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It wasn't until I was 26 or 25 when I started ...
by Anthony Doerr

It wasn't until I was 26 or 25 when I started sending work out to magazines.
- Anthony Doerr

But then of course you reach a point where you have to say,
I've got to figure out how this book's going to end.
Otherwise, you're going to write yourself into so many dead-ends.
- Anthony Doerr

I do fish.
I think there is a connection between thinking and
fishing mostly because you spend a lot of time up to
your waist in water without a whole lot to keep your mind busy.
- Anthony Doerr

Anyone who has spent a few nights in a tent during a storm can tell you:
The world doesn't care all that much if you live or die.
- Anthony Doerr

 

Travel definitely affects me as a writer.
- Anthony Doerr

You don't say, I'm going to be a writer when I grow up -
at least I didn't.
- Anthony Doerr

I write reviews of science books for the Boston Globe,
so I like to give science books.
- Anthony Doerr

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I never played inside as a kid - even in the rain I'd go out.
- Anthony Doerr

I guess you could say I've been writing all my life.
- Anthony Doerr

I always told my dad I'd play professional football.
- Anthony Doerr

I've been getting into Nick Drake lately,
the folk singer.
Sad, gorgeous stuff.
- Anthony Doerr

I found my first novel difficult.
I don't want to make it sound like it's any more difficult
than driving a cab or going to any other job,
but there are so many opportunities for self-doubt,
that you just kind of need to soldier on.
- Anthony Doerr

I feel like it has gone very fast for me,
but I feel like it wasn't instantaneous,
at all.
I was getting a lot of rejections.
I just got very lucky and it happened quickly for me.
I don't feel like I'm a prodigy or something.
- Anthony Doerr

For me it was perfect, because it wasn't a very competitive environment,
and it was a studio program.
They basically send you off, and say,
bring us some work, and we'll help you improve it.
It really rewarded self-discipline.
- Anthony Doerr

I guess whatever maturity is there may be there because
I've been keeping a journal forever.
In high school my friends would make fun of me -
you're doing your man diary again.
So I was always trying to translate experience into words.
- Anthony Doerr

My sister-in-law is a painter, and I'll say,
how long did it take you to paint that painting.
She'll say, It took me maybe three days,
but it took me all my life to get the skills to paint that painting.
- Anthony Doerr

Short stories are wonderful and extremely challenging,
and the joy of them, because it only takes me three or four months to write,
I can take more risks with them.
It's just less of your life invested.
- Anthony Doerr

It took me about three years to write About Grace.
I wasn't teaching two of those years,
so I was working eight-hour days, five days a week.
And it would include research and reading -
it wasn't just a blank page,
laying down words.
- Anthony Doerr

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
- Mary Manin Morrissey

Know that you cannot create great new beginnings
until you sincerely celebrate the endings that precede them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

It always seems impossible until its done.
- Nelson Mandela

Forgive those who have injured you -
not because they deserve your forgiveness,
but because you can never be happy
until you release your anger and grant forgiveness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.
The process never ends until we die.
And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The regrets and resentments etched in a heart
remain until they are cleansed away with love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you wait to do everything until you're sure it's right,
you'll probably never do much of anything.
- Win Borden

Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth
until the hour of separation.
- Khalil Gibran

Until you'll willing to look foolish,
you'll never have the possibility of being great.
- Cher

Women are like teabags.
We don't know our true strength
until we are in hot water!
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Nobody cares how much you know,
until they know how much you care.
- attributed to Theodore Roosevelt, among others,
but probably earlier and anonymous

A man is not old until his regrets take the place of his dreams.
- Yiddish Proverb

I have found the paradox,
that if you love until it hurts,
there can be no more hurt, only more love.
- Mother Teresa

Only put off until tomorrow
what you are willing to die having left undone.
- Pablo Picasso

A person with a new idea is
a crank until the idea succeeds.
- Mark Twain

Things are only impossible until they're not.
- Jean-Luc Picard, character in STAR TREK: The Next Generation

We can never obtain peace in the outer world
until we make peace with ourselves.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

How you think when you lose
determines how long it will be until you win.
- Gilbert (G. K.) Chesterton

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.

Love wasn't put in your heart to stay.
Love isn't love until you give it away.
- Michael W. Smith

I do the very best I know how -
the very best I can;
and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.
- Abraham Lincoln

Everyone is wise, until he speaks.
- Irish proverb

I believe that anyone can conquer fear
by doing the things he fears to do,
provided he keeps doing them until he gets
a record of successful experience behind him.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

A man can fail many times,
but he isn't a failure until
he begins to blame somebody else.
- John Burroughs

No one knows what he can do until he tries.
- Publilius Syrus

The chains of habit are too weak to be felt
until they are too strong to be broken.
- Samuel Johnson

Be avid.
Create apart from perfection.
Risk failure.
Cover your words with sweat.
Run a little
Touch excruciatingly.
Laugh until you cry.
Dance with your eyes closed.
Care.
Understand you die a little in every moment.
Be Enlivened
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A friend is someone who won't stop
until he finds you and brings you home.
- Fraser Sr. in the movie Due South

People don't care how much you know
until they know how much they care.
- John C. Maxwell

Each friend represents a world in us,
a world possibly not born until they arrive,
and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
- Anais Nin

When you feel worried and depressed,
consciously form a smile on your face and act upbeat
until the happy feeling becomes genuine.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The power of intuitive understanding
will protect you from harm until the end of your days.
- Lao Tzu

As a happy person, you radiate happiness to the world.
Visualize your light radiating throughout the world,
passing from person to person until it encircles the globe.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Not until we are lost
do we begin to understand ourselves.
- Henry David Thoreau

We cannot change anything until we accept it.
- Carl Jung

Until you make the unconscious conscious,
it will direct your life and you will call it fate.
- Carl Jung

If a man is proud of his wealth,
he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
- Socrates

Make sure you never, never argue at night.
You just lose a good night's sleep,
and you can't settle anything until morning anyway.
- Rose Kennedy

We cannot change anything until we accept it.
Condemnation does not liberate, it oppresses.
- Carl Jung

We'll be friends until forever, just you wait and see.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

May the road rise up to meet you,
may the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face
and the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
- Irish Blessing

Whenever I feel the need to exercise,
I lie down until it goes away.
- Robert Maynard Hutchins

The way to do fieldwork is never to
come up for air until it is all over.
- Margaret Mead

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are nine requisites for contented living:
HEALTH enough to make work a pleasure;
WEALTH enough to support your needs;
STRENGTH enough to battle with difficulties and forsake them;
GRACE enough to confess your sins and overcome them;
PATIENCE enough to toil until some good is accomplished;
CHARITY enough to see some good in your neighbor;
LOVE enough to move you to be useful and helpful to others;
FAITH enough to make real the things of God;
HOPE enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Until he extends the circle of
his compassion to all living things,
man will not himself find peace.
- Albert Schweitzer

I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's
most effective criticism until you provoke him.
Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
- Henry David Thoreau

Until you've lost your reputation,
you never realize what a burden it was.
- Margaret Mitchell

One's first love is always perfect
until one meets one's second love.
- Elizabeth Aston

Overflowing Cup of Tea:
The Zen Master poured his visitor's teacup full, and then kept pouring.
The visitor watched until he could no longer restrain himself.
"It is overfull. No more will go in!"
"Like this cup," the Zen Master said,
"you are full of your own opinions and assumptions.
How can you learn truth until you first empty your cup?"
- Traditional Zen Koan

True friendship is like sound health;
the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
- Charles Caleb Colton


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