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I started writing when I was about thirteen. ...
by Al Purdy

I started writing when I was about thirteen.
- Al Purdy

I was desperately unhappy trying to adjust to the world.
- Al Purdy

Things were so bad we ate rabbits that neighbours had
run over and gave to us because they knew we were broke.
- Al Purdy

At a certain age you're always uncertain how other people will take you.
- Al Purdy

 

In my own mind, I was sort of a desperate kid.
- Al Purdy

I'm not religious in any formal sense,
not in any God sense.
- Al Purdy

'A collected poems' is either a gravestone or a testimonial to survival.
- Al Purdy

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I don't think I do have a soul.
- Al Purdy

For me, the vast marvel is to be alive.
For man, or for flowers or beast or bird,
the supreme triumph is to be most vividly and perfectly alive.
- Al Purdy

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I started to write a new editor not too long ago and
had it about half done after two days.
- Bill Joy

But in 2000, the injuries really started to kick in
and my elbow gave a lot of problems.
At the end of the year I had to take 20 months off
before I could come back into the game.
- Richard Krajicek

Somehow I kept my head above water.
I relied on the discipline, character,
and strength that I had started to develop as that
little girl in her first swimming pool.
- Esther Williams

I started crying, because there's nothing like hearing
that the artist who originally did the song likes your version.
- Kelly Rowland

The way I outline has changed quite a bit from when I first started writing.
- George Stephen

For my second record I had gotten ProTools (program)
and started to familiar myself with hard disc recording.
- Duncan Sheik

I'm a writer.
Now I've started to be on television.
I have a big mouth.
And I have good TV teeth, they say.
- Steven Cojocaru

The photograph, the clothes, the sets -
this was about 1974,
and I started hanging out with my friend Richard Sold,
who was playing in a band with Patti Smith.
- Stephen Sprouse

This was a mutual relationship, mutual on all levels,
right from the way it started and all the way through.
I don't accept that he had to completely desecrate my character.
- Monica Lewinsky

Only the man who does not need it, is fit to inherit wealth,
the man who would make his fortune no matter where he started.
- Ayn Rand

I remember when I first started in the business,
I lost a lot of friends.
Some were jealous, some were annoyed at the fact that I was an actress.
- Amber Tamblyn

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
- Agatha Christie

Wherever I went, crowds appeared again,
and I started making solo albums for the first time in my career.
- Howard Keel

It started 25 years ago, when I was teaching elementary
school in a small town in Missouri.
- Dan Simmons

When the first computers started to come in,
we tried to digitalize the seismological equipment.
- Frank Press

The person who does not know how to live while they
are making a living is a poorer person after their
wealth is won than when they started.
- J. G. Holland

Nearly every glamorous, wealthy, successful career
woman you might envy now started out as some kind of schlep.
- Helen Gurley Brown

I think when the bottom started to drop out,
we didn't recognize it.
- Wellington Mara

When I started I'd fly across the country to do a gig for a hundred bucks.
- David Spade

I started on the downers which were a hell of a lot
better than the uppers because I was a nervous wreck.
- Corey Haim

My own personal connection with God was not in a religious sense,
so I wasn't really thinking in that way when I got
the role and when I started doing it.
- Amber Tamblyn

Now record companies are run by lawyers and accountants.
The shift from the one to the other was definitely
related to when the takes started to get big.
- David Crosby

I started to work with cotton fabrics.
I used cotton because it's easy to work with,
to wash, to take care of, to wear if it's warm or cold.
It's great.
That was the start.
- Issey Miyake

I started training for musicals since I was a boy.
- David Hasselhoff

I started working and publishing in price theory by 1938.
- George Stigler

I was grateful for the opportunity to make a difference.
The political violence really started in 1970-1971.
The political difficulties start a little bit beyond that.
- John Hume

When we started, a lot of bands sounded really different from one another.
- David Byrne

For a long time I wanted to be a comic strip artist
but when I started doing them in my teens they were
getting really elaborate with tons of poses and a lot of information.
- Craig McCracken

Minimalism wasn't a real idea - it ended before it started.
- Sol LeWitt

When we started, we knew the show was going to be hit or miss,
and we needed to find a core audience to really make us survive.
And I think we've been able to do that.
- Jensen Ackles

Those who were cowards never started,
and those who were weak were lost on the way,
but the brave find a home in every land.
- Walter Knott

During my work there I came across some very significant
issues that I started reporting in December of 2001
to the mid-level management within the FBI.
- Sibel Edmonds

When I started out, all I did was play my trombone.
- Ray Conniff

In 1979, Alien came out and Sigourney was in it with a bunch a guys.
Nobody at that time expected the woman to be the hero,
so that was a tradition that started.
- Sanaa Lathan

I started out as an opportunistic renegade.
By now, I've lasted long enough to become sort of an
American Original Respectable Renegade.
- Wolfman Jack

Motivation is what gets you started.
Habit is what keeps you going.
- Jim Ryun

When I started out, I didn't have any desire to be
an actress or to learn how to act.
I just wanted to be famous.
- Katharine Hepburn

When the line started to blur between the fans and the players,
sometimes things can get ugly.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

I still think the best metal bands have a blues feel.
The first Black Sabbath album is kind of a bludgeoning of blues.
Deep Purple also started out as a blues band.
- Greg Ginn

When I started doing my work years ago,
I had doubts as to whether the informed-consent question was answerable.
- Jock Sturges

I started being really proud of the fact that I was
gay even though I wasn't.
- Kurt Cobain

Then l learned to play guitar and l started writing
songs and my mother formed for me a publishing business,
so we started publishing and managing artists.
- Tommy Rettig

I got started dancing because I knew it was one way to meet girls.
- Gene Kelly


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