the alphabet,
my prime focus is on writing each new book as well as I can.
- Sue Grafton

The character of Rosie is based on a woman who used
to live in the same apartment building I lived in many years ago.
She's taken on a life of her own, of course.
- Sue Grafton

I don't want to write formula.
I don't want to crank these books out like sausages.
Every book is different, which takes a hell of a lot of ingenuity on my part.
- Sue Grafton

If high heels were so wonderful, men would be wearing them.
- Sue Grafton

At that point, I sat down and made an alphabetical
list of all the crime related words I could think of.
So here I am now, nearly half-way through,
probably tied up until the year 2015 or SO.
- Sue Grafton

I attended the University of Louisville my freshman year,
transferred to what was then Western Kentucky State
Teachers College for my sophomore and junior years,
and then graduated from the University of Louisville in the summer of 1961.
- Sue Grafton

I'm not sure Kinsey has changed in these first twelve books.
I think the reader learns more about her,
but from Kinsey's perspective, only three years have
passed while the rest of us have been getting older at a much faster clip.
- Sue Grafton

I've never written about my husband,
Steve,
or any of my children because I know them all too well.
I see them in all their complexities which makes them
impossible to render on the printed page.
- Sue Grafton

If you have no confidence in self,
you are twice defeated in the race of life.
With confidence, you have won even before you have started.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all of our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time
- T. S. Eliot

An individual has not started living
until he can rise above the narrow confines
of his individualistic concerns
to the broader concerns of all humanity.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
The secret of getting started is
breaking your complex overwhelming tasks
into small manageable tasks,
and starting on the first one.
- Mark Twain

What are you committed to?
Have you started, or are you still thinking about it -
and making excuses?
Do you work toward your goal each day?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There is a secret wisdom-of-the-ages
that holds the key to breaking our
cycle of self-imposed suffering.
The secret wisdom is, "Life is not supposed to be fair."
This is not sad news. This is GLORIOUS news!
Life is not broken. Nothing is wrong.
God has not failed, died, or gone on vacation.
The world is working perfectly. We just misunderstood.
Somewhere along the way, someone got the idea that
life was "supposed" to be "fair,"
and all the trouble started -
expectation, disappointment, resentment, anger -
a whole cycle of suffering that began
with the belief that life is "supposed" to be "fair."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I started on an Apple II, which I had bought at the
very end of 1978 for half of my annual income.
I made $4,500 a year, and I spent half of it on the computer.
- Bill Budge

I started dieting.
I dieted, dieted, dieted and tried all the diets and
I would lose and then I would go back to normal eating
and would put it on and then some.
- Suzanne Somers

I'm not a real movie star.
I've still got the same wife I started out with twenty-eight years ago.
- Will Rogers

The greatest pleasure when I started making money was
not buying cars or yachts but finding myself able to
have as many freshly typed drafts as possible.
- Gore Vidal

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty.
She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the hell she is.
- Ellen DeGeneres

We should not judge people by their peak of excellence;
but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I have been dairy free for several years,
and I started because I felt it was going to reduce my allergies,
which it did, and help me lose weight,
which it did.
- Fran Drescher

The Bible looks like it started out as a game of Mad Libs.
- Bill Maher

The Sweetest Strawberry:
A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger.
He fled, the tiger after him.
Coming to a precipice,
he caught hold of the root of a wild vine
and swung himself over the edge.
The tiger sniffed at him from above.
Trembling, the man looked down to where,
far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him.
Only the vine sustained him.
Two mice, one white and one black,
little by little started to gnaw away the vine.
The man then saw a luscious strawberry near him.
Grasping the vine with one hand,
he plucked the strawberry with the other.
How sweet it tasted.
- Zen Koan

It all started when my dog began getting free roll over minutes.
- Jay London

As I have discovered by examining my past,
I started out as a child.
Coincidentally, so did my brother.
My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket,
so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell,
who taught me what was meant by "survival of the fittest."
- Bill Cosby

I started playing ball when I was a kid.
My dad was a pro ball player and he passed on his knowledge to me.
- Kurt Russell

I started studying what the nature of a monument is
and what a monument should be.
And for the World War III memorial I designed a futile,
almost terrifying passage that ends nowhere.
- Maya Lin

My playing started to develop through the Miles Davis
stuff I was listening to.
- Robert Quine

Basically, I started singing when I started talking.
Music has just been my saving grace my whole life.
- Mariah Carey

I started realizing that I wasn't so dumb;
rather,
most people simply didn't know the answers to the questions
that I was interested in-or they didn't care.
- Dean Kamen

Doing the show was like painting the George Washington Bridge.
As soon as you finished one end, you started right in on the other.
- Jack Paar

Europe started out with six countries;
three small countries and three large countries.
- Jean-Pierre Raffarin

I didn't really feel 100 percent comfortable until
we started working on the 2004 election.
- Rob Corddry

I started in New Orleans music and played all through the history of jazz.
- Steve Lacy

While I was in high school, I started working professionally and got an agent.
- Charlene Tilton

And when I started college, I think I was good at two things:
arguing and asking questions.
- Karen Hughes

Once I started dancing, I was not the spoiled brat
or the rebellious child that I was as a child.
- Suzanne Farrell

I started out in summer stock, and that's really what I prefer.
- Andrea Martin

So, after school, I needed to learn a trade and started to work as a tailor.
- Desmond Dekker

I think up until the point when we started in the business,
which was in the early '70s, most of the humor was political.
The smart humor was political satire.
- David Zucker

So whatever I might have started to learn at that age
was all undone by the next director and next crew in the next cheap picture,
because I was allowed to get away with murder.
- Jackie Cooper

My mom started smoking when she was 11.
She went to the hill next door to try her first cigarette.
She set the entire hill on fire, but it didn't deter her.
- Loni Anderson

I'd never seen any television before I started.
- Nigel Kneale

All this flying around got on my nerves.
But then I gave the script to Cathy to get her opinion.
When she started to laugh, it was like 'That's it!'.
I went to LA and I got the part.
- Ed O'Neill

I could finally quit my job as a bartender and stop
dreaming that I might be Superman and know that I was.
Then I started thinking about how cool it was.
- Brandon Routh

I am really not interested in the cinema.
I loathed it when I started six years ago,
and I don't enjoy it even now.
- Brigitte Bardot

When I started out back in Louisville,
there was Harry Collins.
He was my first teacher.
He saw that I was so obsessed with magic that he taught me the love of magic.
- Lance Burton

We started with that, basically to help kids,
and then we created a pole vault school,
which is part of the club and exists to this day.
The club and school exist.
- Sergei Bubka

I think that the old Mothers started that trend of rehearsing long hours.
We went as long as the later bands did except we didn't
get paid for it like they did.
- Jimmy Carl Black

I started out with comedy in college,
but had my major in Recreation Administration -
which meant I wasn't going to get a real job -
so I started doing a little standup.
- Carlos Alazraqui

Before I started doing the film and when I found out
I was going to be doing it,
I just decided to pump up on the whole cardio stuff.
Just in terms of stamina.
- Parminder Nagra

Good actors I've worked with all started out making faces in a mirror,
and you keep making faces all your life.
- Bette Davis

I started acting when I was 10, doing musical theater.
I was a brunette at that time.
I was always cast in all the exotic parts.
- Loni Anderson

I started using film as part of live theatre performance -
what used to be called performance art -
and I became intrigued by film.
- Mike Figgis

I started out wanting to coach football.
- Lee Majors

I had started my love affair with Wimbledon.
- John Newcombe

Of course, I started really being a comics fan with
the underground stuff in the '70s.
- Glenn Danzig


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