Search my Quotes DataBase - Enter one or two keywords and/or author last name.

Hint: keep it simple, like life twain




Facebook share   Tweet This   Email this

Daily Inspiration - Quotes to Live By
Inspiration  |  Motivational Articles  |  Being Strong  |  Being Positive  |  Links  |  About
Topics:   A-   B-   Ca-   Co-   D-   E-   F-   G-   H-    I-    J-K-L   M-   N-O   Pa-   Pr-   Q-R   Sa-   Sk-   T-   U-V-W-X-Y-Z

I'm writing another novel and I know what I'm going to do after,
by Penelope Lively

I'm writing another novel and I know what I'm going to do after,
which may be something more like this again,
maybe some strange mixture of fiction and non-fiction.
- Penelope Lively

I didn't think I had anything particular to say,
but I thought I might have something to say to children.
- Penelope Lively

I do like to embed a fictional character firmly in an occupation.
- Penelope Lively

It was a combination of an intense interest in children's literature,
which I've always had, and the feeling that I'd just
have a go and see if I could do it.
- Penelope Lively

 

Getting to know someone else involves curiosity about
where they have come from,
who they are.
- Penelope Lively

Deep down I have this atavistic feeling that really
I should be in the country.
- Penelope Lively

We all need a past - that's where our sense of identity comes from.
- Penelope Lively

Please sign-up for my Free Inspirational Daily Email on the form below.

Sign-up for your free subscription to my Daily Inspiration - Daily Quote email.

Your E-Mail Address:
Your Name:

To confirm your subscription, you must click on a link in the email being sent to you.

Each email contains an unsubscribe link. We will NEVER sell, rent, loan, or abuse your email address in ANY way.


I'm now an agnostic but I grew up on the King James version,
which I'm eternally grateful for.
- Penelope Lively

I'm not an historian but I can get interested -
obsessively interested -
with any aspect of the past,
whether it's palaeontology or archaeology or the very recent past.
- Penelope Lively

It seems to me that everything that happens to us is
a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency.
- Penelope Lively

Equally, we require a collective past -
hence the endless reinterpretations of history,
frequently to suit the perceptions of the present.
- Penelope Lively

The consideration of change over the century is about loss,
though I think that social change is gain rather than loss.
- Penelope Lively

The Photograph is concerned with the power that the
past has to interfere with the present:
the time bomb in the cupboard.
- Penelope Lively

I didn't write anything until I was well over 30.
- Penelope Lively

There's a preoccupation with memory and the operation
of memory and a rather rapacious interest in history.
- Penelope Lively

I didn't want it to be a book that made pronouncements.
- Penelope Lively

You learn a lot, writing fiction.
- Penelope Lively

I'm intrigued by the way in which physical appearance
can often direct a person's life;
things happen differently for a beautiful woman than for a plain one.
- Penelope Lively

We read Greek and Norse mythology until it came out of our ears.
And the Bible.
- Penelope Lively

Every novel generates its own climate,
when you get going.
- Penelope Lively

I've always been fascinated by the operation of memory -
the way in which it is not linear but fragmented,
and its ambivalence.
- Penelope Lively

I rather like getting away from fiction.
- Penelope Lively

We make choices but are constantly foiled by happenstance.
- Penelope Lively

The present hardly exists, after all-it becomes the past even as it happens.
A tricky medium, time - and central to the concerns of fiction.
- Penelope Lively

Conventional forms of narrative allow for different points of view,
but for this book I wanted a structure whereby each
of the main characters contributed a distinctive version of the story.
- Penelope Lively

I have long been interested in landscape history,
and when younger and more robust I used to do much
tramping of the English landscape in search of ancient field systems,
drove roads, indications of prehistoric settlement.
- Penelope Lively

I can walk about London and see a society that seems
an absolutely revolutionary change from the 1950s,
that seems completely and utterly different,
and then I can pick up on something where you suddenly see that it's not.
- Penelope Lively

I have had to empty two family homes during the last few years -
first,
the house that had been my grandmother's since 1923,
and then my own country home, which we had lived in for over twenty years.
- Penelope Lively

I'm not an historian and I'm not wanting to write about
how I perceive the social change over the century as a historian,
but as somebody who's walked through it and whose life
has been dictated by it too,
as all our lives are.
- Penelope Lively

The pleasure of writing fiction is that you are always
spotting some new approach,
an alternative way of telling a story and manipulating characters;
the novel is such a wonderfully flexible form.
- Penelope Lively

All I know for certain is that reading is of the most
intense importance to me;
if I were not able to read,
to revisit old favorites and experiment with names new to me,
I would be starved - probably too starved to go on writing myself.
- Penelope Lively

Since then, I have just read and read -
but,
that said, I suppose there is a raft of writers to
whom I return again and again,
not so much because I want to write like them,
even if I were capable of it, but simply for a sort
of stylistic shot in the arm.
- Penelope Lively

I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world.
- Mother Teresa

Writing is a dance with the uncertainties of language.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do you have a plan for your life?
If not, allocate some time today to sit quietly
with pen and paper to begin writing your life plan -
what you want to accomplish with your life,
and what projects will support your goals.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

