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I think that instinct, that storytelling instinct,
by Armistead Maupin

I think that instinct, that storytelling instinct,
rescued me most of my life.
- Armistead Maupin

I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when
I could have been out there loving someone.
Don't make that mistake yourself.
Life's too damn short.
- Armistead Maupin

But it's amazing how many people think that gay men
should slink off into the shadows when it comes to
having friendships with children.
- Armistead Maupin

I'm the age now that Rock was when he picked me up,
so I can understand how he felt - how his fame limited his freedom.
You get kinder as you go along.
- Armistead Maupin

 

I've always drawn on bits and pieces of my own life.
- Armistead Maupin

But I will say that the drugs are much more ferocious then they used to be.
There are people wrecking their lives with addiction,
which seems much more severe.
- Armistead Maupin

I've always believed you can get closer to the truth
by pretending not to speak it.
- Armistead Maupin

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I tend to prefer the shelter of fiction.
- Armistead Maupin

I haven't lost faith in human nature and I haven't
decided to be less compassionate to strangers.
- Armistead Maupin

Like I've always said, love wouldn't be blind if the
braille weren't so damned much fun.
- Armistead Maupin

Being in love is the only transcendent experience.
- Armistead Maupin

I consider myself much better adjusted than Gabriel.
- Armistead Maupin

When I get back from this book tour,
I'm planning to learn the internet.
Maybe I can hook up in cyberspace.
- Armistead Maupin

Well, maybe it has to do with the fact that I was a
complete Hitchcock fanatic from age 9.
- Armistead Maupin

For the most part, I have a very manageable celebrity.
People recognize me from time to time,
and they usually say very appreciative things.
It affords me a great deal of pleasure.
- Armistead Maupin

I believe very firmly that gay people of every stripe
and age should be role models for all children,
and that means interacting with them.
- Armistead Maupin

Too much of a good thing is wonderful.
- Armistead Maupin

I've included these little jokes and mysteries in my
writing for the amusement of readers.
- Armistead Maupin

The world changes in direct proportion to the number
of people willing to be honest about their lives.
- Armistead Maupin

The film itself involves a New York City radio storyteller,
Gabriel Noone, who strikes up a friendship with one of his fans,
an abused 14-year-old teenager who is suffering from AIDS,
who does not have much longer to live.
- Armistead Maupin

My only regret about being gay is that I repressed it for so long.
I surrendered my youth to the people I feared when
I could have been out there loving someone.
Don't make that mistake yourself.
Life's too damn short.
- Armistead Maupin

It may interest you to know that my breakup with Terry
and this mystery did not happen concurrently in real life.
That is a writer's device, which places Gabriel under
even greater pressure when the mystery begins to reveal itself.
- Armistead Maupin

I know that when Terry and I were together,
10 years ago, he did not appreciate it when people
would ask him what it is like being partnered with a celebrity.
Precisely because it suggested that he had no value.
- Armistead Maupin

I have always distrusted memoir.
I tend to write my memoirs through my fiction.
It's easier to get to the truth by not claiming that you are speaking it.
Some things can be said in fiction that can never be said in memoir.
- Armistead Maupin

But I'm acutely aware that the possibility of fraud
is even more prevalent in today's world because of
the Internet and cell phones and the opportunity for
instant communication with strangers.
- Armistead Maupin

I can't imagine a more fulfilling thing for a writer
than that you've made a strong impact on the lives of other people.
Just because I've heard it before does not mean I don't
want to hear it one more time.
- Armistead Maupin

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

People should think things out fresh
and not just accept conventional terms
and the conventional way of doing things.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are,
or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy.
It is what you think about.
- Dale Carnegie

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

I don't think of all the misery
but of the beauty that still remains.
- Anne Frank

Tolerance is the first principle of community;
it is the spirit which conserves
the best that all men think.
- Helen Keller

The eyes are not responsible when the mind does the seeing.
- Publilius Syrus

We should not pretend to understand the world
only by the intellect.
The judgment of the intellect
is only part of the truth.
- Carl Jung

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

The greatest harm can result from the best intentions.
- Terry Goodkind

The most incomprehensible thing about the world
is that it is comprehensible.
- Albert Einstein

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

The most important things in life
are seldom the most obvious.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The most important thing about Spaceship Earth -
an instruction book didn't come with it.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

People hardly ever make use of the freedom which they have,
for example, freedom of thought;
instead they demand freedom of speech as a compensation.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The simplest questions are the most profound.
Where were you born?
Where is your home?
Where are you going?
What are you doing?
Think about these once in a while
and watch your answers change.
- Richard Bach

The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie,
deliberate, contrived and dishonest,
but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
- John F. Kennedy

If a problem cannot be solved, enlarge it.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

The problem with making assumptions
is that we believe they are the truth
- don Miguel Ruiz

If a million people say a foolish thing,
it is still a foolish thing.
- Anatole France

When you keep getting the wrong answers,
try asking better questions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Excellence is the result of
caring more than others think wise,
risking more than other's think safe,
dreaming more than others think practical,
and expecting more than others think possible.
- Anonymous

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
- Socrates

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

You become what you think about.
- Earl Nightingale

By not caring too much about what people think,
I'm able to think for myself
and propagate ideas which are very often unpopular.
And I succeed.
- Albert Ellis

The presence of those seeking the truth
is infinitely to be preferred
to the presence of those who think they've found it.
- Terry Pratchett

Know that life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

WHY do you care what THEY think?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you think you're out of time,
smile, and turn back the clock.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not think that love,
in order to be genuine,
has to be extraordinary.
What we need is to love without getting tired.
- Mother Teresa

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The main purpose of life is to live rightly, think rightly, act rightly.
The soul must languish when we give all our thought to the body.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

When you are reluctant to change,
think of the beauty of autumn.
- V. B. Brown

What we think, we become.
- The Buddha

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

We are shaped by our thoughts;
we become what we think.
When the mind is pure, joy follows
like a shadow that never leaves.
- The Buddha

You can choose to be peaceful right here and now ...
it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky


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