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I wanted to rock back and forth between myth and distant futures,
by George Murray

I wanted to rock back and forth between myth and distant futures,
yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
It felt a bit like prophecy and a bit like storytelling.
- George Murray

A sequence works in a way a collection never can.
- George Murray

New York was breaking my concentration and disintegrating my thoughts.
- George Murray

In fact, in some ways, I actually feel much more confident
about the quality of Carousel than I do about The Cottage Builder's Letter:
probably because of its cohesive nature.
- George Murray

 

I am certainly suffering from a modicum of performance anxiety.
- George Murray

I still write the occasional short story,
and poked at a novel once, but it's just not what I want to do.
- George Murray

Humour is a fine line to walk in poetry,
as in fiction.
I just think it's harder to write.
It's harder to keep the respect of the reader too.
- George Murray

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I no longer feel pressure to produce fiction.
- George Murray

I feel as though I've fooled the world into thinking
I'm an adult and now they're letting me procreate.
- George Murray

I don't think there's anything wrong with someone having to read a poem twice.
Or even a book.
- George Murray

I guess there is also an element of deliberate change involved.
Each of my books has been, at least from my point of view,
radically different from the last.
- George Murray

I do try to let what is obviously unintended yet naturally good stay in.
- George Murray

In my opinion, Al Moritz may be the best poet of his generation in Canada.
- George Murray

With 'Carousel' I had an idea and it all came out quickly.
- George Murray

I think the main influence has been living in New York City.
Aside from all the crap around 9/11,
I find it very demanding to think amid all the noise and visual pollution.
- George Murray

Well, we all start thinking we're going to be Romantic rock stars,
but then reality hits and you realize no one reads you but other poets.
- George Murray

The whole competition thing disturbs me.
Not that I wasn't a part of it when I first started.
- George Murray

Then I discovered I loved writing poetry more than fiction.
- George Murray

My self-editing process is intense.
- George Murray

I suppress the vast majority of what I write.
- George Murray

I'm not interested in being easy anymore.
Readable, yes.
Easy, no.
- George Murray

I think, for me, humour needs to be used like a strong spice -
sparingly.
- George Murray

I was writing notes, but not composing poems.
The Hunter began to develop out of this fragmented process.
- George Murray

The poetry community here has been extraordinarily welcoming.
- George Murray

It's a bit of a crapshoot out there with young writers right now anyway.
- George Murray

I am still interested in the long or serial poem,
but have written a few smaller things.
I may start sending to journals again in a year or so...
that's about it.
- George Murray

Even the people who have had success and made money
writing these books of fiction seem to feel the need
to pretend it's no big deal,
or part of a natural progression from poetry to fiction,
but often it's really just about the money,
the perceived prestige.
- George Murray

I've often entertained paranoid suspicions about my
fridge and what it's been doing to my poetry when I'm not looking,
but I never even considered that my fan was thinking about me.
- George Murray

Sometimes you get the results you wanted,
sometimes you don't.
What matters is that you did your best.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.
- John Burroughs

Even the rich are hungry for love,
for being cared for, for being wanted,
for having someone to call their own.
- Mother Teresa

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand.
"I just wanted to be sure of you."
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

I wanted to be with the kind of people I'd grown up with,
but you can't go back to them and be one of them again,
no matter how hard you try.
- Ethel Waters

I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I
should have been more specific.
- Lily Tomlin

Love cannot endure indifference.
It needs to be wanted.
Like a lamp, it needs to be fed out of the oil of another's heart,
or its flame burns low.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one.
So I got a cake.
- Mitch Hedberg

I wanted to be a forest ranger or a coal man.
At a very early age, I knew I didn't want to do what my dad did,
which was work in an office.
- Harrison Ford

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.
- Charles Simic

After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her,
and after half an hour
I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse.
- the movie Take the Money and Run (1969)

Earth Day 1970 was irrefutable evidence that the American
people understood the environmental threat and wanted action to resolve it.
- Barry Commoner

There's sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic,
violent father.
He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him.
- Dean Koontz

I drank some boiling water because I wanted to whistle.
- Mitch Hedberg

I wanted to see exotic Vietnam, the jewel of Southeast Asia.
I, uh, I wanted to meet interesting
and stimulating people of an ancient culture,
and kill them.
- the movie Full Metal Jacket

In my prayers I never said I needed a home.
I said I wanted a sanctuary.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If God wanted us to fly, He would have given us tickets.
- Mel Brooks

Today is the right day to do
what you have long wanted to do.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I realized my family was funny, because nobody ever
wanted to leave our house.
- Anthony Anderson

I have often wanted to drown my troubles,
but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
- Anonymous

I always imagined I could be what I wanted to be.
- Chris Brown

Secretly, I wanted to look like Jimi Hendrix,
but I could never quite pull it off.
- Bryan Ferry

This is a wonderful way to celebrate an 80th birthday...
I wanted to be 65 again, but they wouldn't let me -
Homeland Security.
- Art Buchwald

I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered
my father as somebody I wanted to please.
- Robert Mapplethorpe

I wanted to marry a girl just like my mom.
- Michael Bergin

Both my mother and father were very supportive of any
career move any of us wanted to make.
- James Gandolfini

I wanted to escape so badly.
But of course I knew I couldn't just give up and leave school.
It was only when I heard my mom's voice that I came out of my hiding place.
- Zhang Ziyi

Making duplicate copies and computer printouts of things
no one wanted even one of in the first place is giving
America a new sense of purpose.
- Andy Rooney

I wanted to know the name of every stone
and flower and insect and bird and beast.
I wanted to know where it got its color, where it got its life -
but there was no one to tell me.
- George Washington Carver

Designers are very fickle.
I never wanted to be a victim of that.
You're in one minute, out the next.
- Tyra Banks

My boyfriend and I broke up.
He wanted to get married and I didn't want him to.
- Rita Rudner

I decided I wanted to be a lawyer when I was 11 years of age.
- Johnnie Cochran

Growing up, I wanted desperately to please,
to be a good girl.
- Claire Danes

I wish my mother had left me something about how she felt growing up.
I wish my grandmother had done the same.
I wanted my girls to know me.
- Carol Burnett

If God wanted us to bend over he'd put diamonds on the floor.
- Joan Rivers

My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw,
the more of it I wanted to see.
- Paul Getty

My mother asked me what I wanted for my birthday,
so I said I wanted to read poetry with her.
- Guy Johnson

I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument.
He told me to knock myself out.
- Jay London

I wanted to show people I can do things other than the sophisticated bitch.
- Christine Baranski

I wanted to play drums because I fell in love with
the glitter and the lights,
but it wasn't about adulation.
It was being up there playing.
- Charlie Watts

We couldn't spend $91 billion if we wanted to.
- Andrew Natsios

He didn't want me to become a musician,
he wanted me to be a doctor, because he said singing was too hard.
- Nusrat F. A. Khan


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