LOVE LETTERS TO YOURSELF
This is taken from a love letter (a gentle reminder)
I wrote to myself recently.
Live in your joy today.
Be authentic. Love yourself. First.
Love others from your own abundance.
Life Changes. Circumstances change.
Sometimes you try to fit your old way
of being into new circumstances
rather than becoming new yourself.
Embrace transformation as an opportunity.
And keep on writing love letters to yourself.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better
by all parties to leave the past to history,
especially as I propose to write that history myself.
- Winston Churchill

Was it only by dreaming or writing that I could find out what I thought?
- Joan Didion

The digital revolution is far more significant than
the invention of writing or even of printing.
- Douglas Engelbart

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.
- Laurie Anderson

I wasn't very good about juggling family and my career.
I was interested in who was coming to the children's birthday party,
what my son was writing.
I was thinking about Legos.
- Jill Clayburgh

We do not need to proselytize
either by our speech or by our writing.
We can only do so really with our lives.
Let our lives be open books for all to study.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Nothing goes by luck in composition.
It allows of no tricks.
The best you can write will be the best you are.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you can't annoy somebody with what you write,
I think there's little point in writing.
- Kingsley Amis

During that first year, I felt guilty that my wife
was out working bringing in all our income,
while I was at home playing on the computer,
so I made myself treat writing like a job.
- George Stephen

Manipulating shadows and tonality is like writing music or a poem.
- Conrad Hall

When I was younger I was obsessed with writing,
so even if I wanted to listen, I didn't have time.
- Joan Armatrading

If you do not breathe through writing,
if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing,
then don't write, because our culture has no use for it.
- Anais Nin

Writing is a creatively rewarding occupation but for me very time consuming.
- Holly Johnson

Poetry is something that happens in universities,
in creative writing programs or in English departments.
- Mark Strand

The funny thing is, the music that I'm writing now
is probably some of the most cutting edge we've ever done.
The music that I'm thinking about putting on our next album.
- Charlie Daniels

There's a joy in writing short stories,
a wonderful sense of reward when you pull certain things off.
- Tobias Wolff

I wanted to write stories for myself.
At first it was purely an aesthetic thing about craft.
I just wanted to become good at the art of something.
And writing was very private.
- Amy Tan

When I'm writing something, I try not to get analytical
about it as I'm doing it,
as I'm writing it.
- Quentin Tarantino

We collaborate on everything.
I'm involved in the writing and pre-production.
There's a whole bunch of people who keep in touch at
every step about everything.
- Jay Roach

The essays are different because ultimately it's things I'm interested in,
and I'm really just writing about myself and using
those subjects as a prism.
- Chuck Klosterman

I think some of the best modern writing comes now from travellers.
- Michael Palin

The writing of a melody is an emotional moment;
success doesn't make it easy.
- Enya

I began the way nearly everybody I ever heard of -
I began writing poetry.
And I find that to be quite usual with writers,
their trying their hand at poetry.
- Shelby Foote

There is nothing to writing.
All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.
- Ernest Hemingway

I got out of college and I went to get my master's
in creative writing at San Francisco State.
I was working as an actor at the Actor's Workshop,
being abused as a intern.
- Peter Coyote

But I never listen to music while I'm writing.
- Stephen Greenblatt

You never know what you will learn till you start writing.
Then you discover truths you never knew existed.
- Anita Brookner

Yoga introduced me to a style of meditation.
The only meditation I would have done before would
be in the writing of songs.
- Sting

Everything I learned as an actor, I have basically applied to writing.
- Quentin Tarantino

Now, I am completely independent - I earn my living by speaking and writing.
- Karen Hughes

I want to be an animated character.
I'm also doing more writing and directing.
- Illeana Douglas

The first writing of the human being was drawing,
not writing.
- Marjane Satrapi

I went through a big Alice Cooper phase,
which was probably a major influence on my writing style later,
especially after Plastic Surgery Disasters.
- Jello Biafra

Writing is a communication.
- Theodore Sturgeon

My major aim in writing is to set out flags and issue wake-up calls.
- James Broughton


Quotes and Sayings

---------


Thank you for visiting: I'm writing another novel and I know what I'm going to do after, by Penelope Lively.

Please sign up on the form below to receive
my Free Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes email.

You can also search my large collection of Quotes and Sayings.

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 


Sign-up to receive Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes
free via email

Daily inspirational quotes and motivational messages of self-worth, choice,
positive attitude, happiness, forgiveness, and gratitude.
Inspiring motivational sayings plus Jonathan's insights into life,
relationships, and joyful living.

Enter Your E-Mail Address:
Enter Your Name (what you want to be called):
To confirm your subscription, you must click on a link in the email being sent to you.
Each email contains an unsubscribe link. We will NEVER sell, rent, loan, or abuse your email address in ANY way.

Or Subscribe to the Feedburner feed for Daily Inspiration - Daily Quotes.



All materials & writings are copyright ©. You may read about our disclaimer, our privacy policy, our copyright policy, terms of use, participation in affiliate programs, and the list of all our websites.